The Country’s First Ever Scrabble Meet
Nepal’s first official Scrabble Meet Up was held on February 25 and 26 at the Dhokamai Café in Patan Dhoka.
The two-day scrabble meet was organised by the Nepal Scrabble Club (NSC). The
event was held with the support of the Kathmandu Post in association with Teenz magazine.
Titled Inception, the meet was designed for both long-time scrabble enthusiasts as well as casual players. It allowed people from various professions and communities to come together under one roof to revel in the joy of words.
The event was open to all, and people had the freedom to form their own groups or play with a complete stranger. Participants showed great enthusiasm for the game; although many started out rather nervously, as time went on, they became progressively more confident.
“It is necessary to encourage the use of the English language and to raise one’s level of proficiency, particularly among Nepalis, considering the extent of globalisation today,” says Ramesh Lal Nakarmi, President of Nepal Scrabble Club. “Scrabble gives you the basic tools for communication. Our club doesn’t aim to promote English language as such but to help make people more comfortable in English”.
The Nepal Scrabble Club is a not-for-profit, legally licensed game club under Mattel Inc UK and registered with the Social Welfare Council in Kathmandu Nepal. NSC has been operating from multiple public venues within the Kathmandu Valley, and plans to host many tournaments in the coming future.
An International Scrabble Competition has been tentatively planned for 2012.
Posted on: 2012-02-29 09:04
A Weekend of Scrabble
Moksh’s ambience is always filled with something that gives you a pleasant feeling, and this weekend was no exception. As I walked to their premises on Saturday, I was greeted by people from all walks of life, human right activists, teachers, bankers, social contributors and students to name a few who were keenly looking at the scrabble board, and figuring out the formation of such a word which would give them an edge over the others!
Nepal Scrabble Club along with Babbal Weekends hosted their second official scrabble meet on 24 March where scrabble aficionados as well as other amateurs who had a zeal for the word game came together to learn, observe, interact and play.
Ramesh Lal Nakarmi, one of the founding members of the club shared that the purpose of the club is to bring people from different backgrounds, professions and ages together to a common ground where they can share a healthy word teaching and learning environment in the world which is driven by so much competition that proficiency over the English language is a must to have an upper hand in life.
Bishal Dahal, a banker and a social contributor informed that coming to the meet has been very productive for him as his mind was getting stretched on recollecting different words, and another beauty of it to him has been learning different words from people around him which has made his vocabulary richer.
Whilst the word enthusiasts were busy with their games, the place was also abuzz with face painting by artudio, delicious delicacies which delighted everybody’s taste buds and soulful traditional Nepali music by Hari Sharan Nepali, Binay Maharjan and Nhuchhe Darshandhari which gripped the listeners.
– Friday Weekly
Collins Scrabble® Words INITIATION KIT Author: Elie Dangoor, WESPA Chairman