I went to the Brahmin's shop -- you know the stuff he sells for pooja rituals
-- to get some sacred thread.
From inside of the shop, I heard a couple of kids loudly reciting
mathematical tables. I was very happy that the brahmin was mentoring
neighborhood kids and educating them in his spare time.
"You will have to soon start them with multiplication tables" -- I
told the shop-keeper, noticing that the kids were stopping abruptly, and
re-starting their recitation.
"Oh, these slum kids, they don't know how to count. I doubt they even go
to school. I have these kids engaged in cleaning of Godambi (plump cashew
nuts). But I don't want them to eat the cashews, so I have them recite
the tables non-stop. If they eat the cashews, I know immediately" -- said
As told by Shanta Nagaraj, 2003
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