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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What if?

What if?

What if every smartphone were to cost a bomb? What if every smartphone claimed to have all high-end features? What if every smartphone looked the same? Fortunately, this isn’t the case… and so the teeming masses can breathe easy. There are smartphones that don’t cost a bomb… and give all the vital features at a...
Maximum engagement

Maximum engagement

One hears the MEA spokesperson mention ‘maximum engagement’ so often these days… but then so does the person on TV debating on the social media interactions, or the activist shouting hoarse for women’s safety, or even the hordes of MBAs from big and small institutes when they discuss market intervention or product projection. But all...
If you're hiring someone, let them do their job

If you’re hiring someone, let them do their job

Aishwarya Sakuja, who has already created quite a stir on the television screen, said this to me as we discussed the role of change in our homes. Her final message to my readers was: ‘Believe in change and if you’re hiring someone, let them do their job.’ Words that are suffused with pragmatism and have...
Standing on the parapet dangerously: Review of ‘Life is always aimless...’

Standing on the parapet dangerously: Review of ‘Life is always aimless…’

Akash was standing on the parapet dangerously, about to end his life, when he finally decides he is in love and now has ‘an intense urge to record his feeling of deep love for Maria and life,’ and decides to live on. Throughout the novel I felt I was on the edge of some parapet...
Writing of rights: Review of ‘Talking of Justice’

Writing of rights: Review of ‘Talking of Justice’

Now here is an author who doesn’t flinch as she admits that she is short and that there are things that she doesn’t know about. Leila Seth writes in her book ‘Talking of Justice’: As the discussion began, I remember feeling acutely uncomfortable on stage. I am short and, seated on the chair that I...
Games, Glares, and Giggles

Games, Glares, and Giggles

Games have always made my heart beat faster… from Ludo that I played when I was a kid to the complex board games that Mattel marketed, from taking the bat out to hit a few runs to using the mouse to make my next move on my first PC… yes, every time I played or...
A spoonula of creativity

A spoonula of creativity

  Some books that one gets to read are like a spoonula of creative thought and expression and then there are a whole lot of others that make the critics say that we ‘have turned literature into a cesspool of mediocrity’. Well, the PR and marketing games fill up the virtual and the real spaces...
Crime is always in the real world

Crime is always in the real world

What happens when you cross criminal attitude, real temptations, the anonymity of the virtual world, and greed with creative imagination? A thriller is born! One such thriller is ‘God is a Gamer’ written by Ravi Subramanian where the concept of bitcoins, the Misznay Schardin effect, and TOR come together to take a reader off on...
Translating vision into reality

Translating vision into reality

Words fill our lives. Words… and more words. Lots of descriptions and a heavy dose of sentences and disparate ideas claiming to be a part of some vision. It is only once in a while that you come across words that are actually a part of a well-meaning visionary thought and then you get to...
That’s right. I write

That’s right. I write

Years back I was interviewing the Chief Editor of CBT and one of the questions that I asked was, ‘How much do you love writing?’ ‘Writing is a pain,’ he answered, without waiting and then went on, ‘it tortures me and yet I write. That’s right. I write.’ I left the interpretation of ‘writing is...
Shoot to smile

Shoot to smile

Shoot and smile are two words that I love to associate with any of the gadgets that I tend to use. So whether it is a smartphone or a tab, the first thing I try to explore is the camera and the possibilities of editing apps. The screen resolution is important but what is more...
Banking for the unbanked

Banking for the unbanked

You’d be right if you think we in India have enough banks… but you’d be wrong if you think that every Indian has a bank account. You’ll be correct if you think that most banks in India now give the option of an online interaction… but you’d be wrong if you say that every Indian...