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Maths is such fun

With an eye for figures, Minoo Jokhi is driven by an insatiable appetite to instill the love for numbers in children, reports Prema K.

education Updated: Sep 30, 2009 20:19 IST
Prema K

He introduces himself as a mathemagician, who’s conducted over 400 mathemagic shows. He has exhibited his skills like reciting mathematical tables between one and a crore and does six digit multiplications mentally within 70 seconds, besides reciting squares, square roots and cube roots up to 10 lakh. He can also tell someone the day of the week on which they were born, right from January 1, 1600. For instance, he can tell you that August 29, 1983 was a Monday.

That’s Minoo Jokhi for you. He has displayed his unique talent in various schools, colleges, clubs and corporate houses in Mumbai and at various conventions across the world. He has also been invited to make an appearance on TV and trains people of all age groups, especially children, in memory development.

But don't be under the impression that Jokhi is a born mathemagician. “As a student of Hindu Vidya Bhavan, I was so weak in Maths that I couldn’t even manage tables from two to nine. My friends and classmates often teased me,” he says.

But Jokhi attacked this weakness and turned it into a strength. That was in 1992. Encouraged by his mother, he got into number crunching in a big way. He reveals, “I became observant and started adding and subtracting digits on number plates of cars and buses. Soon, I progressed to multiplying digits. It was fun. That was the turning point of my life and there was no looking back after that.”

Soon, the principal of his school heard of Jokhi's mathematical prowess and in the same year, he had his first show at school. This was followed by invitations from other institutions to demonstrate his skill.

“I developed a photographic memory. Imagination, observation and concentration are the prerequisites for a good memory. Mathematics is easy when taught in a fun way. It’s not true that our memory becomes weak with age. We don't focus and concentrate on things as we grow older. I have a special session on yoga and meditation to solve this problem,” says Jokhi.