Sep 23, 2009

361. Childhood Games

This picture was taken when I was 6 years old. My sister is standing next to me. I do not have my two front teeth in this picture. I lost them during the Israeli war. The reason for me adding my childhood picture is to pictorially represent the content of this post.
Ages : 10 and below, would understand this post better


  • "1, 2, 3,4,8,9, 13, 15, 28, 29, 42, 48,49,50. I am ready. Here, I come"... I would say this and start searching for my friends. It has been more than two decades now. But those hide and seek games of my childhood days are still fresh in my memory. Yes, I used to cheat with my counting.

  • Wearing a hat and climbing trees was another great excitement boosting sport. Climbing the trees is usually accompanied by having hi-definition gadgets like a "cheap catapult" and a "cheap binocular".

  • Collecting railway platform tickets/travel tickets and using them for trading games was another regular game that i used to play as a kid. I remember the fights that i have had with my sister for those paper tickets.

  • Another interesting game was to break the legs of Barbie dolls (My sister's collection). Once i flushed a barbie doll in the loo. But the doll did not go down the drain. I was made to take the barbie doll with my bare hands.

  • Ludo,Snakes and Ladders, Chinese Checkers, Stealing the red coin from carrom board were popular board games of those days.

  • I remember a game that my sister used to play. The hopping-square game. A 4x2 table is drawn on the sand ground and the player has to hop on 1 leg and then throw the stone backwards in the last square box. I have forgotten the rules of the game. But i remember the girls used to love this game big time during those days.

  • There was this game played with marbles. My neighbour taught me that game. It was so much fun indeed.

  • On week-ends we used to go to the beach and fly kites. My dad taught me to make kites.

  • Paper boat game is the most popular game during the monsoon season. Papers from rough note books are torn and are re-designed as paper boats and they are made to float in the drainage during rainy season.

  • My sister also had this habit of collecting Glo dolls ( Dolls that glow in the dark). I used to steal those dolls and present it to my classmates (girls)

  • Another game that pulled me like a magnet was street cricket. I would come back from school and wait near the kitchen window and would longingly look at the empty ground near my house. Slowly my neighbours and street-mates would come to the ground with rubber balls and cricket bats. We would climb trees, break twigs and make stumps from them.
I recently came across this lovely video. I so badly miss my childhood now.



With the advent of internet and modern day electronic gadgets, kids these days live in a virtual world. Everything has become plastic offlate. The kids of the present generation do not have a single clue about the fun games that we played when we were kids. There are so many other games that we would have played in our childhood days. If you have any childhood game memories, please feel free to share in the comment section

-Chronicwriter.

61 comments:

  1. :)HUgssss u reminded me of my childhood..
    and the best game was the physical fight..
    hide n seek and lock n key the all time favourites :)
    and then building house in sand..ohh man u reminded me of soo much..but eewww shuuucckkkss u actually did that loo thing u mentioned..yuck!!

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  2. i certainly have trouble remembering ,but i rembr girls play this "choppu jaaman" game : Pretending to be grownups,fancy dressing,pretend cooking,trading,monopoly (All this combined is choppu jaaman :P )
    U've made me nostalgic too! :)
    Cheers!

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  3. oh oh.. u still remember the games u played wen u wr ten huh.... coolios...

    :-)

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  4. @swatz
    yus.. you have added a great collection here..

    @gracelyne
    choppu jaaman.. i used to play that too with my sister and her friends.. how did i miss that in this post!!!

    @rat
    now i remember more games.. But i have already published the post :P

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  5. You are so kind just braking the doll's leg was your passion. Me & my sis. had passion of sketching each others funny pictures with some original quotes later we used to blame each other during climax scene !

    Our favourite line of those age for defence ;) She did it first & he did it first!!

    Age of innocence which is very difficult to find these days !!

    Thanks Man !!

