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A Rakhi Gift
Raksha Bandhan is a festival of Emotions like love and the sacred bonding between brothers and sisters. The celebration of this festival is all about paying reverence to the sentiments and the feelings emotionally involved between siblings.
But the reason I love most about this festival is its 'simplicity'. I mean unlike other festivals (where so many customs need to be followed) no hard core rules needed to observe this festival. That makes this festival a unique one.  

And the most exciting reason that every sister look forward to this festival is the 'GIFT'. As a part of tradition, a brother presents his sister exciting gifts with a promise to guide and protect her throughout the life. I must say a gift plays a prominent role in observing this festival Rakhi that denotes gestures of love and affection.  

I'm really lucky and  feel blessed as I have four brothers, three elders and one younger (it's a different thing that the younger one also behaves as an elder brother). It really feels like a princess when there're four brothers to protect you. In my upbringing years I was often envied by some of my friends. Especially at the time of Raksha Bandan they used to say" Tina…you are very lucky yaar….. You're going to get four!" 

But at the home the scenario used to be different. There were never four gifts. Brothers as we know are like coconuts "hard from outside but soft inside". In fact after tying the Rakhis to the wrists of four brothers, my eldest brother used to actually give the GIFT and other three would say "it's the gift on behalf of all of us". I used to wonder why can't they follow "each one gift one" where all of them can afford to buy one. Still I used to happy. 

However after my marriage I never had any opportunity to tie Rakhi to my brothers as I could never present at home in this occasion. All is what I do; I send Rakhi and just pray God that it should reach in time. Now I understand the "Happiness" of "tying" the Rakhi"

Few years back a small thing happened that totally changed my perception of a "Rakhi Gift". During a talk with my eldest brother over phone he shared "how he generally tie my Rakhi in my absence"

Often he looks for a sister like person and asks her to tie it. But that particular year he couldn't find any one and took the Rakhi in his pocket and went to his site (he is a Civil Engineer and an epert construction professional).

In his site (may be a under construction bridge) there were many women workers work on daily wages. That day he saw a small girl (may be 8-9 years and the daughter of a woman worker) taking care of small baby. He stopped there and asked her to tie the Rakhi and then gave her The GIFT….!!

The mother of the girl noticed that and came rushing horrifyingly  as she felt might be something wrong as she was afraid of BADA BABU(My brother used to be addressed as Bada Babu…by all the workers) and started apologizing. My brother told her not to worry and narrated her real fact.

After that I don't know what he did then but at last he said "It was really heart touching to see that girl SMILING and ….." then he said nothing. But sometime silence says everything. I knew after seeing that HEART TOUCHING SMILE of that girl my brother must have prayed to ALMIGHTY to bless that SAME SMILE on my face and I could see the other three brothers saying, "The same SMILE on behalf of all of us". 

Indeed a LOVELY RAKHI GIFT for the rest of my life!!! Now a day's whenever I visit to the Rakhi stalls I love to see the different colourful  Rakhis. I feel them as a bunch of smiles looking at me and saying me that every brother anywhere in the world always wants to see A SMILE on his sister's face for which he can go to any extent. Now isn't it amazing!! A Rakhi is a symbol of Smile!!!

Nothing can be more than a GIFT OF SMILE because this is maybe the BEST GIFT in this world… So Gift a SMILE In this Rakhsya Bandhan Happy Rakhsya Bandhan To All!!  

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