The realtionship between a brother and sister is multi-faceted — most fight and compete, some are best friends, but all siblings are there for each other in times of need. Ahead of Bhai Dooj, we talk to popular faces from the world of TV about the bond they share with their brothers.
Archana Puran Singh
My younger brother, Sandeep, stays in Dehradun. He is my closest sibling. As a kid, he would strongly protest the brother-sister festivals as they involved brothers giving money to sisters. I remember he would sulk, wouldn’t let us do the puja and always ask, ‘Why do I have to always give her money? Why don’t the girls give their brothers money?’ As I was always protective of my baby bro, I would do away with the Rakhi and Bhai Dooj rituals, just to see him smile. Even though we are grown-ups now, I still treat him like a baby and don’t thrust these brotherly duties on him. For me, his love is all that matters. Getting a message like ‘love you guys’ is all we ever need to hear from each other really. Festivals are reminders to express our feelings for each other.
I have fond memories of celebrating Bhai Dooj with all my cousins during my childhood. All the sisters used to gather and perform the tilak ceremony together and receive lots of presents. As we grew up, all my cousins moved to different cities, so it’s just me and my brother Rishabh celebrating the festival now. This year, we will be celebrating Bhai Dooj at my parents’ house, and I will make sure I extract money from him. Both of us love kaju katli, so we will gorge on a lot of sweets.
I have a younger brother who lives in Pune with my parents, and I am really close to him. As I am the elder one, and currently working, I am the one who gets a gift for him. Bhai Dooj is the special time when we both stop fighting and spend some quality time with each other.
For us, Bhai Dooj is a very big festival, just like Raksha Bandhan. As kids, we would wait for the festival because we were greedy for gifts. Now I miss spending time with my brother on the day. Since he is settled in Kuwait, we make sure that we chat via Skype and send gifts to each other.
For me, every day is Bhai Dooj. This year, we are going out of town; the trip will be a surprise for my brother, Mayur. I remember the first gift I gave him — two packets of shaving foam. He was thrilled to receive it. At the same time, he said he would give one to his friend. That was very thoughtful of him. This year, I will gift him T-shirts, a cap and a watch. He is very fond of those things.