- Vignesh Chandrashekaran and Andrea Carboni opted for surrogacy as a way of having a child
- They share their parenting journey on their Instagram page Dads of Meenakshi which has over 40,000 followers
- ‘We want to show that parenting is full of turmoils, tribulations and triumphs, no matter who is the parent,’ says Vignesh
In upbringing, culture, language, religious faith and so on, there are a lot of differences between us. Maybe it’s the attraction of opposites.
Baby makes three
Meenakshi, reading her first Tamil book. Credit: Vignesh Chandrashekaran and Andrea Carboni
“However, the laws of New Zealand on this matter have not changed since the 1950s,” says Vignesh.
Vignesh and Andrea appealed and had to go the courts in New Zealand to finally get the authorities to accept that they were Meenakshi’s parents.
Dads of Meenakshi
They started their Instagram account as a way to share their journey with other parents.
A Q&A session on the Dads of Meenakshi Instagram account. Credit: Vignesh Chandrashekaran and Andrea Carboni
Meenakshi maybe a bit too young to face bullying. However, the dads say it’s never too early to prepare.
In fact, they find that their followers are usually the first to respond to such ‘negative’ comments – giving the dads much-needed support.
A tweet about the Dads of Meenakshi Instragram page. Credit: Vignesh Chandrashekaran and Andrea Carboni
A fulfilling future
Their Instagram page has delightful reels of Meenakshi visiting a Hindu temple, celebrating Indian, Italian and Tamil festivities, partaking in weekend picnics, playing in their beautiful garden and, yes, throwing the occasional tantrum.
Meenakshi celebrating Deepavali (Diwali) with her dads Credit: Vignesh Chandrashekaran and Andrea Carboni
We want to show the world that parenting – no matter who the parents are – involves the same turmoils, tribulations, and triumphs.