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  6. I played most of the games mentioned above (no dolls one but, I was more into playing cricket)...my childhood friend and I used to jump our school wall on a saturday noon, climb on the water tank (a small staircase was there) and jump on the dry leaves lying below...we used to sprain our legs so much then...ah, i m becoming all nostalgic...let me call him n remind him of this game :)))

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  7. I used to and still love the game seven stones, gallery and leg cricket! But no company oly now :(

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  8. Since i was in village we have lots of games based on the season.

    1. Gilli thanda previous version of cricket.
    2.Different types of games in Goli.

    * samll three lines drawn . gollis are kept in the middle line and srike out with goli from a particular distance. U can take as much as goli comes out of the table.

    3. We called as ICE BOY Game, our version of hid & seek.

    4. Pambaram . Which is famous by chinna goundar

    5. 7 stones games.

    6.playing with Pomegranate seeds. keep all the seeds inside a circle and strike with a flat stone .

    7.Thaayam .

    We used to play these games. then came the SO CALLED GENTLEMEN's GAME and Ruins all the exciting fun games.

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  9. My favourite games(as a child) were running :D(mamma used to run after me at meal-times with my plate in her hands,Dad used to run after me on the roads coz i always let his hand go and rush :P), bullying kids(I enjoy bashing kids now too) and uprooting plants(small soft ones). In addition to this,I played almost all the games mentioned in the post :) Ah!!Nostalgia.....

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  10. You forgot gilli thandu . Street cricket should be played in the street ,not ground . . . Screenplay mistake :p . . . .lovely post

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  11. Don't think there's any childhood game as famous as hide and seek! Was my fav too :) And L-O-N-D-O-N statue :D

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  12. ohhhh, how so nostalgic. Have you tried those little tricks with coconut leaves, learning to make a cross, a frog, ??
    and how about making cameras with paper?inky , pinky ponky?
    paper boats and thise few guys in class who could make kathi kappal, the ones that had more longevity and therefore attracted more attention from the girls in school.
    Ever played cricket with baby coconut and writing pad? am sure you have.

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  13. picked the barbie with your bare hands from the loo...rofl!!
    and love that video... funny =)
    i use to play the very traditional "kitchen set" stuff..lol..making imaginary food =D

    Very odd..but i played chess a lot more when i was a kid... =/
    and also all the card games..

    oh man..i miss that time... so much!

    Great post.. =)
    thanks for making me smile remembering all those crazy childhood times.. =)
    xox

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  14. Chriz-ji, ensoyed the post. Yes, it is unfortunate that the kids' world too is becoming plastic these days. Sighs! :(

    I too paadaa-paduthified teddy bears but never gifted them to classmates (girls : P).

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  15. i like ur loo games. actually i used to sing and study in loo. hey, i used to be in loo enough time to do my home work. concentration with constipation.

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  16. i like ur loo games. actually i used to sing and study in loo. hey, i used to be in loo enough time to do my home work. concentration with constipation.

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  17. kho kho! wowww! that was some game. and the best was hide n seek, where we used to go to each others homes, spend some hours and then get out. man! wish i never grew up..

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  18. So true...it has become all too plastic these days! All kids can think of is playing EA Sports Cricket and NFS..! Those were the golden days..our days

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  19. great post!!! some fun memories!! i loved playing with paper boat!! great one, man..
    although about the broken teeth, come on man, tell us. your sister broke them, didnt she??!! i mean, she wud have had to considering she probably spent all her childhood chasing after you saving her things from you!!! huh, talk about memories, i dont think she's got too many peaceful ones!!! :P

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  20. nice post... some pple are lucky to have a carefree childhood.......i dont miss those days....

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  21. nice post... some pple are lucky to have a carefree childhood.......i dont miss those days....

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  22. lovely bro..u brought up the fresh memories of my childhood :)..hide N seek one the most fav of all games and yeah carroms chess :)...well i give on the list i should make a big post in the comment section :)..thanks for making me remember those memories :)..

    urs..hemu..

