Maths whiz Shakuntala Devi gives tips to Malaysians

October 21st, 2008 - 12:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 21 (IANS) Indian mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, who is in Malaysia as part of her world tour, promises to turn “maths haters into lovers”, provided they learn to concentrate. Anyone can be a mathematics genius by developing his or her own technique to solve mathematical problems, said Shakuntala Devi, who is here on the first lap of her world tour.

Such a technique could be developed by mere concentration. However, there is no standard procedure for this, as everyone is unique, she added.

“All they need is the power to concentrate to awaken this gift,” the 69-year-old maths whiz said.

Shakuntala Devi is set to hold workshops in Malaysia for those who want to learn to awaken their gift.

“I do not teach mathematics, only how one should concentrate,” she said in an interview to The Star newspaper.

Shakuntala Devi’s seminars and workshops are titled ‘Mathematics through mind dynamic’.

‘The human computer’, as she has been dubbed, will also be travelling to Singapore, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as part of the tour.

Shakuntala Devi, who was born in Bangalore, India, has had a love for numbers from the time she was three years old. By five, she was an expert in complex mental arithmetic.

She later founded the Shakuntala Devi Educational Foundation Public Trust in Bangalore.

Her ability, which she describes as a gift from god and gives her great satisfaction, has enabled her to make a living since she was three.

Shakuntala Devi, who is not married, is also proficient in Hindu Vedic astrology as it is connected with calculations.

“I write people’s horoscopes based on their date of birth and guide them to better their lives,” she said.

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