Jag Venugopal's Blog

October 10, 2010

Blast from the past

Filed under: Project Management — Jag @ 12:06 pm

Recently, we acquired a game board that is very popular in India, but virtually unknown in the US: a carrom board.

Carrom is a game that’s a cross between, say, pool and air hockey. The game is played with eight black, eight white, and one red disk. In addition, there is a striker. Each side plays for one color. The object is for each team to get their disks into the corner pockets, before the other. The red disk confers additional points.

Carrom is a very popular game in India, and reportedly, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and parts of the Arab world. It takes minutes to learn how to play it — a seven year old could potentially play the game. Yet, it takes skill and practice to play it well.

Most boards available in the US are imported from India. Prices range from around $75 to $400, with higher prices buying thicker boards and better quality wood. We bought a board costing about $100, which is good enough for a family game, but not necessarily of tournament quality. If you’ve never played carrom, give it a try. Its simple, and you’ll enjoy playing it regularly. The cost of an entire ensemble is less than what you would pay for a night of dinner and shopping for a family of four.

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