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A city-based architect has designed a children’s board game based on Chandigarh’s roadmap

A city-based architect has designed a children’s board game based on Chandigarh’s roadmap

Navigating the City Beautiful is now a child’s play. The “Chandigarh Board Walk”,a one-of-a-kind board game based on the city roadmap,is set to give children a chance to play through the 56 sectors on a 12×16 inch board. “The idea was to provide children and even adults with a game that was also informative about the city,” says Meenu Prasher,a city- based architect who has created the game. It was officially launched by Nek Chand on Sunday.

One of the unique features of the game is that it doesn’t have a predefined start or end. Players are free to choose the starting point of their “journey” and the “destination”. “A player may start one’s journey from Sector 35 and end the game at Sector 3,the choice is all yours. The route is the exact replica of Chandigarh’s sector plan,” informs Prasher.

Emphasising that the game will offer constructive entertainment,Prasher adds,“Unlike other board games,there will be questions that will serve as hurdles to a player’s journey. These have been based on the history,architecture and famous events of Chandigarh.”

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Apart from sharing interesting facts about Chandigarh,the game also includes information based on basic traffic rules that children can learn.

It’s not the first time that Prasher has worked on a project keeping children in mind. As convenor of Cubs Club,a non-profit organisation for working mothers,Prasher spent brainstorming sessions with members of the Club while developing the concept for the game. The Club has been organising various activities to develop an interest among children regarding their surroundings.

“We organise events with children involving them in social activities such as visits to old- age homes and interacting with special children,” says Prasher.

A three-dimensional electronic version of the board game is also being planned.