The bustling lanes of Kamala Nagar are filled with sheer exuberance as the shops of the market are decorated with attractive, eye catching and vibrant bunch of “rakhies”, indicating the arrival of Raksha Bandhan. One of the most awaited festivals of the Indian tradition, this occasion celebrates the warmth and affection of brother-sister relationship which is characterised by unconditional love, trivial, never ending fights and most importantly faith, that strengthen their bond.

I recollect when I was in school, there used to be this excitement amongst us to tie as many rakhies as possible and make our classmates our “Bhai” and guys used to get a sense of pride by counting multiple bunch of colourful rakhies received by them with sheer delight. Good old days!

But it seems with changing times, we are witnessing a magnificent blend of traditionality and modernity- Thanks to DUites.

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 In order to get a sense of how collegians planned to celebrate Rakha Bandhan, I planned to chit chat with some vibrant DUites and was surely not disappointed. While Tushaar, a Hansarian felt that “ College and Rakha bandhan didn t go together as its celebration involved a lot of traditional drama” ,an ingenious bunch of freshers challenged the conventional way of celebrating this festival. One of the interesting response which impressed me came from this pretty girl, seemed a feminist maybe, who felt that the scope of this rich occasion should not be restricted to brother-sister. She glowingly spoke of how she is planning to tie a rakhi to her sister as the festival celebrates “fraternity” spirit. And after all “why should boys have all the fun?”. My uber phone addicted friends came up with this innovative style of “whatsapping digital rakhies ” .So don t be annoyed if your brother did not fulfil his promise of visiting you this Rakhi. Rather, surprise him by sending a magnificent digital Rakhi and I am sure he would love it to the core.

Wondering what I am planning to do this Raksha Bandhan? Well, along with following the traditional customs associated with the occasion, I l have a hatke celebration by breaking barriers and gifting a “rakhi” to maybe a boy out there who is wandering on streets in an utter state of despondency. My rakhi would probably bring a smile on his face. After all, the spirit of festivals has always been a triumphic celebration of humanity.

So, this year’ s Rakha Bandhan should be a “hatke” celebration for all my lovely readers.