MIRROR TEST DRIVE – GHANTI BAJI?

This is TeenBuzz, a ringtone only the young can hear; if you can’t, you’re old

RISHI MAJUMDER AND PAL PILLAI

Photographer: Pal Pillai

If you ever wanted proof for a generation gap, it’s here. A ringtone called Teenbuzz, which can be heard only by youngsters. No magic. As people age, many of them develop what is known as ageing ear — a loss of ability to hear high frequency sounds.
Yesterday, we reported on our Tech pages how this ringtone has become a rage among the young across the world and is being used to hoodwink parents, teachers and other elders because it is simply inaudible to them.
Our Tuesday, Mirror went testing this ringtone on Mumbaiites and found that it works.

MIRROR TEST DRIVE – BAJI KI NAHI?

Rishi Majumder and Pal Pillai unleashed the TeenBuzz ringtone on unsuspecting Mumbaikars and this is what they had to say about this craze among teens

Professor and student

Mother and son

MRS KAMAL WARDEN & ZARIR WARDEN– GHANTI BAJI

AGE: Mrs Warden – 51; Zarir – 20

PROFESSION: Mrs Warden is a housewife and Zarir a IIIrd year B Com student at Jai Hind College

VOLUME: Zarir could hear it loudly and at a low volume. Mrs Warden could barely make it out and lost it when the volume dipped.

REACTION: Zarir screwed his face at the sound and clapped hands on his ears while Mrs Warden wondered why he was ‘over-reacting to such a feeble sound’.

COMMENT: “It should be used carefully and correctly,” says the cautious mother. “It’s a nice technology, but shouldn’t be developed into something bad or harmful,” warns her nice angelic son.

Fellow students

KABIR HAZARE & SALMAN ANSARI –GHANTI BAJI
AGE: Both 18
PROFESSION: Student (class XII), HR College
VOLUME: Low
REACTION: “Of course we can hear it. Every one will hear this.” They call the old college watchman and make him listen to it. The college watchman looks at all of us like we’re mad and people he should report.
COMMENT: “The technology can be used for music,” says Kabir while Salman thinks it could ‘curb sound pollution, but shouldn’t be used in classrooms’. After such noble thought, both look at each other and then at us with shy yet devillish grins. “Could you forward it to us?”
Aged serviceman
KABIR HAZARE & SALMAN ANSARI –GHANTI BAJI
AGE: Both 18
PROFESSION: Student (class XII), HR College
VOLUME: Low
REACTION: “Of course we can hear it. Every one will hear this.” They call the old college watchman and make him listen to it. The college watchman looks at all of us like we’re mad and people he should report.
COMMENT: “The technology can be used for music,” says Kabir while Salman thinks it could ‘curb sound pollution, but shouldn’t be used in classrooms’. After such noble thoughts, both look at each other then at us with shy devil’s grins. “Could you forward it to us?” Hmmm.

Prof.
OMKAR PATNI – GHANTI BAJI
AGE: 30
PROFESSION: Teacher (Professor, assistant co-ordinator, mass media department, Jai Hind College)
REACTION: He can’t believe there’s a ring tone at all. “Can you hear it?” he asks suspiciously, then calls a student to make sure.
COMMENT: A child’s inbuilt capacity to hear is the optimum. As a person grows older, it gets reduced. And, in a city like Mumbai, noise pollution adds to the damage, reducing the hearing capability even faster. One could use this technology to allow kids to play their loud computer games at frequencies that wouldn’t disturb parents.
Mall worker
TONY CAMPOS – GHANTI BAJI
AGE: 22
PROFESSION: Working at a mall and playing football for Kickbutts, Napean Sea Road
VOLUME: Low
REACTION: He doesn’t like the thought of being late for football just to listen to some irritating sound. Learning that his coach would not be able
to hear the sound at all doesn’t ease his exasperation.
COMMENT: Nice technology. Nothing disturbing about it. It should be looked into more.
Businessman
SHYAM HATHIRAMANI – GHANTI NAHI BAJI
AGE: 49
PROFESSION: Businessman
REACTION: Hathiramani looks at us as if this is some gig he’s in no mood for. But when he holds the phone at half an arm’s length, he claims to hear the tone ‘at this particular position only’. Ahem, now we’re the disbelieving ones.
COMMENT: This device is basically of no significance. Maybe the technology can be developed into something useful though.

This article first appeared in Mumbai Mirror, Times Of India: http://alturl.com/8ugk

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