Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Indian board games

As an afficionado of board games I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted IIT designed, India inspired board games recently at a mall. India has a rich games tradition which has been overshadowed by the "imports". Pictionary, Taboo and whole hose of them - no complaints - these games are good. But there are very few Indian games - like the ancient Pallankuzhi, Dayakattam (Ludos precursor) with its rectangular dice that are popular.


It was therefore heartening to see India inspired games like Chakra view, Triplets and Gotcha. Havent purchased them yet, but I guess as a board games afficionado, I will, soon...

It is a constant lament that we in India being in India have done precious little to showcase our heritage beyond elephants and Taj Mahal. Our airports copy international airports (the Cochin one being a lone exception by a small margin), our railway stations (well, let me not even talk about it) and our malls are copycat malls by and large.

Fortunately, there are a few who are trying to tread off the beaten track like Titans heritage series, Tantra t-shirts and now Funskool...
Meanwhile, in the outside world, here is some news about board games.

2 comments:

Aadisht said...

Neel,

have some thoughts on this, may write a post about this soon...

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