I have been used to receiving unexpected calls from family and friends at all weird times, requesting for “tech support” regarding their PC, ever since I stopped working for Dell. I didn’t receive these calls when I WAS working for Dell, because:
a. I didn’t have a phone for quite a few months initially.
b. I used to sleep during the day, and I was sensible enough to switch my phone off when I was sleeping!
c. Most of my family and friends had still not been able to digest the fact that girls can do anything technical. (Let me boast a little about myself here – I can comfortably assemble an entire PC completely on my own, which implies that yes, I CAN use a screw-driver!)
Anyways… so for the last 2 years especially, I have gained quite a reputation locally, and even in Guwahati, for my so-called ‘tech skills’, which, by the way, are limited to computers alone! I am scared of escalators and there is absolutely no way you can get me on an automatic treadmill! And I usually can’t figure out most of the latest mobile phones either! But I got side-tracked again…
I was saying that while I’m pretty used to providing tech support on phone, today was the first time when I was asked to provide Math support too on phone!
My chacha called me up all the way from Guwahati, asking me how to find the square root of a number. And he meant ‘without using a calculator’! I gathered it was to help out my cousin Rishu in his school homework! Sighhhhh! The plan, apparently, was that I would teach chacha, and then chacha would teach Rishu! But there was just one problem – I didn’t remember the method!
LOL! So we decided to take an example whose answer we knew, and then figure out a method that would give us that answer! The number 2, with a square root of 1.414… that’s the example we selected. And this is how we eventually figured out the method for calculating the square root of a number! Phewwwww!
Realized 2 things from this incident:
1. Parenting is a tough job, requiring a lot of innovation & creativity.
2. The improved telecommunication facilities ARE being put to some constructive use too!
So… from today, ‘Kaddu Tech Support’ officially launches its sister concern ‘Kaddu Math Support’!
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