Delhi – Janwaar Skateboarding Exchange Program
These eight young skateboarders from Delhi came to visit Janwaar Castle last weekend. Thank you Aashiq from the freemotion skatepark in Delhi for bringing them to Khajuraho.
To make a long story short: All kids had a blast!
In three sessions the Delhi boys competed with the Janwaar kids. Janwaar kids won. They were so proud !
It was interesting to see and read the faces of the Janwaar kids. When they first saw th e”big” Delhi guys they thought “Oh, my god ….!” Then they saw them skating and a smile came on their face – the Janwaar kids clearly saw their chance – and they succeeded. Really nice to see … and the Janwaar kids had girls in their teams …. so this gave them an extra plus 🙂
The event was great fun. And it was so good to see how all of them interacted and played and fooled around. Boys and girls! There were no barriers. Skateboarding was off between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm – it was simply too hot. Temperature climbed up to 45 degree Celsius! Inbetween we went inside our bamboo house, had discussions, played and rested.
The Delhi boys were invited to a wedding which took place on Friday evening in the village, we’ve taken them to Panna and they explored the Khajuraho Temples before they jumped on the train again back home! They’ve inhaled village life and easily adjusted to no electricty/ no sanitation. The Janwaar kids showed them their village, they climbed the trees, challenged our swing went through the jungle and played cricket 🙂
The 2.5 days passed quickly. I believe it was a great learning for all of us. We’ve learnt a bit what it takes to host city kids in a rural village, the Delhi kids learnt a lot about village life and the Janwaar kids learnt that they are as “good” as city boys in skateboarding. This is how I see it … the perspective might be completely different from the kids’ point of view.
The most important thing during the entire event was our small “award” ceremony where we honoured th ebest team, the best Delhi skateboarder, the best Janwaar skateboarder and the best girl skateboarder. And a special award went to Ankush (see pict below) – he is truly outstanding in skateboarding and in the way he behaves at the skatepark. Having all the beautis of a child he is rather a small version of a man than a boy. Lovely kid!