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.
Reviews
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...
A story in an anthology

A story in an anthology

One story A part of many others Is different and lives a life of its own So does mine And yet as you will read them You’ll see links popping up Connecting one with the other Making this anthology Not just a study in intrigue But also a composite novel The first That India gives...
QOC isn’t a premature arrival of the future

QOC isn’t a premature arrival of the future

An acronym in the title of a post can sometimes boomerang because many from the perceived target group just might not get to know that the text is meant for them… but at the same time they do give the semblance of some sort of intrigue that can push more people towards the post. And...
Twitter rhymesters in conversation

Twitter rhymesters in conversation

The world of twitter and its regiments of hashtags and handles has its share of runaway convicts called RTs. This tweeting world also has spammers sending inane tweets like unthinking bullets coming from some unstoppable LMG… and then there are the plagiarists who don’t have qualms about stealing even 140 character gems! Yes sir, the...
Tabla and Dagga. Review of ‘Stellar Signs’

Tabla and Dagga. Review of ‘Stellar Signs’

It isn’t just Jatin, the astro-investigator’s assistant in ‘Stellar Signs’ written by Manjiri Prabhu, who dreams to hit it off like table and dagga, we see examples of twosome awesomeness all around. Readers and writers need to hit it off like table and dagga if you want to get away from the clichéd husband and...
A quikr relocation to Bangalore

A quikr relocation to Bangalore

‘You remember all the times we have relocated?’ I asked Specky. She looked at me, smiled and said, ‘But you always linked relocation with sparkling excitement.’ This was true. I have always believed that relocating rekindles our spirit to explore, to discover, to go out and transform all the passivity in life into action that...
The side effect of an itch. Review of ‘Chronicles of Urban Nomads’

The side effect of an itch. Review of ‘Chronicles of Urban Nomads’

I remember asking my drawing teacher one day after school, ‘Sir, what should I do to improve my drawing skills?’ He answered, ‘Learn to look at everything from multiple perspectives.’ He then asked me to look at the empty classroom from where I was standing and then wanted me to lie down flat on the...
Jauntiness to life or life to jauntiness?

Jauntiness to life or life to jauntiness?

Well, some think it is enough to gift a bit of jauntiness to life… but I think it is by far better to give life to jauntiness. I mean, look at all the synonyms that jaunty has: cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, joyful, lively, perky, bright, buoyant, bubbly, bouncy, breezy, in good spirits, exuberant, ebullient,...
Creative recipes

Creative recipes

Watching a chef at work fills me up with a lot of creative energy. This is precisely what happened when I met Tushar, the Head Chef at Welcome Sheraton in Saket. ‘They look so charming in their all-white uniform,’ whispered a friend. I said, ‘I think it is because of all the colourful ingredients they...
Emotional subtext of a film. Review of ‘Decoding Bollywood’

Emotional subtext of a film. Review of ‘Decoding Bollywood’

Nandita Das believes that ‘actors are perceived to be much larger than they really are. But direction is something that is far more challenging and fulfilling.’ So it is only right to say that a director in a film is the emotional subtext of whatever it is that viewers finally see on the screen. The...