The 7th Standard Classroom Games

7/27/2008 10:24:00 PM

That's a room scene some 16-17 years back. A 40 odd students, blue-white dresses, no faces but asynchronous pony tails surrounding on your left n right, and a plain faced teacher dictating. I thought I could recall her face, but no! not with out looking inside the almirah with the hope of finding few odd group pictures of those early days.

the period is almost over, and we got this 5 minutes break before another teacher gets in. kids get busy playing with chocks, drawing lines on the large blackboard, some of them writing their names in all possible handwritings, those resembling latests model walks, while some are out to drink water. few are on their benches itself, just trying to take their notebooks off the bag, Some are ready for the class-work and the rest of them are on their last few pages , filled with half finished drawings, noughts and crosses, and dots. I am first on the second bench, from the right corner. my latest "best" friend is sittin next to me and there are two other girls next to her. lower db whispers are on. and i have' been invited for a new class game.

what is it? you aint playing dots today?
nopes. this is a new one. you gotto tick one of these?
I see, what does this LM means?
thats the game na! you first tick one of these three, and we'll tell you.
OK! fine.


I'am a second bencher due to two reasons. first, the first one doesnt have much of a privacy, second the girls with me dont want to sit on the first one. besides they dont want to sit on the second one even, but from the last. I dont like being second or third. I think M is same in all three abbreaviations. but I dont understand whats L, A, or C stands for. I' follow my mind. I tick the first one. the game for me is over.

The teacher seems, is almost in. some of the kids outside have just bumped in. the other two girls have ticked the second one. may be because they are sitting on the second bench right now. nice way of calculating haan! cant' blame anyone's mind ya?

OK! so what' does this mean?
the first one stands for "Love Marriage" second is "Arranged" and third is
"Court"
SO
?
you checked the first one, so you'll be having a love marriage.
what? I can't believe this.
NO NO! this is true, one of my didi's friend you know? she chose the the last one. she had a court marriage.
achcha!
theek hai.

love marriage! so like the Mithun Chakraborty's movie recently i have seen, in which both hero and heroine had ran off, and then heroine's father had killed them both? thats the love and the marriage? I dont understand whats happening around me anymore. its all blurred. Oh Lord, I'm m so scared...back from school, I get fever, no one knows the reason. fever lasts a week. for the next 30 days, I am silent in the class. no one knows if I am in or out. I am lost in my world. love marriage, running, papa would kill me. My future isn't bright. how would I study if I'll run away? how'll I become a doctor? I don't want to die...

I am exploring yahoo messenger after a long long time today. I see that falling heart IM, reminds me of something. I click doodle then.

hey this is one of those class-room games naa?. lets play. I call my brother.
and look at that, I win, hurray!
Ever been this happy winning a dots game in your life?
when did you played it last? n where?

I am in 7th standard class-room again . Love marriage? hmm!. wow. really. thts great. who's scared? Well. I am not. perhaps my dad is?

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July 29th. 2008


P.S. Just thought of adding a few words after reading all the comments i got so far on this particular post. first of all thank you all for visiting and adding your precious thoughts and experiences. It seems the emphasis got stuck only on to the lighter side of the article, like reminding us of our school days, but the other dimensional edge, which I was meaning to pass through, didn't get its much share of attention. Since only One visitor could figure out "how a little child could get traumatized just by the result of a silly class-room games".


Children, as innocent they are, tend to believe all whatever is told to them. what they see, what they hear, consequences of those sometimes, are rather tough to handle for both the elders/parents/and children themselves. Not sure, if anything could help, but to know how sensitive your child is, and how positive you build his/her outlook towards the life, and how nicely he could handle the changes in his life (read belief).

On the lighter side, though we are grown up now, but we still believe it. don't we? just because we want to?

More later..

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25 comments

  1. Quite a recollection.. proves how little things can tramautize the young ones....

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  2. the tiny little silly games could be the harbinger of something exciting...i used to think it in my school days...bt i havent played this one--AM, LM and CM...cool...m nt in school anymore bt i will surely check this out with my frens--boys and girls..lets c what happens...they mock at me or what..bt i cant deny that the result of the game always gives me an ephemeral excitement--and i m forced to believe .. :)

    well written!

