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Mumbai Diary page: Wednesday Whispers

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Have cricket, will travel
Subash Jayaraman is an accomplished cricket journeyman. And his charming wife Kathleen is only too happy to accompany him on their very own Cricket Tour that started in Trinidad, West Indies in July and will end at the World Cup Down Under in March.

Subash Jayaraman with wife Kathleen in Ireland earlier this year
Subash Jayaraman with wife Kathleen in Ireland earlier this year

In between there’s Mumbai where they were a few days ago before heading to neighbouring Pune. While on his travels, Jayaraman does a popular podcast, Cricket Couch, in which he has interviewed the big names of the willow game like Greg Chappell, Colin Croft, Gordon Greenidge, Sanjay Manjrekar et al.

An Indian from Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Jayaraman settled in the United States in the early 1990s. Mr and Mrs Cricket Couch came over to our office last week and spoke about their cricket passion which has taken them to Trinidad and Barbados in the West Indies, London and Birmingham in England, Dublin in Ireland and now to India all from July 15.

When Subash heard about Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to retire from Test cricket last year, he left his Philadelphia home to be at Wankhede Stadium, and experienced one of his most emotional moments when Tendulkar said goodbye to it all. They not only enjoy being in the stands, but when there is no cricket on, they make it a point to visit significant cricket venues.

Wonder how much has been exhausted from their $45,000 budget, but they’ve still to reach the Gulf for the Australia vs Pakistan Tests, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and then the World Cup in 2015 for which they have already got their tickets for big games. Going about their cricket tour is fun, but there’s also work to be done with the podcasts, but they’re very happy being on their mobile couch.

Mandolin moments
Like most places in the city, Prabhadevi is the scene of hustle-bustle on a weekday evening. Heavy traffic clogs the roads near Ravindra Natya Mandir, with office staff vending their way home, packed buses (usually with commuters going to Dadar station) to take the train home, trundle through.

Mandolin Srinivas, music will miss you
Mandolin Srinivas, music will miss you

Yet, there will be some moments of quiet, calm and reflection for music connoisseurs and aficionados. There will be a shraddhanjali for Mandolin maestro U Srinivas on Friday, September 26, at 7 pm at P L Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy (Mini Theatre), Ravindra Natyamandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

Though the maestro had passed away in Chennai, Shashi Vyas, Director of Pancham Nishad, said, “It was shocking for music connoisseurs the world over to hear about the untimely demise of Mandolin Srinivas. He was not only a great exponent of music but a humble human being.”

Sound solution to noise
Tired of ear-splitting fireworks and deafening car horns? An app on your smartphone may be the weapon you need to stop it all. Developed by scientists at the Free University of Brussels Computer Science Department, the app aims to turn smartphones into mobile noise level meters.

The app has three features measure noise, localise it, and tag it. Users, who function as citizen scientists, can download the app from noisetube.net. It is currently available for iOS-, Android- or Java ME-based smartphones with GPS.

Tags include the level of noise and the source, and the collected data is sent wirelessly to the NoiseTube server. Once the data is uploaded, users can check their sound trajectory or “noise map” on Google Maps. What with decibel levels of car and bike horns going higher with every new model, we can just imagine what Mumbai will sound like.

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