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Raksha Bandhan or Rakhrpuniya (in Punjab) festivities have turned into a grand affair with rakhis going trendy, cool, even expensive. While most stick to the trendy yet cheaper versions of rakhi, some have gone a step ahead and prefer that a symbolic rakhi is made of gold and silver.
Popular among the trendiest ones this season are the metal rakhis, “Made from sterling silver charms tied with crimson-coloured waxed cotton thread, these minimal rakhis are actually dual-purpose and can be reused after the holiday — one can be used as a bookmark, one is a pin/tie-clip, and one can be used as a pendant,” says Amrita Kapoor, a city-based accessory designer, who put up her collection of designer rakhis at a recent exhibition.
Online Pop Up studios too are offering special rakhis by popular designers, ranging from Rs 700-Rs 20,000. The other lesser exclusive versions of trendy rakhis include a wide range of threads with booti, feng shui and chandan or sandalwood motifs. Stone-embellished rakhis and special rakhis like Hanuman Chalisa, Rangraksha, Omeya, Good luck rakhi and Morpankh rakhi are also a hit with the sisters. For those respecting the simplicity of the festival, traditional ‘mouli’, or red and yellow thread rakhi also known as ‘kalava’, which is extensively used as part of Hindu customs and rituals, is a favourite.
Some city bakers are also offering sumptuous, edible rakhis, in chocolate and fruity flavours. “The concept of edible rakhis is quite popular, especially with children. The frozen rakhis with fruit toppings or digital printing are available only on order since they have lesser durability,” says Ananya Arora, a city-based baker.
Taking the ‘green vow’
Doing things differently, a few eco-conscious citizens will lead by example and celebrate rakhi with a message. By holding a plantation drive and symbolically tying rakhi to plants and each other, group of locals from Ranjit Avenue will take the vow to protect plants and nurture them. “We will tie rakhis to plants as they protect us lifelong by providing oxygen and also tale a vow to protect the saplings to ensure their survival. It will be a small step to spread the message of saving the greenery and we hope that people get motivated,” said Manav Arora, an environmentalist, who is also a part of various plantation campaigns in city. They plan to plant saplings at the Company Bagh and Ranjit Avenue.

 

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