Indiahas a rich culture of games, but sadly many of them are forgotten today and runthe risk of disappearing into oblivion. They are fun, elemental and easy toplay by people of all backgrounds, ages, cultures and qualifications. What ismore, each of them has lessons for us that are as important today as they werewhen they were created. JustPlay! Life Lessons from Traditional Indian Games isa book that takes you back in time through the fun and laughter of these games.Every game-from Panch Kone to Solah Seedi to Aadu Puli Aatam-represents orcaptures an aspect of life and the world. Unlike life, games can be playedagain and again, to get it right.
While making mistakes in the real world has alasting impact, making mistakes in a game has limited consequences. It isthrough mistakes that we learn and grow. These games reduce life's complexityto a replica of manageable elements and size. They enable the player to viewsituations calmly and objectively so as to isolate the core of the problem. Andtherein lies their charm and relevance.
Withfun and laughter, the book Just Play! enables us to learn valuable lifelessons from these traditional Indian games.