## Turmeric : From garden to kitchen

Some years ago, I happened to buy a few turmeric plants from a vendor by the road-side in Bangalore. With some festival just around the corner, there were plenty of vendors selling these turmeric leaves/plants. I planted them in our kitchen-garden, hoping to reap some turmeric leaves for kitchen use. Turmeric leaves are used for preparing a sweet dish called patholi by the konkani community. * *Little did I care to think of any other use of these plants.

## Number line

*What are Natural numbers, Whole numbers and Integers ?*

*Why do we need Negative numbers?*

*Why is -1 less than 0? How can there be something smaller than nothing?*

*Is there anything rational about Rational numbers?*

*What is behind the random sequence of unending decimal part in Irrational numbers?*

For answers, read on…

## Honing a child’s creativity

I must confess that I began to sense the gravity of creativity only after I had a child. Until then, I mostly associated creativity with art-work. Academics being the priority in our schooling years, creativity was a skill that I conveniently nudged into artists’ plate.

## Angles – The seed of Trigonometry

*Angle in degrees or radians? Which one to choose? *

Why do we express angles in terms of fractions or multiples of π i.e. 30°, 90°, 180°, 360°… as π/6, π/2, π, 2π … ?

*Why does a circle have 360°? Why is 360° = 2π?
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*What is behind the periodicity of trigonometric functions?
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For answers, read on…

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