A knot to remember

A knot to remember

A knot to remember

A festival that brings siblings together and is a reminder of the bond they share is Rakshabandhan, which falls on August 10. Bangaloreans talk about their plans for the festival and the special bond they share with their siblings.

Ganga Padmeshwari, a homemaker who hails from Patna, has been in the City for almost two decades. She says that the celebrations here are nothing compared to how they are back home. “It’s  grand back home. The sister is treated like a queen that day and showered with gifts. The day is mainly about spending time together and eating a lot. Many traditional sweets like motichoor ka ladoo, gaja, kaju katli, kala jamun and peda are made,” says Ganga.

She adds, “The day starts with the girls putting a tika on their brother’s forehead and tying the rakhi on his wrist. Post this, he is given a lot of sweets. This is followed by the gifting session.” Ganga adds that earlier, mostly money used to be given. But now, costlier and fancier items like jewellery, dresses and gadgets are given.

Payal Jain, who hails from Rajasthan, is glad that her brother Jayant, lives with her now.

“Rakshabandhan will be more special this time since my brother is here. When we were kids, we didn’t know the value of the day. But as we grew up, we realised its importance,” says Payal. She adds that back home, they would all gather at one house and decorate it. They would also decorate the thali. “The whole family would come together on this day.” 

She recollects that the day also included indulging in different sweets like kheer, malpua, gulab jamuns and rasgullas and namkeen items like pakoris. “This year I hope to cook rajma chawal for my brother. It is his favourite dish. I will also be giving him a gift,” she says.

Vikas Hampaul, who is from Chandigarh, says that he looks forward to the day, even though his sister and his sister-in-law, are not in the country. “I wait for my rakhis to come by mail. Though we have all moved away from each other, I still make it a point to give them their rakhi gift when we meet,” he says. His memories of the day include getting the rakhi of his choice and hogging different sweets like barfi and gulab jamun.

For Rina Chakravarty, a baker who hails from Uttar Pradesh, Rakshabandhan is a day that reminds her of the bond that her children — Saanvi and Rishit — share . “My daughter ties the rakhi to my son. But I encourage him to tie rakhi on her wrist as well,” says Rina.

She says that she has taught both her kids to be protective about each other. Commenting on the food for the day, she says, “Earlier, the day would be about a lot of traditional sweets and good food like aloo poori and other sabjis with sweets like barfi. But now, people even gift chocolate hampers and cupcakes.”

Preeti Maneesh, an entrepreneur, makes her own rakhi. “I get bored looking at the same designs every year. Also, it’s a special feeling to make your own rakhi. I have made quilled and kundan rakhis. I have rakhi brothers across the country and will be mailing them the rakhis,” says Preeti.

She recollects having a lot of fun on the day as a child. “The day was meant for eating a lot of chocolates and gifting each other. It was one day we didn’t have any fight with our siblings and cousins,” she says with a smile.