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Nondi (நொண்டி) [Pandi (பாண்டி)]

Nondi is a very funny hopping game played by the girls in many rural villages of Tamil Nadu. It is known as Tokkudu Billa/Tangidi Billa in Andrapradesh and Kunte Bille in Karnataka it is played by the girls in many villages, even today. Today educated modern girls and tomboys have forgot their gender-based games and shifted to playing masculine games. As a result, today nondi is in the verge of extinction. Tokkudu Billa, a 2×4 grid, is variation of the family of Hopscotch games.

 
Thing Required:
  • A coin or a small slate stone
  • Chalk piece or chalk powder
  • Flat Ground
  • More than 1 player to have fun
The aim of nondi is to capture maximum number of squares in the grid by hopping and jumping through the court in a specific pattern without the feet touching the lines and without putting a hand down to gain balance. A small and flat concrete area or a sandy ground would be ideal to play this game. The grid is drawn on the ground or on the floor and numbered as shown above the semicircle on the top with number 9 is Home.
 
How to Play:
 
Phase 1:
  • Stand out side of the grid, near square 1
  • Throw the stone in square 1
  • Starting from square 1 hop over the stone on your way to ‘Home’ (square 9) and turn back and hop back to square 2 bend and pick the stone in square 1
  • Throw the stone in square 2
  • Starting from square 1 hop over the stone on your way to ‘Home’ (square 9) and turn back and hop back to square 3 bend and pick the stone in square 2
  • Repeat the above process by throwing the stone in 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Phase 2:
 
  • Place the stone in the palm opened
  • Hop, starting from 1 unto 8
  • Throw the coin out the grid (not too far) and jump on it in hopping position
  • Repeat the process with the coin in the palm inverted
Phase 3:
 
  • Ask the other players for “kaaya” or “Pazhalama”
  • If the other players choose Kaai, sit down with back facing the grid and throw the coin so that may falls in any of the squares.
  • If the players choose Pazhalam, then stand up with back facing the grid and throw the coin so that it may fall in any of the squares
  • Hop into the grid, and pick up the coin as in the previous steps
  • Draw a cross in the box in which you picked up the stone. (In this box, you can rest both of your legs)
  • Hop out the grid with the stone. Now this indicates that you have captured a box.
Phase 4:
 
  • Go through all above phases to capture the other boxes. You can rest both of your legs in boxes 4 and 5 and in the boxes that you have captured.

Losing chances:

 A player loses her chance at any stage if

  • He/She Lands on a box that is captured by the opponents

  • The coin is thrown on crossed squares

  • The coin falls out of the grid

  • The coin falls on the lines of the grid

  • The coin slips down off the palm