Rakhi Bazaar: Top 15 Most Sought After Rakhi Gifts for Brothers

For a sister, her brother is the man with the Midas touch! He is the superhero who can do away with all her life’s problems.  This magical love of sisters for their brothers, as feet of clay makes for the most riveting aspects of this relationship.  The inner anchoring of this relationship is love that invisibly exists, and Raksha Bandhan celebrates the purity of that love.

Top 15 Most Sought After Rakhi Gifts for Brothers

From the very first day of the month in which Raksha Bandhan falls, sisters get on the shopping spree to find the best Rakhi gifts for brother. And, what essentially bothers a whole lot of these ardent sisters is the lack of choices they can look into. However, these days, e-commerce websites are playing a significant role with their easy and comfortable way of rakhi online delivery to different parts of the world.

While there are online sites where you can find a lot of options of Rakhi gifts to warm the cockles of your brother’s heart, I am here mentioning some extraordinarily interesting ideas. Read below to find:

  1. A Sports kit 

Especially if your brother is a sports person then a complete sports kit will be an ideal Rakhi gift. You just need to pay heed to the fact that which sports your brother likes the most. Choose a nearby store to pick this best Rakhi gift.

  1. A Musical instrument

A desirable musical instrument will definitely make your relationship melodious with your brother. Choose an instrument that your brother likes the most like a guitar or Casio! This gift will definitely bring more harmony in your relationship and take it to a higher level.

  1. A personalized sister-brothers T-shirt 

You can make your Raksha Bandhan celebration a special affair by wearing these tailor-made T-shirts. You can either buy a funky T-shirts for sister and brother or it can also be personalized as per your choice.

  1. Fitness Equipments 

If your brother is a fitness freak and a Rakhi gift of a fitness equipment kit could be an ideal choice. Because of the busy schedule, there must be times when he misses on his gym visit, and at that time this kit will definitely help.

  1. Stationary Holder 

This gift will definitely provide with a lot of ease to your brother in keeping organized his stationary items, no matter if he is a working professional or a student. Most boys cannot keep their belongings and so they could not find the items when they actually need. So, this stationary holder will be of great use.

  1. Camera 

If your brother loves to capture the beautiful moments in life then a gift of camera would be a perfect one. On this Raksha Bandhan gift your brother a DSLR camera and he will feel happy. Let him capture this beautiful moment in his camera.

  1. His favourite gadget 

If your brother is a tech-friendly person then his favourite gadget could be the best choice for Raksha Bandhan gift. It could be a laptop, a smart phone, or a mobile set as per the choice of your brother.

  1. Shades 

Shades will help in enhancing the personality of your brother! Choose the best brand because that’s an important aspect to look into.

  1. Headphones 

No one can deny that music has the power to make you feel happy in any situation! And, a qualitative headphones are a must have thing for everyone. On this Raksha Bandhan, gift a pair of handy and qualitative headphones.

  1. Power bank 

Finding a charging point is a very important concern when you travel!  And, so having a whole lot of power bank with which you can charge your mobile or laptops as and when you want.

  1. Backpack 

Whenever we are on a spree of travelling, the first thing that comes in mind is the requirement of bags to carry our luggage in. And, you can help your brother to make his travelling planning easy by gifting him a sturdy and branded backpack.

  1. Books 

For your book lover brother, an award winning book on the beat he is most interested in could be the best choice of gifts. You can order it online a pack of his favourite books and it will surely make him happy.

  1. Handcrafted Gift 

There’s something very special about handcrafted gifts! They have the power to explicitly connect two people by heart. This Raksha Bandhan, gift your brother a handcrafted present and he will be delighted.

  1. Rakhi combo 

There are various websites that have a variety of Rakhi gift combos including Rakhi with dry fruits, Rakhi with chocolates and much more. You can go for ordering your gift for brother from any of these online portals.

  1. Lucky Plants 

A gift of lucky plant will definitely bring about lot of luck for your brother! Every sister wants to see his brother as a successful person and definitely having a lucky plant around will call for success in all areas of his life.

There are uncountable number of choices of Rakhi gifts for brothers and these are some of the gem choices that will undoubtedly make this relationship stronger and cordial than ever before. So, on this Raksha Bandhan, gift your brother a perfect gift of love and bring about amicability, love and affection in your relationship.

