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Rising spirits with kites

DNAHM118106 | 1/13/2018 | Author : Gargi Raval | WC :992

Families, some of who are engaged in making kites since generations, cheer as Uttarayan sets in
soaring in the skies

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it, Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister had famously said. Churchill did not have had Uttarayan - the festival of kites - in mind when he made the comment, but this is one festival that Gujarat waits for most eagerly. The skies are filled with kites of different sizes and colours, with cries of Kai Po Chhe and Lapet reverberating for several days. While the origins of flying of kites during the festival are not exactly known, there are several little known aspects of kite making. The kites, which cost anywhere from a couple of rupees to a few hundred rupees, have parts from Kolkata and Pune, while the thread with which they soar high into the skies come from Bareili. At f
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