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
Catching up on everything from life to growth

Catching up on everything from life to growth

‘Catch up on lost growth?’ asked Specky, ‘What does this mean to you?’ I pondered on the query and then said with a smile, ‘Me? I’m already over-grown from all sides… without symmetry, almost like ginger roots.’ So I wondered aloud if there was still any scope for catching up left. The next few minutes...
The thin line between freedom and anarchy

The thin line between freedom and anarchy

Freedom is a much misunderstood word because we take the ‘free’ from this word to sometimes do what is unthinkable and undoable.  This is when the word changes form and takes the form of anarchy, though not everything unthinkable and undoable is anarchy. Pope John Paul II once remarked that ‘freedom consists not in doing...
The art of good business

The art of good business

The art of good business ‘I want to buy a new smartphone,’ said a friend, ‘but I’m not sure which one to go for.’ ‘Buy one that fits your needs,’ I replied. Hearing my answer this friend unfolded a piece of paper and read out some startling statistics. He said that his bank had begun...
Every brushstroke is an idea

Every brushstroke is an idea

The strange thing about ideas is that they do not necessarily happen at the right time… but they are there when their time has come. Just like brushstrokes. Or even a single brushstroke. The funny part is that a brush isn’t always smeared with paint. ‘What do you mean,’ she asked and she isn’t an...
Catching up on growth

Catching up on growth

Growth isn’t always about the panic that surrounds over-weight years as the world is full of those who need to grow faster and healthier. Growth is also not always about complex charts and graphs that a manager displays on the walls of their cubicles. Though in every form it reaches us, growth gets all the...
Crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous… but also amazing!

Crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous… but also amazing!

When I mention crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, and amazing in the same breath, all I mean to tell you is how enthralling it is to walk into and above the clouds. It doesn’t matter which mountain range you’re on. It doesn’t matter which villages are near or far. It doesn’t matter which country you’re in....
A playfield called CSR

A playfield called CSR

A playfield called CSR This happened ten years ago when I was heading corporate communications for a company and CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility was slowly attempting to penetrate our plans. The CEO said, ‘We need to project the company as environment friendly.’ The suggestions that followed included giving away hundreds of saplings during events...
Understanding why you need an MBA

Understanding why you need an MBA

‘Do I need an MBA?’ I asked to no one in particular and thus I remember asking myself this just before I was accepted by FMS in Delhi University, a leading management school as their student a few decades ago. I looked around, smiled, and told myself, ‘Of course not. You’re already a smart kid....
All talk and yet nothing to say

All talk and yet nothing to say

Most of the students that I meet today tell me without mincing words that their teachers have a lot to talk about and yet nothing meaningful is ever communicated. Obviously then, words are in a constantly high supply but they are not being used effectively. This lack of meaningful communication in our classrooms has led...
Awards need to initiate meaningful conversations

Awards need to initiate meaningful conversations

What do businesses love to do? Whatever little exposure I’ve had of the corporate world, I have always felt it was conversations with their consumers that they loved best. It is the consumer that talks about the product innovations it needs, the changes in communication strategy that must be thought of, and a change or...
The impact of sharing good pictures

The impact of sharing good pictures

The urge to share pictures has never been greater than it is now. We have the social media over-flowing with a pictorial history of our times… and, allow me to add, even the past. A photograph captures a fleeting moment and an emotion… something that even our memory cannot do as effectively. Thus the past...
The unlikely address of Muse

The unlikely address of Muse

Reporter: ‘Just setting up my recording device, sir. We shall begin shortly.’ Environmentalist: ‘You’ll make my voice be with you To start just give me a cue’ Reporter: ‘How do you find life in this village?’ Environmentalist: ‘More houses or less houses matter not to me I work for the environment, you see’ Reporter: ‘Since...