Thursday, January 19, 2012

The man who cannot count his goats...

Lachharam Rathwa, a shepherd, lives in a tiny hamlet near Mundamor village in Kawant. He cannot read and write. We asked him if he could count his goats. He said, "No, I've never learnt." We asked him how many goats he has. He said confidently, "50." How does he know if any one of them is missing if he cannot count? He said that he marks them by hammering nails into the ground for each goat that goes grazing with him.  When the goats return, one by one he plucks the nails out. If any nails remain, he knows his goats are missing. This is probably how the laws of mathematics were defined by our ancestors thousands of years ago. And he still thinks he can't count because he has never been to school!  




1 comment:

Ramesh Narendrarai Desai said...

Quite innovative ! How can one say that he is uneducated ? His jugaad works !