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
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...
A synchronised eye roll with fiction

A synchronised eye roll with fiction

A synchronised eye roll with fiction Review of LOVE, whatever that means written by Aditi Mathur Kumar   If reading certain types of fiction makes you overthink, I guess it is time to read certain other types of fiction. I mean, a genre of fiction where everything is ‘all honey and whiskey and chocolate’ or ‘totally...
The right job isn’t difficult to find

The right job isn’t difficult to find

The right job isn’t difficult to find Review of ‘An Expert’s Guide to Top 101 Entry-level Jobs for MBSs and Graduates’ by T Muralidharan I had read once that books are the best mentors but these words remained rather detached and somewhat dispassionate because I’ve seen people read without intending to follow a word that...
Riding on emojis to search for our roots

Riding on emojis to search for our roots

I’ve always assumed that emojis are used by youngsters with smartphones and bad spellings and those of us who are perennially complaining of less time. But then as I went through the pages of this book, my own ignorance came hurtling towards me… I mean, conversations using emojis as the alphabet, emojis to represent complex...
Students of literature and the cult of help-books

Students of literature and the cult of help-books

There is nothing that can beat the advantage and the absolutely euphoric feeling of reading an original text. After all, if I we talk about ‘From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet’ by Vikram Seth, I get closer to what the writer really had in his mind if I read the original text and...
I can say Thank You in thirteen different languages

I can say Thank You in thirteen different languages

I can say Thank You in thirteen different languages Review of ‘There are no Gods in North Korea’ by Anjaly Thomas   Travel is like an ‘amazing kaleidoscope’ that stays on in the system even long after the actual travel has happened. It has the power to change the very dna of a person and...
The new media ecosystem

The new media ecosystem

The media, like any of us, is dynamic and constantly evolving. This is probably one reason why we mortals are so fascinated with it… online or otherwise. This is quite unlike archaic laws in some countries that go on existing without even attempting to reinvent themselves. Even cultural beliefs in some ways stand still and...
To playfully giggle with my heart

To playfully giggle with my heart

To playfully giggle with my heart Review of ‘The Broken Boat’ by Nitin Soni Poetry isn’t poetry if it doesn’t ‘playfully giggle with my heart’… and the book of poems that Nitin Soni has published does just that. Now let me admit that my heart isn’t a professor of poetry at some university and cannot...
Deep inside you’re a good man

Deep inside you’re a good man

Deep inside you’re a good man. Review of ‘Raakshas’ by Piyush Jha Getting inside the mind of a killer makes for an engrossing topic for an essay… but if the writer happens to be Piyush Jha, the film-maker, the visualisation of how this happens gets a bone-chilling clarity. ‘Raakshas’ by Piyush Jha is a book...
Does Tihar transform one into a writer?

Does Tihar transform one into a writer?

Does Tihar transform one into a writer? Review of ‘Life Mantras’ by Subrata Roy Sahara Just imagine sitting inside a cell in Tihar jail and writing two hundred and seventy-four pages filled with ideas and thought processes that you might have followed during the years you were a free man. What would they be like?...