August 18, 2016. Raksha Bandhan. When each sister ties a Rakhi on her brother’s hand, out of love, with a promise to always be there and protect each other in times of need. A day in honor of the brother-sister relationship. A day exclusively for the brothers. Because, brothers are just so special.
A brother is NOT someone on whose hand you tie a rakhi because you don’t want him to be your “Boy friend” or “lover boy”. Definitely not. Somebody does not become your brother just because you address him as “Chetaàn“/ “Bhaiyaa“/ “Bhaisaheb“/ “Anna“/”Brother” etc. Rakshabandhan does not end with tying a Raakhi, it begins there – A lifelong relationship to preserve, to fulfill and to cherish – that will act as testimony to the honesty of the bond you promise to share.
All relationships on one side, and the relationship you share with your brother on the other side. With your brother you share that special connect, that exclusive bond you can’t share with anyone else. Your brother is the super power you possess, to face the entire world with zeal, courage and confidence. With your brother by your side you feel you can deal with absolutely anything – He is your strength, your elixir. Your brother is one who wouldn’t hesitate to break all ties, who’ll reach up to the skies just to ensure you get what you want. He wouldn’t think twice to sacrifice his all for you, because your happiness means the world to him. (I have seen my father do all this for his sister, and have remained spell bound every time. Makes me wish sometimes that I had a brother too, but my sister is worth a thousand brothers, and my cousins make up for the vacuum). To your brother, you can completely spill your heart out, without hesitation, without the need to feel scared, embarrassed or skeptical. He will be the last person in the world to judge you. With him, you can absolutely be your crazy self. He is your first teacher, your first best friend, your second parent. He is the magician you can trust, to solve all your problems in a jiffy. You can fight with him for every stupid thing you can think of, annoy him, drive him mad – yet he will be there with you, for you, every time, not because he is bound to, but simply because his world revolves around you. You are his pride, his first true love, his strength, and with you he absolutely loves to forge every single moment into an epiphany to be preserved and cherished for ages to last and beyond.
So the next time you think of tying a Rakhi to someone or you want to make someone your brother – think twice. Maybe thrice? Hell, as many times as you want to – because your brother is not some random person in the world – He is your special treasure, your forever superhero.