Binding brotherly affinity

FESTIVE TIME: Youngsters selecting rakhis on the eve of Rakshabandhan on Thursday.  

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The day has come to celebrate `Raksha Bandhan,' the festival symbolising the special bond between brother and sister.

Festive mood can be felt everywhere as youngsters throng the gift shops to buy rakhis and gifts for the occasion. Just saunter around the roads and you will be amazed to find the range of fascinating rakhis and attractive gifts. Roadside makeshift stalls are all over the city with quite a modest collection of rakhis.

Rakhis have come a long way from the traditional gota and chamki-strewn bazaari ones. Now there are designer rakhis as well, which combine the traditional with contemporary.

Resham and dori work, zardozi, embroidery, bead and kundan work are used with minimal yet stunning effect.

Designer watches, imported chocolates, jewellery - all have jumped into the fray with the message that love has to be gift- wrapped and advertised.

Special silver rakhis are the main attraction at `Darling's Paradise.' Apart from these, the shop has a variety of chocolates in funky attractive boxes, range of softy toys and perfumes that can be the ideal gift for the sisters.