Many years back I came to Pune and started staying in a housing complex called Nisarg City. As my son started going to play school, we started meeting other parents during the pick and drop duty. Slowly parents also became fast friends - especially who were living in same or nearby housing complexes.
At some point, 4 of us used to walk together - rain or shine.
Can you guess the topic of discussion during most morning walks?
No, it was never politics. Mostly it was about solving a technical/programming problem. Else we used to plan a family trip together.
In the evening - especially on weekends, families used to sit together till late - chit-chatting and enjoying. One of the family was a lot into playing Dumb Charades and slowly dragged all of us into it.
It has been about 6 years since I moved to Bangalore. Whatsapp came and we got connected again. But unfortunately never got a chance sitting together.
But, I still remember and cherish those days. Nothing matches roaming, eating and playing together. During those days, we played Dumb Charades so many times that finding a movie name (that was not already played many times) started becoming a challenge. Sometimes, we used to go to Wikipedia in search for movie names.
Earlier this year - just before Covid era - we settled in the new housing complex in Bangalore (after 5 year long stay in the individual house) and lockdown happened.
Diwali of 2020 brought back both - Dumb Charades as well as family get-togethers - back in our life.
In memory of the old days and with the anticipation of nice time forward, I thought of creating a simple application that randomly brings a movie name (and other available context) from Wikipedia to help play Dumb Charades.
First version was a Python script - quick and dirty. However, Product Manager in me insisted for much better user experience. This resulted in creation of a web application that can also be used from anywhere using mobile phone.
Enjoy the app at http://mathurakshay.github.io/dumbc.html
PS: If you are interested in the technical aspect of the app, please look at https://github.com/mathurakshay/mathurakshay.github.io.