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  23. I am reminded of the way my friend bobby and me used to celebrate Barbie, Skipper, Kenny and Ben (All Barbie family) birthday. We used to beg our mom for 10 rupees or 20 rupees, buy one small piece of cake and chips. !!!

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  24. wow somebody's gone off into second childhood! :) or is the first one still continuing? :P


    #: cheating during counting.. dont we all? :D

    #: y wearing a hat? climbing trees is fun even without it

    #: the poor barbie doll. serves u rite. and whatever made u think that wud actually get flushed?

    #: stealing the red coin from carrom board oh yea brings back memories of childhood alrite :D

    #: 4x2 table is drawn on the sand ground and the player has to hop on 1 leg and then throw the stone backwards in the last square box
    oh yea i've played this a lot during my childhood days in kerala

    #: Paper boat game is the most popular game during the monsoon season. oh yessssss :-) what fun!!

    #: My sister also had this habit of collecting Glo dolls ( Dolls that glow in the dark). I used to steal those dolls and present it to my classmates (girls) cheapskate!!

    #: street cricket!! kickass! :D yay!


    the video is too cute!! :-)



    With the advent of internet and modern day electronic gadgets, kids these days live in a virtual world. Everything has become plastic offlate. The kids of the present generation do not have a single clue about the fun games that we played when we were kids. There are so many other games that we would have played in our childhood days.
    sooo true :-/ i was just going to say the same thing after reading abt ur childhood post when i saw this at the bottom. and the funny part is, this was the exact same dialogue our parents used to say to us... and time has moved forward so fast that we will probably saying this only to the next generation! life's funny...

    we are probably the last generation to go out to play in the mud, enjoy outdoor games and not worry abt mobiles and computers...childhood is losing its innocence now :-(

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  25. Prasoon in a nostalgic mood

    Very rightly put, today's kids don't play the kind of outdoor games that we grew up playing!!

    I still have the marbles, wanna play? :)

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  26. Aww u töok me down the memory lane.. I was smiling al the way reminiscing those wndrfl days.. That hoppin game is called stappu .. Also we used to play those clapping games and sing along aao milo shilo shallu and zip zap zoom.. Lovely lovely post.

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  27. Nostalgic :)

    Choppu Saman game :P that was my favourite..

    police and thief...

    Lock and key....

    london london statue...

    all these are my big time fav. miss those days terribly :

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  28. am waiting for you "nakkal" and "humorous" post on FARMVILLE of FB :P

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  29. cool post....reminded me of my childhood days..pretty much the similar games i played..but cudnt climb trees though..ended up scaling apartment walls :D

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  30. I remember I used to play posham pa bhai po sham pa....where we would go through two clasped hands raised above their owners head.
    I also remember we used to catch small insects which glow at night(forgot their name)
    I also remember those hide and seek games I used to play in krishna temple...

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  31. when i visited my village i would get clay from the potter next door and make "goli"s to use with my catapult. And there was a game i used to play with the kids there, it was like marbles... but played with stones..dont remember exactly .. but we had to hit some particular stone and collect points .. it was pretty sensless i think.. but loads of fun !


    LOVED the video !!! HAHAHAHAH !!!

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  32. I had a classmate who did that with his sister's dolls too. The poor girl. I was playing with one that he gave, and she saw it and started crying.. Brothers are so cruel.. ;]

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  33. awwwww Chriz..I simply loved this post...

    I might take this up as a tag...may be i
    i'd put up ter wat ma games were wen i ws a child..:):)

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  34. Freaking Cool man..
    U just tuk me to my childhood too...

    Whoa..wt days were those...
    The games you had played were too cool...

    We also used to play many customised games as u had.. lots of them involving adventure as per those times..

    :)

    Great post...

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  35. aww, such a nostalgic post..
    missing those days, yaa..

    n you lost your teeth in Israeli War,lol

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  36. @ R S V
    I also remember we used to catch small insects which glow at night(forgot their name).

    It's Minmini poochi.

