RAKSHA BANDHAN

Sweet and Sour Relation:

        Every relationship in one’s life comes to them in order to teach something or to make them a better version of themselves. And a brother sister relationship is no different. The relationship shared by a brother and sister is that of love-hate during which the love factor overcomes all. From being recognised as an introvert or extrovert or outgoing or anti-social, an individual develops all these factors while cohabitating with their brother or sister. A person’s social or outgoing nature is what helps him/ her to adjust better in his/her later life which is what a healthy sibling relationship like that of a brother and sister duo helps in building.

        Though, it is quite seen that as a young brother-sister duo grows up and becomes an adolescent brother-sister duo, the spark tends to get vanished day by day or the bond they both used to share tends to get replaced by some other person. To keep up with their beautiful relationship, We Indians every year celebrate the joyous festival of "RAKSHA BANDHAN" in which a rakhi or protection thread is tied on brother’s wrist in order to remind him of his sister’s love. And in return, the brother pledges to protect his sister from every trouble as he pours his love and greetings to her over some thoughtful rakhi gifts. We thought as a single festival wouldn’t be enough to convince you to appreciate this loving bond, hence we have listed a few noteworthy importance of every brother-sister relationship, which is what will help you understand and value this bond even more.



A sense of protection:

        As we earlier mentioned the whole point of celebrating Raksha Bandhan as per age-old traditions and rituals is this, it also makes the primary point to convince one to value such relationship. Brothers are a solid rock who would even get ready to take a bullet for you (though they won’t accept this fact on your face, but they would) no matter how emotional or sentimental kind of a person, he seems to be. If anyone after your father would willingly protect you, shield you against every trouble and wouldn’t even spare the evil doer if he/she hurts you, he is your brother. If you fight with him, he would totally let you win. But he would never let his enemy or any wrongdoer win or get away with his power or supremacy.

Best-friend:

        Not all are lucky enough to have brothers, as they are the ones who would actually listen and give you their valuable advice. Be it anything that is currently troubling you or you want him to cover up in front of your parents as you go out on a date with your boyfriend, you have got it all sorted till the time you have him in your life. He is literally the best kind of friend one looks forward to having.

Your Partner In Health, Sickness And Crime:

        Whoever said that brothers don’t gossip was highly delusional. Best friends in disguise, brothers are like the best possible friend that one can ask for. From gossiping about someone to lending you some pocket money, he is the coolest partner you can ask for.
So, these were the highest important reasons to nurture a healthy brother- sister relationship.


Valuable Bond:

        The bond between brothers and sisters is one among the foremost special ties in life. Experts share tips on how to sustain this connection.

Example:
        A few years ago, a popular washing powder brand released a television commercial featuring two siblings on their way home from school. When the younger one slips and lands in a puddle, her elder brother strikes the puddle with his fist because it “hurt his sister”. 
That’s how most sibling relationships are. No matter how many differences you have, if your sibling is in trouble you’ll be the first one to help.

        According to The American Journal of Psychiatry, the quality of sibling relationships is one of the most important predictors of mental health in old age. Research has shown that individuals who are emotionally on the brink of their siblings have higher life satisfaction and lower rates of depression later in life. For many, a sibling is additionally their first friend and, in some cases, their ally . And, a bit like every relationship, this one needs tons of labor and energy too. Experts share tips on how to strengthen this connection.



Make an effort:

        “You have to create time and prioritise. It’s about spending quality time more than the hours you spend together. Today, with technology you can stay in touch easily. I know so many people who have family WhatsApp groups where they share photographs and news — these small things help you stay connected".

Regular Communication:

        Like friendships and romantic relationships, your brother-sister relationship also requires constant communication. “The fact that you have worked for a relationship. You must take steps to overcome your differences and conflicts.
“I know people, no matter how busy they are, who make it a point to make a conference call and talk to their siblings. The ‘want to do that’ has to be there. If one can work towards making it happen then it makes the general relationship better,”.

Taking An Initiative:

        In My Opinion, None of our relationships are perfect but taking an initiative or making the other person feel that you care and are there for them does make a difference. “Efforts are needed in any relationship and an attitude of not taking it for granted is very important,”

Start a clear conversation:

        Disagreements and having varying opinions is common. One needs to understand that you and your sibling are two different individuals and conflicts are bound to happen. “When siblings have problems, they really need to sit down and have a heart-to heart conversation. You have forgot your ego and reach bent our sibling. This is the best way to resolve problems. Even if it’s a sensitive issue you have to discuss it as openly as possible,”. It’s best to approach it in an assertive manner rather than in an aggressive or confrontational manner. It should be an open-ended conversation in which the other person doesn’t feel threatened or defensive.
Personal biases, opinions and experiences need to be kept aside. Selecting the proper time, right words and keeping the ego cornered would make any sensitive topic easier to navigate.

It’s about the Unbroken bond:

        Appreciation and assurance are important for any relationship and a sibling bond is not any different. Do not assume that your brother & sister will know that you will be there for them. Make sure you tell them. Sometimes, one may need to be more verbally affectionate.“It is one of the most powerful and supportive relationships to have. And like all relationship it's its ups and downs. But I think this is one relationship in which you can completely be yourself and never feel judged, and it needs to be preserved because the consistency and stability of it will never go away during difficult times.



Brother & sister, together as friends, we both are ready to face ups and downs in life. Joy and laughter or tears and quarrels, holding hands firmly as we dance for life.

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