If you grew up around sisters, Raksha Bandhan probably meant a lot to you. It was the day where all the brothers and sisters would meet up, guys dressed in Indian clothes, getting rakhis tied to their wrists and exchanging tokens of love. Admit it or not, that day filled us with more love for our sisters, each year as it came. As we grew, we went our way, and our sisters went theirs. Different cities, different homes, different lives-yet this day, we will forget all that has changed and try to relive how it all felt, living under one roof, with those beautiful and heart-warming sisters.
Let's relive the nostalgia of a true Rakhi day, when every Indian brother went through these:
1. Rakhi - The Ethnic Day
Rakhi is one of the handful days in a year when you are caught wearing kurta-pyjama, and sporting a huge tikka on your forehead, making you look like Sanjay Dutt from the movie 'Vaastav'. It also resulted in you hearing a lot of OMGs from your sisters!
2. Bahut Meetha Ho Jaaye
Jeez, that moment when after tying the Rakhi, your sister has to stuff your face with the customary mithai. To annoy you, she doesn't stop at one bite, ever. She wants to stuff you with laddoos till you actually look like one!
3. Your Sister Gets To Throw Tantrums All Day Long
If she is an elder sister, she will ask you to touch her feet, get her food, and massage her inflated ego. She is actually the star of the day, so you happily let her have her way!
4. You Get Clichéd Sweets For Gifts
You know the only gifts you are going to get are boxes and boxes of clichéd Cadbury chocolates. All your cousins and sibling sisters are going to stuff you with sugary things like you are a sugar mama! Ah, but such is life!
5. Being Broke
Man, Rakhi is such a heavy-on-the-pocket festival for guys. If you are part of a traditional Indian family, you will also know that the rules of shagun have changed. Anything less than Rs 500 is a shame. So half the salary goes away in those fancy shagun envelopes, with best compliments, of course!
6. The Hindu Not Eating-Till-You-Do-Pooja Part
According to Hindu customs, you aren't allowed to eat anything before an auspicious occasion. So until your last known cousin ties you a rakhi, you can't eat a morsel of food, even though your kitchen smells of yummy Poori and Aloo. You are forced to keep a hunger strike until that super late cousin turns up and ties you her rakhi.
7. The Fooooood
Poori and halwa are the staples of Rakhi. And so is Chana/Aloo. We love!
8. My Rakhi Best
When you were kids, we all had a secret competition to get the fanciest and most number of rakhis on our wrists. It was a matter of immense guy pride back then. Today, as we stand some foots taller, we just want the most simple of strings and the most intimate of sisters around.
9. The Sister's Net Worth Jumps
You know how they say, my sister is priceless. Yes, of course, she is. Her net worth becomes triple of yours only by virtue of being a lovely sister who has an awesome brother that day!
10. If You Are Away
You miss her so much you just wish somehow you could be there together for this festival. You call her, remind her of private jokes, talk about embarrassing things, see her on Skype, and just think about all the great memories that mark the most special place in your childhood and most of adult life.
11. Too Old For Kites
As young kids, we often flew kites on this festival. Today we are just awkward to fly kites any more.
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