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.
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The misguided minds of India

The misguided minds of India

Justice Katju called us all idiots and we protested – on and off the social media. The verbal and wordy protests were wide-scale and intense. But idiocy did feature in a lot of discussions off the record and many did conclude that all those who broke some rule or the other that ended up being...
Want to be a writer?

Want to be a writer?

Everyone loves to hear this question. And everyone expects some magic mantra to be given away, and I’m reminded of what Sharma ji, our neighbor years back thought writing was all about. Or imagine some Verma ji, if you aren’t comfortable with Sharma ji. Sharma ji had five kids at home and all were born...
Reading is an analog fine-tuner

Reading is an analog fine-tuner

O my luve is like a red, red rose And earthquakes can be read Because technology leads to hand-held devices where it is all Sweetly played in tune… …and this is what life is for non-readers. Robert Burns, seismologists, and tech gurus (and many more) create indecipherable concoctions when reading has not been fine-tuned. It...
Generics vs the validity of reasonable choice

Generics vs the validity of reasonable choice

Generics vs the validity of reasonable choice We were visiting some friends some weeks back and their teenaged son was sulking about the cable connection being cut, the subscription to the internet refused, and even his demand for a new smartphone denied. ‘Why have you taken these drastic steps?’ I asked. ‘His first board exams...
Shouting to convince is outdated

Shouting to convince is outdated

Shouting to convince is outdated Times Now vs Republic Opinionated news far out-weighs pure, unalloyed presentation of news today. This is as dangerous a trend as is raising vacuous decibels inside TV studios, bulldozing through the legal system to hijack the tenets of intellectual property, making viewers hear and see just one side of the...
How much is too much of freedom

How much is too much of freedom

Freedom can never be shackled, imprisoned, and killed. If this happens anywhere, it is invariably when the courage to sustain it and keep it fluttering appears to dissipate or the strength to defend an argument weakens. When does an argument weaken? This happens when it doesn’t have too many takers from the masses. This simply...
We accept that we are more Indian than you think

We accept that we are more Indian than you think

We live in a country that is around 3,214 kms from north to south and about 2,933 kms from east to west with a land frontier of about 15,200 kms. According to the 2011 census, we have 623.2 million males and 587.5 females and this massive population lives on a mere 2.4 percent of the...
Open up… you’re in India

Open up… you’re in India

The strangest thing about being an Indian is that we believe quite a bit of all that dear Bollywood feeds us… or all that gets fixated in our minds because we have not yet seen the complete picture. The give-me-some-sugar-in-a-bowl myth Such neighbors are everywhere and there is absolutely no escape from them. There will...
The future is more Indian than you think

The future is more Indian than you think

Evolution and revolution are not related. Indians are as evolved as anyone else around the world and walk on their feet, talk in a language that a community understands, eat stuff that is popular all over, follow traditions, respect the notion of families living together, and generally do everything that anyone anywhere will also be...
Romeos, Outdoors, and Repellents

Romeos, Outdoors, and Repellents

‘Are Romeos the new mosquitoes?’ asked a friend after having read the news about the new anti-Romeo squads in Uttar Pradesh, ‘and these squads the latest in the world of repellents?’ ‘Two questions together,’ I replied, ‘are like Romeos and mosquitoes knowing they are in the WANTED list and yet searching for an escape route.’...
Skill progress is all about willingness to adopt and adapt

Skill progress is all about willingness to adopt and adapt

Skill progress is all about willingness to adopt and adapt Progress is another buzzword in the corridors of power today. There are multiple reports applauding the statistics that administrators placed throughout India are loading the decision-makers in the Centre. According to newspaper columns, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna “is aiming at training one crore...
There is no space without adventure

There is no space without adventure

My kid is grown-up. He is an architect and stays in London. But at home in Delhi we always have a lot of kids coming in and going out yelling, shouting, playing hide-and-seek, pretending to be imaginary characters, and writing. Writing? Well, yes, I ask them all to sit with their notebooks and pencils and...