The Happiness of a Playing Carom
100 Days of Happiness – Day 17
I’ve never been much of a sportsperson. In primary school, I used to positively hate the sports period and try to make up excuses to miss it. I guess it was influenced by those TV shows where children would get a note to get out of gym class.
My favorite game to date remains badminton. The first time I picked up a racquet, I played so poorly, I thought I’d be laughed at, but I had these wonderful neighbors, who would put a net from my home to theirs across the road and play badminton every Sunday. They pulled me in, and I began to improve and love it more. Another game that I had a bad start with was carom. I remember fighting with my father when he put the red coin before me. But I persisted, and soon became almost as good as him.
Happiness is playing a game of carom during the lunch break at office. At times I win a lot of games, but I lose a lot of games too. But in a hectic day, the game comes as a breather, and helps me to focus on the day ahead as well.
(© 9th October 2015)