Messages from Syed Asadulla

[ *November 15, 2000* ]

Syed Asadulla calls **535** an American palindrome. The reason for the name

is that the number of congressmen (members of the senate and

house of representatives) is **535**.

[ *October 24, 2000* ]

Syed Asadulla calls **565** a Canadian palindrome because the significance

of this number is that the Canadian debt is **565** billion dollars.

[ *September 20, 1999* ]

Syed Asadulla calls **545** an Indian palindrome because the Indian parliament

(lower house or lok sabha) has **545** members.

By the way election to the 13th Indian parliament is behind us now.

The new parliament has been formed during the month October of 1999.

[ *September 10, 1999* ]

Syed Asadulla observed the following facts :

You may or may not know, a few years ago, a committee of the United Nations

declared that Canada is the best country in which to live, based on certain criteria.

Prompted by this, I told my wife that Canada is the Perfect country since

it has six letters, 6 being the first perfect number (a positive integer is

said to be a perfect number if it equals the sum of its proper divisors).

My wife responded, so is France. Then I assigned numbers 1,2,...,26 to the

letters A,B,...,Z. The sum of the numbers assigned to the letters of Canada

is 24 and the digital root of 24 is 6, the first perfect number (digital root

of a number is defined as the single digit obtained by continuously adding the

digits of a number and the sum of its digits, for example, the digital root of

986 is 5). Also the product of the numbers assigned to the letters of Canada is

168 and its digital root is 6 again. Furthermore, the product of the digits

of 168 is 48 and the product of the digits of 48 is 32. Finally the product of

the digits of 32 is 6 again.