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May 31, 2011

games people play


Im sure all of us have played this game.
Those from my generation definitely must have, as kids.
Thinking about it, we as grownups still play it nowadays--just that the rules have slightly changed.

Back then, it was all about throwing the dice..
Nowadays, its more about who gets to throw it...

Back then, if the dice rolled out a six, it meant we got an extra go at it...
Nowadays, there are just no second chances...

Back then, the snakes hailed at one stationary spot which we prayed fervently to avoid...
Nowadays, the 'snakes' make it a point to follow you wherever you are going...

Back then, a little cheating was allowed with friends, just to get ahead...
Nowadays, there are no friends----just opponents competing with each other at stab-back & break-neck speed...

Back then, it was all in the spirit of the game...
Nowadays, its all about war cry for victory...

Back then, two people could climb the same ladder and reach the same spot...
Nowadays, you get to climb each rung only after you push someone down as there is only room for one at the top...

Back then, it was a game called 'snakes & ladders'...
Nowadays, its called 'life'!!!

12 comments:

Harish said...

the good thing is that any player can make the rules of the game.

Red Handed said...

so true!

Vyankatesh said...

So many contradictions.. between then and now..

Only if life was a game, and we could play all over again!!

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

True, life isn't game enough now.

Nice post.

Cheers,
Blasphemous Aesthete

akanksha said...

So true! Its the mad mad race of life! :(

pri said...

@ harish
true!!
i guess making the rules is easy..its the sticking-to-them, that is the tough part :)

pri said...

@ red handed

i cant help wishing the game was as easy as the one we played as kids, though.
but then again, taken in the right spirit, this one can be fun too, i guess :)

pri said...

@ vyankatesh
if only...sigh!! :)
but if we got too many chances at it, wouldn't we take it too much for granted?
In all honesty, i guess i would be a little bored too :D

pri said...

@ Blasphemous Aesthete
i agree...dunno if its a good thing or bad, though.
in a way, its still helping us grow up! :)

pri said...

@ akanksha
...and we are all running...
so what exactly does that make us? ;)

Ashish Surana said...

Nicely written and quite true... :)

its a never ending race..with infinite competitors and limited time...and rules are subjected to change with time !!

Dr. Chandana Shekar said...

very well said