KUNAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata: They had lost their charm and interest unable to stand up to television or just mobile browsing. But thanks to the lockdown enforced by COVID-19, indoor games are staging a strong comeback.
And ludo, carrom, business puzzles and Chinese checkers are flying off the shelves in Kolkata. The shopkeepers are selling them on the sly along with grocery and bakery items.
Md Ajmal, who stocks indoor games paraphernalia in a godown off Kolkata’s Strand Road, supplying them to shops in the city, is happy that his business is thriving. “Indoor games was slowly going out of fashion after the smartphone invasion. People nowadays play games on their mobile phones. But the lockdown changed the scenario since whole families gathered around the boards. One can kill a of of time with them,” he said.
Debashis Chakraborty, owner of a toy shop, said that most of the indoor games were sold and he is left with only some Barbie dolls and funskool stuff. “We were not selling too many indoor games as a result of which we almost stopped ordering for more. But the sudden demand in the market forced us to procure more such products. Most items were sold at MRP though some were also sold at higher prices. Though we could keep up to the demand of ludo, chess, cards and other common games, we could not procure a huge number of carroms, bagaduli, puzzles and alphabet games that were ordered in large numbers,” he said.
Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti actress Ritabhari Chakraborty has also taken to playing the humble game of ludo in quarantine with her sisters. Recently she posted a video where one of her sisters was seen seeking revenge in the game of ludo. Check out the video, it’s fun.
Chakraborty added that many of the indoor games are manufactured in India which were more or less available. But those games which are made of plastic and other metals are generally imported from China. Traders in Kolkata had a large stock of them, but most of them are exhausted now.