Five teams in the finals will represent Hyderabad at international levelInternational tournament to be held in January at Bangalore
HYDERABAD: They say an empty mind is a devil's workshop. So why not take up a game that can get your grey cells working and at the same time, offer some amusement. We are talking about scrabble. Yes, a game that can be played as a serious competition and that too, on the international level!
It's with the same purpose that the Scrabble Association of India is holding a national competition in Hyderabad. Winners of the two-day tournament will contest with international scrabble players in January at Bangalore. iGate Global Solutions Limited is associated with the organisation for the same. "We had short-listed 100 candidates initially, out of which 25 were selected later.
Five teams will be finally selected to play from Hyderabad. However, the selection is not restricted to these players alone. Anyone who wants to try his or her luck can participate in this competition," says the Association president Shaik Ahmed (9848865941). This Hyderabad-based veteran of scrabble coaches people in the game too.
"This is a game to be enjoyed. It keeps you involved and sharpens your mental faculties. It separates you from mischief and what else, you learn a new word every second.
No Indian version
However, what is sad is that in spite of scrabble being available in umpteen languages like Spanish, German, French etc., there is no Indian version so far," says Lloyds Pearse, a scrabble player for the last 30 years.
Dania Quadri, a Class V student of Chirec Public School has been playing the game only for the last two years, but she has earned several accolades already. The "champ", as she calls herself, feels a great sense of achievement when she defeats experienced people in the game.
So, in case you are feeling empty-minded, Road No.2, Banjara Hills is the place to head for on Sunday.