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It’s time to fly high with kites

A.V. Ragunathan
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Colourful array:A wide range of kites on display at a stall in Cuddalore.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Colourful array:A wide range of kites on display at a stall in Cuddalore.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Come Pongal, colourful kites will dot the skyline of Cuddalore. Every open space, vacant site, playground and beach front would be occupied by kite flyers.

Kite flying has attracted people of all age groups into its ambit. It is progressing from a state of pastime into a sport.

The kite has all the quality to enthral the handlers and the spectators.

Leveraging the wind force it soars into the sky and yet its control lies in the hands of those rooted to the land. The altitude of the kite is determined by the skilful handling of the thread and the wind velocity.

Moreover, what matters the most is how the bamboo splinter is placed on the kite and how the knot is tied to it.

The “manja” type thread is seldom used in Cuddalore. S. Prakash, a kite vendor in Cuddalore, says that kites are in great demand during Pongal festivities.

Thousands of kites will be sold. Some prefer the Andhra kites and others Bombay kites.

In Mumbai kite making is a cottage industry, providing livelihood for many. It is simple in appearance and costs between Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 a piece.

Mr. Prakash says that kites also shape up like an eagle, a star, spiderman, and moon.

And this time there is “Dhoom-3” type sporting the picture of Amir Khan. However Mr. Prakash adds that while flying kites utmost care ought to be taken.

The ability to fly the kite high will bring self satisfaction and will also earn the envy of fellow kite flyers Mr. Prakash says and adds that proper caution will make it a happy experience.

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