Letter From New Delhi

Kite-flying in India: Fun turns lethal with use of outlawed glass-coated nylon strings

Kite-flying is a popular sport in India, especially around Independence Day in August. ST PHOTO: DEBARSHI DASGUPTA
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NEW DELHI - There is not a bird in sight. What one sees though are more than a hundred kites that dot the cerulean skyline above the Old Delhi neighbourhood.

They are drawn out by the monsoon breeze, soaring above mobile telecommunication towers and Indian flags that flutter atop houses. Families gather below on terraces to enjoy the sunset and watch kites spar like aerial pugilists.

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