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This rakhi, brothers try hand at unusual gifts for sisters

Sponsoring self-defence classes, gifting weekend treks and spa vouchers or gym packages are preferred choices

Gone are the days when Raksha Bandhan was a simple tradition where a sister tied a rakhi on her brother’s wrist and got a simple gift in return along with the promise to protect her from evil.

With the number of cases of violence against women increasing by the day, they are nowadays making it a point to enroll themselves for self-defence classes.

Brothers too want their sisters to learn the art of self-protection so that they can handle tricky situation when they are not around.
“I have enrolled my 14-year-old sister for self-defence classes,” says Prateek Oswal.

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He said he has also discovered a few items like pepper sprays and lipstick knives that brothers can buy for their sisters.

Around the festival, a number of companies conduct weekend-getaway treks in and around Maharashtra, or organise trekking vacations to the Himalayas and other scenic destinations up north.

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These are seen as excellent gifts by brothers who want their sisters to take a break from their routine life.

Many in the city have gifted spa vouchers or gym packages to their sisters. Dhruv Chaudhuri, who works at a gym in Kalyani Nagar, has gifted his sister as many as 12 free gym sessions.