The GayBombay Goes Kite Flying
(To know more about the Sunday Meets visit:
Date: Sunday, January 18, 2004
Time: 4:30PM - 5:00PM IST
Venue : Juhu beach. We'll assemble near the Shivaji
Statue outside the Ramada Palm Grove Hotel between 4.30-5.00 pm and
anyone who comes later can just
come down to the beach and look for a bunch of cool
guys with pink kites!
What to bring: there's obviously no cost for this
meet, and we will be buying a certain number of kites. But you're
welcome to bring your own kites and even more important, your manja
(the kite flying thread). Just try to make sure the kites are pink!
For those who want more explanation:
Its January and in Gujarat and Maharashtra that means just one
thing: its time to start flying kites again!
At this time of the year the breezes are strong and the weather is
pleasant enough for people to spend all day flying kites from their
rooftops. Go to Bhuleshwar, one of the older districts in Bombay on
Sunday, and you'll find the streets full of kite shops below and the
skies full of kites overhead.
In particular people fly kites on Makar Sankranti in Maharashtra and
Utraan in Gujarat. It symbolises the begining of the Sun's journey
towards the northern hemisphere. This year Makar Sankranti falls on
the 15th of January and for the third time, Gaybombay will be
celebrating it by flying kites on the following Sunday, which is two
days later. Like last year we plan to land up at Juhu beach and
spend the late afternoon flying kites - all coloured bright pink, of
Everyone who came last year can tell you what a blast we had,
especially after we finished flying the kites, we looked for other
means to have fun on Juhu beach.
As with all GB events we are happy to welcome friends and
well-wishers, and look forward to their continue support this year
too. More specifically we look forward once again to another kite
flying match with our lesbian friends.
Kite flying is a delicate thing, its all about skill at handling the
wind, knowing how to play the manja (the thread), when to let it go
slack and then pull abruptly. We have some pretty good kite flyers
among us. So its going to be an interesting contest and we hope lots
of people will attend.
See you there!