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...
The battle of ‘e’

The battle of ‘e’

I know a lot of my readers will have the first impulse of associating the ‘e’ in the title with some new-age word like email or e-governance or electronics. The truth is that right from words like evolution to emergence, from elevation to energy… e has had a pretty good run. This alphabet rules the...
There is a future in history too

There is a future in history too

India is full of universities, colleges, and institutes… do they evolve into places of experiential learning? Do all of them attempt to take the student beyond the text-books and into the world of inter-disciplinary scholarship? Are these places of learning really doing some out-of-the-box thinking and helping in creating a future-ready work-force? Can they all...
The business of wildlife

The business of wildlife

  Wildlife is getting popular. It is everywhere… pretty girls pronounce ‘tiger’ with a pout in a Page 3 party, the hoi polloi wear camouflage bottoms as they stroll near India Gate looking for tiger masks, everyone who buys a DSLR wants to visit a national park and ‘shoot’ a tiger, publications welcome articles that...
Water opens it up

Water opens it up

This happened in a discussion I had with a bartender of a well-known pub in the NCR. I asked him, ‘What is more important to a whisky blend, the way the nose sensors behave or the way the taste buds respond?’ The bartender thought for a while and then replied, ‘What is more important to...
My whisky notes

My whisky notes

A friend asked me, ‘You’ve been writing a lot of posts on whisky these days. Do you have any reason for this?’ ‘Reason?’ I said, ‘You want a reason? By the time we reach the end of this month, I’d have given you at least thirty reasons to appreciate this alcoholic beverage. But in this...
Emovere

Emovere

Emotions are human experiences that are subjective and can have a strong presence in one person with little effect on another.  Diane Raymond writes that the word emotion comes from the Latin word emovere, in which “e” means “out” and “movere” means “move.” The 7 basic emotions that most of us are aware of can...
Cocktails that you’ve never dreamed of

Cocktails that you’ve never dreamed of

If you think a cocktail is a flavour-sensitive merger of two alcoholic beverages, you are both right as well as wrong. No, I’m not trying to sneak in mocktails here that have a shrewd leaning towards the tipsier ingredients. But then I am neither trying to say that a cocktail is necessarily a drink that...
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...
Between bliss and a smile

Between bliss and a smile

Bernard Shaw called it ‘liquid sunshine’ and James Joyce was convinced that the light music when it is ‘falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.’ They were both talking about whisky… but I’m sure had they tasted Black Dog TGR, they’d have had similar words for it. Whisky is one beverage that has managed to...
With or without ice-cubes?

With or without ice-cubes?

Neil Fusillo recounts a personal story on the internet: My father often, on occasion, when asked if he’d like water added to his whisky, said something along the lines of, “Water?? I’m thirsty, not dirty!” I have taken the title of this post from his lines… however, I must clarify here that in this post...
Volvo XC60: Evolution redefined!

Volvo XC60: Evolution redefined!

Where and how we met is what is vital… we met in Bhopal during the NDTV-Volvo XC60 Adventure Challenge 2014 and that is where I fell in love with a 40 L car! So the first good thing about the XC60 is that it makes you fall in love with it. The rest of the...