As kids, we all read comic books featuring Chacha Chowdhary, the man whose brain worked faster than a computer. But, a small town boy from Madhya Pradesh can put even the fictional genius to shame with his math skills.
Mayank Sharma created history by making it to the Limca Book of Records for solving 10 tasks mentally, adding 10X10 digit numbers in 2.5 seconds.
Mayank, student of Class 10 from Shujalpur of Shajapur district, 170 kms north-east of Indore, broke the record of Spain's Marc Jornet Sanz, who accomplished the same task in 3.19 seconds in 2012.
Three years ago, Mayank secured the top position in Higher C category at the 16th Universal Concept Memory Advance System (UCMAS) Abacus and Mental Arithmetic International Competition held in Malaysia.
The feat boosted his confidence to test his skills further. He attempted to break the world record and came out with flying colours. "Finally, I tasted success on June 18, 2012 at Vijaywada," he said.
In the competition, Mayank solved 198 out of 200 questions correctly in eight minutes.
Son of Motilal Nema, a small town businessman and Mamta Nema, housewife, Mayank said he has been practicing at UCMAS in Shujalpur for the past three years.
Student of Scholar's Academy, Mayank always scored more than 95% in Mathematics at school and UCMAS.
Dreaming to pursue a career in astronomy, the genius from Shujalpur said, "Using Abacus techniques to solve complex calculations reduce much of my time during competitions."
He added that the technique helped him to solve calculation in his mind instead of on paper, helping him complete the task in half the time.
“Four hours of daily practice along with sheer dedication and passion to learn helped me create this new record. Working with photographic images in my mind helped me reach the platform where I am today.”
Asked why he did not attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, the record-breaker explained that the Guinness committee does not include arithmetic performers in their list.