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Ties that bind

Gifts are an integral part of Raksha Bandhan celebrations. As per tradition, gifts are given by elder brothers to the sisters in acceptance of their rakhi. They bless their sisters after they have tied the rakhis and offer gifts. In case of younger brothers, sisters give them gifts along with the rakhi. The gifts given on this occasion range from sweets to dry fruits and clothes.

Tell it with a card
As with all occasions, there are some awesome greeting cards for Raksha Bandhan. Rajan Nayak of Archies Gallery says, “There is a whole range of greeting cards available with Archies for the season. About 60-70 cards have arrived exclusively for the occasion. Available in many sizes, they are priced between `35 to `196 per card.”

Chocolates
Win your sister’s heart with chocolates. Chandramouli Venkatesan, Director (Snacking & Strategy), Cadbury, says “Over the years, chocolates have become a great gifting option during festivals. It gets people together and strengthens relationships during festivals.”  Apart from that, Godrej Nature’s Basket offers gifts specially designed for the occasion. The gifts are traditionally wrapped and are priced between `300 to Rs 1,500. 

Dresses
At Westside you can shop for women’s T-shirts and enjoy special offers. You can buy a T-shirt for just `299 and two for `499, women’s ethnic kurtas for `499 and `899.

Jewellery
The Gehna for Behna collection is priced within `35,000.

Home decor
Houseproud.in brings to you a collection of candles and cushions.



Recipe for chocolate barfi
(From Courtyard by Marriott)
Ingredients 
Milk 250 ml Condensed Milk 150 ml Sugar 100 gm (to taste) Cardamom 1/8 tbsp Koya 50 gm
Chocolate powder 25gm

Recipe
Boil milk in a thick bottom pan. Add sugar and reduce the milk. Continuously stir it till it becomes a thick paste. Add condensed milk and chocolate powder. Add cardamom powder and khoya to the mixture and let it cool. Pour the barfi mixture in a square mold till it solidifies.

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