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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Catching up on growth

Catching up on growth

Growth isn’t always about the panic that surrounds over-weight years as the world is full of those who need to grow faster and healthier. Growth is also not always about complex charts and graphs that a manager displays on the walls of their cubicles. Though in every form it reaches us, growth gets all the...
A playfield called CSR

A playfield called CSR

A playfield called CSR This happened ten years ago when I was heading corporate communications for a company and CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility was slowly attempting to penetrate our plans. The CEO said, ‘We need to project the company as environment friendly.’ The suggestions that followed included giving away hundreds of saplings during events...
Yep is the new magic for click addicts

Yep is the new magic for click addicts

There are some who are click addicts… no, I’m not one of their ilk because I let my fingers do most of the work whenever the laptop is switched on. I write. But as I said, there are some who love clicking. No doubt these click addicts must be finding some vicarious joy in all...
Landmine – The perfect soldier

Landmine – The perfect soldier

Landmines are worse than even the most unscrupulous mercenary sniper because it can wait for years and be just as dangerous. One piece of statistics says that Libya has landmines left behind from World War II and so even after sixty years they continue their gory vigil to trap the unwary. By the way, 27...
Cosmetics from a male perspective

Cosmetics from a male perspective

Let me begin by saying that I simply do not agree with Carl Jung when he pronounced that a beautiful woman is ‘a source of terror’ and ‘a terrible disappointment’. Though I’m unsure if he chose to call them a terror because of the time and money involved and a disappointment because most would end...
Movies and munching is expensive

Movies and munching is expensive

Well, this is what I overheard when I last went to see a movie at a cinema hall in CP. What this person probably meant was that a ticket to see a movie in a PVR is cheaper than the popcorn and coke that they sell inside. I learnt that evening that what these people...
BOARDBOYS on the streets

BOARDBOYS on the streets

There must surely be at least a few readers here who will remember the board boys of the past… no, not the guys who wear black suits and ties and discuss the importance of hawala through the panama route. I am talking of the bare-foot advertising soldiers that many cinemas were fond of hiring. My...
Awards need to initiate meaningful conversations

Awards need to initiate meaningful conversations

What do businesses love to do? Whatever little exposure I’ve had of the corporate world, I have always felt it was conversations with their consumers that they loved best. It is the consumer that talks about the product innovations it needs, the changes in communication strategy that must be thought of, and a change or...
News in rhyming tweets – 08 March 2016

News in rhyming tweets – 08 March 2016

* “A new way to lower heart disease, diabetes risk” The Hindu Oils in the health race have grapeseed ahead Even the hoity-toity olive oil must now go to bed! * “Delhi govt plans legal action against channels” The Hindu Doctored videos on news channels is a sin Put such journalism in the recycle bin!...
Ration the potions with notions of nation

Ration the potions with notions of nation

Ruckus. Babble. Chaos. Irreverence. Arrogance. Protest. Bullying. Questions. All this and more happens every time the nation starts defining any concept… it could be anything stretching from nationalism to terrorism. All that one never really sees are solutions, answers, a convergence of ideas, and an acceptance of dissent. All that is never there are people...
Rush and peace

Rush and peace

Life is never about war and peace. We are not warring every minute but simply rushing from one task to another, one place to another, one moment to another, and… well, one relationship to another. We’re the ones where rush and peace needs to converge, or let me just say that we need to use...
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...