India is all about deep-rooted family ties; so we don’t have one, but two festivals that celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters — Rakshabandhan and Bhai Dooj. With Covid-19 lurking, celebs share how they plan to connect with their siblings this Bhai Dooj.
Astrologer Madan Mohan Spatu says, “According to the region, Bhai Dooj is called by various names, such as Yam Dwitiya, Bhai Teeka etc. The auspicious time for tilak is from 1:10 pm to 3:30 pm today.”
Sukhmani Sadana, actress
Bhai — the word itself brings a smile to the face and warmth to the heart, doesn’t it? My brother stays far away from me and I miss him a lot, especially on occasions such as Diwali or Bhai Dooj. I so wish to hug him once or perhaps fight with him, which I feel is a true bhai-behna bond! My adorable younger brother Uday and wonderful bhabhi, Shrutika, were blessed with a baby boy, Kabir Singh Sadana, just two months ago and they’re settled in Houston, Texas, USA. The pandemic is keeping us away from each other, but I cannot wait for things to get better so that I can visit them at the earliest. Can’t believe I’m a bua!
Angad Hasija, actor
I always wanted to have a sister. As a kid I felt sad when my only cousin stopped celebrating Rakshabandhan after she got married. However, I found a Rakhi sister in Shweta after I moved to Mumbai. She is married and stays in Delhi, but we stay in regular touch on call. Whenever I am sick, my phone is loaded with sisterly instructions! That’s Shweta for me.
Home sweet home
Prreit Kamal, actress
As I came for home for Diwali, I will luckily get to spend Bhai Dooj with my brother this time. We usually step out for lunch but because of Covid-19, we will be preparing a good meal at home and enjoy with the whole family. We might not always be together, but we keep each other in our hearts. What’s amazing about our bond is that we are more of friends than siblings!