Last Sunday, I played Lagori again. I had been to a temple near Tumkur with family. I saw two guys (Udaya & Chandana) playing Lagori in the temple premises. I was tempted to join them. As an ice-breaker, clicked few of photos of them playing, showed them and asked whether I can join them. And next minute I was playing with them. I played with them for more than half an hour. I was back to my school days.
After sometime, my sister came looking for me as it was lunch time. She stood at a distance watching me playing with the kids. After some 10 minutes she called me for lunch as everyone was waiting for me. At the end, I left reluctantly, soaked in sweat, totally tired of running-around. Thanks Chandana & Udaya for those lovely moments :)
About Lagori (for those who don’t know): Lagori is an interesting outdoor game which we used to play during our school days. It’s a team game involving two teams – seeker & hitter. Team size depends on the availability of the players, varying from as low as 3 to sometimes 15-16 members per team. To play Lagori, we need a soft rubber ball or a tennis ball and 7 to 11 flat stones placed one above the other, with bigger stone at the bottom and smaller at the top and an open space for the players to run-around.
Stack of stones is placed in center. Members of Seeker team gets three chances each to unstack the stones by hitting them using the ball. If one fails, next member comes in and gets his chance. When all the members of Seeker team fail to hit the stones, the role changes. The real fun starts when someone from Seeker team scatters the stones. At that point, goal of Seeker team is to pile up all those stones before Hitter team hits any of the Seeker team member by the ball. And goal of Hitter team is to hit one member of the opposite team before stones get piled up. The team whoever achieves the goal will get a point and game continues again by hitting the stack.