I occasionally play online bingo on quite evenings with some coffee by my side. My first memories of bingo being played were in the rooftop terrace parties at the apartment building my family and I lived in Kuwait City, Kuwait for some years before coming back to India. There were 18 families in all living in the building in small 2 bedroom apartments. Every year for social events the tenants would pool in money and organize a nice party on the terrace which everyone could enjoy. There would be games, musical competitions, quiz and lots of fun things for the kids to enjoy and lots of good food & eat. Usually towards the end of the night the adults would settle down for bingo and I’d sit next to my mom & dad and check the numbers with them.
As I grew older I’d play it myself at functions & parties. While studying at NIIT, I was part of the organizing committee for the annual day function and me and 3 others were in charge of getting sponsors & fund. Part of it was selling bingo (known locally as tambola) tickets for Rs.10 each and I’d charm all the girls to buy more than the boys and pleading with my brown eyes & boyish smile and guess what – I sold more tickets than the rest of the team combined! And I loved that feeling of being able to bellow out “Bingo” when you got all the numbers ticked and you get a prize. At one such event I remember getting the big prize – an expensive dining set for four.
So anytime I play online bingo, as much fun as it is, it also brings me back to a time gone by. I get to relive the parties & events on that rooftop of that building in Kuwait and my exploits at 22 in NIIT.