New Delhi: Paarth Raj Kapoor, a student of class IV from Apeejay School, Pitampura has earned a place in the ‘India Book of Records 2022’ for his exceptional talent in mathematics. This 8 years old maths prodigy solved thirteen complex 5-digit calculations effortlessly, each sum comprising 5 digits and 10 rows, within nine minutes.
Paarth, who lives in Pitampura, started his practice one month prior to the test. Initially, it took him 27 minutes to solve the problems. Determined to quickly and accurately solve complex mental calculations, he practiced relentlessly. Gradually, his focus and concentration helped him in solving complex math problems in much lesser time.
In the online process of the competition, participants were expected to undergo three rounds. However, Paarth astonished the selectors by successfully completing the calculations in just 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Given his fast and sharp calculations skills, he earned his place in the records in the first round itself.
His journey to achieving this milestone at such a young age began in March 2022. The teachers at Apeejay School realised his potential in performing high-level calculations. The teachers then recommended the parents to enrol in ‘India Book of Records 2022’. Owing to the pandemic, the entire procedure took place online via Zoom. The upper time limit allocated to participants of his age was 15 minutes.
Paarth has been learning and practicing the Abacus technique for three years. Such techniques enable students to solve complex math problems. Paarth is fond of addition and subtraction and diligently practices Abacus daily for 30 mins. Apart from studies, he also loves to play Badminton and enjoys physical training classes at school.
Sonia Kapoor, his mother stated that Paarth has a natural inclination towards mathematics, especially the addition and subtraction of numbers. He often likes to do mental calculations in his spare time. She attributed this success to his discipline, consistency and hard work throughout. She says, “During the pandemic, the entire family was getting accustomed to the work from home environment. All members followed a schedule in terms of their work, studies and watching television to maintain the kids’ discipline.”
Paarth is inspired by his teachers and elder brother, Daksh Raj Kapoor who studies in class VIII in the same school. Paarth says that his favourite teachers in school are his mathematics teachers and he never skips their class, even in online mode. Currently, he is able to effortlessly calculate 10 to 12 digit numbers and aims to be a mathematician one day. He looks forward to setting more such records at National and International level. Paarth added, “I will participate in the Asia Book of Records and eventually Guinness too.”