Friday, 4 September 2015

Childhood Games -Top(Bambaram)

Today I would like to give a guest post,from my friend Mr. Thornton. He has taken the interest in compiling the rules for the  Top (Bambaram) game. I must Appreciate him for that. Thank You very much Thornton for all the effort you have taken to compile and send me the rules for all this Game. The pictures are taken from Google.

Rules for the Top

Fig-1: TOP

  1. The Top should rotate
  2. The Top should land within the circle, if it did not the Top has to be surrendered & placed within the circle. ( Refer Fig 3)
  3. The top should be spinning 
  4. The Top should  be lifted in the air only through the use of the thread
  5. The top if it is stuck within the circle & rotates inside the circle , the players can stamp it inside the circle stopping the rotation.

Game Description
At the Start of the Game all the players one by one has to throw the Top inside the circle & rotate should try to move the stick out of the circle

Fig -2

Fig-3: TOP within the Circle

As soon as the stick is moved outside the circle ( Fig 1) , all the players should lift a rotating Top from the ground into their hands using the thread 

Fig 4 : Top in Hand

 Please note the Top should be in rotation when this action is performed.

The Guy who performs this action Last will now have to surrender his Top and should place the TOP inside the circle 

Fig-5: : Three Tops surrendered within the Circle

All the players will throw and rotate their Tops and will try to push it outside the circle. The Intention is to hit the top inside the circle and also to drive the nail of your top into the one that is in the circle and to damage it.

As soon as the top inside is out of the circle, All the player has to rotate the top on ground and then lift it in air holding it in hand ( Fig 4). Again the Guy picking the Top last has to surrender his Top and place it within the circle ( Fig 5).
This is repeated with atleast one top inside the circle at given point

The key points of training for the player is :

  1. Speed – Speed at which the player can rotate the Top
  2. Estimation – The player has to plan the release of thread to ensure the top lands within the circle
  3. Agility – The player has to ensure that the TOP quickly moves out of circle after it lands
  4. Focus – The Player has to ensure he is focused on the target within the circle
  5. Awareness – The Player has to constantly have situation awareness of the tops
A Big Well Done for Mr. Thornton and  a big round of applause for him.
Thank you for visiting my Blog. Hope you learnt something today. more to come in the future.


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015


Hi Friends
It has been a long time since my previous post. Today I thought I will post some of the games played by us in our childhood. It may bring back some people's memories, or even help some parents to teach their children to play(like me).  My friends have helped me to list them and gave me the rules on how to play them. I must say a big THANK YOU to all of them. I have listed some of them here. I'm not sure if they are played in other parts of India as well , with similar rules.

  • Pallankuli
  • Gilli Thandu
  • Gundu
  • Bambarm
  • Thayam
  • Pannakal
  • Komberi Kolaleri
  • Paramapadam
  • Chippili

Image result for bambaram

picture courtesy : Google.

For Bambaram everyone should have one Bambaram each and we keep a flat wood inside a circle. Then with the Bambaram you need to make a hole in the wood. if you miss to do that you need to put the Bambaram inside the circle. Then everyone will hit your Bambaram with their sharp nail edged Bambaram.

Gilli Thandu:

picture courtesy : Google

It is played with two pieces of Wood one big and one small one. Using the big stick you need to hit the small stick as long as you can. That position is marked. So each and every player in the group should do that. All their positions are marked. The person who hit the least position will be the looser. he need to go to the longest distance which is marked and the person must throw the small stick targeting the big stick which is placed where they did hitting. If you failed the person will start to hit from where your small stick landed. It will keep on going until you hit the big stick. For example if we play as a group of 4 you have to touch all the three.  Actually once you throw your small stick it will land  in a place. The first person come with  the big stick and once he touches the small stick your time starts and you can run and touch others before he hits the small stick. if you touch them before he hits the small stick the person is out or else you need to throw the small stick where it landed in the recent hit. you have to do it until you touch them before hit or you need to beat them by throwing exactly your small stick against the big stick.  A bit confusing rules as I have never played it.

More about other games will follow later