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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Even obesity needs management principles

Even obesity needs management principles

Even obesity needs management principles Review of ‘The Rich Labourer’ by Parthajeet Sarma & Sibani Sarma   There are books that tell you how to do something and there are those that attempt to show how things can be done effectively. And if a book goes on to show and demonstrate management principles through a...
The colonizers never left

The colonizers never left

The eco-system, nature, environment, and in some way, even life is no longer safe from sharp-thinking and seemingly logical and worldly-wise colonizers today. And if you think that the last ones to colonize us were the British, think again. Look around and you will be able to see the way every facet of nature is...
In perfect symmetry

In perfect symmetry

In perfect symmetry Review of ‘In the light of darkness’ by Radhika Maira Tabrez   Any book that talks of books is a book I love. Any tale that makes imagination seem real is a tale that must be read. Fiction that touches a chord in your heart is the real fiction. There will obviously...
A world beyond words

A world beyond words

A world beyond words Review of 31 Miles written by Vinita Bakshi   Is it a mere coincidence that I have begun writing the review of this book on the 6th of February which isn’t too far from the National Mathematics Day? Let me first explain the connection. This book began as a new-age version...
Kyosei

Kyosei

Pattern. Sequence. Arrangement. Configuration. These aren’t random words but those that come closest to defining life. I read once that even society that embraces democracy successfully has probably gone through the essential trauma of imperialism and then communism and socialism… and skipping any would mean some sort of a premature adoption of the next stage...
GOLI - Review of ‘My Journey with Vadapav’

GOLI – Review of ‘My Journey with Vadapav’

GOLI Review of ‘My Journey with Vadapav’     GOLI can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To me when I was in school, it was a Hindi novel written by Acharya Chatursen that I enjoyed reading. To Venkatesh Iyer and obviously thousands of people who have tasted and enjoyed the...
Let’s settle this right here

Let’s settle this right here

Let’s settle this right here Review of ‘Bringing the Rainbow – the Hindware Story’     I love fiction. But I have a deep respect for non-fiction and the reason is that every snippet, every little story here is backed by a conviction that only reality has. So when I began reading ‘Bringing the Rainbow...
Going off the road to remain on the road

Going off the road to remain on the road

Yes, we all need to go off the road to appreciate being on the road… this is one metaphor that has remained with me ever since I first went off-roading and realised how much it taught me about life. Those past experiences with the Mahendra Thar, Volvo XC60, Nissan Terrano and a host of other...
Farzylicious tickles

Farzylicious tickles

Nobody has said this so far so let me be the first to announce that life is so much better with tickles and giggles zigzagging their way through your mouth and into your gastro-intestinal tract to redefine happiness in an utterly original way… and the charm gets multiplied when you realise that spear-heading this joyous...
The gender of Xender

The gender of Xender

I remember the days when gender option was between male or female. Those days are long over. News articles in the West are talking about ‘agender’, ‘two spirit’, ‘neither’, ‘other’ and tens of other options that are as valid as the choice a technology consumer has in choosing a storage option from portable hard drives...
Germs! Germs! Germs and the best hand wash

Germs! Germs! Germs and the best hand wash

Let us look at life from a germ’s vantage point. They’re a happy lot today. The air around us in urban and rural India is pregnant with vehicles that help them travel long distances for free. The environmentalist calls them PM 2.5 or PM 10 or PM anything else but they are not just empty...
Underdogs

Underdogs

Who need most attention? Underdogs. Who will respond enthusiastically? Underdogs. Whose victory spreads most joy? Underdogs. Who have potential that hasn’t expressed itself yet? Underdogs. Who make it to the headlines fastest after achieving? Underdogs. Who remember your support? Underdogs. Obviously then, any worthy underdog has the potential to be my ‘jug’ or world or...