Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Growing up with a sister or a brother is always special. Such is the tender bond that it doesn't fade with time or distance. Wherever they are, brothers always await a small token of affection from their sisters on Rakshabandhan --- the sacred thread of Rakhi. Sisters too are eager to tie rakhis on their brothers' wrists. It may seem a simple custom, but Rakshabandhan is the only one amongst innumerable Indian festivals that all of us hold dear. Our Bollywood stars are also emotional when it comes to their relationship with their siblings. Here are some of their fond memories from growing-up years and how they celebrate Rakshabandhan now.
Smiley Suri (Actress)
There was a time when we used to get together for Rakhi. I generally arrange my thali before tying rakhis on my five brothers – Mohit, Emran, Sunil, Dharmesh and Vishesh. If someone doesn't make it in the morning, I tie the rakhi in the evening. Now, all of us are away from each other. But this time, I have made up my mind to demand a digital camera from Emran. Vishesh is quite junior to me so there's nothing I would get from him. As far as Mohit is concerned, I don't want anything from him. He has bought a house and I'm going to gift him something for the house.
Memorable moment: My brothers call Rakhi "the extortion day". Imran and Mohit used to say about me, "Here she comes for haftaa wasuli (Here she comes to take her bribe). Even now they tease me with that name. In my childhood, the money collected on Rakshabandhan was truly a treasure. I used to keep some for pocket money and put the rest in my piggy-bank.
Neetu Chandra (Actress)
I have both my brothers with me this year. I have arranged to take the day off two months in advance. We'll go to the temple and I'll tie rakhis only after returning home following an aarti. This is the tradition we have been following in our house for long.
Memorable moment: My brother is quite a truant one. Once he gifted me some money on Rakhi and then promptly grabbed it back. He's doing his Plus Two now. My elder brother has completed post-graduation in film-making from the University of Pune . Now he's working as an assistant film director under Tanuja Chandra.
Ravi Kissen (Actor)
I go to my parents' house at Bandra where my two sisters come and tie rakhis on me. I gift them jewelery, clothes or cash. In our family, we follow the tradition of touching the feet of sisters to seek their blessings of happiness the year round.
Memorable moments: I can remember an incident, but that's not related to Rakhi. One day, I was sleeping and my sister burnt my leg with a hot knife. I don't know what went wrong with her. I cried a lot and she received a severe scolding from my parents.
Rajat Bedi (Actor)
We spend the day with all our family members. My elder sister Ila Dutta, a scriptwriter by profession, comes to meet us and then we all go to my brother's house for lunch or dinner. It's a custom that we still follow in our family. Most important is the puja that we do together on this occasion.
Memorable moment: I can't remember anything specifically related to Rakhi. We used to get thrashed by our elder sister often. Every time I got a beating, I would resolve not to allow her any money on Rakhi. But my mother used to give her that and it would only give her another excuse to tease me. However, these are childhood memories of a time when we were quite immature. Now I think, I'm nothing without her.
Aditi Sharma (Actress)
My brother is coming to Mumbai from Lucknow tomorrow (August 28). So, we are going to celebrate Rakhi in the evening. He's younger to me so it's me who gifts him something or the other. I have already bought a cargo jeans, a bracelet and a cap, as per his demands.
Memorable moment: My brother is younger to me by six years. It was after his birth that I enjoyed every moment of my life. We never fought with each other. He has just completed his schooling and is coming here for a few days. Soon, he'll be back in Lucknow to prepare for the medical entrance examination.
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