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.
Melbourne really is psychic

Melbourne really is psychic

Yes, this city does tend to enter and travel through your synapses and into the layers of your mind faster than you would imagine… and I am talking about the effect based on my online exploration of the city. Yes, I’ve been to Sydney and the memories of that trip...
There's a lot of poetry in sex

There’s a lot of poetry in sex

Relationships creatively thrive on uncovering ‘the unheard melodies’, if I may be permitted to quote Wordsworth here… and we know of poets allowing their minds to venture forth to touch, caress, and mate with an idea before they are able to whisk it with words to write immortal lines. The...
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...
Harlots of destiny

Harlots of destiny

Madhur, a very good friend, wrote on facebook: ‘The best learning in the world is from understanding life. Most people never learn.’ This happened to one of the more agreeable updates on facebook… most updates by most people are frivolous forwarded messages and so when something like this comes along,...
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...
The blackest black helps us see the truth

The blackest black helps us see the truth

Vantablack. Or as the scientists say, this is super black. Nothingness. I read about the Vantablack nanotubes only recently and know that these are to be launched in July 2014 at the Farnborough International Airshow. ‘Vantablack’s nanotubes are so small and tightly packed that the material not only prevents nearly...
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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Cupid has joined a fringe group

Cupid has joined a fringe group

What a relief! I’ve just heard that Cupid, the love God has just joined a fringe group. I didn’t even ask which… I mean, does it matter if this group goes and catches couples in parks or whether it insists on bringing in jehad in love or if its members just hand out religious texts...
Litter God is going to be very angry

Litter God is going to be very angry

‘Let me share a secret with you. Even in the Kingdom above they have a God of Litter. And all this hullaballoo about litterbugs and removal of litter is going to make this fellow very angry,’ I told Specky, my wife with a serious face. ‘God of litter? You are surely joking,’ she said, ‘so...
It’s time for B-team to command

It’s time for B-team to command

To BE is to be in the B-team today. So it is right if a politician stings like a bee and leaves the A-team to join the B-team because BEEing there is to BE in the middle of everything. Yes, this is a time when even ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ has decided to have some...
Next in the queue

Next in the queue

Queues and the word ‘next’ are as clichéd as a politician hopping from one party to another. Opting for a title submerged in clichés doesn’t mean though that an original idea won’t suddenly pop up to surprise you. But let me just say that the idea for this title came when I heard someone ask...
Caricatures and political fundamentalism

Caricatures and political fundamentalism

The world is full of bigots, junk-theologists, Bible-thumpers, Gita-thumpers, Koran-thumpers, Granth Sahib-thumpers, Zend Avesta-thumpers and so on… and they are all people trying to take advantage of religion to gain some political victory. Political fundamentalists are those who end up banning stuff like creative texts, poetry, fiction, and even cartoons even as they get together...
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 employ these very laws as...
Tabla and Dagga. Review of ‘Stellar Signs’

Tabla and Dagga. Review of ‘Stellar Signs’

It isn’t just Jatin, the astro-investigator’s assistant in ‘Stellar Signs’ written by Manjiri Prabhu, who dreams to hit it off like table and dagga, we see examples of twosome awesomeness all around. Readers and writers need to hit it off like table and dagga if you want to get away from the clichéd husband and...
A quikr relocation to Bangalore

A quikr relocation to Bangalore

‘You remember all the times we have relocated?’ I asked Specky. She looked at me, smiled and said, ‘But you always linked relocation with sparkling excitement.’ This was true. I have always believed that relocating rekindles our spirit to explore, to discover, to go out and transform all the passivity in life into action that...
The side effect of an itch. Review of ‘Chronicles of Urban Nomads’

The side effect of an itch. Review of ‘Chronicles of Urban Nomads’

I remember asking my drawing teacher one day after school, ‘Sir, what should I do to improve my drawing skills?’ He answered, ‘Learn to look at everything from multiple perspectives.’ He then asked me to look at the empty classroom from where I was standing and then wanted me to lie down flat on the...
Jauntiness to life or life to jauntiness?

Jauntiness to life or life to jauntiness?

Well, some think it is enough to gift a bit of jauntiness to life… but I think it is by far better to give life to jauntiness. I mean, look at all the synonyms that jaunty has: cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, joyful, lively, perky, bright, buoyant, bubbly, bouncy, breezy, in good spirits, exuberant, ebullient,...
Creative recipes

Creative recipes

Watching a chef at work fills me up with a lot of creative energy. This is precisely what happened when I met Tushar, the Head Chef at Welcome Sheraton in Saket. ‘They look so charming in their all-white uniform,’ whispered a friend. I said, ‘I think it is because of all the colourful ingredients they...
We can gift happiness

We can gift happiness

Yes, we can gift happiness by a mere smile Because a smile travels mile after mile Never getting tired or bored or losing interest A smile is indeed a gift that is best! But sometimes we need to go beyond And look at what creates a real bond And we’ll discover that fulfilled wishes Are...