Posted: 14 Apr 2017 07:31 PM PDT
A tiny tower of stones can bring a huge mountain of joy.. and that is what we always felt when we played lagori. Hoping to recreate new memories of lagori along with other treasured childhood favorites is my theme for this challenge.
Lagori is a street game in India (also called by other names in different regions of India) played between two teams of sizes depending upon the number of players. Players from one team take turns trying to break down the pile of stones with a ball; and once it does fall down, everyone in that team tries to build the tower back up while the opposition searches for the ball and tries to prevent them by a)hitting a member of the first team with the ball (so ensure the ball is soft enough to ensure reduced injury) or b)break the structure again
Kids still play lagori on streets across India though not as often or as prevalent as when we were kids, but I am my heart definitely is gladdened to hear shouts of lagori even today on a random street in Bangalore when I visit there during the holidays!!
The next part of my post is recycled from an earlier post of mine (and I surprised myself when I saw I had written about this game earlier, not once but actually twice - here and here!)
Joy and a Pile of Stones..
Stones piled one over another
As we all laughed and played together
Two teams that vied for the tower
One building it up, being stopped by the other
I aimed the ball at the tower of stones
Watched worriedly -
Will I lead my team to a victory?
Will we soon be shouting 'lagori!'
The tower did crumble (just the right amount)!
A rush of feet everywhere
We scrambled to build the tower
They – well, they ran after the ball
They had to stop us, after all..
"Too late", we screamed with joy,
"Lagori"– in unison – every girl and boy!
Q to the reader: What games did/do you play that involved sticks/stones?
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