Tusshar Kapoor, speaks about big sister Ekta Kapoor
Ekta is not just a sister but a friend to me; someone who is protective, strong and caring. Growing up with Ekta meant fun and fights. We were always fighting—in the car, while going to school, in our room, just about everywhere.
As kids, we shared the same room so we would always fight over music and movie preferences. Ekta and I bonded a lot during our family vacations in the months of November and May. We travelled to the US, UK, Europe and so on.
The bond between a brother and sister is very special. We always celebrated Raksha Bandhan in the traditional way by performing all the rituals. Now, given our tight schedules, we don’t really get time to be together on this day.
At the end of the day, it’s the feeling that matters. When I was studying in the US, Ekta always ensured she sent a rakhi through someone for me. I have wonderful memories of this festival.
To me, Ekta is a great example of strength and intelligence. She is sharp, optimistic and hardworking.
My Little Sister, Neerja
By her doting brother, Vikas Kasliwal
My first vivid memory of Neerja is as a one-year-old toddler—a very lovable cute girl—leaning against a pouffe, and tapping the floor with her right leg swaying to the beat of ‘Dum maro Dum’.
The memory then shifts to a pretty 10-year-old with two pigtails blissfully listening to her (much) elder brothers yodeling ‘Phoolon ka taaron ka sabka kehna hai’. This lithesome girl moulds into the School Captain of Villa Theresa High School (after a few tumultuous years of mischief), and quickly transforms into the shy 18-year-old bride in full ceremonial glory.
Cut to the present day, where a beautiful woman, mature and sagacious, petite yet physically fit, loving and caring comes to mind. Neerja has blossomed into an affectionate yet feisty person who stands by her kith and kin, and supports her children and family to the nth degree. The way she is bringing up her three children is creditable; the way she is bringing up her new school in Mumbai is equally creditable.
Neerja is not one to rest on her laurels; she constantly seeks to improve and enhance her several talents, and is always willing to breach the next frontier. A fine orator, she presents an ideal blend of erudition and humility.
The kid sister is now a great emotional and intellectual support to her brothers, and I am especially very lucky to have a friend, philosopher and guide in her.
At Work and Play
Mukesh Sawlani, speaks about big sister Anita Dongre
We are six siblings and each of us has fond memories of growing up together, in an age where there was little or no Internet. As a younger brother, I have always looked up to Anita. She was a picture of perseverance and independence, even as a young girl. Soon after college, she started working despite facing opposition from our parents. Anita was always determined to lead a life that involved little or no dependence. These were lessons of life for me, too. I have always admired and respected Anita for her decision to set up a venture, at a time, when she was young and raring-to-go.
I have fond memories of our childhood. As a 12-year-old, I used to love baking for my sisters who would be studying till late in the night. My cakes were comfort food for them. On Sundays, I would make dosas for everyone. Since we are a large family, the older siblings were always looked upon as mentors. Anita, too, is a source of inspiration for me.
Professionally, Anita and I share a great bond as we work together. Our working style complements each other as we draw from our strengths to make our business grow.
We have always amicably sorted our professional disagreements. On the personal front, we’ve never had any differences. I am very proud of Anita and her success.
My Sister, My Brother
Comedian Sorabh Pant speaks about his sister, Meghna
My sister has been like a brother to me. When I was young, I was short and fat. I looked like a potato with limbs. Agents from McDonalds often came to our house to offer to buy me and turn me into the ultimate French Fry; an offer my parents declined—only because they weren’t fast-food fans. My physicality ensured I got a PhD in Being Bullied. I didn’t realize I could fight back until I saw my sister beat the hell out of a boy who picked on me. He didn’t fight back because she was a girl; until, half-way through her assault he realized that girls shouldn’t be able to hit that hard. She was my Master Shifu.
When I was 8 and she 9, we moved to Mumbai from Delhi. I was so shy, I couldn’t even talk to my imaginary friends. My sister made 68,000 friends in a week. She inducted me into her group like Rahul Gandhi into the Congress and showed me that it was really not that hard to find friends. She was my Mark Zuckerberg.
It amazed me when my sister copied me by publishing her first book with the same publishers as me; this was the one time I did something before her! Then her book outsold mine and I wish I hadn’t inspired her so! She became my Rushdie.
My sister is my Shifu, Zuckerberg and Rushdie. She’s one of the strongest, bravest and funniest women I know. She saved me in numerous ways, as a kid and beyond. That’s why this Rakha Bandhan, I’d like to tie a Rakhi on Meghna’s wrist to ensure she continues to protect me.
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