While the world would say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013, one man who for sure knows that the world would not end for at least the next 50 years is 55-year-old Tejinder Singh. An imported candy and chocolate retailer, Singh has dates and corresponding days of the coming 50 years on his fingertips, along with the same insight into the past.
Ask this resident of Bhai Manna Singh Nagar what day it was on your birthday and the man would not take more than a few seconds.
His skill has made him an instant hit with neighbours, relatives and friends, as they no more bother to check out some electronic gizmo to check for days and dates; Singh is the most hassle-free instrument for all that. All they do is call up Singh.
Singh has diligently mapped all the data in his brain. "This is something nobody can resist noticing about Tejinder even while meeting him for the first time. He has a flair for dates. He is a walking encyclopedia in this matter," says a friend of Singh, who finds his calendar just a phone call away, just like so many others.
Singh started fiddling with days and dates during his stint as a watch-seller between 1977 and 1980.
"In those days, the digital watch had just entered the market. A friend of mine showed interest in buying a new sophisticated watch. It came at an exorbitant price of Rs. 825. That was the time when people refrained from buying land in Ludhiana's posh localities at a price of Rs. 30-40 per square yard," he says.
Tejinder had to set the time on that watch. He fiddled with it for a while and in the effort started looking for the formula in the watch that kept track of the days with a change in dates and months. By then he was hooked to the idea and fun of knowing more about the calendar. He memorised the calendar for four years, from 1980 to 1984. Then he went back to the early seventies.
He kept taking leaps in time and finally discovered that years repeat themselves every 28 years. He had finally cracked the code.
"The year 1984 repeated itself in terms of days and dates in 2012. Likewise, the year 1950 matched 1978," points out Tejinder.
"Now I have a brain map of the calendars of dozens of years. I just dig out a particular day from a date. It's just like telling what day it was two days ago," Tejinder boasts with a smile.