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 collector of celebrations

The collector of celebrations

There is a collector of celebrations in each of us. Look at me… the moment I get an idea to write on, it is time to celebrate with a smile and get down to dress it in words and sentences and save it. Photography is a celebratory moment for some as is downloading movies or...
Jojo needs a little time

Jojo needs a little time

Jojo needs a little time. Review of KALYUG It is Mrs Pandit, one of the political characters in the book (or should I say, political caricatures) who says, ‘Jojo needs a little time before he takes on more responsibilities. I think by the time the next elections take place, he will be ready for a...
The guts of doing what is right

The guts of doing what is right

The guts of doing what is right: Review of ‘The game of Life – Shattered Dreams’ Ramayana, like any other epic anywhere else in the world, is as good as the way it is interpreted. I mean, if you read a badly interpreted version of even the Bhagwad Gita, you might not really find anything...
Get ill and know who you are

Get ill and know who you are

It is possible that Aristotle and Plato have mentioned this in their discourses but I admit I haven’t read both these gentlemen. All I know is that if you want to see life in all its transparency, you just need to get sick. Well, I know of many friends who tell me, ‘Listen buddy, I...
The Pink City

The Pink City

If you open the window of your hotel room and do not get an overwhelming sense of walls or even avenues painted in pink, you’re probably not in Jaipur. This is one city that is meticulously divided into ‘six sectors by broad streets 34 m (111 ft) wide. The urban quarters are further divided by...
The alphabet on waves

The alphabet on waves

When I told a friend that I know of a school on a boat in Varanasi, he laughed and replied, ‘Well, I know of teachers who hold classes under trees in the open air.’ Not that my friend was wrong, but the impression I got was that we tend to think literacy as some kind...
CEOs Know that Strategy isn’t a Solo Sport

CEOs Know that Strategy isn’t a Solo Sport

Yes, CEOs aren’t hermits carrying a Hasselblad, wearing a Tissot, driving a Jaguar, and partying on a private yacht. They interact with people and technology and know how to get the best of both worlds by strategically using one in convergence with the other. Strategy isn’t a solo sport for sure. However, the days of...
Cricket and all the madness all around

Cricket and all the madness all around

‘When do they begin?’ I asked. ‘What?’ ‘The cricket matches.’ ‘They’re always on,’ Specky said with a smile, and then added, ‘But if you mean the IPL 2015, then KKR won their first match yesterday. Mumbai Indians are obviously inconsolable in their defeat.’ I just stared at her. I mean there was a time when...
Best isn’t necessarily pricey

Best isn’t necessarily pricey

Well, let me admit here that I’ve been to a lot of countries and obviously I have nearly always stayed in hotels. So from Paris to Seoul, from Amsterdam to Bangkok, from London to Sydney, or from Barcelona to Kuala Lumpur… I’ve always sought the best hotel deal. And believe me the right research always...
The world of smarter tabs

The world of smarter tabs

Being smarter has everything to do with giving the customer what he wants… is the marketing mantra that doesn’t need an endorsement from Kotler. And being smarter is all about anticipating consumer needs or being proactive in a world that has competitiveness built into it. So we have smarter authors who write what the reader...
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...