I was near the rail road tracks, everything is silent. Only a few guards walking around and some teenagers comparing their Ipods. Then suddenly a noise is heard from the distance. Is it like thunder or something else? I turned my head toward the direction of the noise and saw lights, and the noise gets louder. I heard a “chugga chugga” sound, and then a horn, “choooooo”. Then the trains rushed up near me, the rushing wind messing up my straightened hair and I heard the train wheels on the tracks “clink clink.” People rushing in and out of the train in mid of early peak hours. Heard some echoing announcements within the train. That is all I heard for a long time until the train moved away and the silence creped in again.          – My first Gautrain trip.

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Am sure some of you guys would’ve spotted these small motorbike kinda taxis services on the road in Johannesburg. It is called a Tuk tuk. In my country (India) we call them Auto. I was surprised to find these vehicles on the road. They have been imported from India to SA.


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Whenever my brothers and I went to visit our grandparents in the village of Kumbakonam, India all the family and friends get together in their groups. Watching my anna (elder brother) and his friends play kabadi was my favourite past time when I was kid. It was an interesting sport but some times it turned out violent. Mostly, I remember the sound ‘ Kabadi kabadi kabadi’. The below is quoted way of how the game is played.

Kabadi is a team sport, played mostly in South Asia. The word ‘Kabadi’ is derived from a Hindi word that means, ‘holding your breath,’ which is the activity that underlies all games of Kabadi. It is most often played in underwear (Shorts) in villages and in track suits in tournaments. Kabadi was one of the demonstration games at Asiad ’82.


How to Play

Number of teams                            : 2

Number of Players per Team     : 12

Number of Players in court         : 7

Number of Players in reserve     : 5

Dimensions of the Court                : 12.50m x 10m, divided by a line into two halves

Timing                                                   : Two 20 minute halves, with a break of five minutes

Criteria                                                  : On the basis of age-group and weight

Referee’s                                               : 7 (1 referee, 2 umpires, 2 linesmen, 1 time keeper and 1 scorer )
The side winning the toss sends a ‘raider’, who enters the opponents court murmuring continuously, ‘Kabadi – Kabadi’ in one breath. The raider’s aim is to touch anyone or more players on the opposing side, and return to his court without losing that breath. The person, whom the raider touches, will be out. The aim of the opposing team will be to hold the raider, and stop him from returning to his own court, until he takes another breath. If the raider cannot return to his court in the same breath while murmuring ‘Kabadi – Kabadi’, he will be declared out. Each team sends a player alternatively into the opponents’ court. If a player goes out of the boundary line during the course of the play, or if any part of his body touches the ground outside the boundary, he will be out, except during a struggle.

The team scores a lona (a bonus of two points), if the entire opposition is declared out. The game then continues by putting all the players on both sides.

Matches are staged on the basis of age-groups and weight. Seven officials supervise a match – one referee, two umpires, two linesmen, one time keeper and a scorer.


Types of Kabadi
In India, Three forms of Kabadi are played, they are
  • Surjeevani
  • Gaminee
  • Amar (Punjab Style)The ‘Surjeevani‘ form of Kabadi is played under the Kabadi Federation of India, and is governed by its rules and regulations. In the ‘Surjeevani’ form of Kabadi, one player is revived against one player of the opposite team who is out. i.e. one out, one in. The duration of the game, the numbers of players, dimensions of the court, etc. have been fixed by the Kabadi Federation of India.

In the ‘Gaminee‘ type of Kabadi, there is no revival. When all the players of team are out, the game ends. So there is no time limit in this category.

In the ‘Amar‘ form of Kabadi, whenever any player is touched (out), he does not go out of the court, but stays inside, and one point is awarded to the team that touched him. In this way, one point for each touches for the opposite team, i.e. to the team who touches the anti player. This game is also played on a time basis, i.e. the time is fixed.

In the northern part of the India, like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, Kabadi is played in a circle. This is known as ‘Circle Kabadi’ or Amar Kabadi. If it is played without a court, as in some places, it’s called ‘Goongi Kabadi’. The Goongi Kabadi is nothing but wrestling between two players.


Worldwide Recognition for Kabadi
The first World Kabadi Championship in the history of the game, was organised in Hamilton when approximately 14,000 people packed Copps Coliseum, to watch stars from India, Pakistan, Canada, England, and the United States compete.

