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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On fits and misses

On fits and misses

A fit is far better than fighting to fit because the latter is nothing better than a tight fit that isn’t a fit at all and is simply a miss. It is only in the fitness of things that I must tell you about my fits with fit and because fitting in is what dominates...
Imagination is Dangerous and Combustible

Imagination is Dangerous and Combustible

‘That’s incorrect,’ said an editor and I had to remind him of the reason why David Davidar had to be fired in 2010. In every relationship there will be two people imagining different outcomes and it is the friction between two wonderfully abstract thoughts that invariably results in a conflagration that tickles reporters and lay...
Being rugged isn’t a cliché

Being rugged isn’t a cliché

Jack Levine once famously remarked, ‘Most artists like to think of themselves as rugged individualists, as independent characters.’ And we know very well that most are not what they believe they are. Had every artist been a replica of his beliefs, we’d have been overrun by clichés. And we need to thank God that something...
Flog the micro-blogger

Flog the micro-blogger

Yeah! The easiest thing to do on the social media and even the offline world is to flog the micro-blogger. It is so easy to say, ‘These 140 character creators are good for nothing dolts.’ People who tweet know that there is more truth carried in their precision than even a 1000 word edit in...
Where shadows are swallowed by the sky

Where shadows are swallowed by the sky

Imagine a black & white world where each shadow struts like it is the only shadow in the world and refuses to be one with any other. There is a great shadow animosity reigning all over. Then there is another world where the sky is dark enough to make the shadows disappear into each other...
The internet of things

The internet of things

We are at the threshold of a world where ‘the emergence of countless objects, animals and even people with uniquely identifiable, embedded devices wirelessly connected to the internet’ is turning the corner. No, this isn’t as fearsome as some sci-fi writers have imagined it all to be. This real fiction shows no signs of accelerating...
Will you come travel with me?

Will you come travel with me?

Politicians gearing up for their swearing-in, swearing fringe groups, fans swearing by their favourite technology, and Valentine’s Day spirit are coming together this year… and these combos are quite evident in Delhi. I have a feeling that Walt Whitman’s lines also converge well with so much in the air here. Camerado, I give you my...
Your time starts now! Review of ‘Arise, Awake’

Your time starts now! Review of ‘Arise, Awake’

I’ve always believed that stories are the best guide we as humans can ever opt for. So reading novels isn’t as much a crime as our parents make it to be. The truth is that we end up learning less from books and texts that try to make you cram information… and meandering through a...
The toy truck

The toy truck

A toy truck by a real Highway Made me stop and click with joy Made of wood with bright hues The seller created Highway news! Trucks, Cars, & even planes Wait for buyers in sun and rains The sellers are poor but always smile And when you buy, they wave in style! . Travel Notes:...
A bank in my backpack

A bank in my backpack

Well, we’ve all heard of banks being inside a smartphone… and the smartphone in the pocket. But listen, what if the battery of this smartphone goes kaput? You’ll be left sweating right in the middle of a transaction and even the water vendor on the roadside is going to smile at your plight. Let me...
Who said it?

Who said it?

Who said it? You said it.  Who is ‘you’? The common man.  The aam aadmi? Well, you said it.  Who cares? You said it. The truth is that the common man is forever jabbering the truth. Someone hears this blabbering once in a while and some good gets done. Most of the time though this...