Sunday, August 24, 2014

Games people play (blog marathon post 27)

One of my closest friend is visiting me for a few days. We were talking today about our childhood games. The games we grew up playing. The ones our children have never played or even heard of.

We explained to them about Kabbadi. The three of us, adults--My friend, Satish and I had all played Kabbadi in our childhood. Three of us had grown up in three diefferent regions of India, and yet all of us had played it. None of our children even knew the word. We explained what it was like. The we told them about Lagori. Satish said they used to call it Pithu.

Then we spoke about 'Tiger and the goat'. We used to form a large circle joining hands. One child would be the goat who would be inside the circel. The other child would be the Tiger, outside the circle. The tiger has to try and break into the circle. If the tiger got in, we would have to let the goat out, and not let the tiger get out. I remember it was loads of fun. We would all scream and shout, and play the game, throwing ourselves into it, with great gusto.

Then of course there was Kho-kho. We used to play that a lot. I used to love it.

Are there any games that you used to play, as a child, which you don't see these days? If so, do share--I would love to know.

The games we played as children, are so different from the ones the kids these days play. I seriously think there should be time set aside in the present day schools, where the children are taught such games. We learn so much when we play. We learn to relate to other people, we learn to anticipate actions, we learn to let go. Most importantly we learn that we sometimes win and sometimes lose.

A lot like life.
Don't you agree?
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5 comments:

  1. we played all the above mentioned games and also played baraf pani and loha lakdi etc they are of great fun and we all scream the whole evening while playing such games with joy

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  2. really mam! aj ki generation has completely forgotten the games ee used to play.. they r just glued to computers nd video games. I payed many more games apart frm those mentioned by u like ooch neech ka papda. it is played on the stairs. it was a fun to play. we also played koala chippakhi, nd peecho. wid lines on d floor..

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  3. I agree with you Preeti. Today's kids can never experience the fun and excitement those games gave us. In order to revive those long lost childhood games, I have started a thread in my blog about the long lost childhood games like Kancha, Lagori, Channe Mane, Ice-spice, Chinni Dandu..Pls do check the link if time permits you
    http://nivedithatm.blogspot.in/search/label/Long%20Lost%20Childhood%20games

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  4. Buguri (Spinning top) I do not see anyone playing it in the urban area anymore.

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  5. Truly nostalgic! Alas, our kids will stay trapped in virtual angry birds and temple runs!

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