Story Problems

Life in Dushanbe: A Few Story Problems and Answers to Questions You Never Knew You Had

Story problems are awful. Unless of course, you get to write them. Answers at the end.

1. Calculate the number of different types of ob miveh (fruit juice) that exist in Dushanbe.

a) Pineapple, apricot, and apple.
b) Peach, pomegranate and orange.
c) Cherry, sour cherry and apple cherry.
d) All of the above and combinations of the above and probably more.

2. Imagine you are a cashier. Someone gives you money to pay for their shawarma, but you cannot give exact change, Being logical, you ask for an extra somoni or three so you can give change using a bigger bill, but the customer is a foolish foreigner with only 100s and 50s. What do you do?

a) Give inexact change. Chances are that the foreigner, being too overwhelmed by the language barrier and the smell of shawarma, will never notice.
b) Run to the shop next door to ask for change.
c) Ask if the next person in line has change. If so, let them cut in front of the other customer.
d) Pay the customer in tea bags, mints and gum.

3. Oh no! The teapot is rapidly approaching room temperature! How will you keep the tea warm so baba (grandpa) will be happy?

a) Quickly make a new pot of tea.
b) Place teapot on top of space heater.
c) Dress the cooling teapot in a chai pushnak.
d) Ask yourself why did you even bring the teapot to the table when you could have left it on the stove.

4. Why are manhole covers round?

a) Because the circular shape enhances aesthetic appeal and provides a nice juxtaposition with the linear path of the street.
b) So there are no corners to puncture tires.
c) So they do not fall into the hole.
d) Since when is a manhole cover a necessity?

5. The voltage in Tajikistan is ±220v and often experiences power surges, dropouts and occasionally failures. Your laptop, being as American as peanut butter, runs on approximately 180v. How do you charge your laptop?

a) Calculate the potential difference of the transformation of the current and build a circuit that will allow for your laptop to charge optimally using things you’ve found at Rudaki Plaza.
b) Run around Korvon Bazaar looking for a stabilitizer.
c) Err? This plug does not fit into this socket.
d) Plug it into an adapter. Europe runs on a different voltage and your laptop has not fried yet.

1. d. Also peach juice is the best, although pomegranate provides close competition.

Peach deliciousness.

Peach deliciousness.

2. d. This seems to be a common trend. On the plus side, I don’t need to buy mints or tea any time soon.

Five somoni in change.

Five somoni in change.

3.c. Apparently they have these things in other countries and they call them tea cosys.

So plush. So classy.

So plush. So classy.

4.d. No comment. No picture. I have yet to fall in one though.

5.b. Stabilitizer!! aka transformer. Charging my laptop has taken on a sci-fi feel.

Steady as stabilitizer.

Steady as stabilitizer.


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