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Knot Of Protection: Celebrating Raksha Bandhan With A Twist

Celebration of Raksha Bandhan

India is a land of a diverse variety of religious beliefs and as a consequence, we also celebrate a wide variety of festivals. India is known for it’s larger than life festivities throughout the world. Today is Raksha Bandhan, another important festival that celebrates the ‘protective’ nature of the relationship shared by a brother-sister. The word literally means ‘the knot of protection’, something that siblings also tie on each other’s wrist as a symbol of the bond.

While the festival was initially limited to brothers and sisters from the Hindu fold, it hasn’t been left out from modernisation. We all have rakhi brothers and sisters, and we have stopped limiting our love to a religion or sect. People have also started challenging the typical archetype, doing so beautifully. Here are a few inspiring people who are positively twisting the idea of ‘Raksha’(protection) and ‘Bandhan’ (relationship).

The Sister Who Risked Her Life

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What if your brother, sister, or a loved one had failing kidneys? Would you go to the extent of giving them one of yours? Sounds like a Hindi movie plot to you, doesn’t it? However, it is the true story of a woman who decided to donate one of her kidneys to save her younger brother’s life. Due to lack of funds needed for the procedure, she started a fundraiser on Ketto, seeking help from others. Her will and love for the bond became her strength and helped her overcome any obstacle that stood in the way of her brother’s well-being. Now that’s what we call a real celebration of bonds, won’t you?

The Sister Who Protected Her Brother

The way we are looking at the dynamics of the festival is changing. As more and more women are becoming a part of the workforce, we are seeing a major shift in who takes up the role of the protector.

Imagine this. A guy named Arjun from Hyderabad develops a rare genetic disorder that has restricted him within his 10/10 room. This is because of disproportionate growth in his body, where one of his limbs has grown abnormally (to 163 kgs approx), keeping him away from light & open air for 5 years!

This is a true story.

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Had it not been for his sister Shalini and the power of crowdfunding, the wait for freedom and open skies would have lasted much longer. Arjun now has an equipment that allows him a social life, human interaction and sharing of experiences, all thanks to his sister Shalini and the 46 backers who supported her cause through Ketto.

Rakhi: A Celebration Of Bonds Beyond Blood

Who said that you have to be Indians to celebrate the Rakhi bond? In fact, you don’t even have to share the same race or ethnicity to celebrate the virtue of a brother-sister relationship. We can say so because of people like Uttam Banerjee, who helped two terror survivor sisters from Nairobi who were stuck in India after they had exhausted all their money on medical treatments and hotel bills. Who would have thought that the Kenyan sisters would find a brother timezones away, and one who would source many more brothers, sisters and believers for them – all through online crowdfunding.

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Rakhi is the celebration of that bond which two people share without desire. We should make every possible attempt to nurture and protect the purity of this bond, irrespective of whether blood ties come with it or not! In a relationship where you vouch to protect the one you love, divisions of gender, race or religion hardly hold value!

Not All S/Heroes Wear Capes

Who are s/heroes? Are they just limited to fantasy entertainment or do they exist in reality as well?

At Ketto, we have the privilege of meeting real-life s/heroes everyday. Now they may not wear capes but they carry their super powerful passion within them that translates their good thoughts into inspiring deeds.

Say hello to the Superheroes of Ketto!

Super Empowerer Nikhil Sarup
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The 82 year-old veteran dancer Tara Balgopal had a postal stamp issued in her honour back in the day. She was later living off charity in a dilapidated house at the mercy of her neighbours. While many of us were busy blaming the government and feeling bad for her, Nikhil Sarup took that extra step beyond likes and shares and decided to visit her in Delhi.

Our Super Empowerer used crowdfunding and raised more than Rs. 8,00,000 for her. She now has a proper, well-furnished house to live in, with electricity, a tiffin service and a way better life.

Super PawProtector Amee Mendez
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This woman has been taking care of about 47 dogs for 11 years now, all by herself! From their food to medical needs, Amee single-handedly takes care of everything until they get adopted by a capable, responsible family. She always puts her love and passion for animals above everything, even her own needs. With time it became difficult to tend to these dogs’ needs, so she turned to crowdfunding for help. And guess what? It just added to her super powers!

SuperDad Papa Reji

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Papa Reji has 24 children. Children affected with HIV have been living with him for more than a decade now. Despite limited income and means, he has successfully managed to provide them with the dignified days they deserve, some of which, he did through crowdfunding on Ketto. Fathering so many kids and protecting them from social evils for all these years makes him a definitive SuperDad for us!

Wizpowerer Prakash Aroor
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Nobody understands the power of empowerment through education better than a publisher! Wizpowerer Prakash Aroor did not protect coconut vendor Sadashiva from any accident or lethal event, rather he brought together the resources that he needed for a sustainable and progressive life. Through crowdfunding, Prakash gathered money from like minded socially active individuals, and now aims to support him with his personal health and daughters’ educational needs.

Neither is this doomsday, nor is there a Joker or Loki in this world. Our evils are much more real but the bright side is that we do not need superhero costumes or superpowers to combat them. All we need is the intent and passion to reach where we aim to.