In Math class, the teacher told me that Bina had 10 apples in her bag. Her sister Rina took away 4 of them. Then she told me Bina had 6 apples left in her bag. Simple.

Simple? I was not convinced. There were too many things bothering me. I told the teacher I could not agree with the answer she had arrived at. From the information given to me, it was not clear:

1. where Bina got the apples from

2. whether they were organically grown or not

3. if the parents were aware that Bina had apples in her bag

4. why her sister Rina was not given any apples by the parents

5. if Rina also had a bag of apples she was not telling anyone about

6. if Bina is telling the truth or not, she could be hidingΒ 20 apples in the bag

7. what was the nature of relationship between Bina and Rina

8. why the apples were in a bag and not basket

9. why apples were chosen over say, durians

10. whether Bina was a cruel sister who hoarded her apples

12. if Rina was a kleptomaniac

13. if this affected the freedom of expression of artists all over the world

14. where the teacher got his facts from, was it the newspaper or Twitter

15. whether this was against the current Facebook policy and if Zuckerberg would file a case

16. if the blogger Shail had gobbledΒ all the apples and put plastic ones in their place

I could go on, except that at this point the Teacher emitted a high pitched scream and ran out of the classroom. They are pinning the blame on me. But, how could I take away 4 from 10 and arrive at 6 without knowing the answers to all the above?! I am so *puzzled*!

**Updated on 16/05/2014**

*In case you were wondering, this is satire, and metaphorically speaking, I am that unfortunate teacher.*

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dipali

said:I seemed to have dreamed similarly in maths classes of long long ago!

shail

said:π

Bikramjit

said:Ha ha ha..lucky she screamed. .mine threw me out of ye class. Then marched me to the principles office.. and called my dad.. now imagine what happened to me back home..

I am what I am because of that maths teacher.. ππππ

shail

said:Haha. So thanks goes to the Maths teacher? π

R's Mom

said:hahahahahahah super cute π Thats why you are the awesome Shail π

shail

said:π Thank you π

Kalpana Solsi

said:SHAIL , I was not very good at Maths in school and I loved your questions. Wished I had posed these Qs to my maths teachers. But I do not know the reaction/s.

shail

said:Lol, she would probably have screamed too π

dreamzandclouds

said:hahaha….thumbs up Shail!

shail

said:Thank you π

Rekha

said:I asked such a question when I was in class 3 to the Math teacher and then she made life hell for me for the next 4 years.

takes a deep breath thanking her stars for having come out of it unhurt.shail

said:Lol, that shows how smart you are! π

UmaS

said:I didnt know that there are so many questions behind this simple math problem !! Sigh…am yet to meet such ppl !

shail

said:Good that you haven’t yet, Uma! It is better that way π

beloome

said:Being a teacher in today’s day and age is not easy π It was never easy, but today it is an altogether different game…high time someone thought of a new type of math problem π

In an earlier reply of yours to one of my comments on your blog (which I just saw today) you had asked me of my blog’s link – here it is…

Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

shail

said:Being a teacher is not easy, i agree. π May be newer ways will be out soon π

Thank you for the link.

ashreyamom

said:this reminds me, BUnty write 3 in her note book, and claims that she has written-M,W,3,E all at same time. and she is done for the day. same she does for 2 and Z,and N. sometimes i wonder if she is smart or has learning and recognizing problem or is it me who cant see a inverted image or mirror image?? .

shail

said:Ahh.. children see that way I have heard. My son used to write inverted b, d in early days. π

Jacob Mathan

said:Exactly why my Mom beat me while teaching maths. I just cant take anything lying down without asking why. Why is a and b coupled with numbers and squared and quartered and why do they have to invent words without any meaning like sine cos theeta etc. beats common

sense.

shail

said:Haha, Jacob. I don’t even know what sine cos theeta is/are! I have heard my cousin using these words though!

Santulan

said:Arnab?

shail

said:Nope, I meant people objecting to just about anything for no valid reason that one can see other than derailing whatever is the agenda. π