# June 3. “Button, I’ll give you a math problem to solve.”

“My math sucks. But I’ll give it a try.”

“Only those with an IQ of 130 and over are able to figure this one out.”

“You’re scaring me.”

“If 2 + 3 = 10 and 7 + 2 = 63 and 6 + 5 = 66 and 8 + 4 = 96—what is 9 + 7?”

“Do you know the answer?”

“I do.”

“You’re a genius.”

“I’m no genius. You just need to apply your mind.”

“I think I’ve figured this one out. Is it 144?”

“Tell me how you got that number.”

“Why? Are you suggesting I got the answer by fluke?”

“Nothing like that, Button.”

“It’s simple: Like the first one that’s been worked out where 2 + 3 = 5. Now multiply 5 with the first digit which is 2. That makes it 10. Similarly, 9 + 7 = 16. And 16 multiplied with the first digit 9 is equal to 144.”

“*Haath mila*. You’re a genius too.”

“You know something? Knowing you has changed my life completely. Look at all the other teddy bears—once they are gifted, they are treated as mere toys—to be hugged and kissed and made to sit in one corner or tucked into bed. But my life is something else. It’s full of excitement and fun and games. I don’t know how to thank you.”

“You don’t have to thank me. You have made my life as exciting and happening.”

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