Rakhi, a thread embellished with sister’s love and affection for her brother. People who cherish the love and care of their siblings are considered lucky. But Rakhi is such a strong thread that it can create a magical bond between any two individual, even if they are not connected by blood.

IN PICS: CELEBRATING RAKSHABANDHAN

There are people who at large  follow this sacred trend forever with deep intensity and love.

The story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence in history to define this beautiful bond. During the medieval era, Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions.

Rakhi at that time meant a spiritual binding and protection of sisters was foremost. When Rani Karnawati, the widowed queen of the King of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor having been touched by the gesture started off with his troops in no time.

Here are some famous celebrities who shared their experiences with ‘Sakhi’ on this pious occasion.

Plenty of love from sisters : Rajeev Verma, Actor 

If you have altruistic love and care in your heart then you do not need any blood relation. Well, I have two real sisters with whom I share a good bonding. Besides them, I also have many sisters who are not related to me by blood relation but by heart. I am still in touch with them through e-mails or phone.

Only performing rituals cannot retain a bond. Spontaneity and love are important for any relationship. If my sisters are not able to send me Rakhi due to any reason they just talk with me on the phone that is enough for me.

Relationship getting stronger with time : Gun Kansara, TV Artist

I do not have my own brother but I tie this sacred knot to my uncle’s son Tushar. He is more than my real brother. I feel very free with him and on the eve of Rakshabandhan, I always used to demand gifts from him.

Now I have shifted to Mumbai from Chandigarh and so we cannot meet each other the way we used to. Despite this, I send Rakhi to him every year and even he does not forget to send me gifts.

I believe if the bond between sister and brother is strong, infact distance does not matter. Even if you are away from each other the relationship still blossoms and becomes stronger with time.

Protecting relation with lots of affection : Malini Awasthi, Singer

My real brother is elder to me and I have received immense love and affection from him since my childhood. After marriage I used to feel miserable during festivals like Bhaiduj or Rakhi wishing for my brother to be by my side.

About 14 years back when my husband was posted at Faizabad district, I met Vimlendra Pratap Mohan Mishra who has great interest in music and literature.

At the very first meeting he touched my heart; I felt a special bonding with him and spontaneously addressed him as ‘Bhaiyya’. From that day, he became my Rakhi brother. I have now shifted to Delhi but the relation between us is still very strong and powerful. We always cherish this beautiful relationship.

I always keep all Rakhis very carefully :Jatin Kochar, Fashion Designer

The number of girls in our family is very less. My aunt’s daughter Kannupriya is my most beloved sister. Our relationship is very strong. As she is of my age. we are like best buddies. The love of this relationship is still intact just as it was before. Now she is married and stays in Singapore.

Two years back I went there with my family for a vacation. She is the most beloved aunt of my children. Every year, she does not forget to send me Rakhi thali through courier. Even I make it a point to send her gifts but her Rakhi always reaches before time.

I keep all my rakhis very carefully. Now-a-days rakhis come in thread form so I tie all my important papers with these hoping for my sister’s good wishes to be with me always.

It’s a heart to heart relation : Maitrayi Pushpa, Novelist

I am the only child of my mother. My father died when I was one and half year old. My mother was a Gramsevika. Due to her frequent transfers from one village to another my studies were hampered. Therefore, she always used to worry about my education.

She wanted to give me a good education at any cost. When she was transferred to Khilli village near Jhansi, a farmer family came very close to us. Again after sometime she was transferred to another village.

It was then that the farmer family said to my mother, “Let Pushpa stay with us”. My mother realised that my studies are getting affected due to her frequent transfers so she decided to leave me there for my education. They did not have any girl child in their family. They had five sons who became my brothers.

I have already mentioned  them in my autobiographical novel ‘Kasturi Kundal Base’. My mother is no more but I still have a full-fledged maternal home. In my daughter’s marriage my brothers enthusiastically fulfilled all the duties of uncle.

Sweet bond of melody   

Whenever we talk about brother-sister relation one name that is bound to come to our mind is ‘Lata Mangeshkar’, the queen of melody. Actor Dilip Kumar is her Rakhi brother.

Their sibling love was made known to the world in 2000 during the television show ‘Is Duniya Ke Sitare’ when Lataji tied Rakhi to Dilipji saying ‘Till now our brother-sister relationship was kept clandestine but now the whole world will know about our strong bonding.”

Apart from Dilipji, Lataji also considered singer Mukesh and composer Madan Mohan as brothers. She used to address them as ‘Bhaiyya’ always. But sadly Lataji was not there when her brother Madan Mohan breathed his last.

Mukeshji and Lataji went to America in 1976 where he died of a heart attack. His last two duet songs with Lataji on stage were ‘Saawan Ka Mahina Pawan Karein Sor…’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Main…’

Coming to Lataji’s third Rakhi brother Madan Mohan. It was with Madanji that she gave the biggest hits of her career like ‘Dheere Dheere Machal…’ from the film Anupma and ‘Aapki Nazro Ne Samjha…’ from the film Anpadh.

In fact, such strong was the bond between them that Lataji did not mind Madanji scolding her for a song. Surprisingly, he was the only person in the film industry who could reprimand Lataji for her singing.

Till Madanji was alive, Lataji used to tie Rakhi to him without fail every year. Few years back Lataji sang the song ‘Kitne Ajeeb Rishte Hain Yahaa Par…’ for the film Page3. During the recording of the song she said to lyricist Sandeepnaath, “Why did not you come into this industry 40 years before.” 

As Lataji does not like materialistic relationship she was highly touched by those lines of the songs.

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