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#1 Jul 15th, 2014, 14:11
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Blame Goetze and Super Mario buzz for this.. Nostalgia fueled thread!!

There was a time when we used to wait for the vacations to begin or the clock to chime 5 pm and then the neighbourhood would be filled by shouts calling out friends out of the houses and start the games..

Loads of games played in our childhood are not seen much around.. There were outdoor games, indoor games, video games and computer games to name a few categories that were indulged in..
There are so many games which are known by different names in different parts of the country and have minor differences from each other.
Would be interesting to know who played which all games and how were they actually played (with any special memories/ incidences to go along)..

(I know there may not be many snaps, but I guess the memories should be enough to make the thread lively..)

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Ok.. My turn..

Lagori.. A very popular game back then.

This is what from what wiki describes..
Lagori, is a game played between two teams in an unlimited area involing a ball and a pile of flat stones (7 apparently). A member of one team (the seekers) throws a soft ball at a pile of stones to knock them over. The seekers then try to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team (the hitters) throws the ball at them. If the ball touches a seeker, he is out and his team continues without him. But a team member can always safeguard himself by touching the opposite team member before the ball hits him.

When we used to play it - The ball hits any one person and the whole team used to be out.. You could touch any member of the other team as mentioned above (used to be called "current") and you were safe even if the ball hit you..

Many other rules like.. 3 tries to hit the pile of stones and drop it. If the ball is caught full toss (without a bounce) while trying to hit the pile-- the whole team was out. If the ball was caught directly (without bounce) after hitting the pile of stones.. again whole team was out. Consecutive 3 players out at their first try to hit the pile and again the whole team was out.

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Our parents used to get the stones (marble too at times) cut in nice circular shapes to be put as a pile.. At times we played with wooden pieces as well..
Once the game was over, collect the stones and take them back home. (you didn't want to risk them being stolen by some other children!! )

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Fun in the actual game used to be
-- being an ace target man, and drop the pile of stones within the 3 allocated tries
-- scamper around straight away to avoid being hit by the ball (you wouldn't want to face the wrath of your teammates if you were caught loitering around carelessly and getting the whole team out)
-- aiming the balls at rocket speed at an opposing team members
-- jumping, tumbling, weaving out of the path of that rocket
-- running after the ball to retrieve it and aim back after missing the original target
-- the scramble to put back the pile and
-- finally make a nice circle around the pile of the stones put back with a dangling leg and shout out "LAGORIIIIIIIIII"

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Feeling nice straight away writing about it!!
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post Ok.. My turn..

Lagori.. A very popular game back then.

This is what from what wiki describes..
Lagori, is a game played between two teams in an unlimited area involing a ball and a pile of flat stones (7 apparently). A member of one team (the seekers) throws a soft ball at a pile of stones to knock them over. The seekers then try to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team (the hitters) throws the ball at them. If the ball touches a seeker, he is out and his team continues without him. But a team member can always safeguard himself by touching the opposite team member before the ball hits him.

When we used to play it - The ball hits any one person and the whole team used to be out.. You could touch any member of the other team as mentioned above (used to be called "current") and you were safe even if the ball hit you..

Many other rules like.. 3 tries to hit the pile of stones and drop it. If the ball is caught full toss (without a bounce) while trying to hit the pile-- the whole team was out. If the ball was caught directly (without bounce) after hitting the pile of stones.. again whole team was out. Consecutive 3 players out at their first try to hit the pile and again the whole team was out.

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Our parents used to get the stones (marble too at times) cut in nice circular shapes to be put as a pile.. At times we played with wooden pieces as well..
Once the game was over, collect the stones and take them back home. (you didn't want to risk them being stolen by some other children!! )

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Fun in the actual game used to be
-- being an ace target man, and drop the pile of stones within the 3 allocated tries
-- scamper around straight away to avoid being hit by the ball (you wouldn't want to face the wrath of your teammates if you were caught loitering around carelessly and getting the whole team out)
-- aiming the balls at rocket speed at an opposing team members
-- jumping, tumbling, weaving out of the path of the that rocket
-- running after the ball to retrieve it and aim back after missing the original target
-- the scramble to put back the pile and
-- finally make a nice circle around the pile of the stones put back with a dangling leg and shout out "LAGORIIIIIIIIII"

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Feeling nice straight away writing about it!!
In bengal we used to play this game and we used to call the game "pittoo"
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What snotty calls Lagori we used to call पिट्टू (pittu). I think that is the name all over North India, not just in the bhaiya/desvala belt.
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Was there a home that didn't have ludo - with snakes and ladders on the flip side ?
Video games ?? sheesh.
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land and water
hopscotch
blind man's buff -- this is where you blindfold one of the players and ask them to catch others.
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land and water
In Bengali, we called it Kumir-Danga [Crocodile and land]

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hopscotch
To us, it was 'ekka-dokka'

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blind man's buff -- this is where you blindfold one of the players and ask them to catch others.
and 'kana-machi' [blind fly] was it in Bengal


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Nice childhood recalling

Some more are-
'Daria Bandha/ Gadi'
'Buri Basanti' (fore girls mostly)
'luko-churi' [hide and seek]
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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All the classic video games too. Would wait for a "Gulf-returned" uncle to get one of those, and play for hours till eyes watered.
Mario, Duck hunt, arctic adventure..too many. Even their theme songs are so nice
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An uncle of one of my friends was a self proclaimed 'Bengal Champion' of carrom. He was actually a great player, and was almost as revered as Kapil Dev in our locality! As kids, we all wanted him to be our partner in the doubles game!



The most interesting thing about a ludo game used to be the enormous amount of cheating everyone would indulge in!! Catching the cheat was an even more important agenda than winning the game. Ludo, IMO, is the most agonizing game of the world...the dice always throws a 1 when you pray for a 6 (and vice versa)!!
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To us, it was 'ekka-dokka'
or keet keet (these syllables were to be chanted till one round of game was over).

We also played kabaddi, choua-chui (catch me if you can), Sunday-Monday (wherein we used to have seven circles drawn a little distance from each other with each circle having a name of a day - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc...All the players except the seeker had to remain in one circle and then reach the circle which the seeker chose. And in the process, the seeker nabbed any of the player found outside of the two circles )
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Did anyone mention lukochuri? (hide and seek)!! If ludo was agonizing, hide and seek was innovative. We'd even swap our shirts and force the seeker to make a ':wrong call'!!

Thanks a lot for starting this thread, snotty!
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Did anyone mention lukochuri? (hide and seek)!! If ludo was agonizing, hide and seek was innovative. We'd even swap our shirts and force the seeker to make a ':wrong call'!!
Yes I mentioned but you added such a funny giggling fact about it Nice recalling sagarneel
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