As the fable of grains doubling by the square on a chessboard shows, we need to act before it gets too late
The old chessboard fable is repeated often in India. Sometimes it is set in Akbar’s court, and sometimes Vikramaditya’s. The legend goes that the board game’s inventor showed it to the emperor, who was so impressed that he asked him to name his reward. The inventor responded with a request based on his chessboard: “Give me one grain of rice for the first square of the chessboard, two grains for the next square, four for the next, eight for the next and so on for all 64 squares, with each square having double the number of grains as the square before."