Have you ever seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2? Of course you might have!!! (What A Dumb Question?). Then you might have seen the war too. And the last part of the war, where there is an amazing.. mind-blowing… fantastic…. Fabulous(okay.. I am running out of adjectives,now). Well it was a big War.

Have you guys, ever, have gotten into such a war before? In your real life?

Well ,I have! No kidding. At my school. With one of my best friends and also my worst enemy – MaThEmATiCs!!!!!!!!

The battle between us.. started long back.. when I was in the kindergarten classes – When our kindergarten teacher asked us to count numbers upto 100 and then count it backwards (which was the most annoying thing to do, cause you will not remember where you stopped and have to do it from the beginning), then asked us to add number with the help of our fingers (until we ran out of fingers to count and started with our toes and ended up borrowing a friend’s foot!π), They asked us to subtract numbers and taught us the ‘borrowing’ in mathematics, which was entirely different from our assumption then(We thought borrowing was an art that involved taking other people’s stuff and not returning them back because we had already used it and I have already disarmed it from them so it possibly listens to me[yo Harry Potter]), Then the teacher who got fed up with our borrowing skills taught us another method using tally marks. Cutting lines. The teacher soon retired from teaching us, when she saw that we drew lines endlessly and never bothered to cross even one line that indicated subtraction!

Kindergarten was indeed amazing! But then as we entered into the First Grade, things got even worse. We were taught to do Mental Maths!!!! Can you believe it? Mental Maths. But we didn’t bothered to do it. Why? Can you guess??

Because we had Fingers!!! Why then bother to do things which are more complicated? Then on we worshipped our kindergarten teacher. She was indeed a goddess!

They didn’t stop with Mental Maths.. they introduced something which was way more complicated and difficult for a second grader. Place Values.

Initially, writing the answers for place value questions was a piece of cake. Then they started eliminating some places and and the question was in words and asked us to convert to numbers, which tricked us because we couldn’t realise so fast which the eliminated place was!

For us our place value system was this..

Ones. Tens. Hundreds. Thousands. ……

The concept is simple, but the way we understood it then, made it way too difficult that it is. But my father, who according to me is an amazing Mathematician… Who could possibly do fabulous things with numbers.., advised to me a method of doing the math problem very quickly, possibly within a minute. It wa*s *an easy method to follow for a 7- year old.

He asked me to draw circles and to write the places- ones, tens, hundreds, thousands… Below the circles.

And take each number and read and analyse which place it belongs to and put it in that circle. If there is a place missing,then leave that circle and fill in the rest. In the end write the number in the boxes and the empty circle, put zero. He taught me as a game. And I practically cracked all such problems.

I know it’s ridiculous to write such a thing, which is probably useless for most of us! But I wanted to write something like this and the reason is unknown!

It’s probably this method that improved the relationship between Maths And I. I still hate it, when I have write any exams where the proportion of math questions is high!!!! But I love it when I have to take less stress about it!!!

If you guys have any such relationships with anyone like Maths… Do share it in the comment section. I love getting comments in my posts!! Just like everyone!!!π

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Even the name itself is a terror to me.

Anytime teachers say βmaths is the simplest subject everβ

I always hate them for telling such wonderful lie.

I tried my best to understand maths. I tried all what I could. I solved for hours, but if you want to do something, you must be happy to do it.

I wasnβt happy to do mathsπ and all math teachers became my enemy. ππππ

Well, when I left secondary/high school, for the university, I thought my course wouldnβt need mathsππ

It was like horror movie when I discovered that we would be doing maths and statistics in my second yearπ€£π€£π€£π€£

Mehnnnn, ππππππI was just laughing ππ€£π€£π€£π€£π€£π€£π€£π€£π€£π€£π€£ππ

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Hey.. I can relate to your situation!! It’s pretty hard to crack a math problem, no matter which grade textbook it is!! I hate when people still lie that they love Maths? Bleh!!!π

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So we are partners in operation βkill the mathsβ π

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Ohhhh Yess! I seriously hope that the next generation don’t have to go through all this..

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πππππππtheirs would be more βtechnologically basedβ ππππ

Like going on excursions to space to see and test out some formulae in maths and physics π

or literally solving maths on air π

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Yeah.. so true.. its a probable possibility. But who isn’t sure that they will not have to learn Trigonometry and stuff??

Math on paper and air is literally all same, right??

But I think they would probably have less stress than we did!π

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πyeah, you have a point π π

They would definitely have lesser stress than we did

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Yep!!π

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Maths is something else.

I don’t know why we have to go through all that madness.

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Yeah!!!I still don’t know how Trigonometry is helping me in my real life!!! Addition, subtraction, multiplication and sometimes division has only come to my aid!ππ

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Lol π

True.

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My god. I detest mathematics

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You know what? According to my study (not a wide research- just some encounters and asks), most of the people who are interested in books and writing, dislike math intensely!!!

Not a doubt!!!! Man!!!! Math isnβt even worth comparing to books and stories andβ¦

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πππTrue. I mean, when I was younger I had to study algebra. I mean, WHAT IS THE POINT OF ALGEBRA???? Rhetorical question π

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Oh yesπ€©πππ π€£

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Well, I guess you already know which subject I hated the most π

Between I am one of those weirdos who loved maths.

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πI just don’t get Maths but I don’t think you’re a weirdo… People who love maths are pretty intelligent π€π€π€

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Aww.. that’s so sweet of you! π It did make me feel pretty good. π Thanks!

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Your welcome π by the way, i think your lil kiddy is ADORABLE π! What is their name?

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π Dhruv

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Nice! Sending virtual hugs to you both ππ€β€οΈ

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How’s he??? He is so cute! Love to see him one day chechi!!!

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Sure. some day! virtual hugs to both of you too from our side! π

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Loving maths sincerely is awesome… They were not weirdos but genius fellas who can crack serious problems. See, even I love math when I find the answers and hate it when I don’t! I really really hate it during exams.

By the way, Hindi is one of my favourite languages. Though it is difficult for me initially, the learner in me cracked it!!!

Actually I am a person who likes to learn new languages!! Probably that’s what attracted me to hindi!!

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Lol!π Mathematics is truly a nightmare.

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Oh yes, they are!

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I didn’t know people had these many difficulties with Maths. I’ve never been in your circle! π

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Knew that I would meet someone like you!!

See.. we all have different experiences with different people.

Well, maths provided nothing but battlefield for me!

I was always more inclined to Social science and English…

It gave me more freedom!

Maths always had my brain and mind tied!!

But opinions do differπππ

Thanks for sharing your opinions frankly. Very rarely do people open up like that!!

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It’s also rare to see people accepting differences. Kudos to you!

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Ugh, maths sucks! Honestly, I couldnβt tell the number of times Iβve dreaded studying it or waiting for Maths class to be over.

Although I have an alternative view of how maths changes from grade to grade:

Kindergarten or elementary school: 5+3=8

Middle school: how am I supposed to solve for βxβ, when I donβt know βaβ & βbβ?

High school: *groans* Whyyyy?!

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