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Why are cubers in India so slow?

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Akash Rupela

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I dont think 400-500 hours is anywhere near to what it takes for sub15 . I m pretty sure it takes something in 4 digits for an average person. It took me almost an year(like 10-11 months) to be sub15. And i have literally practiced 4-5 hours a day on an average
 

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I dont think 400-500 hours is anywhere near to what it takes for sub15 . I m pretty sure it takes something in 4 digits for an average person. It took me almost an year(like 10-11 months) to be sub15. And i have literally practiced 4-5 hours a day on an average
there was an atleast before 400-500 :D
 

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I dont think 400-500 hours is anywhere near to what it takes for sub15 . I m pretty sure it takes something in 4 digits for an average person. It took me almost an year(like 10-11 months) to be sub15. And i have literally practiced 4-5 hours a day on an average
more than 1000 hours for sub-15? Way less man, what are you wasting your practice-time with?
400is pretty accurate in my case. 1.5*30*9=405 until official sub-15 average.
 

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*parents. From what I've seen, dads tend to be more set against cubing than moms. Bleh.
 

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I am an Indian. I know a lot of cubers from my locality (about 45 people who have an average of 20 to 25). Its just that they don't participate in competitions and there aren't any competitions held in my locality.
 

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Thread bumping is in style :)
My guess would be that they just don't go on the forum or participate in comps?
Yes because coming on the forums makes you faster :/ Seriously, there is a facebook group with 1100+ members on it, way more than the active population here on the forum I guess

People here find less time to practice, that is all
 

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i know at least 20 cubers at school. around 13 think its a waste of time and only 3 have been to competitions. out of the remaining 4, 2 want to go to a comp, and 2 use it just to show off. does this explain it? we indians are not THAT enthusiastic when it comes to cubing. ask them to come play a game of cricket, and lo! the ground becomes overpopulated. my dad doesnt like me cubing, and my mom is neutral. only after i won some local comps and won the cube comp at school they were urged to buy me better or more cubes.
btw, i'm from a middle class family.
i find around 1-2 hours of cubing each day, and top my grade ( only in boys though ). i study around 2 hours a day,with the remaining time either on the web or playing some sport. and i'm active on the forum. ( part of it is because i am a part of the it club at school, and this allows you to use the internet for some time,like during recess.)
all the breaks i take are usually on the forum or playing miscrits.
 

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It is still an interesting question, but it has improved a lot in the past year.

From Chester's original post:
There are only 6 Indians with sub-15 averages, 1 with a sub-1 4x4x4 average, none with a sub-4 2x2x2 average
Now there are 26 with sub-15 averages, 11 with sub-1 4x4x4 averages, 4 with sub-4 2x2x2 averages. Still not great considering the size of the country, but still a pretty dramatic improvement in 15 months.
 

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Yes because coming on the forums makes you faster :/ Seriously, there is a facebook group with 1100+ members on it, way more than the active population here on the forum I guess

People here find less time to practice, that is all
What I meant is that we don't know about all the fast Indian cubers because they mostly aren't here or at competitions that we know of.
 

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What I meant is that we don't know about all the fast Indian cubers because they mostly aren't here or at competitions that we know of.
Nothing like that, even if someone is sub20, almost always the community knows of it either through comps or facebook.

I dont see why this was bumped, but it goes on to show that we have come a good way in the past 1.5 years. I wont say the general cubing quality has improved. With the way how doing something just for the love of it is highly discouraged/demotivated by the society, the average cuber still stands very slow. As there will be more cubers, and more older cubers dont quit, the amount of people having faster times will shoot up too obviously. At this rate, average cuber wont improve much, a very big lot of participants will keep coming and almost never attending more than 1 competition after solves around 1 minute mark(or worse). Some people will take it to another level and would enter very respectable world ranks within 2-3 years :)

Also, saying stuff like nobody likes to do what they love just for love of it without any benefits is wrong? A lot of cubers love it, but against the pressure of society and parents, most of them cant stand through, its tough .
 
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Hey akash., I agree with you. Take yourself and others like dharmesh, ayush, nikhil, , bhargav and others. If you don't stop cubing, maybe you could hold wrs someday. And new cubers keep coming round so we have a good future.
 
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Hi

Dear Akash Rupela,
This is Faraz Arif. I'm an Indian speedcuber, in 9th grade, St. Stephen's School, Chandigarh. I recently hit 34.22 secs, and I'm looking forward to reach sub 20 in about 2 months. Of course, even I am unable to give more than 30 minutes to cubing in a day, coz I have to study a lot + I've got board examinations next year. I've been speedcubing for 4 months, and it feels great to be on Speedsolving.com. Due to scheduling problems, I won't be coming for SCMU 2014, but I will definitely come in Feb to Delhi, St. Stephen's College for the MathSoc Championship. I hope to meet you. As far as Blah is concerned, he shall slowly see more upcoming speedcubers like myself in a few months.
 

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they all say "it will waste our life(study-job life whatever)"
this right here makes me almost mad.
don't get me wrong,im a descent student and stuff like that,but whats the point of living if you don't have any joy in it?
is that even life?
speedcubing makes me happy,out of so many hours in the week i can set apart 3-4 for that.
ofcourse india is a whole different place,but from what i've read in this thread so far it seems like some sort of dystopia where they make kids into money making robots or smth
 
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this right here makes me almost mad.
don't get me wrong,im a descent student and stuff like that,but whats the point of living if you don't have any joy in it?
is that even life?
speedcubing makes me happy,out of so many hours in the week i can set apart 3-4 for that.
ofcourse india is a whole different place,but from what i've read in this thread so far it seems like some sort of dystopia where they make kids into money making robots or smth
That was the mentality of parents in the last to last generation haha. It isn't so now.
 
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