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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Cricket and all the madness all around

Cricket and all the madness all around

‘When do they begin?’ I asked. ‘What?’ ‘The cricket matches.’ ‘They’re always on,’ Specky said with a smile, and then added, ‘But if you mean the IPL 2015, then KKR won their first match yesterday. Mumbai Indians are obviously inconsolable in their defeat.’ I just stared at her. I mean there was a time when...
Best isn’t necessarily pricey

Best isn’t necessarily pricey

Well, let me admit here that I’ve been to a lot of countries and obviously I have nearly always stayed in hotels. So from Paris to Seoul, from Amsterdam to Bangkok, from London to Sydney, or from Barcelona to Kuala Lumpur… I’ve always sought the best hotel deal. And believe me the right research always...
The world of smarter tabs

The world of smarter tabs

Being smarter has everything to do with giving the customer what he wants… is the marketing mantra that doesn’t need an endorsement from Kotler. And being smarter is all about anticipating consumer needs or being proactive in a world that has competitiveness built into it. So we have smarter authors who write what the reader...
The art of soiling what is clean

The art of soiling what is clean

I’ve always told Specky, my wife that there is real art in soiling what is clean than the other way round. But wives being what they are, they keep cleaning soiled clothes over and over, day after day. They get up before you’ve even come to the climax of that wonderful dream you’re having. But...
Growth chromosomes on wheels of technology

Growth chromosomes on wheels of technology

Growth isn’t only economics and technology in a strategic alliance. It has everything to do with the physics of implementation, the physiology and the biology of proliferation, and the chemistry of valour. There is of course the geography or the contours of fiscal health and the history of mind-sets to consider when the target is...
Does Ashay Abbhi go around with severed hands?

Does Ashay Abbhi go around with severed hands?

Besides the question that the title poses, others could be: ‘Do book reviewers always have murder in their thoughts?’ Or ‘Why do writers get unreadable stuff published?’ Or ‘Is every reader qualified to call a book bad or good?’ Or ‘Is a book that disgusts one reader end up disgusting every other?’ These questions have...
‘History being made’ with Katrina

‘History being made’ with Katrina

True. There is history being created all around and only a few are lucky enough to be a part of it. Take today. Take me, for instance. I am pretty sure I have a coffee date with Katrina… The Katrina, if I may add. ‘Katrina?’ murmured a friend, ‘but the grapevine talks about #KatrinaMissing and...
Eat your problems with breakfast

Eat your problems with breakfast

The first thing I asked the cab driver as we were going from Changi Airport to our hotel on Bencoolen street, the business district of Singapore, was, ‘What is the best Singaporean food according to you?’ He said, ‘We eat our problems with breakfast.’ And then maintained a silence but then after a while he...
The ruling party and the opposition on Galaxy S6

The ruling party and the opposition on Galaxy S6

Our parliament is always a hub of super activity and its corridors are places where power dialogues flow unimpeded and with a nonchalance that you find only in a Nargis Fakhri gliding on the aisle in a Suneet Verma creation! Yes, there is something stunningly accentuated when two politicians talk… especially if they happen to...
Contemporary and crunchy

Contemporary and crunchy

Come on, I’m not talking of political and non-political debates that take place in the parliament… though they do qualify as being both contemporary as well as crunchy. But listen, they are not delicious, are they? At least I don’t find the vocalised thoughts of Sharad Yadav delicious… however crunchy and contemporary they may seem...
The sorcery of more

The sorcery of more

There surely is some mumbo-jumbo working in favour of the word ‘more’. The buyer of goods needs more discount, the reader of a newspaper needs more pages, the viewer of television needs more masala, the politician needs more scope to be safe… and so I’m not surprised to hear people in a store selling smartphones,...
What do I really want from a smartphone?

What do I really want from a smartphone?

I remember showing a visual of the new Moto E to a seven year old a week back and asking, ‘What will be the first thing you do to this smartphone?’ ‘Dunk it in a bucket of water,’ he said without taking that customary break to first think and then answer. And then he just...