Bandhan is a festival of Emotions like love and the sacred bonding between
brothers and sisters. I love this festival because the celebration of this
festival is all about paying veneration to sentiments and the feelings attached
between siblings. Another reason, the one that is most unique about this
festival for which I love it most is its “simplicity”…I mean no hard core rules
are needed to be observed in this festival.
And the most exciting reason that every sister look forward to
this festival is the “GIFT”….. As a part of tradition, a brother presents his
sister exciting gifts and promises to guide and protect her throughout the life.
I must say a gift plays a prominent role and denotes gestures of love and
I’m really lucky as I have four brothers…..three elders and one
younger (it’s a different thing that the younger one also behaves as an elder
brother). It really feels like a princess when there’re four brothers to
protect you. In my upbringing years I was often envied by some of my friends.
Especially at the time of Raksha Bandan as they used to say” Tina…tera to
achha hai. You’re going to get FOUR gifts...Ahwah!”
But they didn’t know in fact nobody knew, at myhome the scenario was completely different
There were never FOUR
gifts. In fact after tying the Rakhis to the wrists of four brothers, my eldest
brother used to
actually give the GIFT and other three would say “it’s the gift on behalf of
all of us”. I used to wander why can’t they follow “each one, gift one” where
all of them can afford to buy one. But still I was happy as GIFT being the reason of it.
However after my marriage I never had any opportunity to
tie Rakhi as I could never present at home in this occasion. All what I do is, I
send Rakhi – through speed post or courier - and just pray God that it should
reach in time. Now I understand the “Happiness of “tying” the Rakhi” on the wrists of my brothers. I never think of Rakhi Gift
these days though my brothers never stop gifting me.
Few years back a small thing happened that totally changed my
perception of a “Rakhi Gift”. During a talk with my eldest brother over phone
once he shared an incident. He told how he generally manages to tie my Rakhi” once it is delivered at their place.
On the day of Rakhi Poornima he often he looks for a sister like
person and asks them to tie the Rakhi on his wrist. But one particular year he
couldn’t find any one and took the Rakhi in his pocket and went to his site, a
construction site (he is a construction professional…Civil Engineer). In his
site - an under construction bridge - there were many women workers work on
daily wages. That day he saw a small girl – around 8-9 years, the daughter of a
woman worker - taking care of small baby. He stopped there and asked the girl
to tie the Rakhi and then gave her The GIFT….
The mother of the girl noticed that and came rushing as she felt
might be something wrong the girl might have done. She was afraid of BADA BABU (My
brother used to be addressed by all the workers that name) and started apologizing
on behalf the girl. My brother calm down her and made her understand about the
real fact. After that I don’t know what he did but while narrating this
incident, at last he saidto me “It was really heart touching to see that girl
SMILING and …..” then he said nothing.
But sometime silence says everything. Isn’t it? I knew after
seeing that HEART TOUCHING SMILE on the face of that girl my brother must have
prayed to ALMIGHTY to bless that SAME BLISSFUL SMILE on my face and I could see
the other three brothers saying, “The same SMILE on behalf of all of us”.
Now a day whenever I visit to the Rakhi stalls I love to see the
different Rakhis. I feel them as a bunch of smiles looking at me and saying me
that every brother anywhere in the world always wants to see A SMILE
on his sister’s face for which he can go to any extent.Every Rakhi is made to bring SMILE, LOVE and
Bond. Nothing can be a more than a GIFT OF SMILE because this is the