Our project team went out for this game of Eisstockschiessen last day. Eisstockschiessen? Yeah, that same expression in your face right now… I had that same weird thoughtful look too while I was reading the invitation mail. ;)
Well despite the complicated name, the actual game is quite simple. It also goes by the more pronounceable name of Bavarian curling. The rules are simple, we take turns throwing and sliding a computer joystick like contraption made out of granite(?) and try to get as close to a small puck. Kind of like bowling in reverse – throw the pins to hit the ball! :D And to make things a bit touchy, all this happens on rock solid ice! My fear for ice is well established thanks to the number of times I have slipped already. But what the heck, team building is more important :( [![The Eisstocks](http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/4507/dsc00079rl6.th.jpg)](http://img267.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc00079rl6.jpg) Anyways I was expecting to use this trump card that this was my first ever time doing this, just in case I sucked at this sport (too!). But alas, apart from 1 or 2, none of my German colleagues had ever tried this before and they had only barely heard of this sport. Hmm… there goes my excuse! And I did pretty badly to begin with. But towards the end, I somewhat got the hang of it and helped my team win 1 or 2 rounds. It was all pure luck, but still we did win them hehe. The other Indian guys except Priya were pretty good at this though, with the newest German team mate Timo even quipping that Ginu “has finally found his sport.” :D
All in all, great fun… Maybe we should start up a federation in India and I could make it to the national team.. Hmm.. evil plan hatched!