Bond of a Lifetime
Bond of a Lifetime
Raksha Bandhan a much-awaited festival in the year. I remember very vividly how we would celebrate this festival while living in Mumbai. We used to have potluck parties with neighbours. We were a big family of foster brothers and sisters. It was like all our neighbours were very much a part of our family. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. What was fascinating about this festival is the gifts that we would receive from our brothers. As kids the gifts were very important to us. I and my sister would also try to strike a deal with our brother to get a gift of our choice. We would nicely beat him up if we would not get a gift of our choice.
As years passed Raksha Bandhan became more important to us than the gifts. It was a festival that would bring all three of us together. Today we are living in different parts of the globe. We do virtual celebrations but the inherent values instilled in us by the festival still remain strong. We are always there for each other. Recently when I was admitted in the hospital and needed to undergo a blood transfusion my brother did blood donation. We don't have the same blood group but he did it as some one else had given blood for his sister. They stayed by my side and that is what healed me. Helped me to overcome the pain of the surgery.
Now with age, we have realised it is a materialistic world. We have to leave everything amassed behind when we continue our onward journey. We have learnt to count our blessings, we have learnt to give something from whatever we have because when God raises our standard of living, we should raise our standard of giving. This year the festival is on the 3rd of August. Though I don't send a rakhee to my brother nor does he send a gift for me, we know what we mean to each other and this bond of love goes on becoming strong with each passing year.