The unadulterated pleasures of kite-making

Children at a kite-making workshop conducted at the Regional Science Centreand Planetarium in Kozhikode on Saturday. Photo: K. Ragesh.  

Kites have been a fantasy for children since time immemorial. But modern urban life rarely gives children a chance to fly kites, as most parents are unaware of what makes a piece of paper soar up in the sky.

The Regional Science Centre and Planetarium here, along with the Kochi-based Kite Life Foundation, organised ‘Kite Fiesta 2013,’ a one-day workshop on kite-making for children below the age of 15, on the centre premises on Saturday.

Nearly 50 students had the time of their life for an afternoon making kites under the able tutelage of Rajesh Menon, who also explained to them the science behind kite flying.

Once the kites were ready, the children painted slogans related to environment protection and reading on the kites before marching to a nearby open space to test their products. However, the children were in for a disappointment as the wind did not favour them. The fluctuating strength and direction of the wind prevented the kites from soaring high. Even the experts could not manage much better. But it seemed the children were not to be defeated by a mere wind. After trying their luck for around half an hour, some were seen packing their kites to go to the beach determined to make their creation touch the clouds.

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