What do students in Delhi University (DU) do on Rakshabandhan? Even if it’s not an official holiday, most students (especially boys) plan to treat it like a gazetted holiday and enjoy the day with friends or family. “I definitely stay away from college on Rakhi day, as I don’t want to be tied a rakhi by a girl I have a crush on,” says Varun Chopra, second year student, Ramjas College.
Boys are finding various excuses to avoid being caught in the embarrassing situation of being tied a rakhi by a beautiful girl in college. “If nothing else works, I will message my friends that I have food poisoning. Though a cliche, it always works,” says Tushar Sangar, second year, Bcom programme from Kirori Mal College.
Members of Shunya, Ramjas College’s theatre society, plan to go for practice to college in evening instead of the usual morning schedule. “We’ll go around 4pm to practice after the rakhi hype is over,” says Shubham Bhatia, a member.
But not all guys fear being tied a rakhi. “If a girl wants to tie a rakhi, I will happily put my arm forward. But tomorrow, if we want to date each other, it’s fine because I don’t take these college pranks very seriously. I only consider my blood relatives as my sisters,” says Vipin Handa, second year, College of Vocational Studies.
But the girls are very happy about the festival, as it’s their way to get back at a guy who has been stalking them in college. “Rakhi is the most non-violent way of insulting a guy. It makes your stand clear without any harsh words or discomfort,” says Stuti Arora, third year, Daulat Ram College. “I started carrying a bunch of rakhis a week earlier and anybody who has been trying to talk to me unnecessarily is the bakra,” she adds.
A celeb I would like to tie rakhi to...
He’s too old to be anything else! Plus, he is a very bindaas person and I always wanted a brother like him. -Aisha Ghani, 20
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan looks like brother material! He is my favourite Bollywood actor, so it has to be him. -Shalini Sethi, 23
He is a married man and way too sexy! Actually, a perfect and strong brotherly figure!-Sakshi Handa, 21
The character that he plays onscreen makes him come across as a very humble and simple person. -Harsimran Kaur, 20
After seeing him in the promos of his upcoming film, I think it’s safer to make him my brother by tying a rakhi. -Purva Shinde, 23