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
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...
The creativity of intolerance

The creativity of intolerance

Intolerance is no longer a bumbling oaf or a brainless goon. Yet it continues to be both an oaf and a goon, although it now goes about calling itself creative. Well, there is freedom of speech in our country, and so we see these oafish goons adopting the newest tricks in the closet of vandalism...
You forced your way in

You forced your way in

I don’t know about you, but I have distorted facts, hidden them, and even lied outright more times than the number of years I have lived. Yes, there were small and big perceived advantages that must have come my way… a sales target completed, some more time gained before I submitted my reports, or an...
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 sequence of the writing of...
Never finished, only abandoned

Never finished, only abandoned

Pre-marital sex has always been an exciting topic for discussions… never finished, only abandoned. Sex, pre-marital or otherwise, ‘is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken’ (Simone De Beauvoir)… and it is difficult not to agree to this existentialist from...
What I love about a village

What I love about a village

The difference. The difference between two things, places, beings, concepts, and creations is what holds the greatest fascination. The moment you are near an Indian village, you know in your mind that this isn’t a town or a city… and it isn’t just the size or the population that gives this impression. It is the...
‘I’ means a lot

‘I’ means a lot

When I say ‘I means a lot’, I mean a lot. I mean a life. I mean a life that is safe. I mean a life that is safe despite the hazards on our roads. I mean the roads. I mean the roads that I walk or drive on. I mean the rules. I mean...
The impressions

The impressions

As I walked by a pile of garbage lying unattended in an otherwise clean market in Delhi, I heard a well-to-do woman say, ‘We Indians are instinctively unhygienic.’ I stopped, looked at her with a smile that clearly said ‘hear me out’. She instinctively stopped and her body language said ‘I’m ready to hear your...
In defence of spending

In defence of spending

I am not an economist nor am I a business consultant, so do not expect this post to be overflowing with graphs and the sort of definitions that meander everywhere before saying: ‘I admit I am lost!’ Let me just say that it is too tempting to talk of an economy that is contracting or...
Reimagining our world

Reimagining our world

Politicians are forever doing this. I mean, reimagining the world. They have glorious day-dreams of cleaning up the safes of the rich and the poor, the mighty and the insignificant, the tax-payer and the cheat… they love clean safes. Even their safes in their homes are generally clean, unless the transfer to their Swiss bank...
Toilets and UFO sightings

Toilets and UFO sightings

In a country where a fraction of us go ahead and prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS exams, there are millions who will fail a simple vocabulary test. Ask them the meaning of these terms that the privileged few of us know and understand and you’ll know at least one of the most sordid truths...
The good, bad, and ugly of hunger

The good, bad, and ugly of hunger

‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ said Steve Jobs and the world applauded. Yes, this is the desirable side of hunger… so we know there is some good in hunger. It makes the world’s imaginative folk with a lot of vision do what must be done in a perpetual state of yearning. The bad and the ugly...