Why Tamil Nadu finds it easy to pick boomerang lessons

Valari — an ancient hunting weapon of the Tamils — could be closely related to the boomerang.

Three years ago, Roger Perry, a Sydney-based boomerang champion, was in Tamil Nadu teaching boomerang to people in the rural pockets of the state. To his surprise, Perry found people were picking the lessons real quick acing the art of letting the boomerang fly out of their hands and then catching it as it returned.

Perry was quick to realise this wasn’t possible without a prior exposure to the device. A little digging revealed that what helped people pick up the lessons so fast was their familiarity with......