Studying Centripetal force and Circular motion in Physics class we started discussing the everyday importance of the phenomenon. As I could not come up with a unique and interesting example from everyday life that could fit in, the lecture started boring me, and the only escape I could find was looking out of the window of class-room. The scene was perfect, a cloudy sky with grassy play-ground in view.
But what were some little girls doing on the other side of the ground? I wondered.
Oh, they were playing Kikli.
A traditional game which is deeply rooted in the culture of Punjab, Kikli, involves mostly two or an even number of young girls, in which girls of each pair stands facing each other, holding each others hands with their arms crossed and the toes of their feet touching one another in the center. The girls then stretch their arms as much as possible, bend their backs and start whirling around, singing songs. The girls must keep their balance as they spin, and if anyone of them is unable to keep the balance, she looses the game.
The mere mention of this game recalls childhood memories to most of the females of sub-continent, but this time it proved to be a co-incidence for me, Circular motion and Kikli.
The example that I was looking for came to me, but this realization left me awe-struck for a while. This game is thriving in the culture of Punjab for many centuries and no one can be sure of its exact origin. Yet the matter was very clear to me. Just consider the minds who perceived the game for the first time. It is certain that those ancient ancestors had the knowledge about the scientific logic behind the phenomenon of Circular motion that if a moving body can not provide enough Centripetal Force required by it to continue to move in the circle, it moves away from the circle. Thus the rule of the game that the girls must keep their balance, and the one who ‘moves’ out of the circle looses could be established.
The interesting aspect of this finding is,
Who could make out while playing the game that one is imitating the motion of the big celestial objects?
Who could perceive that the game can be in a way a symbolism of the movement of the most basic elements of nature i-e photons?
And the point that bewilders me the most is that,isn’t it possible that the masterminds of our ancestors put this game in our roots so that we can understand more deeply the concept of Evolution, by resisting all ‘external forces’ that can deviate one (symbolizing evil) from the ‘circular path’ of Life and keeping the toes ‘touching’ each other (exhibiting Unity) in the ‘center’ of that ‘Circle of Life’ is the only way that can bring ‘success’ to us.