Thursday, 3 February 2022




On the Day three of the campaign #WRITE A PAGE A DAY, Pallankuzhi an ancient game which is played in the house holds of Tamil Nadu will be presented in detail.

At first basic requirements of the game:

Number of persons: Minimum 2 and Maximum 2

Preferred age group: Above the age of 10

Duration of the play: Minimum half an hour.

Best time to play:  Any time, when two people are free.

Preferred surface: on the floor or on the table where the pallankuzhi is evenly placed.

Things required to play: Pallankuzhi and the usual chozhi (shells) or dried tamarind seeds- 35 coins per person is required and five coins in each hole

How to play: The play begins after the toss and the one who wins, starts by picking up coins from a hole and places one in each hole going anti clockwise. When he reaches the end of the row, he moves to the other side and when all his coins are over, he takes the coins from the next hole and continues playing till he reaches an empty hole. The coins in the holes before the empty one are taken by the player and placed in his treasure.



Then the next player starts to play from the hole next to the empty hole. He follow the same pattern of the game and when he drops the last coin before two empty holes, he should stop as his turn ends with that.

The game progress like this and when one round is over, the two members check their treasure and fill as many holes as possible with their coins. The one who lost in the first round may not be able to fill all the holes in the row. The empty ones remain empty and they will not be filled and the turns will be interchanged. (the one who played first in the first round, will play second  in the second round) The game ends only when one has no coins or at least 5 coins to fill the holes.

Reference to this Game: This game finds reference in the stories told by Grandparents. In the Tamil Literature, Pallanguzhi finds place in Short stories of rural importance. It is a game played by both men and women and it insists in providing equal opportunity to erase the gap of the rich and the poor

The game has a peculiar message of sharing and distributing evenly and equally the seeds and lands,  like a coin being placed in each hole.

It is explained that the distribution of seeds among farmers helped to have good crops and harvest. In those days various seeds are distributed to the farmers for those who can’t effort to buy seeds from the market or other sources. The government or the wealthy persons of the village or the co farmers who had good yield and had stock of seeds of grain, cereal or other crop share it with the others who are in dire need of it .This helps the farmer, the village and as well as the people depending on them. This leads to a good farming with natural seeds. This leads to high yields, good returns and a harmony among farmers. No one is deprived of healthy living and it is a sort of sustainable living with organic farming and they all had a fine coordination with nature.

Then comes the sharing concept that too is highly relatable to the eco -friendly means of living. In those days many farmers don’t own land for farming. They work under daily wage in the other’s fields. In some cases the owner of the land shares it with a farmer, and there he will do farming and the harvest is shared between the two in a ratio of the practising format. This makes both the land and the farmer to a good use and earning respectively. No land is left vacant as agriculture was the major occupation and Greenery was all around.



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