Marbles were very cheap to buy, and intricate games were played, with marbles of all colours, and boys' pockets (I am sorry, this was not a girls' pastime at all) would be bulging with them.
I was, therefore, delighted to find some boys playing marbles at Durga Rock today:
My friend Radhika went to photograph one little boy:
But I liked the fact that these little boys were playing a game that needed no electricity, no major expense for their parents...here is the short video I took:
(you can hear one of my friends saying, "we used to play this"...so I guess in some parts of the country, girls also played marbles!
is a link that describes how to play marbles (or kanche, or gOli, or gOti, as they are called in different parts of India)
Here is another video:
It took me back to the halcyon days when children did not depend upon electricity or technology to play their games!