The summer heat is blazing and being outdoors is no picnic. But if you’re a 90s kid, once upon a time, it didn’t matter to you. Back in that faraway land that was your childhood, where you had no adult responsibilities, your heat tolerance was next level. Even 45 degrees didn’t mean much when we wanted to go out and play!
I remember when we would gulp down that customary evening glass of milk and run out of the house as soon as the sun had set to play the classic 90s outdoor games that all of us knew back then. Which one was your favourite?
Had to be #1 on the list, right? Pakdam pakdai was the easiest possible way to have tons of fun. Running crazily around the neighbourhood, getting in the way of adults on the street and teasing the “denner” to come and catch us. This was the one game that would unite kids of all age groups and help us make friends. Nothing like running for skinned knees. 🏃🏃♀️🏃♂️
This outdoor game from the 90s is the reason kids from our generation are so quick on our feet. You snooze, you…get hit hard. Maaram pitti was the DESi version of dodgeball, played with a tennis ball. And it was super fun, playable anywhere, until it hit the nearest aunty on her walk…😳
The crew in Money Heist could've learned a thing or two from watching 90s kids playing pitthu! This outdoor game was our first introduction to thinking strategically. One team would throw the ball at a pile of seven flat stones while the other would scramble to put it back together without getting hit. Little known fact: this game is so well-loved across countries that there's actually a Lagori World Cup in which over 30 nations participate.
We were a generation raised on Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly. So of course gully cricket had to make it onto our list. Cricket was one of the favourite outdoor games in the 90s, and we played it EVERYWHERE. Smashed windows and angry uncles couldn't stop us! Why?
That's right. All that chupan chupai in our childhood meant that our hiding skills were right on point. The best part was yelling "dhappa!" before the denner got to say "I spy!"
Stapu was a 90s outdoor staple and TBH, the reason kids stole chalk from school. This game was deceptively simple. You would draw rectangles and throw a stone without letting it bounce, slide, or touch a line. And then you jump one-legged to the end of your court while skipping the box with the stone. As I said, deceptively simple. Don't believe me? Give it a shot!
Kancha was a classic 90s outdoor game that's nearing extinction. It's where we first learned what "street cred" really means. We were never prouder than when we earned the best marbles on the street.
This outdoor childhood game luckily still lives on as a competitive sport. And it sure brought out the competitive side in us. Sitting on your knees with your teammates facing the other side, waiting for someone to tap your back and say, "Kho!" In that instant, you have to be ready to go.
Dog and the bone sounds like a sweet name, until you play it with a veteran of the 90s outdoor games life. The intense eye staring between the two "dogs" while they circle around the hanky or bottle that was the "bone" remains memorable to this day.
This game wasn't just fun, it also had laugh value. Watching the denner walking around blindfolded trying to grab you could be hilarious! And the perpetual question while blindfolding someone - "oye, how many fingers?"
Nostalgia hitting you harder than the burning sun outside? Well, you can't go out and play, but - we've got you covered. Jump right back into the taste of a 90s childhood with GODESi's sweet and spicy collection of traditional Indian candies. Get snacking!
In a culture and tradition that is as wide as India, every state has its very own delicious creations. The various traditional foods of Indian States put together present an abundance of flavor, spices, texture, and a heavenly potential to satisfy the food lover in you!
Check out these 28 traditional foods from Indian states and be proud of our gastronomic universe:
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We source/manufacture all our products from Micro Units based in Rural India. We work with Farmer cooperatives and Self Help Groups to bring classic Indian recipes and snacks for our consumers. All of the GO DESi products are “As is” i.e. made in the traditional manner by locals with tremendous knowledge about indigenous ingredients, flavors and ingredients giving GO DESi an unparalleled authenticity.
How does GO DESi ensure quality parameters at the Micro Units?
GO DESi not only undertakes the effort to find the lost recipes in the farmlands and rural kitchens but also standardizes these units and their products, paving a way for them to reach the urban markets.
We identify the Micro unit(s) and inspected them for quality & hygiene standards. Once on-boarded, these micro units are standardized as per GO DESi standards to make sure they meet all the statutory requirements and quality parameters. A quality controller at unit monitors the workers and the manufacturing process on a daily basis and ensures that only the best of products go out in the market.
Are GO DESi’s products suitable for kids?
Kids love our products.
All GO DESi products are made with 100% natural ingredients. None of our products contain any artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, making our products a perfect snack for all age groups alike.
How are GO DESi products different from other snacks available in the market?
We at GO DESi, live by the principle of Eat good, Do Good.
All GO DESi products are made from natural ingredients, are minimally processed, are preservative free, and have no added flavors or colors. Since our products are manufactured as close to the farm as possible, it helps preserve the authentic local flavors & formats tastes of the products.
While we strive to bring the authentic regional recipes from all over India, we ensure that a minimum of 30% of the final price that you pay goes back to the micro enterprise. This not only, increases the share of marginal farmers in the food value chain but also helps in creation of jobs and sustainable economic centers in rural areas.
Are GO DESi products vegetarian?
Yes. All our products are 100% vegetarian and are vegan-friendly as well.
Except for Imli pop & Ginger Kashaya, the other products are shipped in handy packs of Rs. 20 each. These packs are small enough to carry in your handbag or pocket.