World Soil Day: The Unadulterated Joy of Keechad Football

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World Soil Day: The Unadulterated Joy of Keechad Football

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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hen I was 10, the first rains meant only one thing – football. That, and playing around in keechad.

This was a time before building WhatsApp groups and intercoms, not that anyone needed a reminder. The smell of wet earth minutes after the first shower was enough to draw everyone – from the six year-old kaccha nimbu to the 60-year-old building secretary, also kaccha nimbu, sr – to the society garden. The whole affair was more “Chhai chhapa chhai” and less Champions League with everyone splashing water at each other.

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