Saturday, November 18, 2006

ViLayaataai vaLayavarum NinaivugaL..!!!

Enna Makkale...

It has been a while.. Yeh, there was(is) no internet at home. Blog podaama/padikaama mandai kaanju pochu.. Hope they fix my net soon.

'Naanku kanaadi suvargalukulle naanum mezhuguvarthiyaa'y El Pasola internet ilaama ukkandhirukumbodhu -- only the malarum ninaivugals esp. from high school days.

Right from the school prayer 'ulagam yaavaiyum thaamula vaakalum', ore memories such as 'all time worries about getting 1st rank'.. 'progress report showing moment'..'extreme happiness before paati thatha's arrival to home'..'summer holidays choice illaama exam answer paper writing and the thillu mullu associated while writing'... evening one - one and half hour play ..... sunday pallanguzhi with neighbour....summer holiday games with cousins..

Forget the rest,,, let's talk about the 'play-part' in this post. Though, sollikara maari, I have not championed in any game, childhood play has played a vital role in my life and in making friends as well.. Many of my pasanga friends are basically my cousin B''s play friends.

Makkale !! you may or may not be able to associate yourselves with this post depending on the people with whom you have had played.. if you had just played only cricket with only guys then, i may not be able to make you revive your memories.. Still, let me tell you my experience starting with cricket..

Motta maadi cricket: Every kid would have played motta maadi cricket.To my knowledge, girls under 6th std mostly were used by our cricket playing friends or cousins for (ball poruki poda) fielding. After so much of our pestering, we will get the bat with so much hesitation and the best bowler would play just to send the girl out.. With our least chance / experience in holding the bat and facing the ball and before even we kindaa understand the situation, the ball would have touch the bat and you can hear all pasanga shouting 'outu.. outu.. priya avlodhaan po'. They would claim that the ball touched the stump. Tears peeping out from eyes and with a heavy heart, I used to give away their 'precious' bat. .After 7th class, girls are seethangol for boys w.r.t cricket...Thats IT.. my (our) cricket life ended there...

But, girls do play other games and infact, guys in their non cricket playing times do accompany.

Everybody had played odi pudichu!!! But makkale, do you remember the games 'chain xxxxx' and 'pura gundu'?? Chain - wherein you catch somebody and hold them and run to catch the third person.. the longer the chain, the tougher it is to run together but easier to catch when the play area is small. Cooperation is the key for this game. Pura gundu is pretty much the same but you run individually and need not form a chain but everybody who was previously out has to touch the runner to declare that the runner is out.

Nondi is a game that is generally played exclusively by girls. Man.. now, I dont know if I can limp also. During those days, we had to nondi aduchufy on terrace wherein lots of thuni kodi (ropes to hang clothes) would run across our heads. We had to watch for ropes. Also, we had to watch our step as vethal, seeyakaay and sambha podi saamaan would be kept for drying on floor. By chance you step on them, you are gone...Your mom will kattify tin on you :)-

When I think of games in school, what comes to my mind are : volley ball / football for guys; cocoa, badminton and tennicoit for girls (in some schools, guys also play cocoa ). I actually like cocoa so much..this is such a nice team effort game !!

Makkale, these days toy companies claim that they make children learn while play etc...that.. this.. etc.. but we had learned a lot in indian household games implicity. Cocoa is a typical example..We have to estimate exactly whom(sitting) to push to knock the opponent out and act swiftly. Moreever, the sitting person must be really be watchful of the situation. Above all, the runner has to give 'cuts' to make the catcher become tired.

Every middle class girl would have 'kenjified' (pleaded) her parents to get a bat and a shuttle cock..Tennicoit was available w/o problem... I really loved it.. and these two would make you sweat nicely...

Do YOU recollect any other commonly played outdoor game?? Come and share here with us !!

To be continued..

22 comments:

Prabu Karthik said...

yay 1st comment!

olinju velayattu(style a sonna hide and seek), masaa masaa, pambaram, cbe rathinapuri pallathile pattam. adhukku maaja poduradhu ipdi pala matte irukku

avvapodhu dabbled with gilli and goli gundu (veetile therinja konnuduvaanga)

cricket laam appo verum velayaatu illai. adhu vazhkayin mukiyamaana angam.

btw ipdi ella post layum line ku 4 times 'makkale' nu arambicha aprom naanga ungalai
'el paso' maatavatta seyalaalar puratchi thalaivi selvi. priya avargale nu arambika vendiyadhu varum solten! :D

Kishore Reddy said...

cricket elllam velayadiniya namba ve mudiyala... Hmmm yup i agree you really miss those days where the only enthu was to play.. With no responsibilities on the shoulders it was just having fun

Subha said...

sigh...priya, engeyo marandhu poirundha ninaivugalai ellam nyabagapaduthittai! :) super! Only after reading your post, I recollected that I used to play cocoa once upon a time..:) hide and seek should definitely be on your list..Paandi used to be fun! Adhuvum sometimes we used to play in the burning sun scorching our feet..

Those were the days!

Priya said...

pk,

masa masa va???:)- pere oru maari iruke...

adhu sari.. makkale sollalanaa vera enna solradhu.. peopleaa..heya...hellova..
thamizhar panpaadu " azhaithu pesanum"..heehee


kreddy,

naan enga vilaiyaadinen.. bat summa kai kaati kaati vaangikitaanga..


subha,

i really forgot abt hide and seek.. yup..i was remembering paandi later.. but at that time, my internet went off.. will add now..
okay..

