# Article in The Hindu – A number play

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Learning mathematics can be made simple. It all depends how you approach the subject. Once you bring in the fun element, then learning any subject is easy. This was the point of discussion at the ‘Fun Maths and Mind Games’ programme by T. R. Jothilingam, an expert in number games. “Why should people hate Mathematics? Is it not the subject that makes your brain active?” he asked and assured how inadequacies could be addressed to get rid of the strong dislike for the subject among students.

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# Article in The Hindu – In pursuit of puzzles

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Is maths fun? There may be some who reply positively but it bears a dull reputation among many others. But if the numbers are interspersed in puzzles and mind games, it is sure to kindle interest amongst children. Encouraging children to approach the subject with ease is what station master T.R. Jothilingam does. He has a passion for the mind games, puzzles, Sudoku and more. He began to deal with numbers a decade ago and set up his first magic square then. As he dealt more with them he found a great satisfaction in completing them. He has set up odd number magic squares, 4×4 magic square (total 34), special magic squares, an upside down magic square (it is a magic square when turned to 180 degrees gives the same total of 24) and a Palindrome magic square (a number when read from left to right or right to left is the same).

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# Article in Madurai Messenger – Puzzle Master Extraordinaire

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Watching kids, and particularly teenagers, giddily glowing over learning, is always a treat. Especially when what they are learning is mathematics, a subject that sometimes bears a dull reputation amongst youth. But T.R. Jothilingam brings his passion for puzzles to the front of the class, holding the attention of his eager pupils, all the way till the bell rings. Having always had a way with numbers, it was not until seeing his fi rst magic square, about ten years ago, that Jothilingam’s interest in fun maths deeply intensifi ed. “After discovering magic squares”, he explains, “I was drawn to the satisfaction I found in completing them.”

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# Article in The Hindu – Getting the figures right

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A large number of students of various schools of Tiruchi and neighbouring districts had a unique experience when T.R. Jothilingam, a wizard with numbers from Madurai, taught Mathematics in an innovative method during the special programme ‘Fun Math and Mind Game’ held in Tiruchi recently.

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# Article in The Hindu – The Puzzle Buster

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T.R.Jothilingam, a station master by profession but is a real master of numbers. He lives in a world of numbers. The Station Master at Madurai Railway Junction, T.R.Jothilingam’s fascination for numbers is so much that most of the time you .nd him bent over pieces of paper, pen in hand and solving mathematical puzzles.

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