Hide and seek #FridayReflections

Have you heard hide-and-seek is apparently played competitively? When I heard about this last week, it made me laugh but also made me quite nostalgic. It was a game I played often during my childhood as well as into my teenage years.

There were so many different versions of the game. As a kid in Oman, I remember the seeker counted till hundred and we only had a certain width you could hide in. However, on spotting someone, you had to run back to the spot you counted, touch the spot and call out the name of the person. On the other hand, they could also go and touch the spot before you which meant you had to be the seeker again. While it was competitive and fun, it also meant some seekers wouldn’t move too far from the original spot in the hope that those hiding would eventually show themselves.

When I moved to Bombay, we called it ‘Stop-stop‘. Here, the seeker would count to either fifty or hundred {usually decided before the game} and then set out to find those who are hiding. Upon spotting someone, all the seeker had to do was call out their name and yell ‘stop’. {Sanch stop!} The seeker had to watch their back though as any of the others could come and tap them on the back, thereby making them seeker again.

I remember one time I was wearing a flowery skirt and green top and managed to hide in plain sight. I hadn’t had time to find a good spot and ended up crouching on the concrete covering my head. For some reason, the seeker at the time assumed I was just a random bush and didn’t ‘find’ me until much later. There were other times I hid up on trees or in ditches or else behind cars.

The thrill of trying to find a spot to hide and remain unnoticed never seemed to wane. Even as a teenager, it was exciting to find new spots and to feel like you’d outwitted the seeker. When we started playing cricket, we left the hide-and-seek to when we could no longer see the cricket ball. It made hide-and-seek a lot more fun but also enabled us to stay out longer. There were always rules though. You couldn’t go beyond a certain area, for one thing. And even though we tried for a while, you weren’t allowed to ‘hide’ right behind the seeker when they were counting.

Most of all though, hide-and-seek had the carefree attitude we all had at the time. We laughed, explored and were curious.

We were kids. And life was good.

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  • Shalini
    6 October 2017 at 6:17 am

    Ah! Reminds me of the time when I played the game with my cousins. I hated it because I was always the seeker. Hihi.
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    6 October 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Ha ha!! This certainly brought back a whole load of memories!! I used to be actually bad at this game as I hated being surprised – I would get spooked and jump at every sound. It used to be called I-spy but we ended up calling is Ice-spice (kids have a way to turn things around na 😉 )
    And dhappa was the word used to go hit the one found and yes we used to smack very hard on the back of each other when doing so!
    I wouldnt play this game again for anything 😉

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  • Bellybytes
    6 October 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I used to love this game too. In fact we played Hide and Seek in the dark too where the added advantage was that we could spook out the “den”. Lovely post that is truly reminiscent of childhood and nostalgia

  • Rajlakshmi
    6 October 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Hahaha it was so thrilling to find a hiding spot and be the last member to remain hidden. Haven’t played the game in years, over a decade and half. We used to play in a huge park after school. ?
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  • Lata Sunil
    6 October 2017 at 6:11 pm

    We used to play a lot of hide and seek. We used to hide in the lift and keep moving to avoid detection. Once a group of boys hid in the trees and needed the mali’ s help to get down. But it was loads of fun.

  • Priya Bajpai
    6 October 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Ah! those days… I sometimes steal the moments and hide again with my kid and his friends. It was fun being a kid.

  • Suzy
    6 October 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Hide and seek was a fun game to play hot and cold was another one I enjoyed.
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  • Rohan Kachalia
    6 October 2017 at 8:49 pm

    This post has brought out lots of funny and nostalgic memories when I was a kid. And yes.. “Life was Good”, then. 🙂
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  • Anami
    6 October 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Truly said. “We were kids. And life was good.” Simply loved the line. Those were the days. It is been three years I played my childhood games. When I was in Goa (not a teenager though, but cant resist myself from playing.) we used to play such games, hide and seek, cricket, football, badminton, cards (uno), sitoliya (or laghori, which is played by seven stones piled up and aimed with a ball). Such a lovely post which surely takes the reader back to childhood memories.

