during holidays, delhi skies are speckled with kites of every hue. as the capital revels in its favourite pastime, an air of unease grows in a charitable hospital in sunpura, greater Noida. several birds with broken wings and muscle damage, injured by the manja (glass-coated kite strings), get admitted to the bird hospital called abhay daanam. The hospital receives hundreds of pigeons, sparrows, parrots and doves every year, injured by the manja. of course, manja isn’t the only cause of bird injuries. Birds often get electrocuted, or hurt otherwise. The hospital, run by the Jain community, has one veterinary doctor and other staff trained in healing birds. it even has a 24x7 helpline number and an ambulance to rescue and treat birds in trouble. The hospital has also been spearheading an awareness campaign to encourage veganism. adhering to the tenets of Jainism, the hospital treats only non-raptor birds. Birds of prey like black kites, vultures and eagles are transferred to another charitable hospital, Wildlife rescue, run by two brothers, Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammad saud, in Wazirabad. They are not trained veterinarians but give the best care to these birds. The duo has self-learnt the basics of treating predatory birds and avian surgery. once the treatment of birds is complete and they regain their health, they are set free. Birds that have lost their wings and cannot fly again are kept in their shelter and taken care of by the brothers.