Tejas: “Hey my chuimui didi, what do you want from me this Raksha Bandhan?” He pulled a fast one at Kusum.
Kusum: Chui Mui??? Why do you call me that?
Tejas: Oh my dear sister, because that’s what you are, Kusum – a delicate flower and you need me to protect you. Isn’t that why you tie me a rakhi every year? By the way, I fail to understand why a brother is expected to give a gift on Raksha Bandhan; I mean we vow to protect you sisters so shouldn’t you girls be giving us a gift in return?
Kusum: Aww, stop sulking my baby brother and please get your facts right; I don’t need you to protect me, in fact I protect you all the time!
Tejas: Oh ya! Let’s hear how YOU always protect ME?
class 3 when your team lost the football match because of you, you came home running and your friends came home looking for you so they could bash you up, it was me whoprotected you from them by hiding you in a safe place.
Class 6 when you changed your math’s marks and your class teacher wanted to complain to mom, I spoke to her as mom and assured her you would not do the same again, thus protecting you from mom’s wrath.
High school when you had removed air from Shanti aunty’s bike …..
Tejas: Em, Ah…okay okay…..Alright then, if you don’t need me to protect you then why do you tie me a rakhi every year?
Kusum: Well, you tell me. Why do you save from your pocket money the whole year to buy me a gift? As kids, it was chocolate, then a nail polish, then a lipstick – my favorite shade and then perfumes and tinklets and kurtis….
Tejas(with a broad smile): As you see, your gifts are only getting more pricier! What is it that you want this year?
Kusum: Of course it will be bigger and grander this time!After all, my baby brother is earning now! Just like Krishna felt indebted to every string of the silken thread tied on his wrist by Draupadi, I give you a chance to repay the debt of every silken string that I have tied you over the years, by gifting me a saree made of pure silk!
Tejas: oh please, I am not going shopping with you now.
Kusum: You don’t worry about that; we don’t have to go anywhere. I have already selected what I want. There is this online portal www.shatika.co.in . They deal in exclusive handloom sarees all made of pure silk and cotton, which they bring direct from the weaversfrom all parts of the country! I am simply in love with their collection and yes, don’t worry, it is easy on your pocket.
Tejas: how did you know I was thinking of that?
Kusum: “Because you are and will always be my darling baby brother!” She said ruffling Tejas’s hair.
Visit Shatika this Rakhi season and gift your sister a beautiful hand-woven saree. Log onto www.shatika.co.in.
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