The ancient game of snakes and ladders is also a simulation of life. In modern times, to make it simpler and due to lack of deeper understanding and shallow thinking, its squares were made into simple numbers.
However, at its very roots, it is a manifestation of the Eastern Mysticism. It reveals you to yourself, brings you face to face with your weaknesses and shows you paths to eliminate or “win over” these weaknesses. A snake that bites you repeatedly, sometimes inspires you to introspect as to what is being told to you through this game. The game has been variously modified and has representations in several social systems. The gambling game of “Ganj”, once a huge favourite in the Indian sub-continent has also evolved from this game.