To the person who understands everything through one glance, who refuses to have chocolate if it’s my favourite, who secretly watches me staring at the waves, who says, “you’ll do everything girls don’t”, who convinces me like an eight year old after upsetting me, who loves to argue, who knows something is wrong even without the slightest hint, who wishes to have complete details about how my day was, who is an expert in hiding emotions, who tries to lie but fails every time, who has taught me innumerable life lessons, whose favourite work is to annoy me, who winks and says, “I love to irritate you because there’s no greater joy in the world”,
To the person who never fails to make me smile,
To you, dear brother,
For that cup of chai we had in the coldest weather.
For taking me to a drive when I needed it the most.
For asking me if I was fine when you yourself weren’t.
For letting me rest on your shoulder when I was exhausted.
For attending to my needs, no matter how sleepy you were.
For complimenting the painting I made when it was horrible.
For that boiled butta we had when it was raining incessantly.
For improving my debating skills by opposing everything I said.
For understanding things through a single glance so that I wouldn’t have to speak much.
For waking up at six and wishing me luck for my exam, when you had a plan to get up at ten.
For saying “of course” when I asked you to do me a favour, when you already had work piled up.
For smiling when I looked at you, no matter how broken you were (that smile is a treasure to die for!)
For saying things you didn’t want to hear.
For acting irrationally when you didn’t want me to.
For delaying your urgent work because of prior commitments.
For not being able to have a nice, long conversation with you, frequently.
For quarreling with you on the tiniest issue just because I had a mood swing.
For messing your hair up the minute you set them and saying ‘sorry’, though I never mean it 😛
My most sincere wishes-
That you smile every day, knowing that this sister of yours will never stop loving you.
That I could hug you tight, every time we meet and not just shake hands and give a formal side hug.
Things you’ve taught me-
To lead a life bereft tensions.
To never belittle a person’s hard work.
To turn a blind eye to people who pass comments.
To understand that experience is the greatest teacher.
To laugh at my own mistake because there’s no point in feeling repentant.
To be multi-tasking since I complete my work and talk to you at the same time 😛
“I don’t love to irritate you”, said no brother, ever.
You’re an exception to the saying, “everything has its limits”. No, the thrill that you derive by annoying me has no limit. The keenness to see that annoyed face of mine can never lessen. I’ve always failed to understand what pleasure it gives you. It’s astounding how every brother in this universe has mastered his annoying skills.
You’re so darn firm to annoy me, that if anyone wants to learn to be adamant, I’d send that person to you.
You are the truest symbol of hypocrisy. You say “drive slowly” when you yourself don’t, “have meals on time” when you have lunch at five, “be on time” when you show up at ten for a meeting scheduled for eight, “learn to have patience” when you cannot wait for five extra minutes (I know you are smiling, recalling the moments when you’ve done this :P)
What makes me love you even more is when you ask ‘how was your day?/what did you do today?’. Certainly, nothing can change the past but asking these questions can comfort a person.
It’s insane how you keep shut on seeing me sad when you want to ask a thousand questions because you know that I’d rather prefer silence.
It’s fascinating how you wait until I am not visible when you drop me at a place.
And all this, my dear brother, is the highest level of affection.
One piece of advice-
If you don’t give me gifts on my birthday, it’s okay. You don’t have to. You yourself are a gift to me. Rather, stand with me when everyone else stands against me and believe in my words when everyone else makes fun of them.
To every brother who is reading this, you’re a jewel. I am, indeed, the luckiest person to have not one, but, so many brothers!
Anyone who asks me, “Who’s your best friend?” my heart prompts your name because you fit so flawlessly into the definition of a ‘best friend’!