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Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad hosts an annual Kite Festival the culminates on the auspicious day of January 14th. We decided to go. Reports put the total number of kites in the sky that day at four million(!). People use glass-coated string to cut their neighbor's line and keep a tally of 'wins' and 'losses' throughout the day. Rahil enjoyed it tremendously. Who wouldn't? Thank goodness Charlie Brown wasn't here; it wasn't uncommon to see trees with ten, twenty, or thirty kites gobbled up.

Other highlights included trips to Adalaj, a five-story step well, and to Sabarmati Ashram, where Gandhi stayed for 13 years; there Rahil spun cotton thread just like Gandhi did.

For video of Rahil flying a kite, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqKgCSULu-s
To get a sense of how crazy the city is for flying kites, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGR4wEz8Y6c
To see a quick view of the magnificent Adalaj stepwell, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKG2nfY3noc
To see Rahil learning to spin cotton in Gandhi's Ahmedabad house, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfPSlZ0VLcY
Dad and Rahil
Dad and Rahil
Ahmedabad Kite Market
Ahmedabad Kite Market
Score!  Four Rupees (~ten cents) each
Score! Four Rupees (~ten cents) each
Terrace kite flying with Anand
Terrace kite flying with Anand
Kite flying on Partiv's terrace (14 Jan 2011)
Kite flying on Partiv's terrace (14 Jan 2011)
Swinging with Anand and Antara
Swinging with Anand and Antara
Dinner with Maya and Arman
Dinner with Maya and Arman
Breakfast dosa
Breakfast dosa
Merits closer examination
Merits closer examination
Adalaj stepwell entrance
Adalaj stepwell entrance
Crowded day at the Sabarmati Ashram
Crowded day at the Sabarmati Ashram
Sabarmati Ashram Museum
Sabarmati Ashram Museum
Just like Gandhiji
Just like Gandhiji
Hey!
Hey!
Amusing Shelly Auntie with a new toy
Amusing Shelly Auntie with a new toy
Kites above Ahmedabad Old City, 14 Jan 2011.  How many are there?  (Take a guess and then look at the next photo)
Kites above Ahmedabad Old City, 14 Jan 2011. How many are there? (Take a guess and then look at the next photo)
Lots!
Lots!
Panorama of kites above Ahmedabad Old City (14 Jan 2011)
Panorama of kites above Ahmedabad Old City (14 Jan 2011)