The Kabadi Federation of India (KFI) was founded in 1950, and it compiled a standard set of rules. The Amateur Kabadi Federation of India (AKFI) was founded in 1973. The AKFI has given new shape to the rules, and it has also the rights of modification in the rules. The Asian Kabadi Federation was founded under the chairmanship of Mr. Sharad Pawar (Maharashtra).

Some of the Arjuna Award winners are Sh. Sadanand Mahadeo Shetty, Sh. Sadanand Mahadeo Shetty, Sh. Shakuntla Panghar Kholavakar, Sh. Shantaram Jaatu, Kumari Monika Nath, Kumari Maya Kashi Nath, Rama Sarkar etc.

Source: http://www.traditionalgames.in/home/outdoor-games/kabadi-kapat


While, I was taking a walk in my garden yesterday afternoon and clicking away photos of nature, I came up to a lonely blue egg on the ground. Couldn’t find a home for it. Not sure if mama bird threw it out of its nest or it fell off while the other eggs were hatching. I just couldn’t leave it on the ground as it was too dangerous with my dogs around. Looked for a nest but I was unsuccessful. I wanted to leave it on a higher ground like in a tree but just thought it to be a bad idea.

The blue egg that caught my eye

The blue egg that caught my eye

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While Felix was doing his jump thing from space, I was watching cricket in the stadium of Wanderers. I have snapped some photos for your view.  Chennai Super Kings Versus Sydney Sixers… I didn’t even realise myself getting sun burned as the game had captured my senses. It was a good game.

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I am very excited at the moment. My hubby and I got tickets to watch a T20 Match. Chennai super kings VS Sydney sixers. Eventhough it is my second match at the Wanderers, it is my hubby’s first match there, and our first match together, so am overly excited for tomorrow’s match. Cricket is one of my favourite sports. I remember playing mini cricket with my brother in our back yard. As I named this part 1. Part 2 with more photos will follow soon.

To all the cricket fans out there, enjoy the match!

See you soon.


Hindus have been doing “Super Brain Yoga” for ages in front of temples devoted to Lord Ganesha. In fact, You can observe that while crossing a Ganesha temple on road, most people stop, take off their footwear, perform “Thoppukaranam”, and then resume their journey. Lord Ganesha is associated with Knowledge/Memory, a point which is now proved by this research. It is called Thoppu Karanam in Tamil. It is nothing but a dynamic utkatasana (Yoga).

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I remember the apartment I lived in India, I used to stand in the balcony and watch this man sit under the tree and invite crowds of tourists and people who are interested in his Parrots. They were 2 parrots caged in a dark brown box. The box had sticker of Gods and Goddesses.  The 1 parrot was green with yellow beak and other 1 was red with a bit of blue on the wings. They were such beautiful birds. I have to say, these birds were well behaved. They would listen to every word he would say. They were well tamed birds. Those birds’ names were Laxmi and Rani. He would stack a pack of cards, similar to tarots. He would say “Rani, vaama vanthu nalla seatah eduma – Rani, come out and take a good card”. The parrot will come out and pick a card out of the stack. He would give something small into its mouth and the parrots will go inside its cage.

That man made huge business with his fellow parrots. The same man would be seen on the beach during weekends. He knew his niche market. You will find them almost everywhere during tourist seasons, in the train, near huge wholesale shops and so on. I am not too fond of horoscopes, fortune cookies etc. but some people have unshakable faith in these birds and tarots. Some people like me, just like to see fortune telling for the fun of it. Which reminds me of the Octopus Paul during 2010 SA Soccer world cup.

Parrot astrology or Parrot fortune-telling Tamil கிளி ஜோசியம் is a type of astrology popular among the Tamils of Tamil Nadu. India and Singapore. It involves using green parakeets which are trained to pick up Tarot like fortune cards.

The parakeets are trained specifically for this. A parrot astrologer/fortune teller typically sits beneath a tree or by the side of the road where people congregate in numbers. He has a cage which contains one or two trained parrots. The tarot like cards are either spread out or stacked in front of him. They are 27 in number representing the Indian cosmic system. Each card contains the image of a Hindu deity and some cards contain images of Buddha or Virgin Mary with Infant Jesus. When a patron sits before the fortune teller, the later opens the cage and lets the parrot out. He instructs the parrot to pick a card for the patron. The parrot walks over to the cards picks one from the stack or the spread with its beak and gives it to the astrologer. It then walks back inside its cage. The astrologer opens the card and based on the image tells the fortune of the patron. – Wikipedia

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