Rakshbandhan is a fun festival celebrated during the holy month of Shravan. On this day sisters tie a rakhi on their brother's wrist asking for protection. Brothers promise to protect their sisters and give a gift/cash in return. A rakhi also symbolizes the love between a brother and a sister. Different states in India celebrate it differently.
I have very fond memories of Rakshabandhan! School was always off on that day which gave the day a good start. On most Rakshabandhans my Mom made sure she bought me a new outfit. If not, I at least wore something fancy from my closet and decked up as best as I could or was allowed to, even if it was for a less than five minute long ceremony. The night before, my Mom would prepare a special sweet for my brother and other cousins. On special demand was always a chocolate fudge that Mom prepared using milkmaid (condensed milk). During those days (no internet days) such recipes were not easily available. This recipe was included in the free recipe booklet that came with a can of Milkmaid. The very first year that Mom made it, it was a hit! She also prepared Marie biscuit and coconut laddoos using milkmaid and cocoa powder. Those were my absolute favorite! I could polish them off in one sitting.
Ishaan and Shivansh have a little cousin Narayani, who sends them a rakhi every year. Narayani is my cousin, Jigar's adorably cute daughter. Jigar is one of the few people who have always stood by my side come what may. I share a special bond with him. This year the boys decided to make a gift card book for Narayani from themselves and their cousins in Australia and India. They came up with a beautiful story in which Narayani, her Parents and all the brothers were characters of the story. They typed the story and glued it in a blank book that we purchased from Michael's. We then bought gift cards in different denominations and stuck them in the book as appropriate. The glue didn't co-operate well, but eventually we fixed it!
I am very proud of my boys because coming up with a girlie girlie story was a bit of a struggle for them because they are so into fantasy adventure novels like Magyk Series. They also tried to keep it short and simple so that Narayani could enjoy it. I commend them for thinking in those lines! They wrote the story at home and then kept changing it while we were out shopping for the gift cards which meant extra driving around for me. They put in a lot of effort and thought behind this and I am a PROUD MOMMA!!! They sure do know how to spoil their little sister!
We would like to dedicate this book to
Narayani Jigar Patel
for being an awesome little sister!
Ishaan, Shivansh, Mrida, Punit, Kaivalya
Far, far away in the grand kingdom of Mobile, Alabama, Princess Narayani woke up on a bright and sunny day. It was the royal holiday of Rakshabandhan! For the holiday, her father – King Jigar decided to take her to town for a fair treat of donuts. She thought they were the best donuts in the World!
When she returned to the castle, Princess Narayani got bored so she picked up a book and went to the reading chamber to read. She read the book for 1 hour. After she finished the book, she rushed out with her royal servants to Barnes and Noble to buy the sequel of the book.
Before she could start reading the sequel, her brothers, Prince Ishaan, Prince Shivansh, Prince Mrida, Prince Punit and Prince Kaivalya took her to Build a Bear Workshop to build her very own stuffed animal.
The Princes took her and her new soft, cuddly friend to Panera Bread for a royal lunch after that.
After lunch, she thought it was a hot day so they went to get ice cream from the royal ice cream shop - Cold Stone Creamery. She could choose from a wide variety of flavors and toppings.
There was a Rakshabandhan ball in town. Therefore, Princess Narayani went to Justice to buy a beautiful gown.
She also bought matching accessories from Claire’s. All the other girls were buying their accessories from Claire’s so she wanted it from there instead of wearing the royal jewelry.
Shopping was fun but it did not take up her entire day. Therefore, she returned to the palace in her gold chariot pulled by white horses, and began to play with her new friend until evening. When the royal maids summoned her for dinner, they gave her some good news!
Her Parents, King Jigar and Queen Ankita were taking her out for a royal feast at Olive Garden. She had a wide selection of delicious ravioli, mouth-watering pasta and much more.
At the end of the day, Princess Narayani returned to her sleeping chamber to read the sequel. Slowly, she became drowsy. Her eyelids dropped and she drifted away into dreamland. That is how Princess Narayani spent her wonderful day of Rakshabandhan!
Without further adieu, let me share the pictures with you. Please enjoy the self explanatory pictures.
We had done something similar for Ishaan's first grade teacher as a Teacher Appreciation gift. Except that story was hand written and the book was hand made with construction paper. Mrs. S loved it and couldn't stop talking about it.