The detailed comments from some of my dear friends to my previous post “Ahmedabad: Uttarayan Eve 2009” say more than I ever could have. They have described the festival and the associated feelings so well!
What I will do is post some pictures which I took on Uttarayan morning.
Here are a couple of headlines from Times of India, 14th January 2009. “The Patang Party Begins” exults the headline on page 1. The headline on the supplement Ahmedabad Times cautions revelers to “Fly Safe”
Thanks to a colleague of mine at Ahmedabad I could get to fly kites. He gamely set the kite up and handed me the ‘controls”. I tried some deft manouvers trying to act like one kite-flying cat. And sure enough, and soon enough, my colleague had to intervene to save my kite from other predator kites.
One great advantage of visiting my colleague was that he stays in a high-rise building and I could have a great view of the neighborhood from the terrace on the 11th floor. Terraces after terrace were filled with people, some flying kites, while most enjoying the action. Here are a few pics:
And here is a resting place for these objects of joy.
Ahmedabad! I will be back for Uttarayan next year. For a longer stay. And with my family!