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Kabir Firaque


Kabir Firaque, a newsroom veteran of three decades, has been part of The Indian Express editorial team since 2008. A civil engineer by education, he writes on science, mathematics, puzzles, and issues related to Assam. He tweets @KabirFiraque

Problematics: The breeding habits of Facebook shares and Fibonacci rabbits
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

The bunnies have a gestation period, however short, but the shares can multiply 24×7.

The Count is dead
Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Lee was a lot else besides Dracula, including a British World War II veteran, but the Count has only that single enduring identity outside of Bram Stoker’s novel.

Problematics: What 4-digit number connects Modi, Sharif, Xi, Cameron, Obama and Hasina?
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Four variables always add up to 4,030 for each of these six leaders; why must it be so?

Problematics: The Beti Badhao formula
Wed, Jun 03, 2015

A village has a scheme to improve its child sex ratio, but will it work?

Problematics: The legacy of a beautiful mind
Fri, May 29, 2015

This week, we invite readers to play a game invented by the late John Nash

Problematics: The Del-Mu-Ka triangle
Wed, May 20, 2015

This week, Problematics explores a tiny village in Odisha and its unique bond with Delhi and Mumbai.

Problematics: Cricket’s equal and opposite ends
Thu, May 14, 2015

When it makes sense to count one end as odd and the other as even, and when it does not

Problematics: How to spoil a good proverb
Wed, May 06, 2015

Can you unearth 10 simple proverbs from sentences that don't seem to make sense?

Problematics: Crop compensation, consolidated
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Should the farmer claim compensation at separate rates for paddy and wheat, or go for a consolidated claim?

A challenger to the Singapore puzzle that left everyone baffled
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

If you thought the Singapore math puzzle was hard to crack, we came up with something equally tough.

Problematics: Godzilla does geometry
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

In this week's Problematics, we bring together movie giants Godzilla, King Kong and, a creation of internet, giant squid.

Problematics: Poisoner’s Progress
Wed, Apr 08, 2015

Finally, here was something I could understand. More importantly, here was the number I could launch your puzzle with.

Problematics: Class of equations
Wed, Apr 01, 2015

In this week's Problematics, the examination season has given us some puzzling inspiration.

The highs and lows of cricket betting
Thu, Mar 26, 2015

In this week's Problematics, we place bets on who will win the World Cup against a professional bookie and a dumb one.

Problematics: Dates with Parliament
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

A blog for people who like to solve problems using common sense or aam aadmi mathematics.

The quarterfinal cutoff
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The World Cup with its round-robin format provides for some delightful mathematical entertainment

Wizard with numbers,student of maths
Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Shakuntala Devi had a passion for mathematics and a gift for sharing it

Living Twice
Sun, Oct 28, 2012

We grew up watching Bond. He’s grown up too. He still has a weakness for women and martinis but now fights for a cause and against his own demons.

You know my name
Fri, Oct 05, 2012

As James Bond turns 50,the revelation of Nikki van der Zyl as the voice behind many Bond girls gives addicts a reason to revisit their DVDs

Knowing us,knowing them
Fri, Aug 24, 2012

‘Northeasterner’ is a sweeping description for countless identities. There is a world to explore beyond it

Tavernier’s story,told by his characters
Mon, Nov 28, 2011

Bertrand Tavernier,who won the lifetime achievement award at IFFI 2011,reflects on what drives him and his films.

Soni pitches for films ‘truly representative of India’
Sun, Nov 27, 2011

Film Bazaar promoted Indian films at Cannes too

IFFI kicks off with revival of Lifetime Achievement Award
Thu, Nov 24, 2011

It has set out to acquire a flavour more international than ever,and chosen French auteur Bertrand Tavernier for the Lifetime Achievement Award that it has revived

Counting on counting
Sat, May 28, 2011

Focus on easy arithmetic and real-world examples like the IPL,and our kids will be better mathematicians.