The day when the boys drive into hibernation, the day when they lose all their pocket money, their hard earned money; is here, The RAKSHA BANDHAN. A little peak into history; a popular narrative that is centered around Rakhi is that of Rani Karnavati of Chittor and Mughal Emperor Humayun, which dates to 1535 CE. When Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of the king of Chittor, realised that she could not defend against the invasion by the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun. Touched, the Emperor immediately set off with his troops to defend Chittor. Hence this day depicts the unconditional love between the brothers & sisters; and the brother promises to protect her sister from all evils of life.
Today, most of our brothers/sisters, are not with us; most of them are now in different cities, states or even countries. Yet, on this day we don’t fail to speed post or FedEx our rakhis. It is one day, that never goes unnoticed. Though, not together otherwise, this day crosses all boundaries and helps us connect with our brothers and sisters. It brings us back the memories of togetherness, that we can cherish for life-long. Those fights for petty things, those stupidities that we shared, those blames that we put on each other when questioned by our parents, those movies that we watched together, those secrets that we shared & black mailed each other to reveal to our parents. Those days may not come back again, but the memories will never fade; RAKSHA BANDHAN will never let it.
Foreigners and sometimes even Indians, ask why we celebrate so many festivals; it is because every festival has a ‘relational significance’ which binds us together and brings out the feeling of fellowship. Moreover, these festivals are also the reason behind our, Indians, rich asset, the strong and sturdy institute of family. Although, today we are drifting away from each other, physically; these Indian festivals will never let us drift emotionally, no matter what part of the city or county we go. And this is one more reason why, I think of myself as a fortuitous person, for being an Indian.
So this Raksha Bandhan, all sisters do something special, a hand-made rakhi could be one alternative; and dear brothers, your, ‘I’ll always be there for you‘ will do wonders, trust me. So make this day memorable for your siblings people. And for all those who don’t have a sister, I don’t mind receiving a gift! 😉