Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Punjabi kite wars

According to a provincial official, kite flyers in the Punjab province of Pakistan may lose their allotted 15 days per year of flying if they get carried away with their hobby.

Apparently in Punjab when someone mentions flying a kite, they don't envision a kid having fun in the park or someone kicked back in a meadow watching a kite sail high into the sky. Punjabi kite flying means war. Combatants fly kites attached to string dipped in a glaze made of melted glass and metal. The object is to knock your opponent out of the sky. Apparently, it's war with collateral damage:

Every year, Pakistani media report dozens of deaths and injuries caused by kite flying, mainly of children and motocyclists whose throats are sometimes cut by metal or glass-coated string.



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