Mathematics is one of the most significant subjects and plays a very important role in everyone’s day-to-day life. However, as young students, some enjoy solving those algorithms, computations, and equations, while for others, it is a nightmare. Every year on December 22, India celebrates National Mathematics Day to honor Srinivasa Ramanujan, the greatest mathematician of all time. On this occasion, &TV artists share their struggles and fun stories with numbers.
This includes Neha Joshi (Yashoda, Doosri Maa), Himani Shivpuri (Katori Amma, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan), and Aasif Sheikh (Vibhuti Narayan Mishra, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai). Neha Joshi, essaying Yashoda in & the TV show Doosri Maa, says, “I have always loved mathematics, be it algebra or geometry. It was the only subject where I never had to mug up answers. I enjoy solving problems and can spend hours doing so. My math-hating friends would be surprised to see me enjoying doing all my math homework. My father and brother were good in the subject and always helped me. I believe math uses critical thinking and builds problem-solving skills. Math as a subject can be challenging, but it is also rewarding. It gives us hope that every problem has a solution.” Himani Shivpuri, essaying Katori Amma in &TV show Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, says, “Math as a subject was a nightmare for me when I was in school. Since I feared Math, I took Sanskrit as a subject (laughs). I hate doing mathematical calculations and avoid numbers in most situations. I remember getting a passing mark in mathematics in one of my unit tests, and I hid my result from my parents. Later, my father found out and realized that math was never meant for me, and he let me make my own educational decisions.”
Aasif Sheikh, essaying Vibhuti Narayan Mishra in &TV show Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, says “I am still baffled by how I got through math until the 10th grade. Once my board was done, I chose never to look back at it; the only numbers that used to excite me were my cricket run scores (laughs). Algebra, trigonometry, and geometry felt like atom bombs and I was always scared. I am happy with the basic mathematical knowledge that I have, which is basic calculations, but thanks to technology, we do not even have to do that anymore. However, math is a very important subject, and one must learn the basics at least. It is the only subject that makes you think critically and is the solution to all our basic problems”.
Watch Doosri Maa at 8:00 pm, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan at 10:00 pm, and Bhabijii Ghar Par Hai at 10:30 pm, airing every Monday to Friday only on &TV!