Games we lost!

A few days back, as a part of CSR (Corporate Social responsibility) activity by Cisco India, we went to a local government school. Intent of this activity was to interact, learn and play with children.

While planning for this, we thought of interacting with children in usual way of teaching them something or quizzing them with fun questions, so that they win exciting prizes (which they did in the end)!

Umesh had already started interacting with them as soon as we reached the school!

But to our surprise, the NGO that was helping us with this initiative had also called up people from “Ima recreations“. Ima, the creator of Ima recreations, has an expertise in using classic games as a tool to facilitate  team building, strategy building and socializing with any age group.

Ima came with multiple board games, including tower of Hanoi

Getting to be a part of some of these traditional games was a breath of fresh air. We played a variety of games ranging from board/strategy games like 9 men’s morris, Kalah/Pallan Kuzhi, tower of Hanoi to group games like tug of war, kabaddi, goat and tiger, etc.

Tug of war!

It is difficult to express in words how much fun it was to re-live those childhood experiences of group and board games, but it was evident in the eyes of those children who were enjoying every bit of it!

This was reminiscent of all the games I used to play as a child, compared to how these days my niblings can’t come out of their digital devices. Although, I have been a big fan of digital games and wanted to be a game developer at one point in time, but we can’t deny the impact over use of digital devices has on the human mind (specially children).

So, in this new year, I’ll be teaching my nieces one new game every time I visit my hometown and see if that can reduce their screen time. Few of the games we played were very new to me like 9 men’s morris, Kalah/Pallan Kuzhi and this blog post is also a shout out to people who can suggest more such interesting games!