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Kite flying

It’s nowhere near as common as it was a few decades ago, but kite-fights were a popular hobby all over India at one time. The idea is to maneuver your kite so as to loop your kite-string around the other guy’s and then with a single pull, cut the string so his kite falls to its doom…



About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. I was, and am suffering from depression and things had gotten out of control. I had chronicled it in my posts, but I have removed them. Not because I wanted to hide that facet of my life; if that were the case, I wouldn't be writing this. But I was lucky to come across many, many wonderful people out here who helped me. Even if it was just to post and tell me I wasn't alone. I can't tell you how thankful I am for all of you. I've tried since, to tell my own story as an attempt at catharsis (didn't work) and as a means of telling others that they weren't alone either, not in their depression, nor in their cutting or burning, nor in their thoughts of and attempts at suicide. So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost dark self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on. I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice. I am a depressive, have been for some time, so some things do trigger me for no rhyme or reason; I don't expect anyone to understand that this happens, just maybe accept that it does. If not, I am sorry.


19 thoughts on “Kite flying

  1. Wonderful image …πŸ˜ƒ Gosh that sounds rather difficult to do .. a boy sport for sure!

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    Posted by Julie@frogpondfarm | 19/03/2017, 12:50 AM
  2. I first came across this ‘sport’ in the book The Kite Runner such a good book. Maybe a good idea for an app if it has lost it’s popularity? a kite fighting virtual reality game…

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    Posted by 10000hoursleft | 15/03/2017, 5:09 AM
    • Hosseini showed the world a lot about South Asia it seems. πŸ™‚
      There are a lot of apps on kite fighting, I wish they could recreate the rush of standing on a parapet in a strong breeze and trying to control a wayward kite. πŸ™‚
      (That said, I sucked at kite flying. πŸ˜€ )

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 15/03/2017, 6:22 AM
  3. Usually we put maanjhaa on the kites during fights…and also coat the kite strings with glass…
    Love the picture.

    By the way, could you please follow my blog back? If you like what I post, that is.

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    Posted by Bhanav | 14/03/2017, 9:41 PM
  4. The kits above the tree branches, beautiful capture!
    Have you seen the Kit runner movie?

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    Posted by Amy | 14/03/2017, 8:30 PM
  5. Reminds me of Chinese manja. Or is it ganja? Something like that the thread is called. It was in the news few months ago.

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    Posted by supercalifragilisticxpialidocious | 14/03/2017, 8:13 PM
  6. Reminds me of those good times, buddy. I guess it would be a history in decades to come barring some precious occasions!

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    Posted by Alok Singhal | 14/03/2017, 7:49 PM

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