I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, and gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood or brotherhood is a condition that people have to work at,” wrote American poet Maya Angelou. On Raksha Bandha (August 18), television stars talk about the bond they share with their siblings, and the one thing that they would like to change about their brothers or sisters.
The best part about having a sibling is having a friend at all times. My sister Sasha Tacker is older than I am. She has always been like a third parent to me. She knows about all my girlfriends and all my secrets. Sasha has always disciplined me, and never judged me. That’s what I love about her. I love her a lot, and I would not want to change anything about her. Our relationship is priceless.
My younger brother Mukhar Roy looks up to me, and shares everything with me. What I love the most about him is that he is honest and simple. We belong to a small town. Currently, Mukhar is studying in Kolkata. He gets lazy sometimes. He also doesn’t like leaving his room, or getting out of bed to do any housework. I hope he changes that habit.
My sister Ridhi Dogra is three years younger than I am, but we have never felt the age difference. She is the protective one in our relationship. There is a long list of things that Ridhi is good at. She’s a good writer. I don’t want to change anything about her. All of us evolve over time. She is doing great in that sense.
The best thing about my brother Dr Shyam Sakhuja is his selfless nature. He is six years older than I am, but he has never bullied me. Shyam is not only a friend, but also like a parent. There are certain boundaries that I don’t cross with him because I respect him. I wish I could help him move to Mumbai (from Dubai). Last year, I spent Raksha Bandhan with him in Dubai. Unfortunately, this year, I will not be able to spend the day with him.
Although my sister Reema Pawa and I have an age gap of eight years, she has never imposed herself on me. She is always ready to hear me out. Reema has loved me unconditionally, and has supported me during my bad times. She is less of a sister, and more of a friend. She could get a little judgmental about certain things and people quickly. That is one thing I would like to change about her. Otherwise, she is just about perfect.