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.
The A to Zoo of Budget 2015

The A to Zoo of Budget 2015

One of the most popular statements in TV debates after the announcement of the budget meandered through visits to the zoo and museums becoming more attractive. Let me begin with the pre-budget zoo first. On the social media we must indeed be appearing like a zoo with exotic voices wanting...
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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The art of soiling what is clean

The art of soiling what is clean

I’ve always told Specky, my wife that there is real art in soiling what is clean than the other way round. But wives being what they are, they keep cleaning soiled clothes over and over, day after day. They get up before you’ve even come to the climax of that wonderful dream you’re having. But...
Growth chromosomes on wheels of technology

Growth chromosomes on wheels of technology

Growth isn’t only economics and technology in a strategic alliance. It has everything to do with the physics of implementation, the physiology and the biology of proliferation, and the chemistry of valour. There is of course the geography or the contours of fiscal health and the history of mind-sets to consider when the target is...
Does Ashay Abbhi go around with severed hands?

Does Ashay Abbhi go around with severed hands?

Besides the question that the title poses, others could be: ‘Do book reviewers always have murder in their thoughts?’ Or ‘Why do writers get unreadable stuff published?’ Or ‘Is every reader qualified to call a book bad or good?’ Or ‘Is a book that disgusts one reader end up disgusting every other?’ These questions have...
‘History being made’ with Katrina

‘History being made’ with Katrina

True. There is history being created all around and only a few are lucky enough to be a part of it. Take today. Take me, for instance. I am pretty sure I have a coffee date with Katrina… The Katrina, if I may add. ‘Katrina?’ murmured a friend, ‘but the grapevine talks about #KatrinaMissing and...
Eat your problems with breakfast

Eat your problems with breakfast

The first thing I asked the cab driver as we were going from Changi Airport to our hotel on Bencoolen street, the business district of Singapore, was, ‘What is the best Singaporean food according to you?’ He said, ‘We eat our problems with breakfast.’ And then maintained a silence but then after a while he...
The ruling party and the opposition on Galaxy S6

The ruling party and the opposition on Galaxy S6

Our parliament is always a hub of super activity and its corridors are places where power dialogues flow unimpeded and with a nonchalance that you find only in a Nargis Fakhri gliding on the aisle in a Suneet Verma creation! Yes, there is something stunningly accentuated when two politicians talk… especially if they happen to...
Keeping fiscal vents open

Keeping fiscal vents open

I remember when my wife and I were looking for a house to rent in the late eighties, the only parameter we were firm about was a reasonable circulation of fresh air and lots of sunshine. The size of the house did not matter, nor did the number of stairs we might need to climb....
Contemporary and crunchy

Contemporary and crunchy

Come on, I’m not talking of political and non-political debates that take place in the parliament… though they do qualify as being both contemporary as well as crunchy. But listen, they are not delicious, are they? At least I don’t find the vocalised thoughts of Sharad Yadav delicious… however crunchy and contemporary they may seem...
The mysterious art of wasting time

The mysterious art of wasting time

Charles Schultz called happiness a warm puppy and many would say people waste their time on pets. I keep staring at my laptop screen for long durations and I’m sure Specky, my wife thinks I could do more if I just start typing out whatever I type out most of the time. But I love...
The sorcery of more

The sorcery of more

There surely is some mumbo-jumbo working in favour of the word ‘more’. The buyer of goods needs more discount, the reader of a newspaper needs more pages, the viewer of television needs more masala, the politician needs more scope to be safe… and so I’m not surprised to hear people in a store selling smartphones,...
What do I really want from a smartphone?

What do I really want from a smartphone?

I remember showing a visual of the new Moto E to a seven year old a week back and asking, ‘What will be the first thing you do to this smartphone?’ ‘Dunk it in a bucket of water,’ he said without taking that customary break to first think and then answer. And then he just...
Lofoten Islands in Norway

Lofoten Islands in Norway

“A journey to watch Aurora Borealis or the Polar lights… to wonder how fast-moving, electrically charged particles of light stage a virtual battle with the Earth’s magnetic field & then sigh, be joyous, despondent, arrogant, & even miserable by producing different colours & hues. They do this emotional drama by interacting with different gases in...