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.
Spirituality
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 Making of Durga Idols During Devi Paksha

The Making of Durga Idols During Devi Paksha

Durga Puja is no longer something that excites only one community nor is the celebration limited to a few regions… the fervour is the same all over the country. Delhi now probably has more than a thousand puja pandals. But this post isn’t about the pandals… it is about the making of Durga idols and...
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...
Next in the queue

Next in the queue

Queues and the word ‘next’ are as clichéd as a politician hopping from one party to another. Opting for a title submerged in clichés doesn’t mean though that an original idea won’t suddenly pop up to surprise you. But let me just say that the idea for this title came when I heard someone ask...
Yes, the Gods ordered

Yes, the Gods ordered

Even I would never have believed had Arjun Rampal not told me the story. Well I’m talking of Arjun and Rampal, two of my best friends who love walking up and down the ramp in every major fashion show all over the country. In our circle of friends we call them Arjun Rampal as it...
I met God once, you know

I met God once, you know

God is a sensation. And He is sensational too. This fellow has a knack for springing surprises at the most unexpected time. Every time in the midst of writing a post as I am constructing a really difficult but interesting sentence, the phone will ring… and with my left hand I just pick it up...
There is nothing wrong with ‘I’

There is nothing wrong with ‘I’

I choose. I am responsible. I need to be accountable. I love. I am not flawless. I need a bit of sex in my life. I need to constantly improve. I need to help others achieve their potential. 
Of wars and a warrior. Review of ‘Arjuna’

Of wars and a warrior. Review of ‘Arjuna’

Mahabharata fascinates. These stories of wars and warriors have been interpreted in ways to suit the modern manager and also exist as tales that little children love to read and re-read. There are comic-books that tell these stories in their own illustrative way. So is ‘Arjuna’ yet another book that tells us the stories from...
The birth of Ganga

The birth of Ganga

‘I’ve read somewhere that even River Ganga is a Goddess,’ asked my ten year old nephew, ‘can this be true?’ I told him that stories from mythology were all full of bits of truth and bits of a writer’s fantasy. My nephew nodded his head and said nothing because my relaxed posture told him that...
Every life is a little messy

Every life is a little messy

‘Mess’ is a strangely attractive word because we mortals are rather fond of getting into it. Road rage is a mess. Clutter of unfinished jobs is a mess. Lawlessness is a mess. Then there is the mess that a lack of discipline creates. Waywardness could be messy. And because most of us are perpetually into...
Ravana lost as he never had a Samsung Tab

Ravana lost as he never had a Samsung Tab

No, King Dasharatha wasn’t really tech-savvy but he wanted his sons to be well-versed with the tech-arts of the day. He had made sure that they learn all the relevant martial arts, imbibe the pathways prescribed in the religious texts, and be strong in body and mind. He himself was a rather like a proactive...
The Scorpman is no more. An obit on Satya Sai Baba.

The Scorpman is no more. An obit on Satya Sai Baba.

Let me begin with a few questions that I have been asking myself these past couple of days now. Is there a single-line or a one-word or a one-concept explanation of Sai Baba? Is it possible to ask just one question and look for an answer that will explain this man? Was he simply a...