I watched the NDTV news report about Mayawati’s garland in utter disgust at not just the revolting show of excess but also the utter disregard to the value of Indian currency. I was even more appalled at the BSP minion justify the garland and put the figure of 21 lakhs for it’s value. That instinctively struck me at BS. That number does not even seem statistically possible.

Considering the 21 lakh amount, if that were true, it would imply that the garland was made of 2100, one thousand rupee notes. Looking at even a low resolution picture of that garland, a conservative estimate would put one *layer* within the garland to be at least made up of 10 notes. So, that would imply that for a 21 lakh rupee worth of garland to be made up of just 210 such layers. Is that even possible ? Take a look at the pictures again. I’m willing to bet at least 50 notes make up a layer. The number of layers that make up the garland is a proper mathematician’s task. I think any mathematician worth his degree would be interested in calculating this. I hope some Indian mathematician actually does it.