Playing Cards - the simplest of games is enough to bring together friends and family. Many a time it builds a relationship even among strangers.
The standard 52-card deck has been around for five centuries or more. What is rather unbelievable is that there are so many possible arrangements of the cards. Do you want to know how many combinations of a shuffled deck are possible just do a 52 factorial (that is multiply 52 down to 1 - 52 x 51 x 50 ... x 1) = an enormous number!
What more, a pack of cards also serves as an almanac! The four suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades) are the four seasons, the number of cards is the number of weeks in a year and the twelve picture cards the number of months in a year and so on.
So what is an article on cards doing on ITC's website? You must have guessed it by now - Yes every other pack of cards that you pick up is made on a grade of board that we call "Art Maestro" a few other grades like Safire Graphik Telecard or Carte Lumina are also used - all from ITC's Paperboards & Specialty Papers Business, manufactured in Bhadrachalam, Telangana. The tactile feel of the card, its spring back and the characteristic noise that you hear when you thumb it are all properties built into the board.
Whether its Poker or Bridge or the humble Teen Patti, go ahead - shuffle and deal with one more masterpiece from ITC!