Prabhu said...

Priya,
nijamave nee nondi vilayadaracha "u had to watch for ropes"-aa? namba mudillaiye ... ;)

lock-key maranthuttiye??
amma appa vilayaatu? :) (decency-kaga podalaiya?)
:)

Anonymous said...

another game that boys generally played ,7 stones... pile 7 tiles or flat stones one on top of each other and then aim and hit it from a distance,and then re-pile the 7 stones before the other team gets your whole team out.

Muthukumar said...

muthugu puncture, seven stones, gilli ithellam my favourites.

Prabu Karthik said...

grrr.. muthugu puncture a coimbatore la 'masaa masaa' nu dhaan solluvom...

PB ku nandri

yaarukume solla thonaadha vilayaatellam namma prabhu mattum correcta thonudhu paaru! adhaan visesham :p

Priya said...

prabhu dog

en nilamai...
yeh.. lock and keya suthamaa marandhuten...

chinna vayasileye trainingaa??
unmaiyilaye..appa amma vilayaatellam naan cinemala dhaan kelvipatiruken..

anon,
7 stonesum vilayadiirukom.. but romba freq illa.. marandhu pochu..thanks for reminding

pb/ pk,

mudugu puncture/masa masa idhellam sama pudusu..

Freeyavedu said...

7 stones.
Kings.
Bambaram.

Priya said...

kingsa?? adhu enna???

dinesh said...

Nalla irundhudhu..."Priya, avlo dhaan, out" was very funny !

Kings - mutti kku keezha ball aala adicha out, seven stones, cricket with exam pad and paper a surutti senja ball. Chance e ille !

Appa amma velayaatu velayaadinadhu illaya ? Prabhu was very good at it. Lexington vandhapparam kooda niruthalaye avan :)

Jira said...

very sweet post priya..kindled lot of memories...I used to be called 'Ravi shastri' when playing cricket..Used to block all the balls(mostly with the skirt!), score singles and never ever get 'out'! Pasanga kaanjuduvaanga paavam!

'Lock and Key', Dumb-Cs, 'Crossing the bridge', 'Statue', 'ice cream soda'-not a game exactly, still...and 'cycle racing' of course...can never forget dashing with the bicycles and falling and crashing..the daily knee bruises that used to make 'appa' so mad
:-) and many more....

-Raji

Priya said...

dinesh
enna panna... adhukeellaam oru talent venum paa..prabhuvukku rombave kuduthutaar :)-

raji
kalakara.. and yeh... crossing the bridgea marandhe poyiten...
and statue used to be funny...i can never stay as statue till date :)-

the daily knee bruises ellam kedayaadhu.. naan dhaan bayangara scene poduven...for a small dot of cut, i will cry and create too much sympathy... nobody at home used to even look at it. and my cousin will come with heavy bruise as though nothing happened...and everybody will ask him abt it...

Prasanna said...

I guess u guys have covered all the games....here r few more additions.

We used to play a game called 'Sedhukkal' where we build a wall of collectible cards on sand (big fun cards, soccer cards, cigarette box front, etc) and then use a flat stone to hit them. The cards that fall when someone throws the stone go to the thrower. The players can bet any number of cards. The goal is to acquire as much cards as we can. The cigarette card collection used to the most popular. My brother and I used to collect and store at a secret place in my home. Once my dad found out and threw everything out....not to mention the 'dose' we got on that day !!

I'm sure no one would have played this. Bunch of my friends (all guys) played this game regularly over couple of summers. We divide the people into two teams. Then we will find a paved road of length roughly about 50 m. We will line up on both ends of the road and play relay race between the teams. It worked out to be great exercise for all of us. We had so many strategies in this seemingly simple game.

Another game - this is kinda hide and seek mixed with hit and run. We divide the people into 2 teams. We will collect 'Veppangai' in bags and start chasing the opponent team and hit them with this. It is like a reality version of the video games. Veppangai is our ammunition and we will hide and hit the opponents. The 'kutti pasanga' in each team will be in charge of collecting more ammunition.

Man..we were so creative in devising games without having to invest anything !! ...and still managed to get scoldings and beatings from all our parents....athu life pa...

Priya said...

sedhukalaa??... illa adhuku per 'padukkal'aa prasanna??:)-

Prasanna said...

Confuse pannadha...'Sedhukkal' nu thaan ninaikiren. May be it is also the tuticorin slang...

Priya said...

illa.. neenga sonneenga padhukuvonnu..thats why i asked :)-..
purely i have no idea !!

vayasya said...

amazing priya, makes me think what the kids brought up in this country are missing. i had an almost identical childhood as you describe and could relate a lot.

Priya said...

wow!!! thats nice vayasya!!

Aravind said...

really interesting post..
i remember a game called "country" where initially the players are given equal share of land (on a sandy ground )and then someone has to start with while rest needa run for some distance (cant remember the rules completely ). then the guy will have to throw a small stick at any one of the others.If it hits someone then he can occupy the land of that person to the extent he can stretch his hands(has to draw a new boundary with a stick and gets his country extended).it goes on till someone occupies all the land.

Anonymous said...

hi that indoor games was pretty nice.