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  37. awww..i miss my childhood days :(...
    i loved the post..

    i use to play..
    Coconut plz...
    then everyone use to say..yes plz...and then throw the stone..and start hopping :P....
    even use to play intelligent games lyk :
    Doctor-Doctor :P
    Daddy-mummy ;)
    ....

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  38. Aww...u look so cute in that pic. And yes i miss my childhood too!!

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  39. Ammam da i even had a habit of collecting wretlng trumph cards ... and between wat i like most in ur blog is ur child hood stories... Unmaiya the true face of a nutty guy pops !! Great Post as ususal .. btwn ur sister was the only person left in the familly ippo avangallyum nee vambuku illuthita ...

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  40. Hide and Seek,London Statue and paper rockets filled in my world..Then followed snakes and ladders and the n so many..I even used to play godfather too.. ;)

    Loved it chrizzy.. :D

    Nikhil

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  41. he he he nala vilayatu... durin diwali time..we used to play atom bomb vilayatu...i know neenga intha velai elam pani irupinga...but yeah...we put this bijili vedi in atom or lakshmi bomb and scare some one...the person who scares some stranger maximum wins! :), then there is this sharbath game always! nala pozhapu da sami :)!

    HaRy

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  42. ungaluku romba thanks bro...my blog is all bcos of yu! writing, reading elame...god bles!

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  43. Awwww man!! those are lovely moments...Kalla manna (these days everything is concrete!!), Goli, Kanna Moochi, Nondi, Ice Boy, 7 stones, Nickhal Kundhal, Leg bite, Pen game, Notebook cricket, Mudugu Puncher, Catch and catch, Pambaram, Gorikallikka Mundirikka, Oru Kodam Thanni.....cha cha totally forgot all those days dude, ur post made me think of those!!
    Thx for it..

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  44. i absolutely loved the video..thank you..

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  45. All those days ... wow.. gREAT post:)

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  46. You look like a vamp/were-wolf without ur teeth!
    thanks for jogging my memory.you reminded me of lotta things from my childhood..like the rough note books that were made from leftover blank pages from the previous academic year's notebooks. I used to play chef using plastic kitchen sets. I remember cooking rice and rasam for real with clay pots and real fire! though it tasted yuck, I made all the poor souls dat came for the party eat that crap! hide-n-seek, police-thief, cricket with cousins.. sigh! I want those days back!! waaahhhh!!!

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  47. yeah...thts true...the Internet has brought an end to the crazy outdoor games one plays during childhood...

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  48. hullo chronic,

    tripped onto your blog in the middle of a jobless afternoon and loved your post on childhood games.

    ps: even adult games are so much more surreal these days...:D

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  49. besides all the game that you've mentioned in this post,there was this dark room game where my bro ended up taking the revenge from me...there is this game called "business"i was so addicted to it at that time...out out,leg touch,pillar game...omg!!there are so many to remember...we hardly find kids playing those games now :(

    *hugs*for making me remember my childhood days...good one chriz!!

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  50. Stealing stuff from those board games, LOL! I did that a lot =))

    I just love that image :|

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  51. ive played almost all games mentioned here.. there were also some other games i used to play, dont remember their names though. there was hide n seek n another in which we were supposed to dismantle a group of flat stones placed one on top of another..
    i really miss those days..

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  52. at last some truths from you, i totally agree yaar, child hood is not the same as before, technology has killed the innocence

    well there was this one game i use to play, which was making a auto like thing with bearings of autos and slide it down the road, i once sat in it and fell down leaving a 5 inch gash on my forhed, but it was fun

    still gotta see you at my blog..... happy dusshera


    take care and keep writing..........

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  53. Lol...the post reminded of my childhood..so many priceless and precious moments, i miss them so badly now :(
    between i could relate to many of the games :)

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  55. nostalgic... everyone of can relate to these games chriz... bravo! fab post

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  56. am a recent reader of your blog. this is a lovely post. miss all those games. 'pei pandhu' anyone? pallanguzhi?....

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  57. thanks for interesting post... i really enjoy to visit this site :)
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