I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Love his daughter more than I love you – Father and Daughter by Paul Simon
One of the biggest challenges of married life is to get along well with your in-laws. Although this applies to both partners, it is the woman who is affected the most.
Alankrita Sharma, an advocate at Rajasthan High Court, who lost her father at very young age, considers herself very fortunate in this regard as she was married into a family which has a very liberal outlook. Her mother-in-law Mamta Sharma is a senior Congress leader while father-in-law Kamalakar Sharma is an eminent lawyer.
Although Alankrita, whose husband Samridh is also a politician, have done election campaigning for her mother-in-law, as a law graduate she opted to join her father-in-law.
For a girl, who lost her father very early in life, a loving father-in-law has filled that void. Apart from law, what made them gel together was their interest in sports, music and performing art.
Alankrita as a teenage girl had varied interests. She did horse riding, shooting, classical singing, Kathak and painting.
Kamalakar Sharma during his school and college days used to play cricket and badminton and has represented Rajasthan in Ranji Trophy. Besides, he is a connoisseur of music, dance and other performing art.
This convergence of interests also helped in obliterating that traditional father-in-law-daughter-in-law relationship.
Alankrita says: “It’s more of a father-daughter relationship. I lost my father at a very young age. He has always been very supportive and compassionate. I’ve always been very close to him and can discuss anything with him freely, without a hitch.”
Alankrita says: “We have made the rule “leave the office/ court talks confined to workplace only. When we are in office he is my senior and I behave as his colleague/associate but when we are at home I’m his daughter.”
Alankrita adds that like any daughter she is working hard become a good lawyer and make him proud.
So, on this Father’s Day, her message to all is “Keep yourself happy. Happy people pass on their happiness. Cherish all the moments you have with your parents.”