This picture describes my favorite morning ritual.
The first thing I do when the morning’s paper arrives is jump to the Sudoku page and mull over it with a cup of steaming, masala chai. The perfect way to beat the gloom of the Pune monsoon where the skies are overcast enough to make it feel like evening throughout the day. It’s almost as good a way to kick start your brain as the morning coffee or tea.
I remember when Sudoku puzzles had become all the rage in India back in the early years of the millennium. Even back then, the first thing I’d do in the mornings was steal the paper so none of my roommates could get to it before me, and solve all the quizzes.
It wasn’t like I wanted to compete. Still isn’t. I have no intention of ever competing with anyone but my own self. But I’m just so obsessed with solving these number puzzles that I scavenge for old newspapers too where I might have missed a puzzle! I even have a Sudoku app on my phone and that’s what you’ll catch me doing when I’m bored, or waiting.
Now the paper I subscribe to prints two puzzles, and after I’ve solved one, I promptly jump to the other one, putting a neat little check mark next to the solved ones, and heaven help those who cross me when I haven’t been able to solve it! How childish is that? 😅
And the funniest thing is – I suck at math. I suck to the extent that adding up single digits sometimes becomes a mental marathon. But I’m good at sudoku. Go figure!