Mobama to take over Delhi skies

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditya Dogra aditya. dogra@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

When US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama met our Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing his Re­pub­lic Day visit to In­dia last year, no one would have thought that this ‘Mobama’ friend­ship would be­come the flavour of the In­de­pen­dence Day kite-fly­ing scene in the Cap­i­tal.

We took a trip around Lal Kuan Bazaar in Old Delhi, the big­gest kite hub in the city, and found that this friend­ship was the most pop­u­lar choice among kite buy­ers and sellers alike. “Jitni fa­mous in dono ki dosti hai duniya mein, utni hi fa­mous yeh kites hain. Bol­ly­wood stars waali patan­gon ki bhi ba­hot bikri hai kyunki log Ak­shay Ku­mar aur Sal­man Khan ke liye poochte huye aate hai,” Mohd Shami, a kite seller, told us.

“Main aapko aur Modi de­signs dikhaata, but ba­hot saara stock sold out hai,” he added.

While the Mobama kites range from ` 10 to ` 35 each, the kite sellers claim that cus­tomers are more than happy to shell out big bucks for big kites. “Un­like the last few years, this year has seen a rise in the sale of big­ger de­signer kites. Cus­tomers or­der spe­cial kites that come all the way from Bareilly and Jaipur. Mini kites, too, are a hit among those who like to dec­o­rate their homes with kites. While the mini kites are priced at ` 15 a pack, de­signer kites range be­tween ` 50 and ` 350, depend­ing on the or­der,” said Omardeen, another kite seller.


Left: Modi-Obama kites are a big hit

this year

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