Card Games Shape Up in India

In India, card games have become the highlight of Diwali parties and large family gatherings on weekends. Moreover, in this age of pandemics, playing cards have become an essential pastime to keep us away from boredom and spend happy hours with friends and family. 

Card games are consistently present in different countries and different genres. This is because the origin of these games varies from country to country. However, if we trace how card games emerged in India, we will find that card games are a widespread leisure activity rather than a modern fad.

Indians do not play cards; they play “Taash”. Taash” is an elegant term attached to playing cards and is prevalent in the Indian subcontinent. Since cards/taash are not new in Indian culture, historical tracing needs to be considered. Therefore, let us dig a hole in the history of Taash.

The emergence of card games

The emergence of card games can be traced back to the 16th century when Babur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty and the first Mughal emperor of India, marched to the subcontinent. The Mughals were very fond of a game called “Ganjifa”. The word Ganjifa comes from the Persian word GANJIFA, which means, among other things, to play cards. Ganjifa comes from the Persian word GANJIFA, which means, among other things, to play cards. Ganjifa was a game played by courtiers, officials, and generals when they celebrated victories or when the elite gathered to spend time together, hence its popularity with the masses. The cards were trendy because the monetary price of the tickets was low enough to be acceptable to the common man.

A Place in the Folklores:

The card game in our country has appeared in fables. Although it was a topic of conversation among ordinary people, the game was played by the ladies of the royal family and the court. It is said that the ladies were smart and knew how to increase productivity in their daily life, so playing cards had a special meaning in their everyday life. Free Poker or “charades” was considered a symbol of intelligence and a quality of being a good strategist. A person who plays a perfect hand of cards is praised as having brains and intelligence.

There is also an interesting theory about the shape of the cards. In contrast to the traditional rectangular cards we know today, Indian poker games and regular card games used round cards. In those days, the cards were actually made of ivory, studded with jewels or elaborate designs, and were so expensive that only royalty could afford them. When it came into the hands of commoners, they changed the material to fit their budgets. 

The materials used for the cards were wood, cotton, fiber, and palm leaves. The cards ranged from 1.5 to 4.5 inches in diameter. We know that the suits of the cards were slightly different from what we have today; ten different suits, including ten numbered cards and two coat cards, were perfect representations of the cards. 

They depict soldiers, ships, demons, horses, women, and elephants. The placement and design of the cards were influenced by very lasting influences from the culture and the place where they were made. As a result, the playing cards of the time did not have the same commonality as they do today.

Poker and card-playing have been part of our tradition for over 500 years. The faces and materials of poker may change, but the spirit of the game remains the same. 

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