The origins of carrom as we know it are quite obscure. Believed to have originated hundreds of years ago, some believe it originated in India, while others link its origins to Portugal and even Burma. Irrespective, carrom today is amongst the world's favourite indoor games, enjoyed amongst amongst friends and families worldwide. Similar to billiards, marbles and air hockey in different ways, it is easy to understand, fun to play, and suitable for children and adults alike.
Despite being classified an indoor "board game", it is quite unique in itself - neither like dice games such as Monopoly, nor like strategy games such as Chess. In fact, it is much more, involving a combination of both physical and mental elements.
The advent of professional carrom tournaments over the past few decades and the formation of federations all over the Western world has given rise to thousands of serious carrom players, thereby spreading its popularity even further.
Nevertheless, there is no doubt a long way to go before "carrom" becomes a household name, with millions of people worldwide who haven't even heard the name.