"தெரிந்து கொள்வோமே - தீபாவளி" யை இங்கு காண்க
Maha janangale… (Prabu Karthik stylela start panren!!)
Its nice to hear about all the games that we played. Thanks for reminding about the other indoor games like lock and key, statue, hide and seek, paandi, 7 stones and also for enlightening about mudugu puncture, gillie, masaa masaa etc.
Okay!!! Now, let’s talk about the indoor games. The first thing that strikes my head is carrom-board. It’s the favorite summer holiday game when we are not allowed to go out to play. Focus is the key to success here… Playing Cards was not common (at least at my home) as now during those days. Chess, draught, trade were afternoon games…when paati/ thatha/ amma were sleeping, we were allowed to play these.. Ice cream-kaaran would go around this time and that is when we stop those games and wake up paati asking money for icecream... Wow..those days were really sweet..
If you have had old people at home, you might have learned other indoor games from grand parents such as dhaayakattai, pallankuzhi, aadupuli, paramapadham and sozhi. Though they are conventional,I feel they are pretty useful to life…
Dhaayakattai is purely a luck game and it can be both fun and fight causing. Atleast one of our cousins would not be able to take too much of vettal (failure) and many a times, we have stopped after a fight / cry. This game implicitly teaches us that we have to learn to face both success and failure.
Aadu puli - 3 tigers and 15 goats. We have to choose to be either tigers or goats. Its really tough being goats but calm mind with focus can really help us win....Its a classic game... You can afford to loose only a max. of 3 goats and the rest should be able to block all tigers. Brain storming!!!
Paramapadham (Snake and Latter) is another luck game which teaches you to take whatever comes to you and keep trying till possible.. I have really forgotten how to play sozhi and what is it about etc.
And finally, I present my most favorite game - Pallanguzhi. Amma oru kaalathula queen theriyumla..This used to be taught and infact preferred in every family in olden days, as this involves peaceful properties like kaasi, pazham etc. unlike dhayakattai game where violent properties like vettal, thaandal come into play. This not only enables us to practice to hold things with grip but also makes us good at counting and at mind calculation. Never a sunday afternoon has passed without my pallanguzhi play with my neighbourhood paati (till 10th std.) Its not a luck game (which is a misconception) and you need to watch which kuzhi your opponent is taking and how many rounds she has added. Within your mind, you need to calculate how many sozhi's should be there in each kuzhi of your side and opponent's side.. And, there is not just one game in it (regular 12 or 6 sozhis in each kuzhi). There are two other games called 'katt'aatam (with 5 in each ) and 'muth'aatam (with 3 in each) with totally different rules and different ways to play. These two are 99.0% extinct. . I dont know if I can find somebody who can play these two with me again..Nobody understands what I say about them!!
Every indian game at childhood had taught us lessons necessary for life and helped in shaping our attitude towards life esp. they helped to take all things that comes to you and were very useful unlike the new video games (that neither have self stop nor teach values for life) with which the present day children are sitting for hours, pressing buttons.
Guys.. some of the ones that we discussed may have kindled your memories and others may be 'greek and latin'. Come and share your indoor game experience with us and I hope you enjoyed the childhood play talk!!!