(Last Updated on : 27/09/2014)
Nondi is a traditional game
of the south India, which is played in several rural areas. It is a funny hopping game, mostly played by the girls. In Tamil Nadu
the game is known as Nondi while in Andhra Pradesh
it is popular as Tangidi Billa or Tokkudu Billa. It is also a well known game in Karnataka
where it is called as Kunte Bille. In the contemporary times when the concept of gender based games have almost vanished, certain rural areas in south India have still upheld this tradition. However Nondi is still at the verge of extinction. It can be called as a variation of the hopscotch games.
Requisites of Nondi
For playing Nondi some very simple things are required. It is played on a flat ground. A chalk piece or chalk powder is used along with a coin or a small slate stone. More than one player can play the game. The game is played by hopping and jumping with the aim to capture maximum number of squares in the grid. A specific pattern is followed while hopping through the court in which the feet should not touch the lines and hands must not be put down to gain balance. A flat and small concrete area or a sandy ground is perfect for playing the game. On the ground, the grid is drawn and is numbered.
Phase 1 of Nondi
At the beginning of the game, the player stands outside the grid, near the first square and throws a stone or coin in it. Now he or she has to hop over the stone up to the last or ninth square, also called home, starting from the first and return in the same way to stop at the second square for bending down and picking up the stone from the first square. Now the player has to throw the stone in second square and repeat the same procedure to pick up the stone standing in the square three. The whole process in repeated till the stone is thrown in all the squares till eighth.
Phase 2 of Nondi
In the second phase of the game the stone is placed in the opened palm and starting from the first square the player has to hop till eighth square. Now the stone is thrown out of the grid and the player jumps over it in hopping position. The same process is repeated by placing the stone on the inverted palm.
Phase 3 of Nondi
The one playing the game can ask the other players for Pazhalama or Kaaya in this phase. If Kaaya is chosen by other players, he or she has to sit down with back facing the grid. In this position the stone is to be thrown such that it falls in any one of the square. If Pazhalama is chosen then the player has to do the same in standing position. Now the stone is to be picked by hopping into the grid like the previous steps. A cross mark is to be drawn in the box from where the stone is picked. In this box the player can rest both of his legs. Now the player has to hop out of the grid along with the stone and the marked box is the one captured by him or her.
Phase 4 of Nondi
The steps of previous phases are repeated to capture all the boxes and both legs can be rested on the captured boxes.
Losing Chances in Nondi
At any stage of the game, the player loses his chance if he or she lands on a box which has been captured by the opponents, the stone slips down the palm, the stone falls over the lines of the grid, the stone falls out of the gird or the stone is thrown on the crossed squares.