Years ago, in 2006, I met a friend from high school. We used to be very close in school as only girls can be. And then life happened and we all went our merry ways. We\u2019d catch up every now and then but with migrations and pressures of time \u2026 the catching up was rare and when we did meet up, we\u2019d plug into each others lives to catch up on the years in between.\nSo at that 2006 meeting I mentioned my new interest in old things.\nAnd after listening, she spoke about the one old thing that she had recently heard of \u2013 Ganjifa cards.\u00a0 I had no idea what these were and she explained the little that she knew. I never came across any such cards in my journeys \u2013 I did not ask and the dealers did not tell me about these and so these remained in the recesses of things people know but do not bring up in conversation.\nBut it remained at the back of my mind.\nWhen in moments of leisure I searched these up, I found that there is very little on the net about these. Every now and then a single old card comes up for sale but it was a very sparse market \u2013 not enough to excite people into creating forums or hold conferences on. Surely they must be thriving in museums and someday I\u2019d see them somewhere \u2013 but my appetite would die out unfulfilled with the lack of material to feed off.\nBut again, the thought would remain at the back of my mind\u2026.\nIt was a question asked at the beginning of my collecting days and so a question that stayed with me all through the journey.\nAnd over the years it took on the character of an unfulfilled dream.\nNow at 50, maybe it is that my desires are fewer, wants less urgent and necessities all provided for \u2013 so unfulfilled dreams are rare. They are treasured \u2013 because now that feeling of hunger is elusive. Too often I roam the malls of Singapore and come back empty handed \u2013 as there is nothing that I want so badly that I can\u2019t sleep at night!\nAnd there were days when I\u2019d dream about a pair of prussian blue corduroy pants that I\u2019d seen in a store in Bandra. And then plan how I would collect the Rs.400 needed to buy them. Pocket money was negligible so I\u2019d have to work as a sales promoter @ Rs. 36 for 8 hours for so many days, pack lunch from home so that I would not need to spend on food outside and voila \u2013 in roughly 10 days of work allotted to me over a month, I\u2019d be able to buy those. 1982. The thrill of going to work, waiting for the sunrise, rushing to Bandra station to go to work, feeling ever so proud of being a part of the work force, and all adult-like and dreaming of those prussian blue corduroy pants, is unlike any other! Those were such adrenalin-filled days with the spirit on fire and the root of that was the hunger\u2026 extremely delicious hunger \u2013 relished not just in hindsight but also during those days. Some mornings on my walks these days, the sunrise has that same undefinable quality \u2013 there is that unbearable excitement of looking forward to something that has not revealed itself yet \u2013 but even in its unfathomable form this unrevealed event\u00a0 provides a sense of urgency, a sense of discovery, a sense of purpose to keep hurtling myself at the future\u2026\nAnd at the root of that was the hunger of the unfulfilled dream.\nAn unfulfilled dream is a very very good thing.\u00a0 One that is almost within reach \u2013 but just beyond it\u2026.\nAnd Ganjifa cards were that for a long time.\n***\nA few pictures of the Kings and Wazirs that I am smitten by\u2026\n\u00a0\nClick to view slideshow.\n\u00a0\n\u201cThere is no definitive reference as to when and where these playing cards were invented.\u00a0 however, it is assumed that Mughal emperors brought these cards to India in the sixteenth century.\u00a0 Once established, the cards spread to most regions of India either in the original form known as Mughal Ganjifa or its later Hindu form known as Dashavatara Ganjifa.\u00a0 In June 1527 Babar, the first Mughal ruler sent Ganjifa cards to his friend in Sindh.\u00a0 By the 16th century several different types of Ganjifa games had developed in India.\u00a0 The Ain-i-Akbari gives details of cards and suit signs, described by Abul Fazl (Akbar\u2019s biographer).\u00a0 Akbar invented the present game of Mughal Ganjifa.\u00a0\u00a0 The standard playing cards of India are usually a set each of 96 cards of Mughal Ganjifa and of 120 or 144 cards of Dashavatara Ganjifa.\u00a0 The suits are divided into strong and weak suits.\u00a0 For example in the Mughal Ganjifa set, Taj, Safed, Samsher and Ghulam are strong suits while Chang, Surkh, Barat and Qimash are weak suits.\u201d \u2013 Dr. Lochan\n\n\u00a0\nTo the Irish Proverb \u2018May you have Enough\u2019\nMay\u00a0 you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy\nI would like to add \u2013 may you have enough unfulfilled dreams to keep you hungry.\nFor, hunger drives the spirit!\n\u00a0\njm\nJan 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\njm\nJan 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Hunger of an Unfulfilled Dream \u2013 Mughal Ganjifa Cards appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.