Journal & Reflection
- Category: Activity
- Total Duration: 2 hours
Today during our 2 periods of CAS, we enjoyed our time playing a few traditional games of India, Kabbadi and Kho-Kho. I was very enthusiastic of playing these games, as I have deep interest and passion in my Indian culture, especially in Tamil. Both are tag games which are very popular in India. Most of us knew how to play Kabbadi as it is quite famous, in Tamil Nadu, and even in Asia. However, playing Kho-Kho was a different experience altogether.
We first played Kabbadi, and the sports coaches drew the lines for the playing arena. The arena is divided into two halves by the center line, and each team of 7 players are on each side. The players are not allowed to cross the outer boundary. A raider from one of the teams would set off to tag the members of the opposing team by crossing the center line, while chanting “Kabbadi” so that the raider does not inhale air. There would be a bonus line at each side of the arena, which would give the raider a bonus point when touched. Basically, the main aim of the game is for the raider to tag as many people of the opposing team without getting caught, while repetitively chanting “Kabbadi”.
All these basic rules and tips were instructed by our Sports Coordinator. Then, the respective coaches took over and explained the game in detail. First, we boys played while the girls sat down and watched. It was an exhilarating experience playing Kabbadi, as it required a great deal of physical strength, aggressiveness, reflexes and competitiveness. It also induced team bonding while defending and catching the raider together as a team, as we had to grab each other’s hands. As the game progresses, we developed mental strategies to deceive the opponents in order to tag them easily. The sheer thrill and joy of playing Kabbadi still remains embedded in my mind.
Afterwards, we sat down and saw how the girls played kabbadi. It was quite amusing to see them play as they lacked the aggressiveness and they were not passionate to the game as we were. The way they played seemed quite odd and was in fact quite comical. We all had a good laugh, and moved on to the next game: Kho-Kho. In this game, we played with a few players kneeling down in the middle of the arena, in a row, with adjacent members facing opposite directions. There are 2 runners from the team kneeling down, and the main goal is for them to tag all the players in the field, while the catcher (from the opposing team) chases them. The restriction for the catcher is that he cannot run between the opponents kneeling down, and he has to go around them and touch the pole at the end to catch them.
This game was also quite interesting, but at the same the rules of the game seemed a bit confusing, and we were not able to understand the game completely. It involved a lot of running, tagging and kneeling. The girls seemed to enjoy this game more than Kabbadi. However, my personal favourite was Kabbadi, because of the intensity and valour of the game. Most of the boys also preferred playing Kabaddi rather than Kho-Kho. By actually playing and taking part in these games (especially Kabbadi), I realised the value of Tamil and Indian culture, and I will always be proud to be part of it.