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Monday, April 5, 2021

Here are a few fun games for TN politicians to unwind after poll campaign (TOI)

When polling for the 2021 assembly election in Tamil Nadu draws to a close tomorrow evening, as the journalistic cliché goes, the (electoral) fate of our contestants will be sealed. It will be almost a month before the result is known. So, what do they do till May 2? I am told both Edappadi K Palaniswami and M K Stalin are planning to work on a to-do list once they become chief minister. I suggest they drop those plans and just chill at home. This advice holds good for the less hopeful ones too. So, to relax those tense shoulders and rest those sore vocal cords, here are some fun activities our politicians can do indoors this April.

The two leaders of the AIADMK have had a tiring month ploughing through towns and villages, separately, to defend their fort in Chennai. Not only do they deserve some quiet fun, this one will also let them be together in a room to spend some quality time. Once here, forget about pulling the rug from under each other’s feet and instead pull each other’s leg, crack a joke and settle down for the game.

The game: Sit on the same side of a table (for once), keep two leaves on the table and, using a straw, blow each one’s leaf to the other end. The first leaf to cross the finishing line will be the winner. Since the chief ministership is already decided, the winner gets to keep the party leadership whether the party wins or loses the election.

It’s not an ideal game for a dad-son duo, but then Udhayanidhi didn’t get to contest from the Chepauk constituency because he is his father’s son. As two grown-up politicians they can play the game. Udhayanidhi can ask Stalin the truth question: Did you really mean to deny me the seat when you interviewed me at Arivalayam? And if Stalin passes the question, Udhayanidhi can dare him: Make me the chief minister. Whoever wins in the end, the woman of the family will be happy.

Unlike the other two games, this one needs a few people — which Kamal Haasan definitely seems to have. With no worry over whether his Makkal Needhi Maiam will win a majority or be relegated to the second slot, Kamal should just grab that torch light and get a bunch of MNM friends in a dark room and play the song ‘ilamai idho idho …’ Shine the torch light and, when the beam hits a dancer, he/ she has to freeze. If the person moves, he/she gets the job of holding the torch light. At the end of the game, count if you got 5% or 10% of people moving.

This version of the game is designed strictly for a single player, especially when Seeman is the one. Get into that camouflage, commander, and wield the paint gun of your choice (what about an M16A2 look-alike?). Get dummies of just anyone you hate — and that is a lot of people — line them up and go bang, bang! Every time you hit one on the head, laugh that squeaky laugh. Loud! Use different colours for different points, so we can count the red, black and saffron hits on the dummies to know who your bete noire is.

For all the others, there are enough pallankuzhi boards for the next five years.

Courtesy - TOI


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