Floweraura – 5 Best Personalized Rakhi Gifts for Your Doting Brother

Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and you must be really confused over what should you gift your brother this time. Of course, you don’t want to disappoint your bro by giving him the same repetitive things. Right? Well, to help you find a perfect gift which has a meaning and can convey all your sentiments for your brother, this article presents you a list of six best-personalized rakhi gifts that will brother will just fall in love with. Check these out here:

Personalized T-shirt

Already sounds wow, right? Well, a t-shirt which is designed specifically for your brother will just make his day. Yes, you can personalize a simple t-shirt of any color with the message that you wish to convey your brother this Raksha Bandhan. It will make the best rakhi gift for your brother because he can pair up the t-shirt with denim jeans and create a new style statement. 

Personalized Photo Frame

If you are looking for a meaningful rakhi gift for your brother that he can treasure always then, gifting a personalized photo frame to him will make the best choice. A photo frame personalized with a beautiful picture of you and your brother will make your brother cherish the unbreakable bond that he shares with you this Raksha Bandhan. Plus, you can also add a message to the frame to give it a more personal touch.

Personalized Mug

Personalized mugs are one of the most trendy gifts these days. Therefore, you can also get a coffee mug personalized with your brother’s picture or with the message that you want to convey to your dear brother. There are a number of gift shops and online portals that offer personalized mugs in a variety of shapes and designs. Since it’s Raksha Bandhan, you can personalize the mug with a lovely sibling quote. This gift is sure to make your brother feel pampered.

Personalized Keychain

Does your brother love to ride bikes or cars? If yes then, here is an amazing Rakhi gift for him. This Raksha Bandhan, surprise your brother with a personalized wooden keychain with his name printed on it. On the other side of the keychain, you can even get a quote engraved on it. If you think just a personalized keychain wouldn’t be enough to make your brother feel special, you can couple the keychain with rakhi cards as well.

Personalized Cushion

If you want to give a gift of comfort and love to your brother this Raksha Bandhan then, you can pick a personalized cushion for him. There are a wide variety of personalized cushions available online with various designs. You can personalize a cushion with a sweet rakhi message for your brother. You can even get the cushion customized with a pic of your brother. He will surely adore this gift.

With these personalized rakhi gifts choices, make sure to pick up the one that suits your brother’s personality the best. Have a happy Raksha Bandhan.

Making of Gauhar Jaan, India’s first recording Artist


Making of Gauhar Jaan first recording Artist of India

Can you imagine a singer getting Rs 3,000 for recording a song by a gramophone company at the beginning of 1902?

Yes, that is true, and the singer was none other than the legendary artist Gauhar Jaan, an of Armenian origin, but born in India.

It was at about 9 am in the morning when Gauhar entered the recording room of the gramophone company of India. She made her way for the recording session, unknown of the fact, that she is going to create a sort of history in the field.

She was young and pretty, wore all her expensive ornaments and jewellery along with trendy dress and makeup, which was deemed fit to instil a sense of confidence in her.

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And it worked. The voice was appreciated by one and all. The company reaped the dividends of her success. It was a functional but makeshift recording studio. It was set up in two large rooms of a hotel in Kolkata by the Gramophone Company for the purpose of recording her song only.

The company had asked Frederick William Gaisberg and his assistants from England to explore the recording for the Gramophone Company, which was established in England in 1898 only.

The agents of the company visited several theatres, attended a number of concerts at Jamindar and landlord palaces to make a hunt for a suitable girl voice. Ultimately, they could found at a promising artist. The singer was a dancing girl but bestowed by an equally melodious voice.

The company was of the view that an artist of such calibre was necessary to rope in to build a strong foundation in India., It also needed of the hour since many other recording companies of German, French and American origins were also trying to tap the Asian market Indian market.

At that time Gauhar Jaan was about 30 years old, she was of fair complexion, medium-built and looks pretty in makeup. Her accompanists in Sarangi, harmonium, and tabla tuned their instruments. Gaisberg was himself there to check the equipment. A thick wax master record was there on the turntable rotating at 78 rpm. There was a huge recording horn, which was fitted on the wall on her backside and close to her face. Now she was asked to sing loudly into that makeshift horn. The Longhorn was there on a diaphragm and fitted with a needle. That was connected to the recording machinery. A needle was placed on rotating disc for cutting the grooves.

Gaisberg requested Gauhar to sing for three minutes. She was to announce her name at the end of the recording. So, at the end of the trial recording, she said, “My name is Gauhar Jaan”.

