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With a Dice, a Few Curtain Carriers, and Some Paper

The package of being a younger brother comes with its privileges. But there are certain inconveniences, too. Ask Omar. You can be treated as a meddlesome mouse or an irritating fly.
“Leave us alone, Omar. We want to play, stop bothering us,” Saif and Zainab tell Omar who is eying their brand new games of monopoly, ludo, and carom.
There are many ways to handle the injustice of such proportions. Sulking and whining can get things done but it is, of course, not as effective as kicking the locked door or trying the full might of your lungs.
Though Omar has nothing against testing the capacity of his lungs every once in a while, he has other ways of dealing with such discriminations. His classic response is: “Okay. No big deal. I will make a game like this for myself.” And he sets to work.
After an hour of concentrated effort, he emerges with a handful of all the equipment, he needs to play these games.
Loaded with the equipment, which seems like a humble paper pouch, he asks me “Do you wa…