Raksha Bandhan is round the corner and everyone is ready to celebrate the special occasion with their loved ones.
Celebs too have made their Raksha Bandhan plans for this year. They reveal the same while talking about the significance of Rakshabandhan and the relationship they share with your brother or sister. They also talk about being emotionally dependent on their siblings and the best thing about having one. Here’s what they said:
This year is very special. I am going back home to Nagpur for so many reasons. Ashim (Matthani, her husband; entrepreneur) and I have our wedding reception from my side of the family in Nagpur, my sisters and family from all over India and the US are flying down for this get-together. And, on the very day I will be celebrating Rakshabandhan with my real brother Manish. With all this coming together, I am so thrilled. Manish bhaiyya will have all his sisters tying him rakhis this year and our whole family will be together and we’re also celebrating my marriage, which makes this a landmark celebration. All of us siblings are very close and we function as a tight unit, even though we are spread out all over in India and one of us is in the US. We are emotionally bound to each other and my family in general is very protective of me. Manish bhaiyya is the bastion of wisdom, empathy, understanding, unconditional love and all of us sisters benefit from his protective nature. He is my only real brother, the others are formalised as brothers but we do not share any blood relation. My other brothers are Dr. Kanishk, Amitabh and Vishal. They are all very protective and caring and I feel blessed to have them in my life. Won’t say I am emotionally ‘dependent’ on my family because it sounds very naive. I am emotionally very independent, strong willed and stubborn. For them to protect me and care for me is a privilege I enjoy and respect that.
I don’t have a real sister, so like every year I wait for the Rakhi from my cousins and once they arrive, I would tie the Rakhi on my hand and my wife does the needful. She ties rakhi on my hands and on my boys and that’s what we are looking forward to. The significance of Rakshabandhan is that you know you have a sister, who cares for you and you know that you have a sibling who has your back. It’s a beautiful feeling. I have an older brother and cousin sisters and my relationship with them is fantastic. We have family groups where we chit chat and sometimes we poke one another. Being emotionally dependent on your siblings is very natural. The best thing about having a brother and sister is that you have one other, taking care of each other unconditionally.
My Rakshabandhan plans have been the same for the last few years. My brother lives in the USA and my twin sister Parool lives twenty minutes away from my brother’s house, so she ties rakhi to my brother on my behalf and we celebrate rakhi on video call. It’s not possible for me to visit the USA every year. The most special thing about Rakshabandhan is that my brother was born only a day or two before August 11, and my sister and I were happy as it felt like God made our dream come true because we always wanted a little brother. So we celebrate rakhi two times now, because my brother’s birthday is on August 8 and Raksha Bandhan dates are flexible. This is why Rakhi is such a special occasion for us. It’s a brother-sister relation, it’s a very special bond because my brother lives far away like ‘Saat Samundar Paar’ but I am happy that my twin sister is with him. It’s a very dear relation we have. We don’t nag or bully each other and are always there for one another in good and bad times. I feel that this is what a brother-sister bond looks like. The best thing about my brother and sister is that my sister is my twin and we are very connected, my younger brother is very lovely and he’s an amazing person too. I am not very emotionally dependent on my siblings. We do discuss everything whenever we get stuck somewhere or we have certain questions in mind or we want someone to brief us we talk to each other. We connect a lot and we talk once in every four days at least and the calls are always too long. This year I am hoping to visit my siblings because it’s been a very long time since I’ve met them.
I come from a South Indian family and we don’t have Raksha Bandhan because we have another festival where we pray for our brothers. I eagerly look forward to Rakshabandhan now because I am married in a Punjabi family and for them this festival is of huge significance. Rakshabandhan has always been very special to me because I don’t think I need an occasion to talk about my brothers and sisters. Every day they are in my prayers because they mean a lot to me. We are related by blood. I being the eldest sibling in my family the responsibility is now on my shoulder as when the previous generation leaves you and you take care of the next generation then. It’s very difficult for me to explain in words what it means to me. It’s a beautiful relation that I have with my brothers and sisters though they all are my first cousins. All the times when I felt low, my cousins always stood by me, made me laugh and move ahead in life. I always pray to God that nothing should ever come their way. Life is all about ups and downs, if at all something happens we are always together. I also feel blessed to have my cousins with me. The best thing about my brother and sister is that they are very genuine and don’t expect anything from me. It’s a relationship without expectations, unconditional love. On Rakshabandhan I remember I lost my closest cousin at a very young age and I was emotionally dependent on him, and was very attached to him. We also grew up together. He was my mama’s son. He almost spent his entire life with us and I always used to fight with my mom that he is more important to her than me because my mother loved him so much. Unfortunately we lost him and that was a very big setback in my life. Every Rakshabandhan I think about him and pray that wherever he is, may god bless him with happiness.
This Rakshabandhan, my sister has sent me Rakhi since I would not be able to go to Delhi because of my shoots and other commitments, so we will celebrate over a zoom call. I love all the Indian festivals but Rakshabandhan is one such festival where we get to revive our relationship with our sister and take a vow to protect her, no matter what. These traditions have an essence and it brings more closeness among the families. I share a very good bond with my sister. We are very close and share a lot of things about each other’s lives. The best thing about her is that she is all ears and always gives me better advice on what I should do. She always supports and cares for me. I think family is one thing that you always need to have, they are your strong support and I am lucky to have a family who always stood by me. You feel stronger when you know your family is always backing you.