Get a kick from staying indoors
If the monsoon is playing spoilsport with your social life, we suggest you bring the fun indoors by playing cool games at home or by heading to the indoor recreation centres across the city
Board room games
Go rural with Adu Ali Putum
Every year, at the Kala Ghoda Festival, a new range from KEC Green Games is unveiled. This year, they introduced a silk board game (screen-printed on cloth), Adu Ali Putum, which is the South Indian version of Goats and Tiger. The game requires strategic planning. They also have a 3-D Cut Ramayana, a 36-piece lateral thinking puzzle for children and stock Pallanghuzi, the Tamil version of Oware (the sowing game), a favourite among agrarian communities around the globe. Only 100 pieces of this limited edition game has been produced each year since it’s made from high quality wood. Founder of KEC Green Games, Manisha Gadekar, says the demand for such games picks up during the monsoon. “These make for great family entertainers. Pallanghuzi is even handed down as family heirlooms,” she explains.
At CSMVS Museum store, Colaba; Kitab Khana, Fort; Dhoop, Khar (W).
Call 9820488736 (Free home delivery above R700)
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The search for Sita begins
Dhoop offers several traditional games as well as art and craft kits that teach traditional art forms like Bandhani and Gond painting. They stock Kreeda products that aim to revive traditional games and promote learning through play. The games are also environmental-friendly and are made from naturally available materials. The games can be played by all age groups and boost hand-eye coordination. Some of their popular games include Search for Sita, conceived as a sequel to the game Vanavaas. It follows Rama and Lakshmana’s adventures as they seek help to rescue Sita with help from the vanaras (monkeys). They also stock Chaupad, believed to be among India’s oldest games. Dhoop owner, Aradhana Nagpal, says that indoor games are great buys for the monsoon when it’s tough to step outside: “We are hopeful that people will enjoy playing more indoor games as opposed to watching television. Games tell us a lot about who we are and where we come from. But above all, they are a lot of fun.”
At Prem Sagar, ground floor, 14 Road, off Linking Road, Khar (W).
Relive your sporty side
Move indoors for footie?
Few joys will compare to the thrill of playing football in the rains. For those who prefer to stay dry, visit The Arena, the city’s first indoor football club. The 5,000 square feet indoor football ground at Saki Naka is open from 6 am to 12 am and offers replenishments on sale as well as shower facilities.
“The main concept behind it was the rapid growth of football in India and the fact that we lack world-class football facilities in the country. The idea is to bring India on par with other major cities like Singapore, Dubai and London,” explains Abhishek Bangur, Head of Operations, The Arena. They have announced monsoon offers where you can play for two hours for `3,500 as well as an upcoming monsoon tournament slated for July 6.
In the gaming zone
New gaming store in Khar, Game 4 U offers consoles, Play Station 3 games, gaming accessories and more. “We have pre-owned games that you can browse through with the RePlay range, or you can pre-order games that will get launched soon. We also have reward programmes; we have a Team Elite loyalty programme, which is an exclusive club for gamers with rewards and privileges,” informs Nitesh Bandekar, Manager of Operations, Game 4 U.
At Game 4 U, Bharat Bhuvan, Linking Road, Khar (W).
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Pot luck with golf?
Online brand Hitplay ensures you won’t have a dull monsoon this year. They offer a range of quirky games including Magnetic Dart Board, Drinking Ludo, Drinking Basketball, Drinking Tic Tac Toe and Cheering Soccer. Founder Champ Alreja says that they get a lot of office-going crowds. “This time, the rains have hit Mumbai early and the public prefers to avoid getting wet, so indoor games are popular,” he says, adding that their most
popular game is Toilet Golf.
More to play with...
Blah! Games: These guys offer imported civilisation-building games, fantasy and sci-fi themed games, as well as war and negotiation games; some are made available for the first time in India. The games are for adults and teenagers.
log on to www.blahgames.com
Wasted fish: There’s loads to choose for those who love their tipple: Tic Tac Toe, Bingo, Booze Ball, Ludo, Shooters and Ladders, Electronic Roulette and Ship Wrecked.
log on to www.wastedfish.com
thatspersonal.com: The online portal for adults offers games to spice up your love life, including Lust Card Game, Sex Coupons and Foreplay Fortune.
log on to www.thatspersonal.com
Babyoye: Babyoye.com stocks board games for kids ranging from alphabet animal puzzles to Uno, magnet puzzles, kids’ Monopoly, counting games and more.
log on to www.babyoye.com
Compiled by Soma Das