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
Corporates are magicians wearing two hats

Corporates are magicians wearing two hats

Corporates are magicians wearing two hats Sometimes even as little as four minutes are able to win more hearts and make you think of values, commitments, and responsibilities than would long-winding panegyrics of a politically important nature. The story of Sadanand Ugale from Kannad in Maharashtra brings in multiple hues of human emotions travelling in...
The gender of Xender

The gender of Xender

I remember the days when gender option was between male or female. Those days are long over. News articles in the West are talking about ‘agender’, ‘two spirit’, ‘neither’, ‘other’ and tens of other options that are as valid as the choice a technology consumer has in choosing a storage option from portable hard drives...
Germs! Germs! Germs and the best hand wash

Germs! Germs! Germs and the best hand wash

Let us look at life from a germ’s vantage point. They’re a happy lot today. The air around us in urban and rural India is pregnant with vehicles that help them travel long distances for free. The environmentalist calls them PM 2.5 or PM 10 or PM anything else but they are not just empty...
Kashmiriyat – review of ‘Jihad in my saffron garden’

Kashmiriyat – review of ‘Jihad in my saffron garden’

Kashmiriyat – review of ‘Jihad in my saffron garden’ Kashmiriyat which is about ‘true respect, of all people, of all religions’ existed and thrived much before militancy made its dramatically violent entry. Those were times when everyone, including Roshina Kapoor or Rosha Jaan to Aafaq Quzmi believed that ‘butterflies hover above us, and the birds...
The currency crisis and lost souls

The currency crisis and lost souls

Demonetisation has suddenly pole-vaulted from being a part of an economist’s jargon on the TV screen to diving into a common man’s conversation. Everyone seems to be bothered about it, talking about it, and holding a strong opinion on it. It appears that the ‘demon’ stationed inside this word has come alive and is kicking...
Finding yourself – poetry and the potter’s wheel

Finding yourself – poetry and the potter’s wheel

Pottery-making, some of us may think, is just another job… but trying to discover elements of poetry in it is certainly an adventure. Adventure, let me add here, isn’t about confrontations with evil forces, nor is it about victory over whatever is perceived as unwholesome. Adventure has more to do with travelling into the heart...
Finding yourself – The Fort

Finding yourself – The Fort

Adventure isn’t always about risks or hazards. One doesn’t really have to hang dangerously from a precipice or step into perils to taste it. Adventure is all about finding yourself, finding life… or as Forrest Gump famously said, ‘Life is a box of chocolates’ where every bite is going to be full of new and...
What you need exactly when you need it

What you need exactly when you need it

Our world is replete with free thinkers and trend-setters today constantly looking for what they need exactly when they need it. This is how they connect their passion points and this is precisely what is reflected in every study of current consumer psycho-graphics today. How this translates into the real world is by consumers not...
Passport to safe storage

Passport to safe storage

Storing stuff is both good as well as bad. If you’re the sort who has Indian currency of 1000 and 500 rupee notes, you’re obviously in for a lot of stress and there is still no technology currently available that will help you do it in ways to enable you to retrieve them in a...
Finding stories in airports

Finding stories in airports

Most of the time one doesn’t even have to make an effort to find stories inside airports. They are there all the time for anyone caring to look up from the kindle that one isn’t anyway reading… or if one just stops pretending to look busy or important or appropriately hassled or even thinking. Airports...
I’m no fan of a ban

I’m no fan of a ban

We’re already under an umbrella of bans in this country. The clear blue sky of a free voice has already been effectively muffled and the people holding this umbrella are telling us that it is too dangerous to even peep out. Asking for the removal of this umbrella is unheard of in the corridors of...
My Bathroom Tale

My Bathroom Tale

We had our ground floor bathrooms redone in my father’s house in Jhansi a month back… and I remember the animated discussions on everything from wall tiles to the technology of cisterns dominating the time when Ravish Kumar from NDTV fought for our attention. He generally lost because the right decision for everything from the...