A kite printed with the portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, who is expected to visit India for the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations, is pictured at a shop ahead of the forthcoming Makar Sankranti kite festival in Hyderabad on January 7, 2015. The Makar Sankranti festival, which will be celebrated on January 14 this year, celebrates the beginning of the harvest season. AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Even though the opposition and half the country may not favour PM Modi’s move but the surgical strikes and demonetisation continue to be the ‘masala material’ of this festive season. Since Makar Sankranti has arrived right at our doorstep, the market is jam-packed with colourful kites of various types. Earlier it were the Bollywood actors, wrestlers and sports personalities that were the rage ahead of Makar Sankranti. However, this time, we’ve spotted Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the new Rs 2,000 notes as the main highlights.

There are kites made of glossy gift-wrapping papers, ordinary papers, plastic and several other materials. They carry cartoon characters, superheroes and colourful shades.

Ever since the government has imposed a ban on Nylon manjha (thread coated with glass powder) its sale has gone down. Nevertheless, a few kite owners have admitted that people are still asking for Chinese manjha since it facilitates swift cutting of other kites.

Upon investigating main kite markets around the country, it was found that PM Narendra Modi’s demonetisation was a hot flavour for the season. It was especially famous among kids, youngsters and followers of RSS ideologies. The kites had photos of old and new currency and key quotes by the PM.

Other than the ‘Modi kites’, other kite varieties available in the market include–

  1. Traditional Patangs or Diamond shaped Kites with Quotes on it

It’s a common sight on Makar Sankranti day. Nearly all the beginners start with a diamond shaped kite to try their hand at this activity. Despite being a standard kite, it’s a simple, colourful and brilliant option for people who just want to enjoy the day.

  1. Tukkal or Lantern shaped Kites

This smart and sophisticated kite is reserved for the highest level of kite fliers. Only those who’re seasoned in this art can fly this kite because it carries multiple ropes and parasols.

  1. Inflatables or balloon shaped kites

Inflatables are not just beautiful but highly expensive too. These kites are large in size and usually filled with air so they can fly up in the air for a long time.

  1. Sky Lanterns

Little specs of light dotting the pitch dark sky creates a magical moment from a beautiful fairy tale. Lighting a lantern and letting it roam across the city is the perfect way to end the festivities of the day.

So go ahead and grab your favourite kites from the market before they run out of stock! Don’t forget to test your luck in kite flying tomorrow!

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