But one does not have to go back so far to discover the impact and importance of play in our society.
A few decades ago, before the advent and spread of television, play was a natural way to pass time in many homes.
Snakes and Ladders is just a variation of Moksha Patam or Parama Padam.
It was used to teach children about values and religion.
We hear folk tales where Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor, sat on a raised platform and threw the dice while he played a game of Chaupad on a life-sized board.