Dhakaiya Profession

Kitemaking-A Case Study

Posted in Kitemaking by rrasheeka on February 17, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Watching his father make kites thrilled Faruq when he was very young. One day he asked his father to let him make a kite. Looking at his father making kites everyday had given little Faruq some idea on how a kite should be made. His father gave him the materials necessary to make a kite just to keep him busy. But Faruq successfully made the kite. He felt ecstatic.

Today, Faruq makes and sells kites as a profession. He is around 60 years old. Making kite has no longer remained a mere time-pass. It has become the source of his income. At 6 o’clock every morning, Faruq sits down to sell his kites and sells them till the sun sets. All the time he is waiting for the kites to sell,he also makes kites. Even after he goes home he makes kites.

The income that he has from selling kites is hardly enough to make both ends meet. He doesn’t know whether, if he had any option, he would choose kite making as a profession. He never had an option. When he was still very young, his father passed away. He was the elder son of the family and so he had to take up financial responsibilities. As he had learned making kites from his father, continuing his father’s profession seemed to be the obvious thing to do.

He doesn’t have a child and he knows if he had one, he wouldn’t want his child to become a kite maker and struggle throughout his life. And so he is sure that if his father was alive to see him grow up, he would never want this profession to be his son’s profession. Unfortunately, life had other plans.


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  1. maharuq said, on March 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    It’s so unfair that an art like this is not valued in our country.

  2. Auvi said, on March 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    This is one proof that even if we live amongst the mordernized,there are still some who loves to live old fashioned anyway.

  3. bishen said, on March 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    A touching story…It is the story of some many people around us. It is amazing how things that seem wonderful to do in our younger years become mere petty activities in practical life. Sure, he makes money by selling kites, but he also doesn’t want his son to pursue his profession….Must have suffered a lot….

  4. Masha Huq said, on April 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    flying kites was favourite time pass when i was a kid. Now its rare to be seen

  5. Md. Asad Bin Yousuf said, on April 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Kite making is a wonderful art. Although in new Dhaka number of young boys flying kites have decreased but still in Old Dhaka many young boys are found flying kites in their roof tops. In old Dhaka the young boys celebrate a day every year only for flying kites known as “SAKHRAIN” when they fly kites from dawn to dusk. I think this tradition should be continued so that future generation will get the touch of this kind of entertainment.

    • rrasheeka said, on April 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm

      yes,you are right. Kite flying is a festival in old dhaka.

  6. Safina said, on April 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    like the way u present it…the old man is so innocent looking!!

  7. Limana Solaiman said, on April 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I love the way you knit words together to from an endless flow of a perfectly harmonious story. I myself is really interested about Kites. I have participated in many kite festivals around the country and I think flying kite is a hobby that the cyber pro teenagers of our country can take on to.



  8. আনোয়ার হোসেন said, on November 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    ১৯৭৫ সাল থেকে ঢাকা শহরের ছাদের উপর ঘুড়ি উড়াই। তখন ওটা যেন ড্রাগ থেকেও বড় নেশাকর ছিল। ঘুড়ি উড়ানোর সমাপ্তি ঘটে ১৯৮৭ তে মেট্রিক পাশের পর। ৭৫ থেকে আকাশে যত ঘুড়ি দেখা যেত ৮৭ তে আর তেমন দেখা যেত না। বাচ্চা কাচ্চারা ঘুড়ি আর উড়ায় না। ঐ সময়টার কথা ভাবলে এখনো গায়ে কাটা দিয়ে উঠে, মনে হয় যেন ফিরে যাই ঐ দিনগুলিতে।

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