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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Let the Wookie win

Let the Wookie win

‘Let the Wookiee win,’ blurted C-3PO in Star Wars but what I heard was ‘specky’ and so I looked at Specky, my wife and smiled. She smiled back but asked, ‘What happened?’ By this time I was aware of my blunder and I just nodded my head which really meant nothing and we let our...
Stupendo-fantabulously-fantastical

Stupendo-fantabulously-fantastical

What does the Indian consumer search for? What are the legitimate needs of the Indian consumer? Is it titillation at an affordable price? Is he looking for crutches to cross over from the dark ages of everything being available in some other country but not here? Is he just nervous that unless he buys he...
Policing the language of pollution

Policing the language of pollution

This is a language that doesn’t come in decibels but in microns and the experts call it PM or particulate matter. They are like aliens invading the planet and are certainly not interested in starting an amiable conversation with mankind… they are here to conquer and they have armies that we know as PM10 or...
An emotional acre on the road

An emotional acre on the road

  An emotional acre on the road – Zica review A car isn’t just a car but attempts to be an emotional bond. A relationship. It tries to be a drivable emotional acre on the road. Every time. Each of them. Some succeed and some do not. This is so much like any of our...
Picture books are not always only for kids

Picture books are not always only for kids

Picture books are not always only for kids Review of ‘There’s a little black spot on the sun today’     One poem. Minimalistic illustrations. And along with Malo, we the readers also understand how pain can be communicated through the pages of a book. Pain is ‘easily said and quickly written’ but can be...
Smartphones are smart but buyers aren’t. [anti-review]

Smartphones are smart but buyers aren’t. [anti-review]

Let me begin with a story. A buyer went to a store and there were two doors inside. One said ‘phone’ and the other said ‘more than a phone’. He chose the second door and once inside, saw another two doors. One said ‘With camera’ and the other said ‘more than just a camera’. He...
For our cities, smart is suitable

For our cities, smart is suitable

Development and prosperity are not just about acronyms like HDI but also about the path that luxury takes to becoming a necessity. Technology is always about redefining and reinventing every little aspect affecting our lives to make it fit into its spaces like never before. Thus the word ‘smart’ is no longer about that multi-tasking...
That narrow valley between hills

That narrow valley between hills

Gorge. Yes, that’s what a narrow valley between hills is and it generally has a stream running through it. I’m sure the naughty mind will agree that this does evoke an image of a naked woman drooling. And yet, read what foodies of today write and they don’t seem to pause but gorge on and...
We’re all inside a story

We’re all inside a story

Life is fiction if that is what I want to believe in. Or real fiction. These are my choices because I am there in all my stories. I mean we all are there in our stories even when we weave one with other characters. So yes, like the one who created us, we are all...
Technology is not pointless

Technology is not pointless

Technology is not just a tool but much more than that… there is fun, learning, evolving, interacting, connecting, sharing, and so much happiness in being able to do what you were earlier not able to. Arthur C. Clarke wrote: ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’ I tend to agree with him because with...
Life is endlessly delicious

Life is endlessly delicious

A couple of weeks ago I was in Nainital, attending the Kumaon Lit Fest as one of the speakers… and my session was on blogging in the digital age. That session that was shared with Philippa Kaye was scintillating and the audience loved every bit. But what I am about to tell you is what...
Half Ticket

Half Ticket

I am not talking about my days when my parents bought a ‘half ticket’ for me during rail or bus journeys… but of times when we called one friend of ours ‘half ticket’ because he could never understand that the girls in our class would never want to be in our gulli-danda team. Well, not...