27 Aug 2014

Vashi + Deonar + BEST + Harbour Line + Chembur + Mankhurd + Md Ali Road

Walking and reading. Hindi Daily.

Mathrubhoomi, Malayalam

Mid-Day, Gujarati

Yashobhoomi, Marathi

Eenadu, Telugu

Sandhyakaal, Marathi

Navbharat Times, Hindi

Saamna, Marathi

Times of India, English

Newsstand on a rainy day

The pleasure of reading a newspaper used to wrap fruits.

Karnataka Malla, Kannada

Anand Bazaar Patrika, Bengali

Varthahaar, Marathi

22 Aug 2014

Off Deonar Farm Road

Shivaji. Orginally from Pandharpur, MH. Lives in Chunnabhatti and walks the streets of Mumbai playing the Shehnai, usually tunes of devotional songs to Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Here is another Shehnai player I found outside Thurbe station.

The instrument looks little but can produce a powerful sound and it's no wonder that it is the preferred instrument at noisy weddings. Only Nadaswaram, the Shehnai's cousin can produce something as powerful and that too is used to float over noisy gatherings.

Here is the sound of trumpety thing blowing full horn from an old Tamil movie and locking horns with Yesudas. The video made by someone named Spinal Orgasmia also gives you some basic lessons of Carnatic music in a funny way. And tests the decibel levels musically.  Have a listen.  

21 Aug 2014

Off Khandilkar Rd. Girgaon

A street in Girgaon

Eastern Freeway

Views: Entrance to Eastern Freeway Tunnel Entrance. Chembur End. by Slogan Murugan (Gopal MS)

I am continuing my temporary obsession with a new toy, the Photo Sphere App from Google Maps.

This is the entrance of the Eastern Freeway as you go from the Chembur to the Docks and South Mumbai. It's a mere 10-12 minutes away from here.

Now see this flattened image of the panorama shown above.

And this is the animation that appears of the Little People stitch the many photos one clicks with the camera into an almost seamless panorama. This image when viewed on a site, appears nice and rounded.

Luckily I don't see two moons. That would mean that I have not been transported to 2Q14.

Here is another panorama, a little further up and road and that image has already been approved by the Little People at Google Maps and is on Google Maps! A big Yeah! It gives me the same thrill of images that I clicked and posted on Panoromio, many years back before Google Maps became big.

Views: Eastern Freeway near Shani Mandir/Shivaji Chowk, Chembur. by Slogan Murugan (Gopal MS)

And here is the flattened image of the above view.

And what is the science or the mathematics of these flattened images?

Last week's Mint had a story on the subject and will help us understand the basic principle behind how to flatten an image without having to peel and orange and smash it on your table.

Read Straight Line Fever -  A look at the work of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prestigious Fields medal for mathematics by Dilip D'Souza.

"Understanding this basic difference between the characteristics of a map and a globe—a flat surface and a curved one—is a small key to understanding the work of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win mathematics’ Fields Medal. The point is, assumptions we make about flat surfaces don’t hold for curved ones. Here’s another: the angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees, remember? But consider the triangle made by the North Pole, the point where the 0 degree meridian crosses the equator (off the coast of Ghana) and the point where the 90 degree meridian crosses the equator (in the Indian Ocean about 1500km south of the Andamans). All three angles are 90 degrees. Their total: 270 degrees.

Curved surfaces for you. "

Read the whole article here.

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