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
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...
Three women. #InfertilityNotATaboo

Three women. #InfertilityNotATaboo

‘Agnishikha, you are an airborne commando,’ the instructor shouted, ‘but our task now is to get to the summit of a peak from a side that has been considered unconquerable. So your training will keep in mind that you need to keep your feet firmly on the ground.’ ‘Yes sir,’ said Agnishikha with josh in...
My desi link

My desi link

My desi link The first time I met Prasad NP was at a Travel Massive meet and the first thought in my mind was, ‘This fellow has a friendly smile.’ Just then a couple of other friends came along and in a few moments he seemed to have disappeared. But soon enough he was back...
The poet on an empty train

The poet on an empty train

Three short steps and the poet is on the train. He turns back and smiles. The three steps remind him of a haiku and he mutters: Three steps and I’m gone Conversations change forever Seasons come and go. He slowly swivels on his heels to face the compartment and watches the fans pretending to dry...
The creative writer and kayaking

The creative writer and kayaking

I’m not new to kayaking. The first time I stepped into a kayak was on the River Denva in Madhya Pradesh in tiger territory. This was two years back and I was participating in the NDTV-Volvo Adventure Challenge then and our task was to kayak to a location about a couple of hours distance to...
Charlatans and the core of corruption

Charlatans and the core of corruption

The 2011 census shows that we have 73% literates in the 7+ age-group, 69.3% literates in the 15+ age-group. The 2013-14 figures released by the government boast of 1,42,5564 schools, 712 institutes of higher learning which includes all sorts of universities, 36,671 colleges, and 11,445 stand-alone institutes. The 2011-12 expenditure estimates for university and higher...
Branding in Education - Role of social media and technology

Branding in Education – Role of social media and technology

Branding in Education – Role of social media and technology   Why are private universities and institutes so popular? Why is it that even my maid’s daughter had LPU, Sharada, and Amity in her mind? Why is it that some colleges that are dedicated to produce involved professionals remain hidden from the masses? Why is...
‘Make in India’ vs globalisation in education

‘Make in India’ vs globalisation in education

Is globalisation limited to Apple making sure that they get the most promising sales figures from India? Must we remain content with using soaps, detergents, technology, fashion accessories, and even homes that are conceived and made in other countries? Isn’t it time for us make sure that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton get up and...