Life is not always about work. Deepa Bhaskar from Subbalakshmi Samsara believes that the best way to de-stress is to get your family together and have fun with them. If it is through cool games, so be it! It not only passes the time but gets the family under one roof to make merry. Namma Subbi recently expressed her love for a game called Chowka Bara, an ancient pastime that can be traced back all the way up to the Mahabharat.
Deepa’s favourite game resembles Ludo. Remember playing it when you were younger?
The aim here is to get all your pawns into the innermost square of the board. You also have to kill other players’ pawns on your way, so there’s your challenge. Feeling nostalgic already? Take a look at a few more games to reminisce about.
A game I remember playing during my childhood days. A spin-top with a sharp nail to spin efficiently at the bottom and a wooden pear-shaped body. Using a string or thick thread, the top portion of this spin-top is wrapped carefully and thrust on the floor in order to let out a smooth rotating motion. Many millennials will relate to this game.
Next on the list is Pagade, another game that can be dated a long way back in history. Trotting on the lines of Chowka Bara, the aim of this game too is to get all the pawns into the innermost square, but the play is slightly different. In Pagada, it is basically a race to the finish.
3. Kunte Bille
I am sure many of you remember the game of Kunte Bille. Known as hopscotch in many parts of the world, children in Karnataka have grown up playing this game in tournaments too. I still remember I would win every match and collect all the bille (ceramic tile chips) as a mark of victory.
As old as the second century, Ashtapada is probably the oldest game of the lot and is quite similar to Chess. The board has an eight-by-eight set of squares with specific markings on a certain few. Also, unlike chess, this game doesn’t have any colour differentiation.
All these games are here to remind us of simpler times. When spending time with your family was most important. Hope you gather your family this weekend and have a bucket load of fun. Happy games!
Have you played any of these boardgames recently? We would love to hear your experiences in the comments section below.