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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Secrets of making éclairs @Meridien shared

Secrets of making éclairs @Meridien shared

I was at my desk and trying to woo a couple of new ideas for a blog post and I realised that my hunger pangs weren’t letting me focus. As I was about to get up to go the kitchen to see what I could creatively serve myself, Anusuya called up on my mobile. ‘Hi...
In pursuit of a promise

In pursuit of a promise

Life has three Ps… pursuit, promise, and perception. Each of us is seemingly pursuing a goal, a person, an idea, a thought, or an ambition. Our moments are full of promises to others, to our own self, to inanimate objects, and God. What we do and how we go about doing it is inextricably bound...
PawanKali is in love with Batalik

PawanKali is in love with Batalik

‘First Aid Box. Check. Knife. Check. Spectacle Case. Check,’ I said aloud. ‘Knife?’ asked Specky, ‘Why are you taking a knife with you?’ I corrected her, ‘It’s that Victorinox Swiss Knife. And I need to have it with me. After all I’m going on a wildlife safari to Dudhwa.’ So this was how I began...
Adventures on a foggy morning

Adventures on a foggy morning

A foggy morning is so full of possibilities… there is intrigue literally hanging from every square inch around you. The entire world seems so far away despite being where it always has been. Even familiar objects loom large suddenly and the suddenness makes your imagination run amuck… and you see witches in trees and dragons...
Love her, love her, love her…

Love her, love her, love her…

It took me more than an year to read ‘Great Expectations’… but then I was in school then and more fascinated with Bigglesworth, Gimlet, and the Famous Five. I read somewhere that this book was published as a novel in three volumes in 1861… and I said to myself, ‘Wow! No wonder it took me...
Saving wild tigers

Saving wild tigers

John Seidensticker, a senior curator and curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park once remarked: ‘There is something special about tigers that touches everyone. Tigers are the symbols of freedom and of nature untouched, but tigers can be lost in a heartbeat.’ Sounds quite alarming… but this is really the truth. If you’re...
Revelation

Revelation

Cheryl said, ‘Show, don’t tell.’ And this, I think, is the real mantra of memoir writing… in fact, a principle that helps anyone write anything better. I do remember reading the weekly column of Paulo Coelho and the one thing that stands out is that he shows, never tells. Well, the short session on memoir...
Bloggers – the online chefs

Bloggers – the online chefs

I’ve headed Corporate Communications for years and I know how expensive one print insert is. But does this mean that every insert must necessarily lead to purchase decisions? No. Every print media insert costing lakhs or av bytes on the av media will not necessarily make the sales charts sing with joy. The ad-campaign decisions...
No sense of indiscipline

No sense of indiscipline

‘There you see, not one step out of place. Not one beat that scurries along lost,’ said Specky as she watched the Beating Retreat on the TV at home, ‘These people in uniform have no sense of indiscipline.’ ‘Indiscipline,’ I said in a low voice, not taking my eyes off the screen even for a...
Of wars and a warrior. Review of ‘Arjuna’

Of wars and a warrior. Review of ‘Arjuna’

Mahabharata fascinates. These stories of wars and warriors have been interpreted in ways to suit the modern manager and also exist as tales that little children love to read and re-read. There are comic-books that tell these stories in their own illustrative way. So is ‘Arjuna’ yet another book that tells us the stories from...
Conversation with a beauty blogger

Conversation with a beauty blogger

The only cosmetic products I pamper myself with include shaving foams, soaps, shampoos, face-washes, and moisturisers. Perfumes and deodorants are also things I have bought for myself but not often. Do I experiment with the brands in these categories? Yes, I do. So when met this beauty blogger, I asked, ‘You review all these wonderful...
The SQL of knowledge

The SQL of knowledge

Knowledge is all about how a student interacts with all that is happening around him. What we call ‘youth development’ is probably nothing but an effort to make active participation in social issues around very real. This way this effort is shaping up is something that can also be tested through a tactically designed quiz....