India is a land of art, culture, thoughts as well as some fun games. And if I talk about games in our country, the best times were the 90s, where we took comfort in the games like langri, Gilli-danda, Kho-Kho, Kanche, etc.
Even thinking about these ancient games brings back the nostalgia, reminding us of how we spent our childhood.
However, the times have now changed and modern games like Cricket, Football and Tennis have become our source of entertainment and joy.
Another such game that has been a part of the Indian history is Tambola. I'm sure everyone would have played or still play this game in parties, family gatherings, and other occasions.
But do you know how the game of Tambola came to India? The game originated from Bingo/Housie which is played across the world. So, let's take a look at how Bingo became Tambola:
You might have come across the game Tambola in your adolescence and then went on to enjoy the same growing up, but its traces go back to 1530s in Italy. It was a lottery game called 'Il Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia'. By 18th century, French people started to play it with cards, tokens and the calling out of numbers.
As the world approached 19th century, a standardised version of the game was created by Hugh J. Ward. He also copyrighted it and published a book on the same in 1933. After that, Edwin Lowe who was travelling to Atlanta saw a similar game being played by people. And so he chose to create Bingo and made two versions: a 12-card set and a 24-card set.
By 1940s, everyone in the USA began playing 'Bingo'. It became prevalent in churches and charity organisations, which is where the Englishmen noticed it and introduced the same in India.
Tambola has now become a favourite party game in India where a host calls out numbers which are then marked off on their tickets. You just have to get your numbers right; if you strike the numbers present on the chit, in any of the following patterns, then there's a prize waiting for you: four-corners, fast-five, top-row, middle-row, last-row and a full house.
Dainik Bhaskar has again revolutionised the game a bit, there's no host but a number every day.
Subscribe to Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, strike off a number daily which comes with the paper.
And, when it comes to the prizes, 50 winners (Full house) get IIFA 2018 invites and an all-paid trip to Goa for 100 couples (Top row), and lots more.
Amazing, ain't it? Click here for the rules of the game.