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11 childhood games today's kids are unlikely to play

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  1. Anees

    Anees Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    In today’s day and age, many of us who are no longer children find that everything is now electronic or digital. Children today don’t play actual physical games or participate in sports like running, jumping, cricket, hockey and football and so on as much as they play all these games on the X-box, iPad or the mobile phone.

    It was different when those in their 30s and 40s were growing up; just a generation ago, games played often entailed vigorous physical movement and exercise, which is much more preferable than sitting on the couch all day long and playing a video game.

    Here are 11 Desi childhood games that today’s kids are unlikely to play:

    1. Carom

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    At one time, teenagers would play at carom ‘clubs’ specifically set up for this purpose, especially in Karachi and Lahore — you would have to get boric powder for the board and learn the intricacies of how to take as many ‘goatees‘ in one ‘baari‘.



    2. Kho kho

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    A team game that would involve a lot of running around.



    3. Baraf paani

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    Literally ‘Ice, Water’. In this game, there would be one ‘den’ who would set out to ‘freeze’ his opponents.



    4. Pitthu

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    You would have to first find a ‘gamla‘ (with apologies to Imran Khan), break it into several pieces and then stack these up in towers of seven. You would also need a tennis ball and then play by making two teams.



    5. Dark Room

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    How many of you remember playing this as a kid? This was basically hide-and-seek but adapted to playing in a room that was pitch dark.



    6. Ludo

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    A classic that maybe our parents even played when growing up — kids, if they play it at all, these days, usually do it on the iPad.



    7. Oonch Neech

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    (Literally ‘Up Down’) This involved one person catching the others who all could take refuge on a surface that was above the ground. Could even be played in the bedroom, with the bed, chairs, furniture etc being used as ‘oonch’ by players.



    8. Langri Pala

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    Catching others with one leg raised.



    9. Pakran Pakrai

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    A game that involved a lot of running around and basically catching others.



    10. Safe Safe

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    Two teams — one would catch the other team and take them to a place called ‘Safe’ — other teams members not caught could raid the ‘Safe’ and free others by saying ‘Safe Safe’.



    11. Chhupan Chhupai

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    The desi kids version of ‘hide and seek’.



    11 childhood games today's kids are unlikely to play - The Express Tribune
     
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    kiduva21 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    if the children allowed to mingle with each other they will play these games. Its the parents not the children that making the changes and forcing them to use ipads, the teenage and kids do behave very differently don't think they are same.

    My brothers daughter will take phone only when there is no one interested in the room to play with her. and family is a micro one with no kids in surrounding . similarly age, sex and culture of surrounding kids make big difference to play time.
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    bas kar pagle rulayega kya !!! :cry::cry::cry:
     
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    m2monty Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    LIGHT GONE IN EVENING ....PLAY TIME
    1. VISH - AMRIT
    2. LAUHA - LAKKAD
    3. POSHAM PAA BHI POSHAM PAA
    4. CHHUPAN CHHUAPAI ......NAUGHTY GAME AMONG BOYS GIRLS. I GOT CHILDHOOD GIRLFRIENDS. REST U KNOW.
    5. MANY CHILDHOOD GAMES.
    LIGHT COMES ......MOMMY SHOUTS ....AA JAO GHAR. BAHOT HO GYA.
    NOW LIGHT GOES OR NOT. NOBODY CARES. INVERTER. EVENING GAMES ARE NO MORE.,,!!
    BUT MEMORIES STILL IN MINDS. BRING SMILE.
     
  5. INDIAN NATIONALIST

    INDIAN NATIONALIST Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    lol
    i'm not convinced to buy this dichotomy between old games and new electronics. i think it is OK that children play any game, new or old, as long as the particular game can be balanced with other activities.
    there is nothing inherently wrong or different about xbox or any other game.

    a game that kids enjoy, and provides stress relief from work, or a game that practices useful thinking skill, or something that encourages athletic activity, can all be part of balancing utility of activities in a child's life in interest of healthy development.

    I remember playing carom as a kid. Still, xbox games may or may not be great for athleticism but I can certainly think of better activities toward that end than carom as well, one being new / electronic doesn't really make an inherent difference common to all old games vs new games, ya? The point of games is also something that kids enjoy or let them relax after hard work, that's OK too.

    i mean if you or your friends love videogames then one can play video games and one can also set aside time for study, thinking, and exercise / sport, there can be time for all in life. As long as child is able to be smart, healthy, happy, that's all that's important really!

    I also take this position because Indians are creative people. India join in developing games / media / electronics, I would like Indians to take a reasonable interest in these industries so domestic market can provide equally strong opportunities for Indian businesses that produce content, as those in fully developed nations. Indians have their own traditions, and I don't ask they become super consumerists or buy all things Indian just because; but not to deny new ideas just because of traditional. Just give reasonable consideration to new technologies if it can support Indian markets and developers to compete as well.
     
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  6. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    that's silly go to a slum or a village and you will find kids still playing them

    they must be talking of kids with gadgets like Iphone and stuff
     
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    In cities etc it is not "in style" to play these games, the games have evolved from where the kids used to play for fun and now for possible future Career. Hence Cricket, Football has become more of games where parents are involved and coaches of course.

    The games you talked of are all fun, and there is no need for a coach

    The games you said we call them

    1. CARROM:- It is still played in many places in Mumbai, specially in central mumbai, and its played by mainly youngsters of lower middle class who play deep into the night sometimes even till 3-4 am

    2. Kho Kho = Very much still there and even played in schools

    3. Not sure what this game is, we had somewhat similar game called Statue.

    4. LAGORI, we use rounded tiles or even wooden blocks, not seen this game played recently though

    5. Hide and seek, there were other versions played on larger scalled called "dabba ais pais" meaning near the metal Can. No one plays it now.

    6. LUDO and it came wth snake and ladders on reverse side, was game usually played in afternoon when going out in afternoon sun was not allowed.

    7. Dongar ka Paani (Mountain or water) well it got boring after a while. Not so challenging

    8. Langdi.. was good for building stamina

    9. Pakda, Pakdi

    10. Vish Amrut, when the ones guarding are the poison and the ones running around are carrying the elixir of life

    Some other games not mentioned here are Hopscotch.
    Aba Dubi: the idea behind the game was every man for himself, a rubber ball is thrown to hit other,
    if you touch the guy holding the ball he cannot hit you on that attempt, so he has to throw the ball at someone to hit him. used to get achy bones after that, but made sense that every man for himself, sometimes an understanding was made with other members. Tactical

    King king, when two people are trying to get the rest out by hitting them on their torso and above knee and above elbows) also the opponents can hold the ball but it cannot touch the inner fingers or tha palm, You can defend yourself against being hit by the ball like a boxer.

    Dodge ball: Kids form a big circle and one kid is inside the circle and there is a big ball (bigger than tennis and bit smaller than football. and that is aimed to hit the kid and the kid has to dodge it.

    Potato race:

    Spoon and marble,

    Sui Dora: Needle and thread, its modified game of Pakda pakdi when one person is targeted and the one chases him, but if someone goes between the "hunter" and the "hunted" then the hunter has to chase the new target. This was fun.
     
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