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.
Reflections
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...
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Shouting to convince is outdated

Shouting to convince is outdated

Shouting to convince is outdated Times Now vs Republic Opinionated news far out-weighs pure, unalloyed presentation of news today.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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Finding yourself – poetry and the potter’s wheel

Finding yourself – poetry and the potter’s wheel

Pottery-making, some of us may think, is just another job… but trying to discover elements of poetry in it is certainly an adventure. Adventure, let me add here, isn’t about confrontations with evil forces, nor is it about victory over whatever is perceived as unwholesome. Adventure has more to do with travelling into the heart...
Finding stories in airports

Finding stories in airports

Most of the time one doesn’t even have to make an effort to find stories inside airports. They are there all the time for anyone caring to look up from the kindle that one isn’t anyway reading… or if one just stops pretending to look busy or important or appropriately hassled or even thinking. Airports...
I’m no fan of a ban

I’m no fan of a ban

We’re already under an umbrella of bans in this country. The clear blue sky of a free voice has already been effectively muffled and the people holding this umbrella are telling us that it is too dangerous to even peep out. Asking for the removal of this umbrella is unheard of in the corridors of...