Happy ‘Thanks-for-having-my-back’ Day!

It’s that day of the year when you go scouting for a brother. That day when you meet a brother you haven’t met all year. Or if you’re lucky, it’s just another day to celebrate a really strong, solid bond of friendship. But is it really a relationship of protection and security any more? Nope.

I have brothers whom I love and adore. And I have a sister who is my life. Why isn’t there a day to celebrate that relationship? She is not only my best friend, she is my mentor, my guide, my support system. And it’s unfair that there is no day to celebrate her. So ever since last year, I tie my sister a rakhi.

I know a lot of people do this already – and how heartening is that! Rakhi should be a day to celebrate an amazing bond, not of protection from evil – as an independent woman, why should it be drilled into my head that at the end of the day, you still need your brother to take care of you. Let it be a celebration of a sibling relationship as it is – friends for life who have each others’ back. Sis, I love you, and if ever I need a ‘protector’, that person is you. So happy Rakhi to you all. And happy ‘Thanks-for-having-my-back’ day to my amazing siblings.

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