What is 127-22+44+55-5-50+240-60+10? While most of us
would scurry for a calculator, not Srisliha, a second
standard student. She fires the answer 339 even as one
completes dictating the sum. The entire process takes
just 15 seconds.
her, there are many other children with rapid-fire calculating
abilities. Apart from additions and subtractions, they
also multiply, divide, calculate square roots, etc, all
in a matter of seconds.
they are not child prodigies. Their ability to answer
in a jiffy is attributed to Aloha India that teaches the
mental arithmetic system using abacus.
division of the city-based K K Academy P Limited (turnover
Rs5 crore), the country franchisee for the Malaysian company
Aloha Mental Arithmetic, Aloha India manages its own teaching
centres as well as the franchisees.
to K Kumaran, managing director, the company is in the
process of expanding the franchisee network nationwide.
"By the end of this year we plan to double our centres
in the country to 300. Most of the expansion will happen
through the franchisee route." The expansion will
increase the Aloha student population to 20,000 from the
present levels of 6,500.
K Academy owns 10 Aloha centres in Chennai and one in