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Multiplication shortcuts wanted

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Does anybody know multiplication shortcuts for 33 and 13? I am going to Singapore-Malaysia and those are the approximate currency conversion rates there. And being a middle-class Indian person (who btw, is currently regretting blowing away money on this trip instead of saving up for his Masters in US) on his first foreign trip, I would be constantly multiplying whatever numbers I hear by either 33 or 13. And, needless to say, freaking out at the money I will be wasting. If the waiters at Saravana Bhavan @ Singapore say that the dosa is S$10, it would be easy to freak out and scream, “You mean Rs. 330 for a lousy dosa?!?”. But if the number turns out to be, say S$13, I do not want to spend 5 minutes with paper and pen performing long multiplications and then freak out and scream the exact converted amount. It’s just not done. The moment would have been long gone. I could scream approximate amounts, but then I’m a perfectionist.

So, if anybody knows multiplication shortcuts for 33 and 13, please tell me. Maybe I’ll get you something cheap from Singapore. Or Malaysia.


Does Saravana Bhavan @ Singapore accept Sodexho vouchers?


Written by gajarkajalwa

March 3, 2009 at 9:48 am