11 Violent Ways Your Indian Childhood Traumatized You Forever
1. You will regret a lot of things in life, but nothing more than agreeing to play “Red Hands.”
2. Your back cringes remembering the absolute horrifying memories of having an “Ops and Bats” bet.
Ops and Bats: You yell ‘Ops’ for every time you stand and ‘Bats’ for every time you sit. If you didn’t, the person you placed the bet with will hit you with the hardest punch that will deliver a pain that demands to be felt.
3. Having your manhood tested with the “Lift Rule” was what tears are made of.
Lift Rule: If you’re in the lift with guys and aren’t covering your crotch with your hands (or a book, or your frickking bag) you will get hit – badly.
4. Literally having to watch your back in a game of“Aba Dubi” where a ball comes flying at you.
Aba Dubi: There is a chaser who will run behind you and hit you with a tennis ball, almost crushing all of your spine. At least, it felt like that.
5. Speaking of balls flying, the nightmares of being continually hit in “Dodge Ball” will never be forgotten.
6. You know your trust issues go back to when your best friend left your hand mid-phugdi and you twirled and fell.
7. And when your best friend caught you first in“Pakda Pakdi.”
Pakda Pakdi: Indian version of “Catch & Go” where your best friend will breach your trust of letting you win.
8. You remember almost welling up when your friend caught you in a game of “Lock & Key” and not let anyone unlock you.
9. You thought it couldn’t get worse till someone closed your eyes and asked you to guess who they were.
10. Sometimes you would have your eyes closed while a bunch of people beat you up in the name of“Ankh Bandh Tapli.”
Ankh Bandh Tapli: Someone will yell your name and put their hands on your eyes (so tightly it will almost blind you) while a bunch of people hit you with all the energy in their being.