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Siddhanta Pinto in South Africa
World Cup Sid - Rediff.com's man in South Africa, Siddhanta Pinto - shares his experiences and the many moods of the Rainbow Nation at the football World Cup.
Taking World Cup fever to new heights.
Text and Photographs: Siddhanta Pinto
Image: Siddhanta Pinto (centre) with street artists
Sand Art all over the Durban beach.
Image: A sand artist shows off his creation
Africa and its big behinds.
Image: An unusual idea for sand art
Making the animal kingdom come alive
Africa and its big five.
Image: Sand carvings of SA's popular animals
Showing support for South Africa
Indian father and son cheering for Bafana Bafana.
Image: An Indian father-son duo show their true colours
Getting naughty with JLo
P Diddy and World Cup Siddy get to know JLo's umm.... assets.
Image: Siddhanta gets a feel of JLo in the sand
Moses Mabhida in sand
My destination in the next few hours - Moses Mabhida looks gorgeous in all forms.
Image: A sand sculpture of Moses Mabhida stadium
Nothing to lose: SA fans put up a brave face
The Bafana Bafana may be out, but the partying only gets harder. What a country! What a spirit!
Ever seen Indian cricket fans celebrate like this after a loss? These guys know what sport is.
Image: Siddhanta with South Africans fans
So near yet so far
Image: The Moses Mabhida stadium in the distance
High security measures
Security guards at work at the stadium entrance.
Image: Security guards frisk spectators at the entrance of the stadium
No sight of the pitch yet, but just the seats get the heart beating faster.
Image: Heading to my seat at the Moses Mabhida stadium
South Koreans show their support
One with the Asians.
Image: Siddhanta (left) with South Koreans fans
At the doors of a dream
Image: At the entrance of the Moses Mabhida stadium
The grass is green on that side
Nothing special to a lay man, but as a football player, I sat and stared at this sight unendingly.
Image: The pitch at the Moses Madhiba stadium