A Genius the age of three, a motivating speaker, a good writer, a living wonder, an internationally acclaimed mathematician – SHAKUNTALA DEVI , an inspiration for many.
Shakuntala Devi has spelled bound and challenged the world with her unique talents.
Born in a well-known family of Brahmin priests in Bangalore, Shakuntala Devi received her early lessons in mathematics from her grandfather. By the age of five she was recognized as a child prodigy and an expert in complex mental arithmetic. A year later she demonstrated her talents to a large assembly of students and professors at the University of Mysore.
Hailed as an authentic heroine of our times her feats are recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. She has made international headlines for out-performing and out-computing the most sophisticated computers in the world.
Yet, Shakuntala Devi dislikes being called the ‘human computer’ . She strongly believes that people have minds better than any computer. Her passionate interest in exploring and expanding the learning capacity of the human mind led her to develop the concept of ‘mind dynamics’ .
Her love for numbers has taken her to places. She has been traveling around the globe performing for the student community, Presidents, Politicians, Prime Ministers and Educationalists. She has not just stopped on exhibiting her expertise but also motivating the young minds to discover the world of mathematics .
She maintains that a child’s curiosity and receptivity during infancy and childhood can never be matched, and we must nurture the young minds by offering the right learning process and motivation to develop the innate strengths possessed by every child.
She has authored many books especially the world famous Figuring: the Joy of Numbers where she shares some of the methods of mental calculations. Puzzles to puzzle you, More Puzzles to Puzzle you, The Book of Numbers, Mathability: The Math Genius in Your Child, Astrology for you, Perfect Murder, In the Wonderland of Numbers and Awaken the Genius in Your Child are some of the books authored by her.
The Vedic Maths Forum India had a special association with her. Gaurav Tekriwal our President has been mentored by her on numerous occasions.She has been an inspiration and a role model for us.We have fond memories with her and we will miss her dearly. RIP Ma’am.
Gaurav Tekriwal with Shakuntala Devi