The Art of Gudiparan bazi - Afghan Kite Flying. A Kite Flying Unit: Kite flyer (leader). Charkha gir - person holding the wire. Kite. Wire. Charkha. Accessories: Finger protector - A tubular leather, usually worn around the right index finger to prevent trauma to the index finger from the sharp wire.
"If you were a boy living in Kabul, the day of the tournament was undeniably the highlight of the cold season. I never slept the night before the tournament. I'd roll from side to side, make shadow animals on the wall, even sit on the balcony in the dark, a blanket wrapped around me. I felt like a soldier trying to sleep in the trenches the night before a major battle. And that wasn't so far off. In Kabul, fighting kites was a little like going to war." Khaled Hosseini