A kite market in celebration of independence day...
by Kriti Gupta

The great Indian democracy turned 62 this year. And the country celebrated this occasion with the same vigour as it does every year.

Prior to 15th August, several bazaars were organised with Independence day as the theme. These showcased all things Indian such as - chudis, mehndi, Indian street food and so on. There was a special kite gallery and even a space for Bollywood at some places.

Indian flags, kites and Bollywood...

On the day, the flag hoisting ceremony was held with Red Fort as a backdrop. The Prime Minister's speech focused on an integrated India that rejected sectarian politics. For most people though, it was a time to sit and home, laze around and enjoy the holiday (or take a vacation because of the long weekend).

Kite flying around this time predictably increased. However, on 15th August, the rain god played villain and dampened the spirits of kite flying enthusiasts in the morning. Later in the day, the weather cleared providing ample breeze for the sport and several competitions were held across the city of Delhi in celebration of Independence.

Independence has given us space to grow and freedom to breathe. Celebrations of this kind are only an ideal given the importance of this day in our history.