‘Disability’ has not defeated the morale of Asutosh Panigrahi, a boy in Cuttack. Though Asutosh was affected by Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), he has set an example for others by booking a place in the India Book of Records with his amazing skills in mathematical calculations at a national level completion organised by Indian Abacus at Jamshedpur.
Notably, ASD is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People affected by ASD face problems in social communication and interaction, and have restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests.
Ashutosh, born to Biswajit Panigrahi and Nibedita Kar, residents of Chauliaganj in Cuttack, has an uncanny ability of working out over 200 complicated mathematical calculations in terms of additions, multiplications and divisions of numbers, within 15 minutes. And he did this and left everybody amazed at the competition. He has been an inspiration for many in society.
Speaking to OTV, Asutosh said, “On October 10, 2023, I set a record in abacus sums at Indian Abacus completion at Jamshedpur. I could solve 101 sums of addition and subtraction in 10 minutes, and solved 107 sums of multiplication in five minutes.
Apart from Abacus and Coding, he has a host of interests like weight lifting, computer programmes and music. The boy, who sings Bhajans mellifluously, nurtures an ambition to be a good music composer and Abacus trainer.
His parents were once disappointed after coming to know of their son’s ASD status when he was nine. They had tried all possible ways to mainstream their son with society. Now, they are proud of him and happy for his spectacular achievement.
His mother Nibedita Kar, said, “We are proud of him, and happy that his efforts have yielded him results. We were disappointed when we came to know of his disorder. However, the doctor we had consulted advised us not to be disappointed. The doctor pointed out his talent and prepared him for Abacus.”