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Fatherhood Unplugged: With Swapan Seth

Posted: June 18, 2012

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Swapan Seth with his wife and two boys

In honour of Father’s Day: Swapan Seth, Co-founder of Equus Red Cell and a veteran of the advertising industry, talks about parenting and what fatherhood means to him.

Swapan’s is a 5-member family including his wife, two sons and a lovely Labrador called Jagger.

Give us a single word that encapsulates what fatherhood means to you.


Are you a different father today than what your father was? How? In what ways are you similar?

These are different times. Technology has eclipsed many cultural divides. Parents and children have access to the same stimuli. Plus parenting has become a far more involved activity than it was when we were growing up. Earlier parents would lead their children. Now they follow them. At least that is my parenting philosophy: To follow rather than lead.

How would you describe your fathering style?

Bipolar. Tough yet easy.

Has fatherhood been as you expected it to be? If no, what was the biggest difference between your expectations and reality?

Oh it turned out to be much more fun than I expected it to be.

What is the most important lesson that fatherhood has taught you?

That one must be open to learn and not just teach.

*Photo credit: Swapan Seth.

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