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
Having something to say and saying something

Having something to say and saying something

The word communication has been derived from the latin word ‘communis’ which means ‘to make common’, ‘to share’, ‘to impart’ or ‘to transmit’ – that is, make common, share, impart or transmit ideas, information or knowledge etc in ways that the impact stays for long. To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all...
The poetry and management of being schooled well

The poetry and management of being schooled well

Will you be surprised if I say that poetry and management share a lot of common features? Well, they do and despite what the detractors may think or say, there is a lot of poetry in management just as there is a lot of management acumen in every stanza that was ever written. I have...
Competition versus Excellence

Competition versus Excellence

There are people for whom competition is a fight and academic excellence is a part of the larger struggle for existence. A lot depends on how you view the totality of education and its manifold aspects and your approach to the various issues. One really needs to understand the impact of both competition as well...
Standing with people, not above them

Standing with people, not above them

What is strange about this man is that everyone feels he or she has met him… and possibly connects with him on some issue or the other. I met him on the 13th of May, 2013 and was with him much beyond the scheduled thirty minute drive from Jantar Mantar to Hauz Khas village in...
Life is endlessly delicious

Life is endlessly delicious

A couple of weeks ago I was in Nainital, attending the Kumaon Lit Fest as one of the speakers… and my session was on blogging in the digital age. That session that was shared with Philippa Kaye was scintillating and the audience loved every bit. But what I am about to tell you is what...
Snacksgiving

Snacksgiving

‘Come on, help me solve this complex Sudoku grid,’ said my eighty-year old neighbour and I stepped out of the lift after my noon-walk and walked towards my apartment. I am a writer and am generally at home and this is what puzzles all the young and old in my block who don’t seem to...
Ravan Reloaded

Ravan Reloaded

Ravan is an interesting character… so what if he exists only in a mythological epic. We celebrate his defeat every year and call it a victory of good over evil. But evil still goes on and good is still busy fighting it… just look at the newspapers or the news on the telly and you’ll...
The real world

The real world

The real world, people insist, is not inside a smartphone… and I have always wondered if it is the tech-challenged who are trying to push us back into the wilderness of the past. I mean, look how wonderful and full of aesthetic harmony our world seems as it exists on a picture in Instagram… or...
The visible is the mystery

The visible is the mystery

No, there is no cellar in our house and no attic, no hidden cupboards and no passageways opening up when you strike the wall in a particular way. I remember there was a time when all this troubled me a lot… but I was in school then and was reading a lot of Ellery Queen...
This WASH is quite different from the wash in your mind

This WASH is quite different from the wash in your mind

To think of ‘wash down’, ‘wash out’, and ‘wash up’ can be rather energising for the brain and lead to interesting interpretations but the WASH that I have in mind expands to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. This is the definition I am thinking of because these are the three aces that the world needs. There...
Conversion is a good word in the blogging world

Conversion is a good word in the blogging world

The most common conversion that I see happening in the online world is people with no love for words or expression turning into bloggers. No, they neither sit under the Bodhi Tree meditating to stumble upon the true nature of blogging, nor do they go for the proverbial arduous treks over virgin hazardous terrain to...
India’s Mantra: Bar Bar Gain!

India’s Mantra: Bar Bar Gain!

I have full intention of calling paisa vasool, the economics of passion… but I know you will be the one to say this by the time you finish reading this article. We’re totally intoxicated and infatuated by gains that come again and again. Repeatedly. Non-stop, if that is possible. Makes us say, ‘I live a...