For some time a letter supposed to have been written by a Hongkong TV broadcaster to his son is being copied and pasted in various forums and even in Speaking tree. I try to find out the original source , I found it written in April 2007 and published in https://www.somersoft.com/threads/beautiful-letter-written-by-a-father-to-his-son.68748/. May be there are earlier references . The pathos is that most of the people in India do publish it even without reading it. For example the words of the father that he does not depend on his son and he wanted his son not to depend on him , Is definitely not suited to the Indian context. I have rewritten the letter in my own words, changing concepts where I do not agree with them. I still do not know who is the author. To him my worshipful salutations
Some plain advice by father to his children
My dear sons and daughters, because events in life cannot be predicted,
Because no one would dare to tell you all this , except me you father.
And since they are my personal experiences which may be useful to you,
I am writing this letter so that you would remember them in your journey of life.
If some one insults you and talks to you very harshly,
Please do not mind , as except , no one needs not to behave like that to you,
If any one else is good to you definitely thank him but to ask yourself,
Why he was so good do to you and do not be hasty in making that person your friend.
NO one in the world is indispensible and possession of nothing again is indispensible,
And once you are clear of this you can enjoy life wanting none and wanting nothing,
No one can tell when this life would end but is clear that it is short,
And so daily make up your mind not to waste that day of your life.
Love towards any one is a temporary phase in your life , though ,
It may appear permanent and never fading and so do not break in to pieces when love ends.
It is true that many people without education or great wealth succeed in life ,
That does not mean, all people can go from rags to riches wiyjout study or without work.
I thank God that I am financially independent and may not need monetary support,
But one day I may become physically disabled and I may need your support,
I always pray God that you support yourself and are not dependent on me,
But due to misfortune , you are sinking in difficult , till I die , I would support you.
You may be honest , you may be truthful and you may also be helpful to others,
But because of that do not expect that people are always , honest , truthful and helpful to you,
Without doing hard work and just by luck do not expect to succeed in this world,
And if some one succeeds without them, it is never usual but a sheer accident .
Today any of us may be alive and talking to others but tomorrow,
Any of us would not be there to talk , to laugh and to listen to others,
And so let us try to greatly enjoy the moments of talk , laugh and endearment ,
That we have as long as we are together , as I am not sure that I would meet you in next life.