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With kites in tow, Chennai flies high on Diwali

Nov 09, 2007 06:41 PM IST India India

Chennai: Crackers, sweets and new clothes is the usual for every Diwali but there’s another unusual tradition in Chennai.

Twenty-eight-year-old Harinath carefully ties the thread to his kite. After all, it is a battle out there.

He has been flying kites for more than 20 years now and every Diwali, he and his brothers get ready for the game.

“The best part of kite flying is the deal. Basically we get into a competition with someone from the neighbourhood and the game continues till one of the kites gets cut. It’s great fun,” says Harinath.

Kites here come quite cheap, priced at anything between Rs2-15. The thread reels however are more expensive, costing anywhere between Rs100-200.

Though there are quite a few designs to choose from, people prefer the traditional kites.

It’s brisk business for kite sellers and many sell over 1000 kites a day.

“This is a busy time for us. We can barely attend to all the customers. We sell kites even till 1 am,” says Manohar, a kite seller.

Kite flying might seem like an easy task, but it’s really not as simple as it looks!