Saturday, 29 August 2015

BOND 003




A younger brother, a first cousin and a second cousin. I’ve been blessed with three such brothers whose ears I can squeeze when needbe. Those are the 003 I’m referring to. The occasion – every Indian knows that. ‘Behna ne bhai ki kalaai pe …..’

It’s been a while since I’ve done some emotional blabbering, so today’s your lucky day ;-). Not exactly emotional, but I’m surely in the mood for some sort of an abstract rant. The end result, you get another peek into my not so unusual life!




So, though my little bro and I happen to stay in the same city, which is Singapore, funnliy on this festival he’s in India. For many years now, we’ve been residing in different cities. Finally when we did manage to be together, come festival time and he’s disappeared. But like every other shameless and greedy sister, I shall make him compensate when he gets back ;-).

As if one wasn’t enough, God decided to be a little more kind and gave me two more. Younger cousin brothers. Having been brought up in a joint family with a large family network, we were always surrounded by tons of relatives. But these two particlaur cousins of mine, anybody would assume were my very own siblings. That’s the kind of bond we share.

Tying a rakhi on your brother’s hand and being promised to be protected in return, that’s what Raksha Bandhan is about. But having to protect a sister is a situation which may or may not arise in a lifetime. Just being there for a sister when she needs you, even without her having to say it, that’s a real bond. And of course, also at the times, when she explicitly says it – do this, do that, get me this, buy me that ;-).

Then there are these relations which are not really celebrated on one particular day. The quintessential sisters’ relationship. Yes, I’m digressing, but I warned you in the very beginning, this post is an abstract rant :-). So, there is no day where the bond between two sisters is celebrated, but honestly, that doesn’t change anything. Of the few realtionships in your life, which shower you with unconditonal affection, one such is a sisters’ bond. I’ve been blessed with one elder sister. And, however we may quarrel and drive each other crazy, that tie is one which lasts forever. Yes, but having an elder sis meant I could never boss her around. That desire of mine was fulfilled by my aunt, who gifted us this sweet little cousin of mine.

As kids and teenagers, we never realise the true value of these relationships, rather we start taking them for granted. But the older you get, the more matured, you start to count these blessings. My mom’s niece is another such cousin, we may not be able to be in touch for days together, but the bond, it’s there.

With these siblings and cousins of mine, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing little moments of joy. Our outings, get-togethers, the times we spend together are always precious. Feelings that only we share, jokes that only we get, they are friends gifted by God for life.

In this world that we have bulit around us today,many people have started losing out on such intangible joys. And hence miss out on the beauty of genuine relationships. Unfortunately, as we advance and progress, it seems like the number of materialistic people are ouweighing the naïve others. I sincerely hope that such life enriching moments shall also be experienced by the super-evolved next gen.




PS. In all this blabber of mine, I haven’t done one very important thing. Wishing my dear brothers a long healthy and prosperous life. Love you always.


13 comments:

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Such a sweet post, Leena :-) Brothers are indeed blessings and tying a raakhi is the most beautiful thing to celebrate this relationship. Enjoyed reading your post..:-)

Wish you a happy Rakshabandhan and a great weekend... :-)

amruta said...

Very nice post!

amruta said...

Very nice post!

saloni said...

So inline with our discussion yesterday! The beautiful sibling bond.

Leena Walawalkar said...

Thanks Manipurna :-)
I completely agree about they being a blessing, hope they feel the same ;-)
Have a great one you too!

Leena Walawalkar said...

Thanks so much Amruta!

Leena Walawalkar said...

Saloni dear, yes indeed :-)

Abhishek Ghosh said...

happy raksha bandhan dear

Sumeet Nayak said...

Finally !!! Phew, got some chance to come online and read your article. Di missed you a lot this Raksha bandhan. Luckily Poonam tai did tie your Rakhi too. And that's when i realised that we may now meet again only in 2017. One good thing to have happened is, i got another sister. Hope my vahini cum Akka is reading this too.

Leena Walawalkar said...

Hey Abhishek, wish you the same!

Leena Walawalkar said...

Sumeet dear, yes, I missed you too..hopefully we'll make up for everything in 2017 :-)

Ashwini Sarnaik said...

Hahaaaaa....jokes that only we understand....crazy moments....i have a big grin

Leena Walawalkar said...

:-)