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  3. @ The Rat, true, just one of the many times, and now when you think of it all you do is laugh at it.

    @aby, I would wish to believe so.. ;) yup ..check it out.. and let me know what you find out to.. it'll be great fun analysis indeed,

    thanks for commentin.. keep visitin..

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  4. really some games like this can leave you day-dreaming for days..

    there was one in which we used to calculate the % of likelihood of a couple.. that gave serious drops in weekly tests.. :)

    my blog: http://newbiepoetry.blogspot.com

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  5. Phew, never thought of it this way...
    ...Indeed lost my school days doing nothing for sure..(lol)



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  6. I would have played this game but now I am committed.

    Gr8 Work Poonam.

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  7. @ paranormal me..
    well speechless is what i am.

    @tejas lakhani..
    well congrates, and i guess once you have read the post.its for others..right.

    thanks for my work..

    keep visitin. keep commentin..

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  8. nostalgia! nostalgia!

    those must've been the golden years. sigh! i miss my school life too.

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  9. we used to play that marriage game

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  10. i never knew about this game .......hehehe

    n e ways another good post !

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  11. u reminded me of my school days ..I was very much too in dot game ...and always used to win !!

    there is a trick i dunno if u are aware of it ,....if nt i vil tell u ..!
    It's like in the beginning evryone tries to join the lines and no one leaves a chance for his/her opponent to make up the block and fill in the desired alphabets !

    but once u r done wid joining all the points generally we are left wid only an option to give others a few blocks and make sure that those are minimum ones !!

    well wat i used to do is that i used to fill in all the blocks but used to leave one this way the opponent wud alwys be left wid only one block and wud gimme another set of blocks ....and mind u there is no escaping !!


    u call it cheating but i loved it !!

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  12. @black rains..

    I don't know if I do ..i guess my golden years are yet to come..:)

    @saif..
    well ..cool.. do write in your exp then..

    @dan..
    it was just one of 'em i guess. i try to recall other's but couldnt..

    @peter.

    Yup..thats the trick.. no cheatin as such :)

    thanks folks for commentin..keep visitin.n addin ur exp ..

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  13. I used to do the same in class, mainly a tic tac toe player

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  14. U made me remember our book cricket game...

    Nice work.

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  15. @anonymous
    cool..so ur a ttt fan..

    @swarnadeep
    sorry dint get it.

    @prashant..
    thanks for appreciating..

    @farzi.. cricket.. would have been good if you'd write the details as well..

    @ vinayak..
    thanks dude..

    thank you all for commentin.. keep visitin..

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  16. hehe! this has made me nostalgic..the only diff being i used to giggle when told tht i wud be having a love marriage!! well written post actually! ..i used toplay pasing the shits inteh class..!! n gt caught many time!! hehe

    cheers!

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  17. yeah seriously children tend 2 beleive wateva s told 2 dem
    sumtimes e1 dese little games can hav a psychological impact on them

    good post

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  18. @alex..thanks for appreciting alex..

    @anusha.. you broke my heart anu. you mean to say it isnt true? aaah i so much want it to be now.. ;)

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  19. That was such a nice post. U reminded me of my school time. We used to play this FLAMES..

    where
    F stands for friendship
    L stands for Love
    A stands for Adore
    M stands for Marriage
    E stands for Enemy
    S stands for Sisters...

    I miss my School.

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  20. thanks sandy,,
    i know flame.. thats with out "s" perhaps never matched it with the girls ;) so excused..

    keep commentin...

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  21. Phew, never thought of it this way...
    ...Indeed lost my school days doing nothing for sure..(lol)



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    PEACE.
    ITS APPRECIABLE.

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  22. the tiny little silly games could be the harbinger of something exciting...i used to think it in my school days...bt i havent played this one--AM, LM and CM...cool...m nt in school anymore bt i will surely check this out with my frens--boys and girls..lets c what happens...they mock at me or what..bt i cant deny that the result of the game always gives me an ephemeral excitement--and i m forced to believe .. :)

    well written!

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