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
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.
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.
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!