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My name is Mitali, I am 6 years old.
My Grandma usually looks after me. Like the rest of my family, I’m a Hindu. Mitali is a Hindu name which means 'friend'.
Sometimes I think I’m too chubby and sometimes I don't sleep well because I worry about being bullied.
I like to show off my Indian dancing, especially at parties with my cousins.

Rakhi

Today in class we were talking about giving, so I thought I would tell you guys about a day in our Hindu calendar when giving is important.

Like Christmas and Diwali, I am always excited for a special day we call ‘Rakhi". At Rakhi I receive a special gift from a very important member of my family. Nope, not my mum or my dad. My sister! Unlike Christmas or Diwali, every year this gift is the same. In fact I already know what it will be. It's a red thread which my sister ties on my wrist. You must be wondering how I can be so excited if the present won't even be a surprise! And why would a simple red thread make me so happy?

Well...there's one more thing which might make you think this day can't possibly be that great. In return for the red thread, I give my sister a present. Sometimes I give her a little bit of money, but this year I gave her a CD.

I know what you must be thinking. I was confused too when I was younger. But now I'm a bit older I understand. I understand that it is not the present itself that makes me so happy but it's what that present means! The thread means that as the only boy in the family, I must be strong and lead the family. When my sister ties the thread on my arm, I am making a promise to her that as her brother I will protect her forever. The thread reminds me of my duties as a brother and how lucky I am to have such a fantastic sister.

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