Friday, February 10, 2006

Watch out...you might be decapitated by a kite!

Today the Supreme Court here decided that it would still be legal to celebrate Basant. Basant is an annual kite-flying festival held at the coming of spring here in Lahore. It doesn't only involve flying kites, but battling them. Everyone who is anyone has a top class kite to fight it out during the festival which starts Feb 15th this year. The problem is, people have gotten a bit too serious and kite battles have turned deadly; not only for the kites but for innocent passerby as well! For months leading up to Basant, people make kite string out of shards of glass. These thin strings are like mini invisible guillotines, flying everywhere in the air. Picture this, you're riding on your motorcyle to work and suddenly, you drive through a kite string and your head is cut off! just like that. I was told 7 or 8 people have been decapitated in such a way in the last four or five years. Last year the celebration was banned despite protests outside the supreme court. I think it pretty much went on anway, but the marketers took a big hit since it's one of the biggest celebrations of the year. This year it will go on as planned, and I'm definitely planning to avoid open fields and rooftops for fear of losing my head...literally! Crazy sports these Lahoris have here.

Find out more about Basant here:

http://www.thingsasian.com/goto_article/photoessay.2100.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/12/09/pakistan.kites/

2 comments:

Bill said...

Kite - U2


Something
Is about to give
I can feel it coming
I think I know what it is

I'm not afraid to die
I'm not afraid to live
And when I'm flat on my back
I hope to feel like I did

And hardness
It sets in
You need some protection
The thinner the skin

I want you to know
That you don't need me anymore
I want you to know
You don't need anyone
Or anything at all

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to say what it is will break you
I don't know
Which way the wind will blow

Who's to know when the time has come around
Don't want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

It's somewhere I can taste the salty sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on the breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me

I'm a man
I'm not a child
A man who sees
The shadow behind your eyes

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to say what it is will break you
I don't know
Where the wind will blow

Who's to know when the time has come around
I don't want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

Did I waste it
Not so much I couldn't taste it
Life should be fragrant
Rooftop to the basement

The last of the rocks stars
When hip-hop drove the big cars
In the time when new media
Was the big idea
What was the big idea

kath and greg said...

Have you read "The Kite Runner"?
Great book. I'll find you the name of the author, sorry, it escapes me presently......