We play some games in the open air.  These are called outdoor games.  The Indian games like Ha-du-du, Danda-guli,etc. are outdoor games.  We play these games in an open field.  Foorball, cricket, hockey, tennis, etc. are also outdoor games.  These are Western games.  We have learnt to play them from the English.

Outdoor games are now a part of our education in the school.  Formerly it was not so.  At present, almost every school has its playground. The students of the school take part in outdoor games.  Young men of India are now taking much interest in outdoor games.

These outdoor games have great value.  Our brain is worked for a long time.  If we play in the afternoon, we inhale fresh air and feel refreshed.  Our body is also exercised.  Thus our health is improved.  These games help us to form our character too.  We learn many things from these games.  We have to play together.  We learn the value of co-operation and unity.  We have to obey the orders of the captain.  Thus we learn obedience, discipline and order.  We become generous and learn fellow-feeling.  Outdoor games save us from evil temptations and guides us to walk in the path of virtue and duty.

The Western games are very costly.  Indian games are not so.  But in towns, Western games are mostly played.  In villages, native games are generally played.  Football and cricket are also played there nowadays.  Sometimes we receive hurt and injuries while playing them.  On some occasions bitter feelings arise between two parties.  This should be checked.  There should be sportsman like spirit in the players.

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