By the way, today is the festival of Raksha Bandhan in India, when sisters tie little string bracelets (Rakhis) onto their brothers’ wrists in exchange for their protection (and a present) in the year to come. Do a quick search on Twitter or wherever and you’ll see lots of photos of smiling brothers and sisters.

245275787_e1a9d453d1_RakhisAs an only child, I didn’t have much of a clue about Raksha Bandana or rakhis but as the mum of a boy and and girl, I sort of wish that I’d restarted this custom of sibling love and respect in our house. Not having had a clue about it, growing up, I think it would have felt rather false and superficial. Not that women need the protection of men. And sometimes brothers need their sisters’ protection. Still, as a sentimental fool, I find it endearing.

Photo by Meanest Indian