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    6 October 2017 at 10:27 pm

    As someone who majored in anthropology in college, I am still amazed at the similar games children play. In New York City we played Hide and go seek, with some similar rules.
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  • Team MocktailMommies
    6 October 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Hide and seek is a game with lot of twists and turns till the seeker finds the last hiding person!
    I remember my elder brother bailing me out as a seeker. Most of the time, I would fail to catch all the friends in hiding. And before I would burst into tears, Big B would take the charge and be the seeker!
    You said it right, we were kids and life really really was good!
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  • Prasanna Raghavan
    7 October 2017 at 12:13 am

    It seems almost an eternal play. Sanch, you make me nostalgic about my primary school days and a big boulder on the side of it a convenient hiding place. There was a huge mango tree on the corner of the schoolyard, serving as the post the seeker had to guard while looking for hiding ones. In the school, it was a girl’s game but in the neighbourhood, it was unisex, the number of players being less.

  • Bhavya
    7 October 2017 at 1:33 am

    How can it be played competitively??!!! Lol
    I never used to like this game much because they would always make me the seeker. I like things when they are served to me directly, seeking stuff isn’t my business 😛

  • Vinitha
    7 October 2017 at 3:21 am

    You have showered me with memories, Sanch. How many times had I played this game! With my sister, cousins, friends at school, even today I play hide and seek with my kids. 🙂
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  • Deepa
    7 October 2017 at 4:19 am

    Your post took me back to my childhood days. We played hide and seek a lot as kids. Life was fun and so much better.
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  • Shalu Sharma Rathod
    7 October 2017 at 6:00 am

    I used to love this game as a child. In Gujarat we call it Thappo. Today if I look back, I can’t imagine going alone to those dark corners & hiding there for so long. I think growing up has made me a timid person.

  • Surbhi Prapanna
    7 October 2017 at 6:58 am

    Being a grown up, we always missed those golden childhood days, and your post has recalled me those carefree days. I had played a lot this time and wish to play it with again my kids ( they usually never get a chance to play those old day games. here in USA 8-9 month freezing cold restricted our outdoor fun.)
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  • Shilpa Gupte
    8 October 2017 at 1:43 am

    Such a cute post, Sanch! Reminded me of when I used to play with my friends and yelled, “Dhappa” if I was the seeker and “caught someone”! 🙂
    I used to play with my Chikoo, too, some years ago. And, the guy with his smart nose would ‘catch’ me anywhere I hid!
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  • Ness
    8 October 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Oooh yes! I remember playing hide and seek like you describe. I also remember a game called “Redlight”. So good to remember those carefree times, as you say. I also love playing hide n’ seek with my boys, only problem is now I’m too fat to squeeze into the hiding spots I used to when my eldest was little! Oops! lol

  • Vinay Leo R.
    9 October 2017 at 12:04 am

    It was so easy to hide when I was smaller too. 😛 Under the bed, inside a drum, on the terrace… very difficult to spot 😉 We tried when we were in college, my sister and I, and twas so much more difficult. Nostalgia takes us to quite different places.
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  • Minakshi bajpai
    9 October 2017 at 8:44 pm

    It’s one of my favourite game of childhood. I used to hide in almirah or under bed or even in the bathrooms. ??wow your post reminds me of many memories linked with this game. Its so much fun and thrilled game even i still plays this game with my kids.

  • Geeta Nair
    10 October 2017 at 4:41 am

    Sanch, those were the games that helped us bond with the neighbouhood children. Sadly that is missing in most urban areas these days.

    My 20 month old grandson loves the game. But he knows just one place to hide in.
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    11 October 2017 at 4:47 pm

    This brought back so many memories, Sanch. We used to play something called ‘dark room’ too indoors. So much fun!

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