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.
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The purpose

The purpose

Some of us are convinced that there is a purpose assigned to everything. A stone is there where it is for a purpose. That stone adopts different sizes over the years with some specific purpose in the mind of the creator. Inventions emerge only when they are supposed to… and this means there is a...
Spontaneity

Spontaneity

We’re all always spontaneous. But we aren’t always brilliantly spontaneous. Most of the time, therefore, powerful spontaneity comes in the form of a perfumed after-thought or brilliance that exists in our minds only. The world thus misses out on millions of such quotable spontaneous responses each minute… and spontaneity remains, at best, mediocre. In the...
Nikonology and the God of Indian Photography

Nikonology and the God of Indian Photography

A few days back, I had the opportunity to get really close to the God of Indian photography, RAGHU RAI… talk to him, listen to his ideas on this art form and also attend a Nikonology session conducted by the Nikon Technical Team. It was an experience that was unbeatable. This blogger meet was called...
The bike ride to Dehradun

The bike ride to Dehradun

Sweet nothings, mushy gushing, emotions flowing in rivulets, and holding hands as you whisper the same words and the same sentences a hundredth time… if this is what makes a platinum day of love… then I must admit I might never have had a platinum day of love! But then, the years spent together are...
PicTale 003 – Seven thoughts for seven minds

PicTale 003 – Seven thoughts for seven minds

  Minds can focus or waver, they can scream or scheme, they sometimes force the body to be on the defensive or be ready to attack… and do everything that makes them an enigma. The evening was spent watching Lior Suchard astonish the audience at the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon. ‘Just astonish?’ I asked...
PicTale 002 – My workplace is all fun

PicTale 002 – My workplace is all fun

  Yes, a workplace for these construction workers is just fun. The space that I saw from my seventh floor balcony was one that was an office, a dining area, a living room, a place for get one’s thoughts together, a place to sit and gossip, and some may just say it is a worker’s...
French dessert, some history, and a village

French dessert, some history, and a village

I was categorically told that Hauz Khas Village was a huddle of pretensions and that I’d find girls in stilettoes playing hand-ball with words like trekking, art hikes, creative adventures, and revolutions. It was all there… and more. The village isn’t really a village and yet, it is one. There are doorways with ‘kundis’ and...
PicTale 001 – One early morning in CP

PicTale 001 – One early morning in CP

The place is CP in Delhi… the outer circle near Baba Kharag Singh Marg. I was out there for an early morning walk to discover Central Delhi. Specky saw them first, stopped, and said, ‘Look, I didn’t know street children could smile and have fun. I’ve always seen them struggle on crossings trying to sell...
A foodilicious kingdom

A foodilicious kingdom

The invite said: ‘You’re invited to the Kingdom of Dreams.’ My first reaction was to run to a mirror and see if I was still my old self or had there been some magical transformation during the night. ‘Well, I’m still the same,’ I said to my wife, ‘so why would I want to go...
The new-age warriors

The new-age warriors

As I drove towards Arpana Art Gallery, locating this place wasn’t bothering me as much as my fear and phobia of the snootiness of the art tribe of this country. Yes, the artists, for some strange reason that only they can possibly explain, generally tend to gravitate into a tight group that then becomes impenetrable....
Photo instincts and a camera phone

Photo instincts and a camera phone

Have we suddenly had some genetic mutation as a nation to have taken to photography in such a big way? I ask this because I find almost everyone talking about photography in a knowledgeable way. There are just too many people wanting to be called the experts in photography. Photo exhibitions are literally crammed inside...
Graffiti in Sydney

Graffiti in Sydney

Trip: Sydney. 2012. Expedia made this trip to Sydney possible. You can catch them on Facebook, twitter, and even on Youtube.       Graffiti can be both inspiring and intimidating… legal as well as illegal… accepted and unacceptable… creative and it can be just a mishmash of abuses hurled at you with a spray can from a wall!...