Indiske børns leg

Det sker ret tit at jeg får en mail fra skoleelever som har fået til opgave at skrive eller fortælle om et emne eller et land. Jeg prøver altid at svare hvis jeg kan og hvis jeg ikke kan, hjælpe dem på vej enten ved at søge på nettet og så give dem en eller flere adresser, hvor de kan finde det de søger. Hvis jeg ikke kan finde noget om emnet, søger jeg hjælp hos nogen som jeg tror kan og vil hjælpe. Jeg synes selv at det lykkes i det fleste tilfælde, der er dog enkelte der tror at jeg leverer færdige løsninger til dem, hvis de ikke kan bygge videre på det de får af mig, så er det deres problem ikke mit. 

Denne gang fik jeg et spørgsmål fra Ditte på 12 år, spørgsmålet kunne jeg ikke svare på, og som det vil fremgå af nedenstående, sendte jeg spørgsmålet videre. Jeg synes at de svar jeg fik tilbage var så interessante, at andre skulle delagtiggøres i dem.

Hej Mogens!
Jeg har om Indien i skolen, og har fået til opgave at finde ud af hvad man underholder sig med/ hvad man leger af lege. Det er meget svært at finde ud af, og jeg håber at du kan hjælpe mig:
Kender du nogle indiske lege, sanglege, sange eller lignende?
Hvis du kan svare på det, vil det hjælpe mit arbejde meget.
Mange hilsner
Ditte 12 år.
Ps: Vi skal fremlægge onsdag d. 11/6

Kære Ditte
Tak for din hilsen jeg er bange for jeg ikke kan hjælpe dig,
men jeg har sendt brevet videre til Henriette der var min rejseleder da jeg var i Indien,
så må vi håbe hun kan hjælpe dig, hvis hun når at læse mailen inden din deadline.
Venlig hilsen
Mogens
 

Jeg skrev denne mail til Henriette samtidig med jeg sendte Dittes mail med :

Kære Henriette
Kan du hjælpe denne lille pige, så bliver hun og jeg glad
Venlig hilsen
Mogens
En af dine tidligere rejsende

Henriette svarer prompte:

Hej Mogens.
Selvfølgelig vil jeg gerne hjælpe, jeg har lige sat en større research
i gang. Jeg har et par indiske venner der selv har børn, - jeg giver lyd fra
mig så snart jeg har svar fra dem.
Venlig hilsen her fra Rom,
Henriette.

Henriettes mail sender jeg videre til Ditte som så svarer:

Hej Mogens!
Jeg er meget positivt overrasket over at du er så grundig med at hjælpe mig.
Jeg tror godt at jeg kan få fremlæggelsen udskudt til onsdag eller torsdag,
og så er der nok lidt større chance for at vi når det. 1000 tak, og held og
lykke med fremtidige rejser!
Mange hilsner
;-D itte

Henriette skrev følgende til sine indiske venner:

Hi my 3 dearest friends in India.
A little danish girl, 12 years old, asked me to help her. She is writing
about India, and would very much like to know: What do children do in India
when they are not in school. What do they do in their sparetime. What games
do they play, what songs do they sing, do they play football, what kind of
toys do they have.
She will be very happy, if you could please help her.
I'll be happy too, and translate your answer to her.
Hope you are all fine, I miss you much.
Lots of greetings
Henriette.

Jeg modtager så denne mail fra Henriette:

Hej Mogens.
Her er et meget flot svar, direkte importeret fra hovedkilden. Det kan ikke
være bedre. Jeg håber det er i rette tid, og at du evt. kan oversætte det
for din "veninde". Ellers kan det måske være en god engelsk øvelse,
de har da engelsk i den alder, ikke??.
Jeg håber det var svar nok, og hvis der ellers er andet jeg kan hjælpe med
så bare skriv.
Hils, og ønsk held og lykke med opgaven.
Venligst fra Henriette.

