Ahmedabad 2: Feeling like part of the family

…From Ahmedabad we took a day trip to Surya’s mother’s hometown, which is also the site of one of the most bizarre and exceptionally crafted architectural works in India, the step-well of Adilaj. We continued to the sun temple of Modhera where we all discussed Hindu mythology through the rock carvings. Our time in Ahmedabad was coming to a close and what better way to celebrate than with Uttarayan, the kite festival! Millions of kites up in the sky, all of Ahmedabad on the rooftops. Something magical about the pure, innocent joy of flying a kite. That said, kite flying is no mere pastime. It’s a game. The strings are covered with fine glass, making the lines razor sharp. You fly to cut another’s kite. The loose kites are fair game for all wanting to catch them. Vivien is a record holder in the number of times her kite was sliced by another. Fun times. We parted ways the following day with Surya and Jeff, Vaidehi, Bijal, Shanta masi and Sharda masi and the family. Our time in Ahmedabad was priceless.

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morning rush, better cover your mouth to keep away the fumes

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Adilaj step well, parrots flying between columns

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Adilaj, second well, seven floors down

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Adilaj

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class trip to the well, an un-synchronized scream of “helloooooo!”

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sun temple at Modhera

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Sharda Masi

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Shanta Masi’s laugh is contagious

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Modhera sun temple capital detail

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the guide explains Hindu mythology in Gujarati, just go with the flow

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a jali (carved stone screen) at the Sidi Saiyad mosque

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Sidi Saiyad

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Sidi Saiyad

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filling up for long day of kite flying

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on top of a friend of Jaysh’s rooftop in the middle of the old city, kites everywhere

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our host (right) and other kite specialists

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the streets are near deserted as everybody fills the rooftops to fly

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after her first index finger cut, she flies like a veteran

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the three sisters, Shanta, Surya, Sharda

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………………….

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Abhimanyu flies his first kite

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local beauties, watching, judging

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sun sets and the party still goes on…

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…obviously

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casualties of war

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……………….

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After ten wonderful days, we say goodbye to the family, to delicious breakfasts, and warmth all around. Spoiled rotten, we leave back to the lone world of backpacks.

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