My father didn’t tell me how to live.
He lived & let me watch him do it.”
– Clarence H. Kelland
For Shambhavi Singh, her father Pradip Singh is not just a loving papa but an inspiration who has helped her take the Royal Heritage Haveli, a boutique hotel, in Khatipura to dizzy heights. It is at no. 2 on TripAdvisor in Jaipur, which is a big achievement for an independently run property in a city which has a hotel at every corner.
Shambhavi, who joined father after graduation, says the haveli, the ancestral home of her maternal grandmother, was built in the 18th century and her father and mother Angelique Singh have put in so much time and effort to restore its glory that it has now become incumbent on her carry on this legacy.
“The hotel is literally my third sibling. My parents have put in so much time and effort into building a legacy together, which they’ve invested in for me and sister’s future. Dad’s passion and energy always leave me awestruck.”
Like many others, she too was not sure of what she wanted to do. But knew that eventually, she would end up here only.
Her Dad is her mentor – both, at work and in life. On asked about the difficulty in carrying on the business, she said, “My father is a perfectionist, which can be intimidating. But he is also the biggest help I could have hoped for. Always made it seem so easy, now I understand it’s not.” Her father is not only very supportive but also wants her to call the shots, even at the risk of making mistakes.
She even considers even smallest of the moment with her father like driving, switching between each other’s music etc a special moment. She wants to build a chain of their own hotels for her father.
To make the Father’s Day special, they’ve a family cooking session, as her father love this.
So, on this Father’s Day, Shambhavi’s message is: “Fathers may seem to come off as too strong, but they are only doing it to strengthen your foundation, secure your happiness and independence, in your own head as well as in the world. It may not seem like it, but they do have an end plan and it is in your favour.”