From rescheduling boardroom meetings for PTA meets to skipping official dinners for a family outing, fathers never let their family down. Keeping all work-related stress behind, a daddy is that superhero who comes home every day and never says no to a play date or study session with his kids. However, on moments when work takes over, daddies are forced to make the other choice. While business honcho daddies do so by travelling the world alone, some do it by staying locked up in a studio creating videos.
Fathers of the new age no longer restrict themselves to the boardroom. In a digital era, they have taken a step ahead in sync with the world, and made their mark on the web. However, despite the fierce competition in the web world, these daddies continue to balance their family life just as well.
This, as an ode to the lesser-talked-about heroes, we spoke to the digi daddies ofwho made a mark in theindustry while juggling family life with kids.
Excerpts from the interview:
YouTube channel – Dr Vivek Bindra: Motivational speaker (
Subscribers – 8.6 million
Delhi-born Dr Vivek Bindra is a motivational speaker and corporate trainer. His YouTube channel, named after him, is currently host to 8.6 million subscribers. The channel that began in 2014, Dr Bindra says, went active in 2016. The father of two says that their prime aim is to create problem-solving content and offer entrepreneurship lessons in Hindi. In the coming years, Dr Bindra says his aim is to create documentaries on leading entrepreneurs and how they made a difference in the world.
Dr Bindra says that in order to deal with the cut-throat competition, one needs to ‘push his limits’ to stay on the top. However, keeping it all aside, the 37-year-old says ‘family is second to none’.
‘When it comes to balancing family and work life, we need to focus on ‘How much quality time you are spending with your children?’. It is quality time that develops the values in your kids. That’s why the mool mantra should be ‘quality’ and not ‘quantity’. Life stands on three wickets of professional, personal and family life. If family and personal life wickets are down, you can bounce back. But, if the professional life wicket is down, then everything is down!!’
YouTube channel – TsMadaan (
Subscribers – 7.4 million
TS Madaan joined YouTube in August 2008. The 61-year-old’s channel currently has over 7.4 million followers and specialises in health, career, family, society and soul-related issues. The Punjab-born says that the aim of his effort is adding value to people’s lives. ‘TsMadaan’, which is now a YouTube channel, started 40 years ago, says Madaan. In the absence of the Internet, he spread his message through seminars and workshops.
At present, he says that ‘transforming common man to extraordinary man’ is his primary goal from the channel.
‘I am quite passionate about what I have been doing over the years. So, even if I am at home or travelling, creating content never seems exhausting. My family makes videos for our channel, so whenever we all sit for dinner or are travelling together, we have a common topic to discuss. We learn together and grow together which keeps us all motivated.’
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YouTube channel – Geekyranjit (
Subscribers – 2.6 million
Hyderabad-born Ranjit Kumar’s passion for gadgets was what sparked the idea of ‘Geekyranjit’. The 42-year-old garnered the dream of becoming a YouTube star from a young age and accomplished his dream like a pro.
Once a programmer in an IT firm, Kumar soon realised he isn’t ‘fit to work under someone’. After quitting his job within a year, Kumar started his first tech blog named ‘Tech2Buzz’ in 2007. However, sighting plagiarism, he decided to bring it to an early end. In the following years, he followed tech vloggers on YouTube. This sparked the idea of ‘Geekyranjit’. Today, the channel is host to 2.6 million subscribers.
Ranjit, who calls ‘audience interaction’ his motivation, aims to keep going at the same pace in future as it allows him family time as well.
‘The work life balance was a very challenging one as I manage everything on my own on my YouTube channel ‘Geekyranjit’. My YouTube channel ‘Geekyranjit’ is now almost 8 years old and finally I have realised that work in this sector won’t stop. So now I consciously don’t try to work after 7 PM. In the evenings, I spend time with my daughter and my family a bit more without worrying too much about work.
‘In the end it’s up to you to decide what’s important for you and what you value in life. It’s not a easy decision but I personally feel I should have done this a lot earlier as I had spent a lot less time with my daughter who is now a teenager because I was always busy with work.
‘I used to put out a new YouTube video everyday all these years. But now, I try to post 3-4 videos in a week instead of 6-7. This has helped me a lot to squeeze out quality time with family.’
YouTube channel – Sharmaji Technical (
Subscribers – 1.6 million
Praval Sharma, also working in an IT firm in Bengaluru, is a person full of curiosity to find new things. He says that his inspiriration came from aon YouTube. A year later, his created ‘Sharmaji Technical’.
The 41-year-old calls himself a ‘tech freak’ and says that his love for gadgets has been there since forever. For him, the motivation to begin the channel was the absence of Hindi tech videos on YouTube. The channel, which turned 4 last month, is currently host to 1.6 million followers.
Sharma aims to motivate more people to move from offline to online medium for tech information. He also said that he would like to be a part of a collaborative ventures in the future.
‘On Father’s Day, I would like to say that I am a lucky father because of my daughter, after her birth I started my YouTube channel and I got great success in this career. When she was 2, I have created her
channel as well. Now, my daughter is also a popular face in YouTube kids.
‘Sometime it’s difficult to create a video with her interruption, we can’t make kids understand that we are doing something important. So, I introduced her in my tech videos to my audience, and she did many tech products unboxing with me on my channel. So I guess it’s all good and well going in my career with and without her interruptions and support, its all about a good life how we like to spend, we can see family as interruptions or we can see them as motivation.’
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Movie Date With Dad
Nothing says love better than quality time spent together. And while gifts are a great way to pamper your old man, why not also plan a fun day and spend it with him.
Go to the park, bring out the board games, or if your dad is a movie-buff – get a bucket of his favourite popcorn and pop in the DVD (or well, stream the film!).
To make your task simpler, we’ve listed a few of our favourite films that portray the beautiful bond between fathers and their children. You might want to keep tissues handy.