Thursday, February 06, 2003
Some kids got nothing better to do with their lives.
A three-year old girl in India has become famous for her ability to recite thousands of verses in a dead language.
Shraddha Vajapeyee can recite up to 4,000 verses called sutras from the Ashta adhyayi even though she cannot read the ancient language Sanskrit.
The text is a monumental Sanskrit treatise on grammar and linguistics, authored by Acharya Panini, a scholar who lived in the sixth century BC.
Her father, Ravi Shankar, an insurance agent at Janakipur near Lucknow, says his daughter learnt the entire tome by heart when she was two-and-a-half years old.
Since then she has been displaying her talent in various public functions across the country.
What the hell makes a child of that age do something like that? I'm undecided as to whether or not this should be considered cruelty to children...