How India caught on the new-age board game culture of the west to create an ecosystem of cafes & communities back home


It is a weeknight. It is also game night for Akhila Phadnis. The 29-year-old board game devotee from north Bengaluru has just spent nearly one-and-a-half hours braving the city’s infamous traffic snarl to reach the eastern suburb of Kodihalli. But her enthusiasm remains unaffected, for Cheating Moth and Codenames await.

Her indifference to put herself through a long commute just to play board games upends two popular notions: One, board games are played at home with family, usually on S ..


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