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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Finding yourself – poetry and the potter’s wheel

Finding yourself – poetry and the potter’s wheel

Pottery-making, some of us may think, is just another job… but trying to discover elements of poetry in it is certainly an adventure. Adventure, let me add here, isn’t about confrontations with evil forces, nor is it about victory over whatever is perceived as unwholesome. Adventure has more to do with travelling into the heart...
Finding yourself – The Fort

Finding yourself – The Fort

Adventure isn’t always about risks or hazards. One doesn’t really have to hang dangerously from a precipice or step into perils to taste it. Adventure is all about finding yourself, finding life… or as Forrest Gump famously said, ‘Life is a box of chocolates’ where every bite is going to be full of new and...
What you need exactly when you need it

What you need exactly when you need it

Our world is replete with free thinkers and trend-setters today constantly looking for what they need exactly when they need it. This is how they connect their passion points and this is precisely what is reflected in every study of current consumer psycho-graphics today. How this translates into the real world is by consumers not...
Finding stories in airports

Finding stories in airports

Most of the time one doesn’t even have to make an effort to find stories inside airports. They are there all the time for anyone caring to look up from the kindle that one isn’t anyway reading… or if one just stops pretending to look busy or important or appropriately hassled or even thinking. Airports...
My Bathroom Tale

My Bathroom Tale

We had our ground floor bathrooms redone in my father’s house in Jhansi a month back… and I remember the animated discussions on everything from wall tiles to the technology of cisterns dominating the time when Ravish Kumar from NDTV fought for our attention. He generally lost because the right decision for everything from the...
Luxury is Genetically Hexa

Luxury is Genetically Hexa

Luxury is definitely more than just another strand of DNA with its double-helix form… it is more likely to have six sides to it. Luxury is navigating well through comfort. Luxury is all about the impact of safety. Luxury is the freedom to express and feel. Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury is a...
A legend charges into the mind…

A legend charges into the mind…

One fact that I have always believed in is that legends never die. This could be because they are invariably a step ahead of even truth… and truth, as we have seen often, kowtows and merges into a stronger truth. A legend, a friend said once, is like a sip of 100 Pipers rushing through...
Audi for the Aam Aadmi

Audi for the Aam Aadmi

Sensual, elegant, techno-futuristic, slick, placid, and playful are all about stories and poems that take birth in the heart of the common man. This man on the street who was once thought to be undeserving of any of the wonderful joys and toys that the world created, is now realising the possibility of walking hand-in-hand...
Revitalising cricketing instincts

Revitalising cricketing instincts

Revitalising cricketing instincts It is not everyone who gets to ask the cricketing legend M S Dhoni questions that are incisive and help understand what goes on inside his mind. So when I got this opportunity, I simply asked, ‘What revitalises your cricketing instincts: audience reactions, a great batting pitch, or bowling that succumbs to...
The creative writer and kayaking

The creative writer and kayaking

I’m not new to kayaking. The first time I stepped into a kayak was on the River Denva in Madhya Pradesh in tiger territory. This was two years back and I was participating in the NDTV-Volvo Adventure Challenge then and our task was to kayak to a location about a couple of hours distance to...
Sam Sung and App Le are not in OPPOsition

Sam Sung and App Le are not in OPPOsition

Sam Sung and App Le are dolls that I had brought with me when I had visited Seoul a few years back. They converse with each other and whenever I manage to shut all other ambient noises even I am able to hear snatches of what they are talking about. This morning as I was...
Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort

Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort

Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort A good photograph must lead you on to discover more   Aperture, shutter, and ISO are just fashionable words for those who are not inclined to think about them while clicking a picture. Even I was once more inclined to switch to Auto mode in my...