The yearlong jibes and squabbles, grudges and sibling rivalry make way for pampering, showering of gifts and celebration of love for brothers and sisters on Raksha Bandhan. It’s a day when parents will have none of those fights amongst their children, the brother would have saved enough to buy his sister her cherished present, who would in return forgive all his bullying in a moment. But, today wouldn’t be as much fun for those who haven’t been blessed with a sister. Some celebs from the region talk about how it was being brought up without a daughter in the house.
Aparshakti Khurana, RJ/actor
“Being the younger one, I have never let Ayushmann bhaiya feel deprived of a sister because I am a spendthrift,” jokes Aparshakti, a Delhi-based RJ-actor and the younger sibling of actor Ayushmann Khurrana. Probe him further and Aparshakti gets serious, saying they do miss having a sister on Rakhi. “Jokes apart, having a sister is a must. Her presence in the house teaches a brother how to respect women. Mothers have their own place in the house, but the fun-filled relationship that a brother and sister share is priceless. In our household, our cousins Annie and Fairy Khurana made sure we turned into responsible men,” says the Chandigarh boy.
Navraj Hans, singer/upcoming actor
Sons of famous Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans, Navraj and Yuvraj Hans feel those who are blessed with sisters should cherish every moment of the beautiful bond. “We don’t have a real sister, but fortunately we have our paternal uncle’s daughter Sheena, whom we call Kaddu, to pamper on Rakhi.
Because of her, we never felt bereft of a sister.
However, at times we do feel that a real sister would have added to the family’s love.
A girl’s presence in the house makes a brother learn how to respect women,” says Navraj.
Gurpreet Ghuggi, Actor
“Every stable entity has four pillars of support. Similarly, the four pillars of a man’s life are his mother, sister, wife and daughter. In my life, I have the fourth slot vacant — that of a sister, which I could cherish only on screen. A brother and sister’s relation is unique. Friends leave, but a sister remains her brother’s emotional support, well-wisher and backbone throughout life, especially when their parents are no more. I am deprived of this beautiful relationship but I know what it means, so the ones who have should learn to value it.”
Binnu Dhillon, Actor
“We are three brothers, me being the youngest. We have always missed a sister in the house, because with a sister comes decorum. A sister teaches her brother how to dress right, the usage of correct language and more. Without a sister, our family always felt incomplete. Even now, there are times when I feel that had I had a sister, I would have shared my deepest secrets with her. Unfortunately, there is no one to listen to me.”