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.
That’s how stories happen

That’s how stories happen

I tried rubbing the edge of my study table, whispering, ‘Appear, my lovely story. Appear!’ It didn’t. I tried this with the walls in my home, with trees in the park, and once even slyly tried rubbing the end of the shawl of a woman I didn’t know at all....
Conversations with virtual reality

Conversations with virtual reality

Conversations with what is real and what is unreal has a sibling now… the universe of virtual reality. Even Zuckerberg wrote in March 2014 that the day isn’t far when ‘we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people’. Geoff...
On Travel

On Travel

Travel is all about the music and poetry of exploration… every time you move out of home and navigate safely through strange countries and stranger cities, you experience an uplifting peppy feeling that refreshes you. This is the sort of feeling that I had when I keyed in these short...
A revolution in your pocket

A revolution in your pocket

There have always been a few who have favoured the written word over a photograph and there have existed masses who have discovered a thousand words in every picture. The eye stumbles upon Nietzsche in a photograph… the mind hikes with Mark Twain as it scans a picture… and the...
And then a poem got some words

And then a poem got some words

Poetry, like music, happens all the time Within us and outside us But not everyone pauses long enough To notice thoughts that follow a feather floating in the air Or eyes that blink a coded message Moments come and go like ocean tides, only faster They hardly have the patience...
The inaudible language of the heart

The inaudible language of the heart

This morning as I sat in front of the television watching the telecast of the Republic Day parade on Rajpath, I found it as engrossing as the best film I have ever watched. I was literally glued to my chair and even sat upright in ‘savdhan baith’ (at attention) position...
Jordan: Where is my donkey?

Jordan: Where is my donkey?

I’m sure you’ve met a lot of donkeys and some of you will say, ‘Well, there are donkeys and then there are mules. But they’re all asses, aren’t they?’ All I can say is that I am yet to meet a smarter donkey than this Jordanian one who managed to...
An emotional acre on the road

An emotional acre on the road

  An emotional acre on the road – Zica review A car isn’t just a car but attempts to be an emotional bond. A relationship. It tries to be a drivable emotional acre on the road. Every time. Each of them. Some succeed and some do not. This is so...
We need stories everyday

We need stories everyday

My life is a set of stories. Let me tell you one with a lake that forgot to reflect my face… and until then I thought no one could beat those people who invariably forgot my name. ‘What’s your name?’ Atsü asked me the day we were introduced at a...
A poem waits to be completed

A poem waits to be completed

A cluster of words huddled together As wishes and dreams Or protests against some injustice Waits to become a complete poem But I look at them and look away As they seem alien now. The idea that sparked them into life Is long gone Probably not forgotten But it remains...
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Sam Sung and App Le are not in OPPOsition

Sam Sung and App Le are not in OPPOsition

Sam Sung and App Le are dolls that I had brought with me when I had visited Seoul a few years back. They converse with each other and whenever I manage to shut all other ambient noises even I am able to hear snatches of what they are talking about. This morning as I was...
Charlatans and the core of corruption

Charlatans and the core of corruption

The 2011 census shows that we have 73% literates in the 7+ age-group, 69.3% literates in the 15+ age-group. The 2013-14 figures released by the government boast of 1,42,5564 schools, 712 institutes of higher learning which includes all sorts of universities, 36,671 colleges, and 11,445 stand-alone institutes. The 2011-12 expenditure estimates for university and higher...
Branding in Education - Role of social media and technology

Branding in Education – Role of social media and technology

Branding in Education – Role of social media and technology   Why are private universities and institutes so popular? Why is it that even my maid’s daughter had LPU, Sharada, and Amity in her mind? Why is it that some colleges that are dedicated to produce involved professionals remain hidden from the masses? Why is...
Dawood is dead. Really?

Dawood is dead. Really?

Dawood is dead. Really? Review of ‘Dawood is dead’ by Avik Davar Do a Google search for Dawood and you’ll be confronted with more than three hundred thousand pages with assorted facts in .41 seconds! Even Quora and Scoopwoop have been talking about him… so it isn’t as if Dawood is a person who is...
‘Make in India’ vs globalisation in education

‘Make in India’ vs globalisation in education

Is globalisation limited to Apple making sure that they get the most promising sales figures from India? Must we remain content with using soaps, detergents, technology, fashion accessories, and even homes that are conceived and made in other countries? Isn’t it time for us make sure that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton get up and...
The secret mantra for an exciting and safe international travel

The secret mantra for an exciting and safe international travel

Characters in movies make me jealous because one moment they are prancing around with their girl-friend in some park and then the hero declares, ‘I’ve been called to this fascinating country for an important assignment and will leave tonight. Take care, dear!’ The dear one has her eyes filled with tears but says, ‘I know...
Tigers are forever in the news

Tigers are forever in the news

Tigers are forever in the news Review of ‘Pugmarks in Palamau’ If you’re searching for statistics on tigers, environment, ecosystem, and other issues that concern wildlife, this book doesn’t even pretend to lead you to them. But if it is heart-warming stories on wildlife and memoirs based on some real-time encounters in the wild, reading...
Not all those who travel are lost

Not all those who travel are lost

Not all those who travel are lost The year was 2014 and I had just crossed the finish line in the well-known Hackney 5 km race in London. No, I wasn’t a front-runner and had just about managed to do some sort of a combination of a fast walk and slow jog to complete the...
Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort

Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort

Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort A good photograph must lead you on to discover more   Aperture, shutter, and ISO are just fashionable words for those who are not inclined to think about them while clicking a picture. Even I was once more inclined to switch to Auto mode in my...
War and terror redefined

War and terror redefined

War and terror redefined Review of 03:02 written by Mainak Dhar The best thrillers are one long terrifying climax. But terror isn’t something that only the terrorist brings along. And the climax? Well, it invariably begins long before the actual battle. It is all these smaller battles that add up for the final blast… but...
A synchronised eye roll with fiction

A synchronised eye roll with fiction

A synchronised eye roll with fiction Review of LOVE, whatever that means written by Aditi Mathur Kumar   If reading certain types of fiction makes you overthink, I guess it is time to read certain other types of fiction. I mean, a genre of fiction where everything is ‘all honey and whiskey and chocolate’ or ‘totally...
You can watch India’s finest films on television

You can watch India’s finest films on television

Movie watching isn’t about any Ardh Satya talking about Gangoobai or Massey Sahib recreating a Qissa with a lot of Mirch Masala. Nor is it just about The Good Road to Dharavi that Mammo decides to take. Nor are they forever focused on Ek Doctor ki Maut or asking anyone to follow Gandhi. They do...