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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Newsmakers 2013 - Shakuntala Devi
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 5:55 PM
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Newsmakers 2013

By Hazeeda Vijayakumar
The Hindu
December 30, 2013

What do you remember from the year that has gone by? Who
made it to the headlines? More importantly, who do you
remember from 2013?

Chennai - The year 2013, like any other year, was
eventful and more. It had its ups and downs, and causes
for celebrations and mourning. It gave us a peek into the
discoveries that expanded our intellectual horizons, and
disasters that broke our hearts, making us conscious of
our actions and the fleeting moments in life. Other than
the events that made the year special, there were many
people who made news. Some were in the news for the wrong
reasons while others made some significant impact on our
lives and ideals. On New Year's Eve, let's take a look at
some people who were in the spotlight.


Shakuntala Devi

If you could multiply 7,686,369,774,870 and
2,465,099,745,779, and arrive at the correct answer
within 28 seconds, you could earn yourself the title of a
human computer and a place in the Guinness Book of
Records. Shakuntala Devi, who had achieved this feat long
ago, died on April 21, 2013. Known as the human computer,
her arithmetic talents and mental abilities are revered
by many around the world including Google, which honoured
Devi with a Google Doodle on her birthday on November 4.
She has authored several fiction and non-fiction books on
mathematics, puzzles and astrology.

"The purpose of my life is to make everybody, especially
children, enjoy Maths as an affable and joyful
experience." - Shakuntala Devi


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Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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