Playing of indoor games have always been a go to activity for people to fight off moods of laziness at home and spend the time in a fruitful manner. Although the hectic schedules of life have brought down the time period of playing indoor games, the charm of these little homely pleasures have still not been lost and the new and tech-savvy fellows can also get attracted towards it after knowing the procedures and the happiness of engaging with it. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, indoor games have turned out to be the safest option for kids to entertain themselves. Moreover, parents can also participate in enjoying indoor games with their children and spend some quality family time together.
In India, Ludo has been the topmost preferable choice of indoor game played and enjoyed by the old and young alike. Although this popular board game has seen variations over the years in its appearance and mode of playing, the timeless allure of playing it has remain intact as friendly criticism along with shouts of praise and endless teasing have been associated with its enjoyment from olden days.
The history of Ludo is quite interesting just as the playing of the game is itself. Its earliest resemblance was mentioned in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The story of the infamous game of dice between Shakuni and Yudhisthira that led to the famous war between the Pandavas and Kauravas is well-known to everyone. As per reports, Ludo is a modern version of the popular ancient Indian cross and circle board game Pachisi. Known as the national game of India, Pachisi is played on a symmetrical cross shaped board mostly made out of good clothing material. A player’s pieces move around the board based upon a throw of six or seven cowrie shells, with the number of shells resting with aperture upwards indicating the number of spaces to move. As twenty five is the largest score that can be thrown with the cowrie shells, the game came to be known Pachisi after the Hindi word Pachis meaning Twenty Five in English. Although the exact time period of origin of the ancient version of Ludo is unknown, the Ellora Caves in Maharashtra presents illustrations of Pachisi on its walls. Meanwhile, historical sources also mentions about the obsession of Pachisi with the Mughal emperor Akbar. It is said that he used slaves from his harem as pieces on a life-sized board. Meanwhile, Akbar’s vicious enthusiasm for Pachisi even led him to build halls with floors depicting the boards in his palaces at Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. However, Pachisi came to be called Ludo after a British man Alfred Collier applied for a patent for the board game in the UK in 1891. After making some changes in the original game of Pachisi (like adding a dice cup for the throwing of the dice), Collier patented the game by naming it as the Royal Ludo. Later, the British Royal Navy, one of the oldest of UK’s armed services invented their own form of Ludo known as Uckers.
The Good Old Days of Playing Ludo
Prior to the widespread use of Internet services, Ludo was played with our dear ones as a means of having some fun together. The sounds of laughter, praises and teasing would reverberate around the whole house when people were engaged with this wonderful piece of board game. Ludo is one of the oldest and best form of stress buster. It can instantly remove any of the negative feelings of the players when they are engrossed in playing with it. Moreover, the cheerful shouts that follows while playing this board game can also uplift the moods of the inhabitants of the house. Ludo has the power of capturing even a disinterested player into its folds once they commenced on playing the game. To beat away the feelings of laziness, Ludo can always remain the ultimate saviour. Concentration of each of the players in this board game is mandatory. For these reasons, playing of Ludo can help in increasing the levels of concentration to a great extent. Meanwhile, this productive indoor game can also be a source of entertainment as people comes together to spend some light moments when playing it. The fun and entertainment of playing Ludo was so high earlier when relatives would visit our house that the ditching our favourite television programmes to watch was not a moment of grief. Ludo and TV were the dear sources of entertainment for people before the emergence of mobile Internet services which overcame the pleasures of all the earlier addictions.
Modern Times of Ludo
Playing Ludo with strangers online is not a new and unheard thing in the modern world. With the advancement of technology, various apps of Ludo can be found today on mobile phones. After downloading any of these apps with just a click, inviting and joining someone to play Ludo from the mobile phones using Internet is the most common scenario of playing of this indoor game nowadays. Today, Ludo can no longer be said to be a board or indoor game as technology has been able to convert it into one of the many forms of online games. Although Ludo has also become popular as an online game, it seems to have lost its fun and entertainment quotient as people can play it alone from any corner of the world and without coming together. However, the best thing is that Ludo has been able to spread its charm among even the tech savvy fellows as they have also gone to play it regularly in its online form. If we ever feel like playing with someone dear to us while staying miles away from him /her, online Ludo can easily solve our woes.
Lastly, Ludo as a game has been able to give happiness to people from times of yore till the present era and will continue to do so even in future.