Train journeys are always interesting as we meet up different kinds of people during those few hours. We meet men, women and sometimes fusion of both. Recently, when I was returning from Delhi, I met a small girl called sahiti. She was playing with her little sister near my berth and I wanted to join them for some fun. I called them and demonstrated a petty magic trick to stimulate their energy levels but after seeing the trick their expression appeared as if they were the ones who taught me magic. So, I asked the big girl sahiti…. “How’s the magic?”
Sahiti: “huh! If you call that magic, I will ask you one question”
Me: Oh! Go ahead…ask
I thought it would be some simple question or riddle, after all who would expect ramanujan calculations from a kid….so I was ready.
Sahiti: Think of any four numbers between 1-9.
Me: Okay… (thought 1,2,3,4)
Sahiti: Now reverse them...
Me: Fine… (4321)
Sahiti: Now subtract both… the greater number minus the smaller number
Me: Ok!! (I was taking out my cell to calculate the answer)
Sahiti: What are you doing?
Me (with an uncanny expression): calculating!!
Sahiti: What? Can’t you subtract without a calculator??
Me: C’mon…it’s a 4 digit number, how can you expect me to calculate so fast?
Sahiti: No way, don’t use the calculator…
Her question was no less than shoaib akthar’s bouncer. I was completely stumped, above that all the co-passengers looked at me with a tongue in cheek expression. Honestly, I couldn’t defend myself. It reminded me of those tele-brands advertisements where small kids do additions, subtractions in seconds after purchasing the “genius guide to mathematics” kit. (Oh! God, why didn’t I buy that kit before) I badly looked-for an escape plan...so I said… “u know what sahiti, I think I already know this puzzle…u better ask my sister” . The most evil part was when she allowed my sister to use a calculator for the same question.
Me (with a uncompromising look): this is not fair…how can you allow her to use a calculator..
Sahiti: hellooo...she’s a girl and you are a boy!
As a fact, she means that girls are less intelligent than boys. ;) If you don't accept this fact, look at the picture below :D
Now, here comes a question for you:
If i take 10 seconds to solve a problem and my sister takes 15 seconds, how much time will it take if we solve the problem together?
Answer: 15 seconds.
( I prefer not to break my head when someone else is trying to resolve the same problem on the other hand, even if it takes 5 seconds more)