Although the sound recording was there in 1877, it took two decades for the technology to develop. The first-ever recording of Indian Classical music was engraved in the grooves of a gramophone record in about a quarter of a century later.

Gauhar Jan’s first original song can still be played on a record player. You still can listen to the sweet and melodious voice of Gauhar Jan who will replay it into the ears of the music lovers and listeners as long as the technology works well.

She was born to Anglo-Indian parents. She was known by the name of Miss Angelina Yeoward. Her father, Robert Yeoward, was an Armenian Jew who was on a job of an engineer in a factory at Azamgadh in Uttar Pradesh of today. He married a Jewish, Miss Victoria Hemming, in 1870. She was born and brought up in India. Victoria had learnt Indian dance and music here.

Angelina was born into them in 1873 and was baptized in the Methodist church. This marriage did not last long and after the divorce, she moved to Benares with Angelina and Khurshed– her new husband. She converted to Islam and chose new names; Gauhar for daughter and Malka for her.

In 1883, all three of them shifted to Kolkata, which was known as a place of patronage for music and the other arts. The place was famous for courtesans or Kothewalis who would entertain affluent people with their art. Some Ustads used to train this community after a proper ganda bandhan ritual, in which a teacher accepts a disciple.

Little Gauhar, was fond of dance and music in her early years and used to take lessons from her mother. She was blessed with a sharp memory, intelligence and use to learn very fast, and so Malka deputed exclusively for teaching her languages, literature, besides dance and music. It was only Kale Khan and later Vazir Khan who are credited to train her in classical Hindustani vocal music. Ali Baksh and Brindadin Maharaj taught her the Kathak form of dance. Srijanbai taught her dhrupad style of singing in Hindustani vocal tradition. Charan Das trained her in Bengali KeertanKeertan, a devotional form of music.

She also used to learn from her contemporaries. She had all respects for Mojuddin Khan, Bhaiyya Ganpatrao and the singer Peara Saheb. She gave her sweet voice to Tagore songs even before the particular form of Rabindra-Sangeet was unheard till then. She also wrote several compositions under the name ‘Hamdam’. She not only penned but composed and recorded gazals gazal in classical music. She used to read, write and sing in a number of languages. Her interest was in Bengali, Hindustani, Gujrathi, Tamil, Marathi. She was also proficient in Arabic, Persian, Pushto, French, Peshawari, as well as English.

She first performed at Darbhanga State after such a tremendous training at the age of fifteen. Later, from 1896 she began to perform in Kolkata. She also used to sing and dance at the houses of zamindars for a remuneration, which was in thousands of rupees at that time.

Gauhar Jan recorded prolifically, courtesy the Gramophone company. She recorded a total of over 600 songs over the period from 1902 to 1920. Moreover, she sang in more than ten languages. From 1903, her records appeared on the Indian market and were always in great likings. In 1908, a record-pressing factory was built at Sealdah

The early records of Gauhar Jan announced her as a ‘First dancing girl, Calcutta’. It indicated her elevated position as the premier vocalist in the Kolkata musical world of 1890-1910.

The wide circulation of her records made her popular everywhere. She was invited to join the Prayag Sangeet SamitiPrayag committee, which used to organize music conference at Prayag in Uttar Pradesh. She was offered Rs 1000 there. During the coronation of King George V at the Delhi Darbar, it was she who was invited to sing a duet with Jankibai of Allahabad. They recited a Mujra song – Ye Hai Tajposhi Ka Jalsa, Mubarak Ho Mubarak Ho and received 100 guineas each as a gift from King George.

Gauhar Jan used to live a wealthy life, and she also donated generously to social causes. In Calcutta, she used to ride in a buggy driven by four horses, donated only half of the promised amount to Gandhiji’s ‘Swaraj fund’ when he did not keep the promise of attending the ‘fundraising’ concert.

She married her secretary Saiyyad Gulam Abbas, who was a young man from Peshawar. He was ten years younger than her. When she found his affair with other women, she severed her relations with him. Later, she fell in love with Mr Amrut Vagal Nayak in Bombay, an actor on the Gujrathi stage. Her selfish and cunning relatives forced her to stay in Darbhanga State for quite a time. She joined the service of the Mysore State, where she breathed her last in 1930.

She had lent her voice in 150 records and most of them are in the safe custody of record collectors.