Celebrating freedom from the fear of Math this Independence Day

A musician wakes from a terrible nightmare. In his dream, he finds himself in a society where music education has been made mandatory. “We are helping our students become more competitive in an increasingly sound-filled world.” Educators, school systems, and the state are put in charge of this vital project. Studies are commissioned, committees are formed, and decisions are made— all without the advice or participation of a single working musician or composer (Courtesy – Paul Lockhart)

Does it sound similar when I say that same has been the case with Math and we have ruined the essence of how beautiful it is?

Children have started swaying away from the very subject which is so creative and is the reason of our existence. But, this is not to say that people don’t like it, there are many who love it too but still don’t understand the true essence of it.

The creative angle to the beautiful thing call math is misplaced because of the way it has evolved and is approached in today’s time. And that’s where we at cuemath are trying to take everyone through a unique journey and showcase a different approach to Math and Mathematical thinking, thus preserving the creativity at its very core.

We’re math people and we see math in everything around us. This year, our Independence Day 15.08.17 is a special date that comes only once in 100 years. It is a Pythagorean Triplet. 15(2) + 8(2) = 17(2).

 

We at cuemath have taken a pledge to Celebrate freedom from the fear of math this Independence Day“.

 

Come celebrate with us Freedom from the fear of Math and experience the other side of Math which will make you fall in love with it.

Join the festivities on 19th August 2017 at Elaan Convention Center, JP Nagar.  Register Here

Highlights:

1) More than 50 math games, puzzles, and activities

2) 17 feet Pythagorean cake

3) Exclusive merchandise as giveaways

4) No registration fee

5) Starts 10 am  onwards

Cuemath fest - freedom from the fear of math this independence day

 

The Cost of an Indian Wedding

In Indian culture, as soon as the child is born, the planning for one’s wedding starts. The family start’s gathering gold/ possessions right from the day you are born. They do this killing a lot of their own ambitions and aspirations. Now, this is also one of the costs which a family pays in an Indian wedding. Throughout the childhood gathering of possessions continue. Somehow Indian people find a huge satisfaction in possessions and not in experiences. This continues till the education of the child is done and then starts the saga of getting one married. Hence, the cost of marriage can be equated as:

Cost of Marriage (CoM) = Cost of possession + Lost opportunity cost + Lost aspirations + Amount spent in marriage

Cost of possession

We buy anything for a purpose which gives us instant gratification. The touch and feel of that possession give us a very satisfactory feeling. After a while when this feeling wears off comes a state where we should keep up those possessions (gold, house etc.). The cost of possession is the cost of maintaining those things for their life. A gold ornament will need a bank locker, considering the risks involved, A house will need maintenance time and again etc.

Lost opportunity cost

Now when you buy anything, it is at the cost of something else. In typical Indian family where people buy a lot of things planning for future for their children they lose out on many other things in life, the cost of which is huge. Now, you could have invested that money made much more and made everyone happy. But patience is not a virtue of Indian people. A 4000 Rs a month in a mutual fund for 20 years can reap more than a crore which can make everyone’s life very easy and fulfilling.

Lost aspirations

I had to travel to new places but I didn’t have money for it as I took that gold ornament set for my future daughter in law. Now, this thing called marriage leads to a loss of a lot of loss of aspirations for the family. The future that is not even certain. We don’t know what will happen next moment but we easily do things for like 10 years down the line killing a lot of aspirations of our own which could be life changing.

Amount spent in marriage

This is the most stupid thing various Indian families do. They will take a loan and get their son/ daughter married. Why? Because I should keep up that status in society otherwise what will people say about me, because I have only one son and I want to do the best for him, because marriage is only done once in life and no one has an intent of the second one, because this is the only thing we live for are some of the lame reasons you will get. All of this for what? Living your life in debt for the people who will not even remember it next morning.

After reading this do you still want to get married in those big fat Indian wedding types functions, considering what all your parents have been through? Don’t you want to give them back something which will at least make up for those costs that they have paid knowingly or un-knowingly and make you happy about doing something good in life?

Please leave your thoughts in comments,