Kite flying is one of the most popular sports and festival in India. According to the Greek literature, kite-flying dates back to as old as 14th century and later came to India and other Asian countries. Kite Festival in India is popular the worldwide and celebrated with great fun and fervor. Watching the colorful sky during the kite festival is indeed a feast to the eyes.
Men's inherent wish to fly high and reach the sky would have surely made him invent the kite and fly it high, somewhere giving him the feeling and the satisfaction that he can fly and touch the sky as high as he wants.
Kites are attached to a thread rolled in a pinball and flown against the direction of the wind. Kite flying is lot of fun but the real excitement lies in cutting in each other's kites. The more kites you cut the more expert you are.
When comparing kite flying to business or management, there are a lot of similarities in both of them. A close analysis of all the aspects of both these activities reveals a very close connection between them. There is a lot to learn from kite flying – a common activity we ignore taking advice and advantage of in business or management. The similarities are as follows :
Kite flying is not an easy task. Just like business, it involves various skill and talent to take the sky high up in the sky. The heavy burden of flying the kite could prove to be tiresome for any amateur trying it for the first time. In the same way, a new entrepreneur just entering the field of business has in front of himself a bag full of trouble. Overcoming them and establishing a company or firm of his own takes a lot of effort.
There are many different forms of business organization such as sole proprietorship, partnership, company form of organization, Hindu united family, etc. Keeping in mind these forms of organizations, there are different ways in which people fly kites. Some people have the skill and talent to fly the kite on their own like sole proprietorship, while some take the help of others and many hands come together to fly a single kite like partnership, company form of organization, etc.
Wind is the required thing which would make a kite fly high in the sky. If the weather is windy, the kite will fly properly. The business works in the same way. The products would sell and the profits would reel in only if there is a demand for the product in the market. The company is bound to suffer losses if it tries to fly its kite in a windless environment.
The material of the kite, when matched with proper wind direction can take it to heights where it can soar over the clouds. If it is too windy, a paper kite would simply tear off and a plastic kite would serve the purpose at that point in time. But if it isn’t too windy, a paper kite would just do its regular job. Similarly, when there is too much demand, such tough measures need to be taken which would keep the business stable by choosing the right method to tackle the problem. Thus such business measures and policies should be implemented so as to take care of the common interest of everyone.
The entrepreneur is known as the person who takes the risk of doing the business. If the qualities of the entrepreneur do not live up to the expectations, the life expectancy of the business becomes far too low. In the same way if the person flying the kite has good control over the kite then it will soar high in the sky.
For anything to reach higher ground, like a skyscraper, first the base has to be built strong enough to support the fragile structure over it. The same thing applies for everything. A business needs to be properly set up with adequate resources and plans for its base to be strong enough. If the base isn’t strong enough, further expansion could lead to an awful lot of problems in the future. Similarly, before flying the kite, we make small holes besides the main stick supporting the fragile paper of the kite. These holes, commonly called ‘kaana’...
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