Today is Raksha Bandhan, a day that celebrates the special and deep bond between brothers and sisters. A day when sisters tie raakhis on their brothers’ wrists. A day when the brother promises to care for and protect his sister; and also gives her a gift.
A truly beautiful celebration indeed!
In our home, we celebrate this special bond every year. I have the raakhi and other paraphernalia required, ready for my children.
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They stand in front of each other. My daughter picks up the raakhi and ties it on my son’s wrist. They don’t say much. They just high five each other, exchange a quick hug, and go their separate ways.
There is no talk about a gift.
It is business as usual, they are each back in their own world, where the other does not exist. When they do acknowledge each other, they tease each other ruthlessly, argue constantly or ignore each other.
I observe this.
The day has flown past, the sun has already set. My kids are talking animatedly. Very soon, my son comes to me and tells me that he is taking his sister to the mall nearby for a treat, and to buy her a gift.
And before I nod, the two of them are already at the door, arguing about something inconsequential, as all siblings do.
I smile. I walk back in.
Many years from now, when my kids move out of home and make their own lives, these bonds will deepen further.
But this bond, this love – will always be expressed this playfully, through silly arguments, high fives and awkward hugs!
‘Tis a brother sister thing, after all.