| A girl tries to choose between different rakhis at a shop in Patna. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Siblings have started to throng markets to get the best gifts for Rakhi that falls on August 10 this year.
Different types of rakhis, cards and gifts have arrived in the stores, leaving youths spoilt for choice. If brothers are busy buying gifts and cards for their sisters, the girls are having a tough time choosing the best rakhi for their brothers.
Messages on the greeting cards read “You shine so bright sis, brighter than the Sun”; “You’re one in a million. Your hearty smile helps me go that extra mile” ; “You are for me like no other, So glad to be your proud Brother.”
The brothers also have a range of quotations and showpieces to choose from. The designer rakhis girls are getting for brothers range between Rs 5 and Rs 200.
Everybody in the city is not just getting rakhis for their brothers.
Jamal Road resident Ridima Kamal is one of them.
Ridima, 18, said: “Every year, I tie rakhi on my sister’s hand. She is younger to me and I feel quite protective about her. At the same time she knows that she has someone to protect her. I also buy rakhis for my cousins who are of my age.”
Nala Road resident Nikita Sharma, too, has no brother of her own and sends rakhis to her cousins living outside Patna. “I don’t have a brother of my own, but I send rakhis to my cousins. They care about me a lot.”
For people like Nikita, e-cards and gifts are also available.
Rinki Kumari, a Kankerbagh resident, said: “My brother stays in Mumbai and it’s not possible for him to come home every year. So, I send him a rakhi with a packet of rice and roti. I prefer e-cards as these are very convenient rather than courier something. This year too, I would send my brother a card on Rakhi. I am also planning to buy him gifts online.”
If you thought Rakhi is an occasion reserved for brothers and sisters, think again. Lumbas (a type of rakhi popular among Marwaris) are also available in the markets. Sisters-in-law tie these on each others’ wrists.