# International Sudoku Day | When numbers and puzzles are your world!

Team StoryWeavers|September 07, 2023, 23:03 IST|

Sudoku is not a game. It’s a lifestyle. Solving complex number puzzles gives aficionados immeasurable joy. It challenges their faculties, makes them sharper and unrelenting, and presents them with some solid “me time”.

But don’t take our word for it! Hear it from the horse’s mouth…on the occasion of International Sudoku Day 2023, Indranil Sarkar (Team Lead, Operations), wants to share his love and passion for Sudoku with YOU, our discerning reader. Read his spirited account right here:

###### Q. How did you get hooked on Sudoku? How long have you been solving these amazing brain teasers?

I’ve been solving these incredible brain teasers for as long as I can remember. It all started when I stumbled upon a Sudoku puzzle in a newspaper that my father used to solve every morning. I was just a kid at the time and couldn’t resist the challenge. I’d watch him solve them effortlessly, and it fascinated me.

He patiently taught me the basics, and soon enough, I was hooked. It became our daily ritual, solving Sudoku puzzles together over a cup of tea. It wasn’t just about the numbers, it was our special bonding time. Over the years, Sudoku has been a constant companion through various phases of my life, from school to work and beyond. I guess you could say I’ve been solving these brain teasers for a lifetime, and they hold a special place in my heart.

###### Q. Do you prefer playing Sudoku in print or online? Why?

I definitely prefer playing Sudoku online for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the convenience of having Sudoku puzzles readily available on my devices makes it super accessible. I can enjoy a quick puzzle during my commute or whenever I have a few spare moments.

Additionally, online platforms often provide helpful features, like automatic error checking and highlighting, which make the solving process smoother. Plus, the option to undo moves without leaving messy pencil marks is a BIG advantage!

But most importantly, I appreciate the endless variety of Sudoku puzzles available online. I can choose from different difficulty levels and even opt for variations like ‘X-Sudoku’ or ‘Killer Sudoku’, which keeps the game fresh and exciting.

While I respect the traditional charm of solving Sudoku in print, I find that the online experience enhances my overall enjoyment and flexibility with the game.

###### Q. What kind of impact did Sudoku have on your life/psyche?

Sudoku has had a surprisingly positive impact on my life. It’s not just a game, it’s become a part of my daily routine. Solving these number puzzles has improved my concentration and problem-solving skills. It’s like a mental workout that keeps my mind sharp

Whenever I face a challenging puzzle, it becomes a satisfying conquest when I finally crack it. This feeling of accomplishment boosts my confidence and adds a sense of achievement. It’s a great way to unwind and destress as well.

Moreover, Sudoku has taught me the importance of patience and perseverance Sometimes, a puzzle can be really tough, but I’ve learnt not to give up. Instead, I keep trying different strategies until I find the right solution. This resilience has spilled over into other areas of my life, making me more determined and persistent in facing challenges.

In a way, Sudoku has become more than just a game. It’s a mindfulness practice that helps me stay focused and calm amidst the chaos of daily life. Sudoku has had a positive and enduring impact on my psyche and has become a cherished part of my life.

###### Q. What message would you like to give people who get intimidated when they see a number puzzle?

I would say to anyone who feels intimidated by number puzzles: don’t be discouraged! Just like any other skill, solving them takes practice and patience. Remember that it’s okay to start with easier puzzles and work your way up. You’ll be amazed at how your confidence and problem-solving skills grow over time.

Embrace the puzzles as a fun mental workout, and don’t hesitate to seek tips and guidance if needed. You’ll find that with a little persistence, you can conquer those seemingly scary Sudoku puzzles and experience the satisfaction that comes with each solved one.

###### Q. Can you share some tips and tricks with budding Sudoku enthusiasts and beginners?

I would love to! I think these 10 tips will help Sudoku enthusiasts:

1. Start with the basics: If you’re new to Sudoku, begin with easier puzzles to grasp the fundamental rules and strategies. Practice makes perfect.
2. Scan rows, columns, and boxes: Always scan the entire puzzle for any obvious numbers that can be filled in easily. Look for missing numbers in rows, columns, and 3×3 boxes.
3. Use pencil marks: Don’t hesitate to make small pencil marks (candidates) in the empty cells. They can help you eliminate possibilities and find the right numbers.
4. Eliminate possibilities: If a number is already present in a row, column, or box, it can’t appear in that same row, column, or box again. Use this rule to your advantage.
5. Practice logical deduction: Sudoku is all about logical deduction. Look for patterns and relationships between numbers to make educated guesses.
6. Take breaks: If you get stuck or frustrated, take a short break. Sometimes, stepping away from the puzzle can give you a fresh perspective.
7. Learn from your mistakes: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. They are valuable learning opportunities. Review your errors and figure out where you went wrong.
8. Challenge yourself: Gradually move on to more difficult Sudoku puzzles as you gain confidence. The harder ones require advanced techniques, like X-wing and Swordfish.
9. Enjoy the process: Sudoku is not just about solving, it’s about the enjoyment of cracking a challenging puzzle. Savour each “aha” moment!
10. Join a Sudoku community: Connect with other Sudoku enthusiasts online or offline. Sharing strategies and experiences can be a lot of fun.

If THAT doesn’t prompt you to pick up a Sudoku puzzle pronto, we don’t know what will!

Love to solve number puzzles too? Leave us a comment! We would love to know your Sudoku tales.

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(This story has been put together by Storyweaver, Neha Dua)

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