3 Mistakes Essay

885 WordsJul 25, 20114 Pages
Over the years, I have known many Indian math tutors who love cricket. They love the science and strategy involved. They support their national team but fairly even-handedly criticize national stars who fail to support good team ideals. Mathematics is a way of bringing order to a world that might otherwise appear to be the domain of randomness and surprise. In short, conquering on the cricket pitch is equivalent to ordering one's universe most productively. As noted above, Govind is the business savvy partner of the three cricket shop owners. At times, Govind is also a bit arrogant and often disregards his friends advice, especially Omi's warnings that Govind should stop trying to tutor Ish's sister. Nonetheless, no one can deny that Govind is bright and he could likely be anything that he chose to be. Govind's father died when he was young. He helped turn around his mother's small ailing business when he was still in high school, i.e. through his introduction of clear management and accounting practices. Govind is also the only one of the three friends who had attended university--although he bailed out early to realize his dream of running his own business.. Like many Indians talented in math and science, Govind found a calling early on as a tutor in his neighborhood. Even after the cricket shop opens on Omi's family land, rented to the threesome by the temple family, Govind continues to love tutoring, especially the subject of mathematics. He is fascinated by numbers, probability, risk taking, etc. However, he strives to have order in his world and, like Ish, tries to stay out of the fray of the rising Hindu nationalism around them. Govind, in his first-person narration in 3 Mistakes, reveals this love for numbers. He can calculate costs and benefits at great speed. It is these very skills and overall wisdom and logic which

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