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
CEOs Know that Strategy isn’t a Solo Sport

CEOs Know that Strategy isn’t a Solo Sport

Yes, CEOs aren’t hermits carrying a Hasselblad, wearing a Tissot, driving a Jaguar, and partying on a private yacht. They interact with people and technology and know how to get the best of both worlds by strategically using one in convergence with the other. Strategy isn’t a solo sport for sure. However, the days of...
The consonants and vowels in life

The consonants and vowels in life

Specky, my wife, entered with a frown and said, ‘Phew! Now I have to make a presentation on PowerPoint and it must be in Hindi.’ I looked at Pushkin and he smiled. Only a few minutes back we had been browsing the net and had stumbled upon ‘Shusha’ a font that could be used to...
The stupidity and the courage in a struggle

The stupidity and the courage in a struggle

To idolise or to vilify struggle… this is the dilemma that haunts a lot of people. There is both stupidity and courage in struggle and it isn’t easy to give the word a single definition. One thing, however, is certain… struggle remains constant whether we go for a big change or not. Look at me....
HOLI goes way beyond the legends linked to it

HOLI goes way beyond the legends linked to it

If legends make a festival interesting, it is a contemporary interpretation of festivities that makes it so hard to forget! Holi is one festival that goes way beyond the legends linked to it and has formed its own identity. I remember when I was in school I was mortally afraid of colours and so during...
HOLI has more than one legend linked to it

HOLI has more than one legend linked to it

Ask anyone from India about Holi and the answer will be, ‘Colours. More colours. Wet colours. Dry colours.’ There will be the other elements that form the festival revealing slowly only later, after the enthusiastic orgasmic intonation of colours is over and done with. So yes, there is more to Holi than just colours. There...
The artist within

The artist within

Somewhere inside every heart hides an artist who dreams of repainting the world in a different way. Some of these artists are revolutionary and radical and others are simply laid back dreamers who want a different dab here or there. When I ask this artist what he wants to be changed, he hears a laughter...
When reason and passion converge

When reason and passion converge

There are only two things that a writer wants. Someone to talk to who can set a direction to his thoughts, and sometimes maybe even give the ideas that he builds upon. The other thing that encourages a writer is finding one who leaves him with enough time and resources to focus on his writing....
Yelling doesn't get your point across

Yelling doesn’t get your point across

It does matter to me that we live in times where yelling wins and silence loses and where political guile outruns an honest pat on the back. We live in times when you bug if you hug and are sought if you have the mind of a villain. ‘Put back the clock,’ I say, ‘or...
Passion for compassion

Passion for compassion

Compassion isn’t a funny word, but it is one of the easiest to hide anywhere. Just sit back and let the world go and bite, scratch, and maul each other and you will never be accused of being compassionate. I mean, why bother if a church is vandalised or a temple desecrated? Why lose sleep...
Gimme more… Gimme more…

Gimme more… Gimme more…

I know it isn’t easy to admit this, but I have always been a semi-literate illiterate. Let me illustrate this term with an example. When Pushkin, my son, was born, Specky, my wife, gave me a glance that seemed to say: ‘Can you just hold him while I change his diaper?’ And I looked at...
Bewildered

Bewildered

There’s a bit of ‘huh’ to this And there’s a bit of ‘ouch’ to this I wanna get closer to you But I’ve pimples & fun gets a miss! Oh well, I knew who was missing all the fun and I knew what could have helped. So did I let my secret out? Did I...
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...