Pix : A shopkeeper in Mangalhat area of Hyderabad shows kites depicting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Hyderabad on Jan.12, 2014
Last few days on eve of Sankranthi festival , neighborhood building terraces were fully occupied with Kite flyers . Loud shouts of deal deee....keench keench.... deal deee... katheeeee.... were heard from all directions. People danced when they cut other kite in mid air. Music systems blared filmi & folk songs all thru day & night . Hundreds of Kites were floating in sky even during night , some buildings made huge focus lights arrangements on terrace. This year, there were more kites flying compared to last year . Kites with Narendra Modi were seen in huge demand . A friend from HYD Old city told me that #NaMo kites sold like hot cakes and went out of stock . Women were seen supplying snacks & water to enthusiasts celebrating the first festival of the year. Varnasi is one of the few cities which banned Chinese manja this year, but it was freely available in Hyderabad. Local manja ( glass powder coated thread) faced stiff competition from Chinese ones.