Bowling of a different kind
I am not talking about running up to the crease and throwing a red leather ball which will then be just thwacked by the opposition. I am talking about bowling of the nine-pin kind.
Yes here too one has to run up to a certain line (equivalent to the crease) and then throw a ball at the nine pins facing you with an aim to blast all of them. I must admit the ball is definitely a lot heavier than the standard leather ball and also comes in various sizes (you can take your pick). Of course you do get two chances in each frame to knock down all of them.
This weekend I had been to Amoeba, a very popular gaming arcade off M.G.Road. The building has a restaurant called three quarter Chinese on the ground floor, the bowling alley on the first and a host of other games on the second. It also has a very good lounge type area adjoining the bowling alley which have wonderfully huge screens and are perfect for watching live football matches or in my case, the Turkish F1 Grand Prix.
On consulting the Wiki I found that Bowling has actually originated from Egypt though the most popular version is the American one. In fact it is one of the most famous American pastimes with students in school even having a period dedicated to it. Anyways, as with all American exports I feel this has become quite popular at least in Bangalore because I had to wait close to 45 minutes to get a lane assigned. No complaints though because there is a lot else to do. You can play Air Hockey, have a shot at Daytona Racing or just grab a drink and chill out on the couches.
The only other bowling alley which I know of is Wonderbowl which is located in the basement of the DHL building on the Departures Road leading to the airport. It pales in comparison to Amoeba because it covers only the basement does not have a very good eat-out and no large screens either.
This seems to be one of the favorite sports (if you can call it that) for people in Bangalore. I saw people from all ages having a wonderful time. It was not only the young people who were seen, but entire families with kids as young as 10 bowling with the help of their parents while their grandparents encouraged them the whole time. It felt like a real family outing.
If you are just meeting up with friends and want to catch up, then this is not the place to go to. The music is too loud, there are far too many people and you have to shout across the table to be heard. But if you want to have some fun yes Amoeba is the place.
And now to the most important point, how much is it going to set you back by: either Rs 100 or 125 depending on when you visit. This is for the bowling part only. For the drinks and food, you will have to pay extra but they seemed pretty reasonable. And of course if you want to enjoy the comforts of the couch, then you will have to order a drink or two. One thing I found sorely lacking was a Pool Table. There were some empty spaces on the second floor so maybe they could shove in a pool table there.
The place is worth a dekko, so go check it out.