[Come August, for a few months, Bombay comes alive to the spirit of Festivals. Hindu, Muslim and Christian. Festivals from the region, festivals imported from other parts of the country. It is one long Celebration.]
Raksha bandhan. The Tie that Protects. The thread that a sister winds around her brother's right wrist. The promise made by the brother to stand by his sister come what may.
Rakhi. A simple band of woven thread. Bracelets of silver or gold. Decorative beads strung on sacred thread. Even cartoon characters stuck on a piece of ribbon. Sometimes kept on till they fall apart. Mostly removed at the end of the day.
Rakshabandhan. Originally a Hindu festival celebrated in parts of Northern India. Thanks to Bollywood movies, today a social function to celebrate the bond between brother and sister.
And since it is a day when girls in India honour their brothers, and because I don't have any brothers, why don't I pass on the most 'girlie' award I have to some of my favourite men?
Many moons ago, Carol Kilgore of Under the Tiki Hut passed on the Sweet Blog Award to me. While passing it on, she said, "here are others who have blogs much sweeter than mine." Thank you, Carol, that is quite the nicest thing to say.
The men I am passing the Award onto may not quite want their blogs to be 'called' sweet, but all of them are definitely 'sweet' in the nicest possible way-
Al @ Publish and Perish
Alex @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
Cold as Heaven
Galen @ Imagineering Fiction (you may be MiA, but you are not forgotten)
Lee @ Tossing it Out
Marvin @ Professor Old Silly's Free Spirit Blog (I know you will not pass it on, but that's okay)
Stephan @ Breakthrough Blogs
Thank you, all of you.