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Playing Re-defined

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by gayu_r, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. gayu_r

    gayu_r Senior IL'ite

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    Over the weekend, I stopped at one of our friends' place who have a 6 year old kid. I was surprised to see the PS2 and Wii at their place which were the favourite playmates for the kid and a great relief for the parents.. I saw very few "games" or "toys" other than this (well this is a huge investment indeed), apart from the great library the child had. Anything the kid wanted to play with me was hi-tech and needless to say, I suck at computer games with absolutely no interest and am ignorant about the differences between PS2 and Playstation till date.. Nor do I have any inclination to learn about it either.. Not that I am a great sportswoman, but I would definitely attempt catching a ball or even a moving my coin in a 'snake and ladder'.. I was told that I should try Wii since I put in the same effort as hitting a tennis ball or bowling, well virtually ! I just smiled at the games I used to play at that age.

    One of my favourite antique (!) games was "Paandi". You draw boxes on the ground and play with a piece of slab ( which ranges from a broken mosaic piece to one's favourite and lucky flat cement piece). Balancing was tested under all crucial events including hopping holding with the hand unbent, on the legs, on the head, on the shoulders, eyes closed and what not.

    And then came the novel playing on the sand (By now most of you know I love playing things with lesser physical effort any day).. Build those pyramids (which we call as temples) and build the tunnel to shake hands with the 3 other friends digging the base from the other direction. Adorn the temple (!) with those small shells and whatever else we may find in teh process of collection..

    Pallaanguzhi ( I don't know if it has an English translation) was my most favourite and I used to go to all the neighbours houses carrying the board like a violinst (!) in my grandparents' place challenging the mami's to give it a shot with me. The rule is to not count or keep track, but I somehow always managed to track it without the opponent knowing and one of the patti's blessed me saying that I would come up really well in Maths making me beam with pride and joy.

    Then came the dhaayam(Shatranj?), which my mom used to not like much since the Pandavas lost their kingdom because of it. Nevertheless, we played and I always used to curse because the toughest part for me was the "1" in the dice required to begin the game.. By the time I enter, I see the rest of the people almost done with multiple "vettu"s and close to their destiny :(

    Hide and seek was always fun, the huge houses we had then helped a lot. Used to be even more fun when the elders show-us-off at times with their glances ;) We invented a lot of games and gave them interesting names too ( one my gang called Gori-Gori) while not knowing how to kill time until they telecast "Vikram aur vethal" on a saturday in the golden DD-only days. We had other "economical" items too like the ring tennis, shuttle badminton ( a little hi-fy then).. In the place of the "hot" barbie dolls we used to have the cute little girl doll (often given out to one of our uncles' in the nalungu plate of wedding), to whom we apply Ponds' powder, comb the hair (ofcourse with Parachute oil) and keep a bindi using Shringar chaandhu and nobody bothered to save their investment then..

    To all those children playing PS2s and Wii, I just wish you have some memories to tell your kids about your playtime..
     
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  2. SupriyaDinesh

    SupriyaDinesh Silver IL'ite

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    Hi gayu..Good sum up of games..I can recall few games of my childhood days..one is "colour colour what colour" .. the catcher has to tell a colour and all others run to get hold of the coloured item..it used to be lot fun.

    Other one..i forgot its name..with 5 or more pebbles there is a series of games..Its true the current gen kids are missing a lot of games..
     
  3. gayu_r

    gayu_r Senior IL'ite

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    Thanks for chiming in Supriya.. We used to run outside as soon as we come from School to meet our friends at the common place. The best part about these cute little games is that it even if they were dumb and silly to today's standards, they enhanced our social, interactive skills and ofcourse team building was injested really naturally.. Yeah, I remember the 5 pebbles one, though I have not played it.. It used to be arranged in some geometric fashion and one has to throw one, pick the rest 4 and catch them all and repeat it increasing the number you throw and decreasing the number on ground.. Today they ask us to throw and catch a sponge ball every one hour we work on the computer to help the eyes, it gets sophisticated when u do it at work :)
     
  4. Mindian

    Mindian IL Hall of Fame

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    hi gayu
    u write very well and i enjoyed reading about all the games that i played too..true today's kids miss this and their play things are surely a huge investment:)
    loved your dolls...from the nallangu plateBig Laugh

    love
    Mindi
     
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    gayu_r Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Mindi,

    Thank you so much for visiting and your warm compliments. Means a lot to me and encourages me to write more and a little more regularly ofcourse. I even named my dolls - you see everybody in the kingdom had a unique identity :)

    Affly,
    Gayu
     
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    megh New IL'ite

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    Hi Gayu..
    nice post..
    u r absolutly right...when i go to my hometown i can never c any child outside their house..If thy have a holiday most of them will b watching TV ...I m surprised how could a child watch TV/cartoon from morn till evning..and parents are not allowing their child to play outside and not encouraging them too...
     
  7. gayu_r

    gayu_r Senior IL'ite

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    Thanks Megh. Your observation is absolutely true and ofcourse sad .. I think with more nuclear families and less social intervention in the society, parents end up giving a little too much of tv time for the kids. And peer pressure to perform in studies adds a lot to the lack of encouragement from parents..
    Thanks for chiming in and your feedback.

    Cheers,
    Gayu
     

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