Celebrations with Sunshine Vitamin

A father was flying a kite, and his son was watching him intently. After some time the son says,
“Dad, why don’t you break the string, because of which the kite is not able to go any further higher.”

His father smiled and broke the string. The kite went higher and higher and then after some time, it came and fell somewhere on the ground.

The child was disappointed. The father then calmly explained,

“My dear son, in life also, we reach a certain level, and then we start feeling that there are some things like home, family, society, discipline, culture, traditions etc that are not letting us grow any further and stopping us from going higher.

“We want to be free from those ties, but the same things help us stay stable even at the altitude, while soaring high. Breaking those strings will make us like that kite.

“Only the height achieved by striking the right balance between the thread and the kite can give you real success in life.”

On January 14, I had published two posts on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, but I missed some important aspects of this festival.

Every festival brings some wisdom and some morals. Makar Sankranti is also one of them, when we exchange cookies made of sesame seeds and jaggery and fly kites. Why?

The tiny sesame (तिल or Til) seeds remind us of our insignificance in this vast creation. The feeling that ‘I am nothing’ dissolves the ego and brings humility.

Jaggery is a symbol of spreading sweetness and strong bond. “So let our ego be small like sesame seeds, and words sweet like jaggery.” This is the wish we exchange on that day.

There is one more aspect, and very important one. Sesame seeds have the highest calcium (975 mg per 100g), while milk has 125 mg only. And what regulates the amount of calcium in the body? The answer is Vitamin D or sunshine vitamin.

It helps in improving bone and teeth. Its low level can cause loss of bone density, thus increasing the risk of osteoporosis. It helps maintain a healthy immune system. The most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include fatigue, lack of sleep, depression, hair loss, loss of appetite etc.

But its deficiency is a common global issue, as 50% of the population has vitamin D deficiency. While a healthy, balanced diet (oily fish, liver, mutton, egg yolks) may help get this, the best source of Vitamin D, freely available, is sunlight and the best quality of sunlight is the end of winter and the beginning of summer.

This festival of kite flying has been designed to encourage people to go out in the open under direct sunlight. Our body is able to store vitamin D and then use up the reserves slowly.

May the sun of Uttarayan (sun moving toward north) give new warmth to your dreams, may your name and fame grow progressively, may you and your family be healthy and live long.

–Kaushal Kishore

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    1. बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद, नितिन जी! आपको भी बधाई और शुभकामनाएं 🙏💐


  1. Thanks for these ‘ TILGULS ‘ of information and knowledge.
    I am very lucky to work in farm field where plenty of vitamin D and oxygen is available. I also start my new day only after I complete my ‘ Sunsalute . ‘

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    1. That’s a good thing. Sun salutation is a complete exercise in itself. Thank you for reading and sharing your reflections 🌞🌞


  2. Ahh what a lovely story and post throughout! I love how you talk about balance and tradition in such a harmonious way. That kite analogy is one I’ll definitely remember! Amazing write and thank you for sharing more of your brilliance, dear KK 🤍🤗

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    1. Thank you, dear Grace, for such a beautiful comment. Your generous words are so inspiring. I always appreciate and look forward to your gleamings. Much appreciated 😊💖

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  3. This post, Kaushal, is excellent and inspiring! I love every word of your wisdom;
    but while you are right, I am that genetic anomaly and I have such a calcium absorption that I cannot take vitamin D supplements
    despite of lack of sunshine because it causes problems.
    I never break anything, my teeth are good, and my hair is strong.
    I love the sweets, the wishes, and the morals behind the festivities.
    Ancient wisdom was right.
    As it happens, I love and have done for years – fly a kite!


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    1. Thank you, Joanna, for this wonderful comment. I’m happy to know that you too love flying a kite. I remember you telling me about genetic anomaly, but if it works in your favour, there is no need to worry. You’re one of fortunates in this regard. Just enjoy the company of your books, garden, plants, birds and other little creatures.


      1. Thank you, Kaushal! Although I look so young, my biological clock must be ticking, and one day sometime in the distant future, I will depart like a kite with a broken string.


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      2. That’s true, not only for you, but for everyone. But why should we think of that? Let’s concentrate on our palms and fingers attached with them for doing something positive.


  4. This post is so cool and informative. In the US, March is the traditional kite flying much, probably because in many areas, the winds of March are usually strong and prevalent. Sunshine is very nice too.

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    1. Thank you, Pat, for sharing this information. In March, most parts of India become hot. In the month of January, due to winter season, it’s pleasant to go out in the daytime.

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  5. Beautiful post, KK! I love the colorful, interesting photos and the story with the wise and insightful ending.

    Even though I live in the”Sunshine State” and get quite a bit of sun, as I have grown older, I need to supplement with vitamin D. I have noticed that I have many dreams and remember more of them. Vitamin D is known to enhance sleep.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl for your kind comment that means a lot to me. I agree with you that with advancing age, we have to take Vitamin D supplements to keep ourselves going, as you rightly said, it also enhances quality of sleep.

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  6. Wonderful story — I’m going to share with my child for sure. We play together outside for 2-4 hours each day, even when it is very cold (it gets very cold here a lot), snowy, wet, windy, hot or sloppy. I feel like the sunshine is so nourishing in so many ways. Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing and
    “May the sun of Uttarayan (sun moving toward north) give new warmth to your dreams, may your name and fame grow progressively, may you and your family be healthy and live long.”

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    1. I’m overwhelmed by your kind words and support, and your sweet wishes. It truly means a lot to me. I’m so glad that you go out every day with your child. Sunlight is a natural nourishment, and we all should avail of it.

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