photo-dadDays with Dandekar started with a visit to the bank with my dad in my hometown of Raleigh, NC. They all knew my dad by name, and could tell stories about how he came in, every single day for coffee and to “check his accounts.”

It was apparent that my dad was making the rounds because he also knew the local mechanic, a few grocery store clerks, and had even been offered the position of “sampler” at the local Harris Teeter multiple times.

We found my dad’s daily wanderings to be bizarre, sad and ultimately funny. My sister and I wished he would “make the most of his retirement” by taking Spanish classes, traveling the globe, and reading good literature. My dad made it very clear: he had immigrated to the US, worked hard, provided for us, and this is now what he now wanted to do.

So the idea of Days with Dandekar was born. I wanted to tell the story of a retiree who seems to have everything except one thing: a sense of connection with others. I love the idea of strangers meeting one another for strange reasons and finding this unusual sense of connectivity. My goal is to explore loneliness and each of our desires to find others.