Raksha Bandhan (Real Bond of Love)!!
“Oh! It’s 5 pm”. Tick tock, tick tock I saw watch again and then refreshed the inbox on my system. Finally the approval for leave arrived in the mail. I jumped out of my cabin sharp at 5.50pm towards the elevator before other staff members start gathering and sharing their plans for tomorrow. “Kanika, Kanika”. I turned back “If you would have come I was rest assured”. My boss was worried for audit tomorrow from ISO. I replied, “Sir, Don’t worry Have explained everything to Mr. RamaMurthy he will manage and I will remain available on Phone and Skype”.We exchanged a smile and I went into the elevator. I realized I have to catch the Taxi or Auto. “Wow, This is what I call just awesome No taxi no auto and you are giving rain”. I looked up and addressed to the almighty. It’s really very difficult to get auto or taxi during rain in Delhi. I was trying to cover my head with my Purse, and walking towards the Bus stop to safely wait for bus under the shed. I use to cross this lane every day in my car today Driver went on leave due to Rakhabandhan. I reached the Bus Stop of AIIMS all the Bus route numbers were very clearly mentioned on the Stop shed thanks to Common Wealth Games. I could see the route 764A was coming but was totally packed. Uncle standing nearby said, “Dusri aa jayegi” (Soon Other will come). I smiled at him. Near Bus stop I saw there were two kids a boy of age 12 years lean, dark complexion, he runs a tea stall near Bus stop and a baby girl 1 year around brown eyes dusky color chubby looks were playing. I was looking at them, of course, I was missing my brother.It’s Raksha Bandhan tomorrow.
It’s been 4 years we have not seen each other and on every Raksha Bandhan I skip my office to avoid the discussions of the festivities. Due to the differences in opinions and thoughts the nature of our respective spouse, we are far apart now. “Don’t cry, Don’t Cry” the young brother was calming the baby sister in his lap. I couldn’t stop myself and went ahead and took the baby from him. I asked the boy “Where are your mom and Dad? Have they gone on Job?”. The Boy looked puzzled, he took the baby back and said “Koi nai hai humara (There is no one for us)”. I could see the protection towards the baby and a fear in the boy’s eyes. I took out chocolates from my bag and gave to him. He looked relaxed now. I asked, “what’s your name.” He looked at me “Chotu, Chotu make one tea” a Guy called. He laid the baby on a rug and went to make tea. He came back to me with a cup of tea. I said, “I did not ask for the tea”. He replied, “We didn’t ask for chocolates either”. I sipped the tea it was refreshing “Very nice tea”. I took out 10 rupees from my Purse and gave it to the boy. He refused, saying”Nai Memsab rehnedo (No, mam please let it be.)” I insisted “Keep it for her, What’s Her Name?”. He replied “Bela”. “Wow, a Nice name,” I said.
The Boy was quite comfortable with me now “I found her under that hoarding of Bela Saree’s Last Year” he pointed towards the parallel road. I was shocked,”What are you saying”. He replied, “Yes Last Year Someone dumped her outside the hospital under that hoarding.” He continued looking at Bela “So I heard a baby crying and picked her from there, I was Orphan thought God had sent her for me to be my family”. I was speechless my eyes were filled my heart was pumping fast “Its is Raksha Bandhan , She is my sister See, I got this Rakhi she will tie me tomorrow”. I took out 1000 Rupees and handover to the boy. “If she will tie you Rakhi You also have to gift her something Keep it”.
“Kanika Come”. I saw my colleague Pooja waves at me from her car. I quickly took out my card and gave to boy “Chotu If you need any help any time do give me a call on this number”. The Boy smiled and kept the card in his shirt pocket. I went towards the car. Pooja was honking and cursing the traffic, she looked at me and asked: “So what the Plan for tomorrow”. I confidently and happily replied, “Will Go to my Brother’s Place”.
Next Day I was in front of the Door, I rang the bell, My Brother Kishan Bahiya opened the Door. He was surprised and definitely was not expecting me “Kanika” With a pause, he said, “Please come in”. I went inside I said, “Kishan Bahiya I am sorry whatever happened” Kishan Bhaiya interrupted me “Now leave it and tie me total 5 Rakhi’s “. I hugged my brother we both had tears of joy.
God has created bonds and sent us with beautiful relationships. We do not care for our relations. Chotu and Bela have taught me a lesson , and an importance of family. At least for one day, I can keep my differences, Ego and every hindrance at bay.
Happy Raksha Bandhan !!
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