Det første svar kommer fra Manan som svarer på sin kollega Baseem's vegne.
De arbejder begge som lokalguider i Khajuraho området.

Dear Henriette Kære,
Warm Greetings of the day !!!
This is subsequent to you email message, its great to know that Danish kids
there are inquisitive about India.We are happy to recieve this mail from the little
girl and will definately furnish her with all the details :

Quote,

Hello and Greetings...

It is Good to recieve the lovely note from you and we all in India hope you are fine and
doing good. We are glad to know that at so tender age you are interested to
know about our country and are writing on it,

India A country that will enchant you with her beauty and diversity, delight
you with her colorful pageantry, enrich you with her culture, stun you with
modernity, embrace you with her warmth, and overwhelm you with her

Sanskrit has a phrase "Atithi devo bhava" - The Guest is God and this is how you
can expect to be treated. India is a vast Geoegraphical country with
varying culture, people residing within the same geographical area speak
different languages and indeed practice & preach different culture and relegion.
The have a strong bonding between them. Its is the land of fabled cities
where complexities and contradictions co-exits in harmony.
This was a little part about our country. Now lets tell you what you wanted
to know!

You wanted know about the little children of your age! India is a very
hot country, so children are generally , on a summer break during this period.
They start with their vacation in May ,and end in july. Outdoor activities
are not much due to too much of heat.. but perhaps only in the late evenings.
During the day, they generally spend time indoor, playing video games and and board
games.. like Scrabble, Ludo, Memory and Chess.

An all time faviourate with the boys is the Carrom Board & WWF trum cards.
They spend hours playing this game. The girls , like hanging around with
their cute, little BARBIE DOLLS, and his boy friend KEN.

Besides this there are some activity schools, which enroll students
and offer them various activities, like Dancing, Theatre, music
both classical & vocal. Outdoor activities include Swimming, Horse
riding , Football, basketball and CRICKET- an all time favourite game.
The boys love to play & the girls love to sit and watch them. All the
little boys aspire to become" Sachin Tendulkar" an ace cricketer.

Foot Ball also like cricket is played a lot. Foot ballers are often
seen wearing jerseys of Ronaldo & Maradona. Girls perhaps dont like
this game.

MUSIC! more than indian classical they enjoy westen music. Ricky Martin,
Backstreet boys, spice girls, las Ketchup, are famous bands here.
Boys enjoy a lil rap, rock'n roll, but the girls love to
move on nice peppy numbers. They often buy cassetes & cd"s, or
listen to no"s on channel"V" or "M". Besides there are a few radio
stations on which, they some times tune on.
I guess! perhaps more or less they do the same things as you people do
there. Hope, I brifed you well. If there is anything else you
would like to know, please be free to ask us. I hope you enjoy doing
the report & do send us a copy once you are finished with it.
Trust you will find this Ok for your project.
Do let us know if you want something else as well. We will help you out . 
Best wishes
Manan

Jeg sender svaret fra Henriette og Manan og får så denne reaktion fra Ditte,
som jeg gengiver i forkortet udgave.

Kære Mogens!
1000 tak for din (eller jeres) lyn hurtige svar! Jeg skal nok huske at
fortælle om hvor hjælpsomme folk kan være, også mod nogen de ikke rigtig
kender. Så kan jeg jo fortælle om dig, Henriette og Manan som eksempler.
............

Endnu en gang mange tak for hjælpen. Det er ikke alle der ville ofre tid på
den slags.
Kærlig hilsen
;-D itte

Jeg har taget dette billede af Alok mens vi sejlede på Ganges flodenEndnu en gang dukker der en mail op fra Henriette, denne gang med et svar fra Alok i Varanasi, han kommer med et andet bud på hvad indiske børn leger. Alok har jeg haft den fornøjelse at møde personligt, han var vores lokalguide da jeg var i Varanasi. Henriette skriver:

Hej Mogens.
Nu er der kommet svar fra Alok i Varanasi, som er lidt anderledes end det første. Jeg ved ikke om det stadig har interesse men nu er det i hvert fald hermed videresendt, og om ikke andet er det jo ganske interessant.
Det bliver lidt kort, undskyld, men har meget travlt.
Venlig hilsen fra Rom,
Henriette.

