The rules were simple: five players per side, two halves of 10 minutes each. I asked one of the organizers whether offside is applicable. He looked at me as if I came from another planet. He – surely a cricket fan – replied in haste: “all sides are there”. Then I asked again, he folded his palms together: “I don’t know, sir. Please don’t bother me”.
The first item of the event was a swimming competition. One of the swimmers swam underwater while others were going over the water. There was no trace of him. Midway through the race, he emerges sensationally ahead of others. However, he appeared to have lost his sense of direction, as he swam towards a side than to the other end of the pool. He managed to finish second though.
Then came the turn of the most anticipated one: water pillow fight on the pond. As usual, the fight offered some hilarious moments. There was some spirited banter going on between some of the players. When the event reached the final stages, rain interrupted again. Spectators ran for cover. Players, already wet by frequent falls to the pond, went on with the fight. Kuttappan won this item as well.