Karthik Arya Nakota is in Bangkok for a brand shoot and will not attend the Raksha Bandhan festival with her sister Kritika, whom he calls Kittu – while he calls her Koki! However, this is not the first time that the Luka Chuppi actor will be away from home during the festival. Ever since the Gwalior boy has moved to Mumbai to become an actor, his sister has been sending him a rakhi by post. This year will be no different. Here, Karthik goes down memory lane and tells us how he used to celebrate the festival, and his bond with his sister…
Has the way you celebrate Raksha Bandhan changed in any way?
Yes. Previously we lived in Gwalior. Therefore, it was celebrated together. It was more fun because we started preparing for it the week before the day. My sister is sure that she has bought me the most attractive rakhi, and I will be used to save coins for her gift in my piggy bank. Now, we live in different cities. She is studying in Bhopal, and I am usually out for a shoot. So, she sends me a rakhi and a letter every year and trusts me, and this is the unique thing that I wait for the whole year.
Do you miss celebrating the festival with your sister back home?
Yes, I miss it because of bachpan ki yaadein best hoti hain. Back then, it was filled with more fun and shaitan. I wish we could go back in time.
What kind of gifts would you give her on Raksha Bandhan?
Although I used to save him money for the gift, I still tried to avoid buying something he wanted. Instead, I tried to make him do the things I wanted and bought them for myself, making him think they were really for him. But now, I am giving compensation for all this.
What are you planning to gift her this time on Raksha Bandhan?
Everything that belongs to me belongs to him!
Any particular year that was memorable for you?
Last year was special because, during the festival, I was, fortunately, rushing for Luka Chuppi in Gwalior. I took a break for Raksha Bandhan, and we celebrated it together. My cousin also came home. Mother made our favorite meal. It was just like old times.
How has the relationship between you and your sister changed in the last few years?
Now, we are more like best friends. Whenever I have doubts, or I am in trouble, I only talk to him. And although she is small for me, I wonder how she knows so much about life and relationships. He is like my friend, philosopher, and guide. And I am grateful to him that anytime he is just a call away for me.
How would you describe your sister?
She is fun, super charming, smart, and an overthinker similar to me.
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