Few games have captured the minds and hearts of the Indian populace like Rummy. In today’s fast-paced world, where we are overwhelmed with choices in entertainment, be it gaming, streaming, reading or social media, Rummy remains a favorite pastime of Indians from all walks of life!
So, what explains the persistent popularity enjoyed by this traditional card game?
1. Rooted in Culture:
The origins of games of chance, such as Rummy, can be traced back to ancient Indian texts. The Rig Veda & the Atharva Veda refer to games of dice, also called ‘chausar’. Historic evidence also shows that the Indus Valley Civilisations of Mohenjo Daro &Harrappa played Chaucer. The 8th century Kailash Temple in Elora depicts Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati playing a game of dice with each other. The tradition of playing Rummy has persisted for generations. In the joint family system prevalent in India, activities like Dumb Charades & Rummy have remained household staples! Diwali festivities remain incomplete without the laughter and joy emanating from the dinner table during a game of cards.
2. Low cost of entry and convenience:
All you need is a deck of cards to play Rummy. The rules are easy to follow. Due to it being a game of skill, even the elderly members of the family can play enthusiastically! With the digital boom of the past decade, many online rummy platforms have emerged, offering a convenient and safe way to enjoy the game. Be it with far-away friends and family, or with other users from across the country, these platforms allow you to still enjoy the thrill of playing the game! Such games can easily be played on budget smartphones- a popular segment in the Indian market, and do not require expensive devices with high specs.
3. Monetary Gain-
Many platforms frequently host tournaments for a nominal fee. Users can participate for a chance to win exciting prizes, be it in cash or kind- exotic foreign trips, the latest iPhones and even cars! Playing rummy is legal in India, and reputable online platforms leave no stone unturned to ensure that users have a safe, secure and fun experience.
4. Mental Stimulation-
India has produced some of the world’s most eminent scholars, entrepreneurs and executives in various fields. Unsurprisingly, Rummy, a game requiring sharp wit enjoys humongous popularity in the country. Playing the game requires a cool, calm and calculated approach. Your analytical skills and concentration are tested as you stay alert to identify any opportunities, determine various probabilities, and anticipate the outcomes of your moves. The game requires keeping track of the numerous cards in use, which have been picked and discarded. This strengthens your memory, and its benefits carry on to everyday life.
So, we can see why Rummy continues to be such a rage in the country and why it is the archetypal Indian game. Well then, what are you waiting for? Pick up a deck of cards or your phone, and start playing and enjoying!