11 January, 2010

Beware of the 'manja' (kite thread)

Yes, 'manja', the thread used to fly kites. That thing is very deadly.

If you travel by a four wheeler, then there's no problem. But if you are a two wheeler rider and you live in India, there is a serious cause of concern.

These days many people or children fly kites on road. And if you are travelling on a two wheeler and you come across a kite thread, you are bound to get sharp cuts anywhere on your body. Every year there are news of people who were injured in such type of incidents. I had read news about people's throat being slit open.

The only thing you can do to prevent such type of incidents is to remain at home and enjoy kite flying on the terrace of your house. Avoid passing from slum areas, as these are the areas where people are least cared about other peoples' safety. Always wear a helmet when you drive which can protect your face if unfortunately you come across the kite thread.

Have a safe and happy Makar Sankranti and Pongal.

In Marathi they say, "तीळ गुळ खा अणि गोड गोड बोला."
That means, "Eat linseed mixed with jaggery and utter good and sweet". (I probably translated it wrongly).


yogini said...

i also don't know about "तीळ गुळ" in english...
and yes there are many new of injuries ..
but this time government has band heavy types of manjas and flying kites are also decreasing day by day. . .
happy Makar Sankranti and Pongal

Bikram said...

Nice.. Ok dont laugh now.. this bring memory..

I had returned back to india after 4 years when i first came to UK. and Guess what I brought back ...
a full reel in punjab we call is "charakhdi", the round thing which has all the manja (broken glass,colour,glue etc etc ) thread.. and Yes lots of Kites, well a friend had carefully made them .. removed all the sticks roleld them , shown me what i need to do once i reach uk..

I still have it and this gone summer we had gone to Malvern hills for a climb.. and we spent an hour on top flying a kite..

hmmmmmmmm fond memories... Just thought i will share with you reading your post..

they are so dangerous i did not know that.. :)

Gaurav said...

@ Bikram:

Yes Man! There is real fun in flying kites.

Even I love kite flying.

We have to take some precautions because the manja contains minute pieces glass.

PS: Fond memories. Its always good to share them.

Anonymous said...

Happy Makar Sankranti to you too. I remember the fun we used to have as kids. Even I have flown kites on the roads in Nagpur. However I understand how dangerous it is now. :-(

Ankita said...

The "manja" is even responsible for bird killings on massive scale.

But, I guess there is no solution to prevent that.

Gaurav said...

We cannot prevent bird killings.

We can only prevent ourselves from getting injured.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Happy Makara Sakranti.:)
Interesting post on kite flying. :)

yogini said...

happy makar sankranti

Gaurav said...


Happy makar sankranti to you, too.

PS: Thanks for visiting.

enjoy flying kites!

Anonymous said...

Gau Gorilla !!!!!


Gaurav said...

Nice to see you here.

Gaurav said...

@mayur da.

Happy Makar sankranti. (I missed your comment)

MadhaV said...

so how was your Makar Sankrant?

Gaurav said...

As usual. No kites, I only ate lots of 'til gud'.