BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! That’s what the news app on my phone read. The breaking news was that 600 million Indians are without electrical power. My first thought was “Eat the ice cream, eat the ice cream!” If the lights go and you know it won’t be on for a while, clean out the freezer and start eating, especially the ice cream. There are other things in there that you can eat like frozen peas and potatoes.
If the power is cut off during the day time most of us are either at school or at work wishing we were at home, while those stuck at home were wishing they were in pool or at the mall getting iced coffee. For some odd reason when the power gets cut during the daytime it’s just not as much fun as night.
So what is it that you can do at night time when there is no power that can keep you entertained? Well I’m glad you asked. Here are some suggestions that can make a dark and dull night bright with entertainment and fun. While there are many ideas, tonight we will play kabaddi, but not just any kabaddi, we are going to play a whole new type of kabaddi.
Chilli Powder Kabaddi – we all know the regular game of kabaddi, but in the midnight version each competitor must eat a mouthful of chili powder when crossing into their opponent’s territory. If the person stops to take another breath they lose, if the stop to eat another spoonful of chili they get an extra point.
Shoe Laces Kabaddi – this version is very simple and ideal for playing in small dark areas like the hall or garage. Everyone must wear tennis shoes with shoe laces – Velcro not allowed. Then you must tie your shoe laces with each other so you can’t run too fast or even walk without tripping. This means you have to be very careful not to trip over and hit your head.
Forks Kabaddi – this might make your mom a little mad. This can be played in a small area. You take about 15-20 forks and you place them on the ground facing up. Then everyone takes off their shoes and start playing. You lose if you stop saying ‘kabaddi’ or if you make any kind of noise when you step on a fork. If you happen to step on a fork and start bleeding, you get awarded 5 extra points. If your mom yells at you for this, you get an additional 2 points.
Cup of Water Kabaddi – everyone has a glass filled with water (you can make it hot water if you are daring enough and don’t rely on the microwave to heat your water). This one might be better suited for outdoors, medium size area. The same rules apply, however if you spill your water you lose a point, if you throw your water on your opponent you lose 2 points, and if you drink your water well you just go get some more.
Mobile Phone Kabaddi – despite not having any electricity if you have a mobile phone that can take flash photography then you can play this game. So the person crosses into their opponent’s territory but rather than saying Kabaddi, they will text the word to one of the opponents. Once the text message goes through the person who gets it will have to chase the person down and try to take a picture of their face to get a point. If you have part of their face you have ½ point. If you manage to pull their pants down and get a picture of their underwear you don’t get any points you just get called a weird person.
If all of this sounds too tiring you can always go back to eating ice cream and spying on the neighbors — don’t lie, I know you do it. Keep safe and have fun.