Dear Henriette,
Sorry for writing so late as still i am in Atlanta (USA).
Anyway to reply your question, i am letting you about more than 50%
Because some don't go to school like children who spend their life in Villages
and in all small cities.
Their school holidays are usually in May and June. They keenly wait for
this time. Or even when they have schools but some holidays in between,
they use time to fly kites, play cricket or Kho Kho, Kabbadi(to learn this
game you can search on net, otherwise ask me).
Girls learn to cook or some crafts painting. They prepare themselves for
upcoming festivals like: Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Janmastami, Dasshara, Deepawali etc.
They may also go for some pilgrimages. In varanasi they go to Ganges everyday.
But in the big cities children behave differently, they don't do all these.
They are more involved in computer games, Internet, TV.

Let me know if you want to know more.
love: alok

Sådan ser omtalte Baseem ud, det har jeg taget i en lille landsby uden for  KhajurahoHej Mogens.
Så er der svar fra den sidste af de 3 venner i Indien, jeg vidste jeg kunne
regne med dem.
Nu er det måske ved at være for sent til brug for opgaven, men jeg synes hun
skal se svaret alligevel.
Jeg har ikke noget imod din ide at offentliggøre vores korrespondance på nettet - tværtimod synes jeg den er god.
Ajay, - arbejder for Sita-agenten i Dehli.
Manan, - er kollega til Baseem, og ham kender du jo fra Khajuraho
Alok,- mødte du også han var vores lokalguide i Varanasi. Men studerer for
tiden i Atlanta.
Glæder mig til at se resultatet.
Venlig hilsen, Henriette.

Det sidste svar kom fra Ajay som bor og arbejder som lokalguide i Delhi, ham har jeg desværre ikke selv mødt, men det gør jo ikke hans svar mindre interessant.

Hi Henriette,
Nice to see your mail and am sorry for not replying to you earlier as I
have been travelling and also busy with the construction/renovation in our
new house. We target to move by mid July and lots of work is still
pending. So not had much time to check on to my mails.
Just a breif answer to the little girls query:

Now a days children across India are having their 2 months summer vacation
which usually starts from May 1 and ends on June 30th (dates may vary from
State to State depending on summer/monsoon season). Vacation time is
generally spent in summer camps (majorly in meto cities like Delhi, Mumbai,
Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, and other big cities). lots of schools offer
these summer camps where children attend to hobby classes like swimming,
dance, music, art & craft, skating and any other area of their interest.
generally summer camps are of 1 months duration. Besides this lots of
sports activities are there, out of which cricket is most popular.
children play football, bedminton, etc. some do yoga also. In fact during
summer vacations - all parks are full inthe morning and evening which
children playing, excercising etc.

Most families plan their travel during these two months and travel to
various destinations - majorly hill stations as whether is good their.
Also children visit their grandparent for their annul get together of the
entire family where children from 2-3 families are together and have fun.
All theame parks are full during summer vacations and because of extensive
travelling getting air or train bookings is also very difficult.
so that is it. Can't think of much at the moment.

Oh yes, they do lots of Home work also (done usually at the end of the
vacation ie 2-3 days before the school is open)..

bye for now.

Do keep in touch
Regards
Ajay

Selvom der er visse sammenfald i hvad indiske børn leger, så afslører svarene, som stammer fra tre forskellige stater i Indien, tydeligt at der også er store forskelle fra stat til stat.  Til slut skal der lyde en stor tak fra mig til Henriette, Manan, Alok og Ajay. Tak fordi I ville "lege" med.

Sidst opdateret : 01. juli 2003