Hagur - A necessary Sport
Hagur, is a do it yourself bodyboard made by the village folk in the mountains of Kashmir. Made through generations due to a necessity to ferry goods up and down the steep slopes of the valley. Today, Hagur still finds a place in the modern lifestyle, bringing the old school charm to the children who play with it.
‘Ha,’ and ‘Gur,’ are two sounds made by the mountain folk in Kashmir while they herd their Sheep, Horses and Goats. When said together, ‘Hagur,’ usually means ‘let’s go!’ A bunch of wooden sticks, 3 circular ball bearings triangled to fit a plank, the spirit of raw body boarding down the mountain slopes, and most importantly, the necessity to move various goods quickly and swiftly. That’s all that makes the Hagur. But if you’re deceived by its simplicity, the adventure it packs will prove you wrong. The kind that’ll give you bruises for a lifetime and if you are anything like me, a few broken bones too.
Hagur was an idea. An idea of movement without restrictions and it soon became a culture because of its simplicity. It was remodelled to teach toddlers how to walk, and elder brothers and fathers made a version for their sons and brothers to play with. It became a poster figure of childhood in the villages. Much like how a tricycle defined most of ours.
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