She held it steady,

With her little hands,

At the two corners her Dad told her,

And with a little leap,

She let it go…..

It soared high in the sky,

Dancing around merrily,

As the wind swayed it;

Giggles & squeals,

Filled the air,

As the young hands

Tugged on the line,

That anchors it with the ball of string.

And then came another of its kind,

Swaying & hopping,

Breaking free the string,

To take it higher and farther;

Soon it disappeared,

Behind fluffy white pillows of clouds.

And the little girl cried,

“My kite is gone!”

I wrote these lines on the humble kite that filled our childhood with immense joy, after reading these lines in an Instagram post:

“the art of kite making has been passed down from generation to generation in Delhi, India, but unfortunately is now a dying art form. The younger generations are not interested in the tradition of their fathers. The artisans who still craft traditional kites are growing older and finding it difficult to find apprentices to whom to pass on their wealth of knowledge”.

Somewhere my heart ached at the thought of the kites disappearing in the face of time, if not now maybe in the future. I hope this does not happen and we are not deprived of one of the simple joys in life, like that of flying a kite…. :/


  1. on my 1st independence day in delhi, i was amazed seeing people flying kites. The boys in my family buy kites and ready them one day ahead. This year unfortunately it was raining but people tried. In office this year, we decorated with tricolored kites.

    1. yes, people like you are still flying the kites and enjoying the joy it brings 🙂 but if the artisans stop making it & more so when there will be no one to make them, won’t they vanish one day? that is what I am sad about. I hope that day never comes! :/

  2. It’s such a coincidence that I too wrote about childhood recently 🙂 Lovely post!

    1. i think you meant “simple joys are not lost”.
      Anyways thanks GB and yes I do hope that some amount of simplicity remains in today’s fast changing world 🙂

  3. I dont know about other places, but in Jaipur, kite flying during winters and on makar sakranti day is BIG thing. Livelihood of so many people is dependent on that and most of it is oassed from one generation to the other, especially in the walled city. But yes, it is a seasonal business. BTW, that’s a lovely expression! Liked it a lot 🙂

    1. yeah, I have heard about the kite-flying ritual in Makar Sankranti and it makes me immensely happy that somewhere kites are still flying and the makers are still earning. 🙂
      And I am glad you liked my post 🙂

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