Thinking today about the relationships with Women friends. To signify the purity of relationship, in the Indian Culture, we call her "sister", and essentially that is what it is; a brother and sister to be there for each other. The spouses usually join in the friendship circle. Whereas in the American culture, the idea of a sister is not common yet!
I have nurturing and comfortable relationships with many a women, although the sister word sounds odd, my women friends can be comfortablly called sisters. What is your experience?
Indeed, the people from the Subcontinent; India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, regardless of their religion are taught to call friends of their parents as Uncles and Aunties. It is extremely rare for any one to call them otherwise.
India celebrates Rakhi - a festival to honor sister. On this day, any female that ties a thread on a man's wrist, signifies that she takes him as her brother and brother returns the honor with a gift of acceptance. I have several Rakhi sisters and they are all dear to me. It has nothing to do with religion, but to honor sisters. Legend goes back ... Read Moreto the times of Krishna, and also has examples of Muslim Kings. A woman ties the thread in the wrist of Aurangzeb who in turn drops his enemity towards the girls brother, as the Rakhi brother becomes a protector of the sister. There are many songs honoring sisters ...