By Vishal Lunia
No matter in which part of India (if not the entire world) you have grown up in there are some games which define the happiest memories of your childhood. For those few hours of play, you would finish homework on time, drink that whole glass of annoying milk and sacrifice your favourite prime time cartoon show. It was totally worth it, wasn’t it? 🙂 We have compiled a list of 5 games which you might have been missing since becoming an adult.; it’s time to revisit your childhood.
- Hide and Seek – Hide and seek is a timeless game that has been played by children throughout the ages. It isn’t only children who enjoy it – a natural instinct for parents is to play a facial form of hiding and seek with their children from an early age, as it teaches children about attachment and detachment in a safe and caring environment. Leaving aside the psychology, Hide and Seek provides enjoyable interaction amongst children, is easy to play and never gets boring.
- Poshampa – Poshampa is a fantastic game where two people stand with their hands locked together above their heads and sing the song “Poshampa bhai Poshampa.” The other kids pass from under their hands, and as soon as the song is over, one of the passing children is caught (when the hands come down like a cage at the end of the song) and is out of the game.
- Kancha/Goli – Kancha was one of the most popular games amongst children in the neighbourhood. It is played using marbles called ‘Kancha’ or ‘Goli’. The players are to hit the selected target ‘kancha’ using their marble ball.The winner gets Kanchas of all the other players. Some of us might still have that jar of marbles as our trophy
- Pittu Garam or Seven Stones – Pittu Garam (Seven Stones) is a traditional South Asian game played between two teams. The game requires a tennis ball and set of seven stones which can be stacked up to form a small tower. The aim of the game is to be able to break the tower and then rebuild it before getting hit by one of the opponents.
- Kite Fighting – Fighter kites are kites used for the sport of kite fighting. Traditionally most are small and unstable single line flat kites where line tension alone is used for control, and an abrasive line is used to cut down other kites. Finally, when you cut a kite, you have to shout “Aaiboo kaate.” to signal you are the victor.