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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You can drive

You can drive

  You can expect the unexpected when bloggers get together to do anything… and believe me, this isn’t at all unpredictable. There will be lobbies made without anyone even trying, there will be jibes and snide remarks to hear if you have come with your ears cleaned up, and there will invariably be the whispered...
Solve mysteries in style

Solve mysteries in style

Stand straight, breathe in deeply and then look around with a mind that is unclogged by the day’s problems. In place of the mustiness of routine you will see the mysteries of the universe and you’ll probably sing to yourself, ‘What a wonderful world…’ Now then, I’m not just talking about the very new mystery...
Alphonso on a mountain trail

Alphonso on a mountain trail

I was standing on a mountain trail that was around 7300 feet above sea level and was surrounded by deodar, oak, pine, rhododendron and lots of spiny bushes. The trail had become faint and Specky, my wife, had a doubtful expression on her face. ‘Are you sure this trail is going to lead somewhere?’ she...
The writer as a master blender

The writer as a master blender

Imagine a reticent young man walking into a new monthly magazine office to submit his second or the third article… and from the rows of cubicles where serious sub-editors sat, one gets up suddenly, stops him and says, ‘Your article left an impression. Wonder if you can share the secret of staying true and creating...
Ignorance and incompetence lead to corruption

Ignorance and incompetence lead to corruption

  If you think I’ve given you some sort of a derivation for corruption, let me just say that even if the equation is correct, it is just one way the corrupt thrive. A heady cocktail of corruption, incompetence, and ignorance is what exists all around. I do not mean just Delhi where I stay…...
Pull away from ignorance and know the constitution

Pull away from ignorance and know the constitution

Pull away from ignorance and know the constitution. Review of ‘The Constitution and the Parliament of India’ written by Derek O’Brien   With so much happening all around, it is necessary to understand it all through competence and knowledge… and not through a kaleidoscope of ignorance. I remember talking to a few bloggers and was...
The Eye of the Other People

The Eye of the Other People

Nobody really likes it yet they do this all the time. We dress to get a smile from others. We write for applause from others. We speak in ways that we don’t make more enemies than really necessary. We buy things to make us all a part of the social matrix that exists. We even...
Mating the meeting

Mating the meeting

‘Forget grammar. Forget logic. Forget the logic of grammar or the grammar of logic. Just remember that I have a meeting today.’ This is what Ajay told me in a few hurried punches. Now before you shoot your left eyebrow up in a gesture of surprise, let me add that I am Ajay’s laptop and...
The writer of ‘high-octane thrillers’

The writer of ‘high-octane thrillers’

It was the Asian Age that called his writings ‘high-octane thrillers’ and as my review of one of his books agrees with this opinion, I thought it was best to pick the words to title my chit-chat on a few interesting aspects on the writer’s world. Kulpreet, the person, is unnervingly straight-forward and has a...
Let us extend our stay on earth

Let us extend our stay on earth

  I have no idea if politicians will still want us extend our stay on earth once we are all educated enough to vote sensibly… but what I do know is that our parliamentarians are certainly aware of the sort of pollution that plagues our cities. Take Delhi where according to the World Health Organization...
Way beyond Ultra HD

Way beyond Ultra HD

If the PM Mr Modi can talk of a 56 inch chest, Arvind Kejriwal can be linked to a 49 day government, and Rahul Gandhi can afford to disappear for 57 days… why can’t I miss a 50 inch device that I fell in love with? Particularly if the device that I am talking about...
Sleeping dogs vs barking dogs

Sleeping dogs vs barking dogs

‘Dogs are in the new,’ said a friend. I said, ‘Well, dogs were always in the news.’ I remember reading a quote about a man biting a dog being news and not the other way round. Dogs are in maxims, metaphors, similies, and even find a place in abuses. So they are practically everywhere. On...