Games We Play: Daily Olympics Of The Average Mumbaite

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Tug-O-War!

2012 has been a year of games. Be it the Olympics games, ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘A Game of Thrones’, everyone’s playing something. This got me thinking- what games are we Mumbaites playing? Are we enjoying the virtual kind or the more physical types or are we indulging in an adult version of playground games?

Government Office?
Government Office?

Passing The Parcel: This used to be the ‘it’ games of a 90’s birthday party. But never in my years of playing this game did I realize I would one day become a ‘parcel’ that unceremoniously got passed around from pillar to post and back. One just has to walk into any government building to enjoy this adventure. They will send you from one room to another running like a crazy lunatic; eventually to realize that the person who can solve your problem does not even resides within those premises. Then the whole process starts again. I highly recommend the University of Mumbai or BMC office for a real life passing the parcel experience.

Hands up!
Hands up!

Arm Wrestling: As kids this game was all about physical strength. Who was the strongest won the match. As adults we play the metaphorical variant of this game on a daily basis. You wait for hours sticking your arms out. Just when you start to give up, a taxi/rickshaw comes flexing its muscles. And even before you open the door to sit in, the arm-twisting starts. How much to pay, where to go, which route to take and where exactly to be dropped-off to is all dictated by the driver who so graciously decided to do you a favour and give you a ride in his smelly, loud music blaring vehicle. By the end of it you are so depleted of your strength that you agree to all the terms and condition and accept defeat.

Chinese Whispers
Chinese Whispers

Chinese Whispers: If there is one thing Mumbaites enjoys more than pani-puri, it is their healthy dose of gossip. From temples to Talwalkars and local trains, women and men are busy sharing anecdotes of others lives with each other. And ever so often you will hear someone say in muted whisper, “Don’t tell anyone I told you this.” One just has to step into any of these places and find themselves transformed to a world of information that would make Barkha Dutt’s head spin. From all the mean things someone’s mother-in-law is doing to why she really broke off her engagement and what is the real secret of her sudden weight loss, all the salacious news gets whispered from one ear to the next. The amount of information one can get from these conversations is enough to start a nightly soap that would give Ekta Kapoor a run for her money!

Tug-O-War!
Tug-O-War!

Tug-O-War: There is one thing we Mumbaites are world famous for, and that is bargaining colloquially know as haggling. We are so good, that the GOI should send us Mumbaites to the UN and every other international body to work out the deals. I promise you, we will comeback with the best results! Lets face it- bargaining is in our DNA. It’s a verbal tug-o-war where each side is trying to win over the other with some smooth talking. From our nanis haggling with fisher woman to our mothers bargaining with the dhobis and one fine day you yourself decide to put that inherent art form to good use on the streets of Colaba Causeway. And so the legacy continues. Be it street style haggling or corporate negotiations, when it comes to finding the best deal, Mumbaites are ready to pull with all their might.

Now that you know the different games Mumbai is playing, which one do you enjoy the most?

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A fashion designer by profession, a literature graduate by education and a fashion blogger and writer by choice. Addicted to books, Sudoku, political news and American T.V shows. In a long term relationship with chocolates.

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Amena Azeez
A fashion designer by profession, a literature graduate by education and a fashion blogger and writer by choice. Addicted to books, Sudoku, political news and American T.V shows. In a long term relationship with chocolates.