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.
Books
Spent. And finished – is it?

Spent. And finished – is it?

Spent. And finished – is it? Review of ‘One Indian Girl’ written by Chetan Bhagat   Radhika Mehta, who ‘makes a lot of money’, has ‘an opinion on everything’, and has had sex is the sort of person who has no inhibition in saying, ‘Why can’t women get a wife?’ With her as the protagonist...
All it needed was a few seconds of gunfire

All it needed was a few seconds of gunfire

All it needed was a few seconds of gunfire Review of ‘Red Maize’ written by Danesh Rana   Terrorism isn’t all about mindless killings and search operations, it isn’t just about mujahids, aatankvadis and dehshatgards either. It isn’t about soldiers and martyrs, and nor is it about cryptic codenames like RP, Romeo Papa, Commander, The...
Even obesity needs management principles

Even obesity needs management principles

Even obesity needs management principles Review of ‘The Rich Labourer’ by Parthajeet Sarma & Sibani Sarma   There are books that tell you how to do something and there are those that attempt to show how things can be done effectively. And if a book goes on to show and demonstrate management principles through a...
In perfect symmetry

In perfect symmetry

In perfect symmetry Review of ‘In the light of darkness’ by Radhika Maira Tabrez   Any book that talks of books is a book I love. Any tale that makes imagination seem real is a tale that must be read. Fiction that touches a chord in your heart is the real fiction. There will obviously...
A world beyond words

A world beyond words

A world beyond words Review of 31 Miles written by Vinita Bakshi   Is it a mere coincidence that I have begun writing the review of this book on the 6th of February which isn’t too far from the National Mathematics Day? Let me first explain the connection. This book began as a new-age version...
GOLI - Review of ‘My Journey with Vadapav’

GOLI – Review of ‘My Journey with Vadapav’

GOLI Review of ‘My Journey with Vadapav’     GOLI can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To me when I was in school, it was a Hindi novel written by Acharya Chatursen that I enjoyed reading. To Venkatesh Iyer and obviously thousands of people who have tasted and enjoyed the...
Let’s settle this right here

Let’s settle this right here

Let’s settle this right here Review of ‘Bringing the Rainbow – the Hindware Story’     I love fiction. But I have a deep respect for non-fiction and the reason is that every snippet, every little story here is backed by a conviction that only reality has. So when I began reading ‘Bringing the Rainbow...
Kashmiriyat – review of ‘Jihad in my saffron garden’

Kashmiriyat – review of ‘Jihad in my saffron garden’

Kashmiriyat – review of ‘Jihad in my saffron garden’ Kashmiriyat which is about ‘true respect, of all people, of all religions’ existed and thrived much before militancy made its dramatically violent entry. Those were times when everyone, including Roshina Kapoor or Rosha Jaan to Aafaq Quzmi believed that ‘butterflies hover above us, and the birds...
Bad Novels, Good Selling

Bad Novels, Good Selling

You’ve obviously heard of engineers opting to spend a couple of years in some IIM or a lesser institute and come out brandishing his MBA degree or diploma to finally settle down to selling soaps or thrusting limp shares down the throats of gullible investors or happily being an armchair advisor or as the industry...
Dawood is dead. Really?

Dawood is dead. Really?

Dawood is dead. Really? Review of ‘Dawood is dead’ by Avik Davar Do a Google search for Dawood and you’ll be confronted with more than three hundred thousand pages with assorted facts in .41 seconds! Even Quora and Scoopwoop have been talking about him… so it isn’t as if Dawood is a person who is...
Tigers are forever in the news

Tigers are forever in the news

Tigers are forever in the news Review of ‘Pugmarks in Palamau’ If you’re searching for statistics on tigers, environment, ecosystem, and other issues that concern wildlife, this book doesn’t even pretend to lead you to them. But if it is heart-warming stories on wildlife and memoirs based on some real-time encounters in the wild, reading...
War and terror redefined

War and terror redefined

War and terror redefined Review of 03:02 written by Mainak Dhar The best thrillers are one long terrifying climax. But terror isn’t something that only the terrorist brings along. And the climax? Well, it invariably begins long before the actual battle. It is all these smaller battles that add up for the final blast… but...