The Real Fiction

All that we experience, our perceptions – sights & insights – seem like a surreal mix of fact and fantasy. There are no lines dividing anything anywhere & existence rides upon interpretations. This blog will surf, fly, jog, dive, swim, jump & at times even hobble through planes of experiences that will include poetry, protests, design, tales, photo-tales and whatever else is discovered & needs to be shared.
Breaking up cosy cartels

Breaking up cosy cartels

Discussing politics fills us with enthusiasm… and so this is all that we can hear in buses, on kerbsides, in shops and offices, in homes, on the television, on radio, in colleges, and I sometimes suspect, even in the mushy conversations of lovers in some park. But there is another...
The Presstitutes and the Poltitutes

The Presstitutes and the Poltitutes

A few of them seek to regale you for a fee and give you what you desire to see, hear or read. Others just want to accompany you on sensual trips of exploration all over the world. They have the power to reduce every upheaval of excited turmoil into exclamations,...
Imagination is Dangerous and Combustible

Imagination is Dangerous and Combustible

‘That’s incorrect,’ said an editor and I had to remind him of the reason why David Davidar had to be fired in 2010. In every relationship there will be two people imagining different outcomes and it is the friction between two wonderfully abstract thoughts that invariably results in a conflagration...
Let the Chulha tax & other dumb laws become Travel USPs

Let the Chulha tax & other dumb laws become Travel USPs

We in India are living on a treasure trove of dumb laws and like the imbeciles that we are, we plan to throw them away. Our politicians are ready to make these laws the debating point during an election but none of those in power have the creative intelligence to...
Writing of rights: Review of ‘Talking of Justice’

Writing of rights: Review of ‘Talking of Justice’

Now here is an author who doesn’t flinch as she admits that she is short and that there are things that she doesn’t know about. Leila Seth writes in her book ‘Talking of Justice’: As the discussion began, I remember feeling acutely uncomfortable on stage. I am short and, seated...
Tiddy & Pipi

Tiddy & Pipi

Hi there Tiddy & Pipi I know I’m supposed to write a post to one person who I missed the most this Diwali… but hey, don’t they say that marriage transforms two souls into one? Well, so for me you two are just one entity now. London must be far...
Creative energy redefined

Creative energy redefined

Somewhere between absurdity and anti-absurdity is the zone where real creative energy can be found. The sort creative energy that is conveyed by the letter ‘A’ in the international radio phonetic alphabet, an unofficial leader, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, the beginning or creation, or a dominant individual...
My Yorkshire aromas

My Yorkshire aromas

My awareness of the relationship between an aroma and a place began around twenty years back in York. We were here because Specky was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of York and working for her DPhil then. Out of India for the first time, every little whiff of any...
Poet for hire

Poet for hire

London. Queen’s Walk. 10 June 2014   London surprises you every time. I mean, just look at what happens on crossings in New Delhi. You find the same kind of ragamuffins selling pirated books, or similar looking amateur kid gangs doing the same act of threading their unexpectedly slim body...
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Aylan and Galip

Aylan and Galip

Dates will not matter Though into our lives they pitter-patter Names will mean nothing at all They will remain an alphabet waterfall Syllables and metres will make no sense Nor will grammar and tense Because imagined lines With their exploding rhymes Is the poetry that nations recognize… Is this wise? Nations are people who see...
Think again if you think size matters

Think again if you think size matters

The world believes that size matters… but really speaking, not always and not every time. At least not when one is talking about the 5 Best Companies to Work for in India among Small Size Organisations in IT-BPM in 2015 – and I’m talking about organizations with up to 500 employees. Small size works for...
Do I see traffic jams in the sky?

Do I see traffic jams in the sky?

Freedom to fly To reach a height that you choose To perch where you want to To see the world as you fly To chirp or make the sound you can To swoop and to glide Yes, this is what freedom is For birds. You say you wish you were a bird? Well, look at...
The nest isn’t the world

The nest isn’t the world

The morning flight of birds Is so like our morning walk With less words More insights New definitions of the world Revealed every time We venture out. So get up and get out Of your laziness Walk, jog, or move about Take your pick Of inspired thoughts And amaze God’s maze By joining every dot!...
Racing with the dogs

Racing with the dogs

  Even dogs know What any scheme By any Government In power or out of power Really means. Even dogs know How to act And how to react. What dogs do not know Is that acting and reacting Is where humans have beaten them hollow One race that we have won… Or have we? ....
I never starve myself

I never starve myself

Starve? There’s no need to starve. Food, especially good snacks that are willing to come together with fruits and veggies are always the right choice for the taste buds. Believe me, taste buds will just do the rock-n-roll when you do what I did with McCain veggie-fingers, aloo-tikki, and potato-cheez-shotz this rakhi (#RakhiWithMcCain) when we...
A thriller that is both young and sane

A thriller that is both young and sane

A thriller that is both young and sane – Review of ‘The girl who loved a pirate’   Thrillers tend to be either similar to creaking bones oozing with wisdom or strut with the irreverent arrogance of youth that has little to convey. It is rare to come across one that defies these clichés and...
The visible is the mystery

The visible is the mystery

No, there is no cellar in our house and no attic, no hidden cupboards and no passageways opening up when you strike the wall in a particular way. I remember there was a time when all this troubled me a lot… but I was in school then and was reading a lot of Ellery Queen...
Sach Yahin Hai - a poem in Hindi

Sach Yahin Hai – a poem in Hindi

  Sach Yahin Hai   Tumhe lagta hai sach shabdon ke beech rehta hai? Ghumavdaar sadak ke mod par baithta hai? Chaurahe par khada, sirf zor se hansta hai? Andhere mein sabko aur sab kuch dekhta hai? Mujhe lagta hai sach na kuch dikhata hai na bolta Aur na hi kisi darwaze ko kabhie kholta...
This WASH is quite different from the wash in your mind

This WASH is quite different from the wash in your mind

To think of ‘wash down’, ‘wash out’, and ‘wash up’ can be rather energising for the brain and lead to interesting interpretations but the WASH that I have in mind expands to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. This is the definition I am thinking of because these are the three aces that the world needs. There...
The world is always on the lookout for new wars

The world is always on the lookout for new wars

The world is always on the lookout for new wars: Review of BRUTAL by Uday Sathpathy Thrillers unwittingly talk about intrigues that the common man and reader is unaware of and has no way of accessing data that leads to the brutal conclusions that is so often expressed on the pages. So how do writers...
Crunchy Queen Paneer Pasta is so Bollywoodian

Crunchy Queen Paneer Pasta is so Bollywoodian

Food isn’t just about necessity… it does everyone a lot of good to weave in pleasure and then some extra smiles will be on their way to you. Add a pinch of Bollywood to it and smiles may get garnished by applause as well. Now I’m sure you’ve watched that Bollywood blockbuster ‘Queen’ where in...