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India has a rich culture of games, but sadly many of them are forgotten today and run the risk of disappearing into oblivion. They are fun, elemental and easy to play by people of all backgrounds, ages, cultures and qualifications. What is more, each of them has lessons for us that are as important today as they were when they were created.

Just Play! Life Lessons from Traditional Indian Games is a book that takes you back in time through the fun and laughter of these games. Every game—from Panch Kone to Solah Seedi to Aadu Puli Aatam—represents or captures an aspect of life and the world. Unlike life, games can be played again and again, to get it right.

While making mistakes in the real world has a lasting impact, making mistakes in a game has limited consequences. It is through mistakes that we learn and grow. These games reduce life’s complexity to a replica of manageable elements and size. They enable the player to view situations calmly and objectively so as to isolate the core of the problem. And therein lies their charm and relevance.
 
 

Review

I remember spending lovely long afternoons playing board games as a kid, and I still use references from Snakes and Ladders, particularly the snake on 97 that reminds you how you could be so close and yet so far from your goal. I hope Vinita Sidhartha’s Just Play! can rekindle that childhood fun and remind us of the many simple and valuable lessons that these games gently seeded into us.
—Harsha Bhogle, Cricket Commentator

Reading Vinita Sidhartha’s book Just Play! has taken me back to my childhood days. These games were great for bonding and friendship. In this era of computer gaming and online entertainment, she has brought back what we have forgotten. Now, I must find people to join me in playing these games. I am also excited to try out some new ones I have come across in this book. I am getting ready to kiss the dice and warm it in my palms with a prayer before I roll them on to the board in the hope of a victory. Thank you for putting together this book.
Arvind Swami, Actor and Entrepreneur

About the Author

Vinita Sidhartha has a degree in journalism from University of Texas at Austin, US. After completing her studies, she returned to India and set up a communications consultancy with leading clients from the corporate and media sectors.

As a mother of two, she turned to her grandmother to take care of her children. Her grandmother spent hours with the children teaching them a number of traditional Indian games. Watching this, the personal and the professional merged in Vinita. Thus, was born Kreeda, meaning ‘play’ in Sanskrit, which researches and markets traditional games that are Indian in spirit and global in quality. (Visit www.kreedagames.com for more information.)

Vinita continues to use her communication skills to consult in the development sector. She is also the director at Power Centre Private Limited, an IT company, where she handles the marketing and HR functions. Vinita loves writing about life, experiences and the memorable people she meets through her blog https://vinitasidhartha.in.
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  • ISBN: 9789355205698
  • Author: Vinita Sidhartha
  • Publisher: Rupa
  • Pages: 200
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

India has a rich culture of games, but sadly many of them are forgotten today and run the risk of disappearing into oblivion. They are fun, elemental and easy to play by people of all backgrounds, ages, cultures and qualifications. What is more, each of them has lessons for us that are as important today as they were when they were created.

Just Play! Life Lessons from Traditional Indian Games is a book that takes you back in time through the fun and laughter of these games. Every game—from Panch Kone to Solah Seedi to Aadu Puli Aatam—represents or captures an aspect of life and the world. Unlike life, games can be played again and again, to get it right.

While making mistakes in the real world has a lasting impact, making mistakes in a game has limited consequences. It is through mistakes that we learn and grow. These games reduce life’s complexity to a replica of manageable elements and size. They enable the player to view situations calmly and objectively so as to isolate the core of the problem. And therein lies their charm and relevance.
 
 

Review

I remember spending lovely long afternoons playing board games as a kid, and I still use references from Snakes and Ladders, particularly the snake on 97 that reminds you how you could be so close and yet so far from your goal. I hope Vinita Sidhartha’s Just Play! can rekindle that childhood fun and remind us of the many simple and valuable lessons that these games gently seeded into us.
—Harsha Bhogle, Cricket Commentator

Reading Vinita Sidhartha’s book Just Play! has taken me back to my childhood days. These games were great for bonding and friendship. In this era of computer gaming and online entertainment, she has brought back what we have forgotten. Now, I must find people to join me in playing these games. I am also excited to try out some new ones I have come across in this book. I am getting ready to kiss the dice and warm it in my palms with a prayer before I roll them on to the board in the hope of a victory. Thank you for putting together this book.
Arvind Swami, Actor and Entrepreneur

About the Author

Vinita Sidhartha has a degree in journalism from University of Texas at Austin, US. After completing her studies, she returned to India and set up a communications consultancy with leading clients from the corporate and media sectors.

As a mother of two, she turned to her grandmother to take care of her children. Her grandmother spent hours with the children teaching them a number of traditional Indian games. Watching this, the personal and the professional merged in Vinita. Thus, was born Kreeda, meaning ‘play’ in Sanskrit, which researches and markets traditional games that are Indian in spirit and global in quality. (Visit www.kreedagames.com for more information.)

Vinita continues to use her communication skills to consult in the development sector. She is also the director at Power Centre Private Limited, an IT company, where she handles the marketing and HR functions. Vinita loves writing about life, experiences and the memorable people she meets through her blog https://vinitasidhartha.in.

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