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
Macho men and meek women

Macho men and meek women

Macho men and meek women – Review of ‘The Truth about Myths’ A first reading of this slim book made me mutter words that the writer himself had used at some place, ‘We’re actually a land of intellectual masturbators!’ But as I re-read the book, parts of it made me think. The writer is rather...
The unlikely address of Muse

The unlikely address of Muse

Reporter: ‘Just setting up my recording device, sir. We shall begin shortly.’ Environmentalist: ‘You’ll make my voice be with you To start just give me a cue’ Reporter: ‘How do you find life in this village?’ Environmentalist: ‘More houses or less houses matter not to me I work for the environment, you see’ Reporter: ‘Since...
News in rhyming tweets – 08 March 2016

News in rhyming tweets – 08 March 2016

* “A new way to lower heart disease, diabetes risk” The Hindu Oils in the health race have grapeseed ahead Even the hoity-toity olive oil must now go to bed! * “Delhi govt plans legal action against channels” The Hindu Doctored videos on news channels is a sin Put such journalism in the recycle bin!...
Love and common decency go together

Love and common decency go together

There is no doubt that our world that anyway has a fair share of violence, divisiveness, and hatred needs and deserves to be #fuelledbylove and mutual respect. But wait, it isn’t easy to define love… I am sure it has nothing to do with the public display of cuddling and kissing that you see under...
Ration the potions with notions of nation

Ration the potions with notions of nation

Ruckus. Babble. Chaos. Irreverence. Arrogance. Protest. Bullying. Questions. All this and more happens every time the nation starts defining any concept… it could be anything stretching from nationalism to terrorism. All that one never really sees are solutions, answers, a convergence of ideas, and an acceptance of dissent. All that is never there are people...
What if... all smart gadgets were banned

What if… all smart gadgets were banned

‘What will happen if all smart gadgets were banned?’ I asked Specky, my wife. ‘Hmmm… interesting,’ she began, ‘we’ll navigate correctly without the GPS guiding us through all the wrong routes.’ This made us smile. She then mentioned that listening to the music of nature just might become a reality then… I said, ‘You are...
Navigating through a poet’s mind

Navigating through a poet’s mind

This is Nitin Soni, the curly poet, who has just published his first poetry book ‘The Broken Boat’ allowing me to explore the way his mind sees and perceives life. In times when people are writing novels and short-stories, you have published poetry… There are a lot of people who talk about writing, about art...
Experience the freedom

Experience the freedom

No, this post is neither about the slogan decibels at JNU nor about the misplaced sense of patriotism by goons. This one is simply an attempt to talk about the way ‘make in India’ is being milked. Does this ring a bell? ‘Make in India’, I guess is all about the policy music used to...
Truly alive

Truly alive

I guess an adventure is when you do something that you have never done… so yes, by this definition even writing a poem for someone who has no idea of metres, syllables, and rhymes is as intense an adventure as is driving the F1 car in an international driving circuit for someone who generally drives...
What if... everyone wrote but no one read anything

What if… everyone wrote but no one read anything

What if I were a drop of water on a planet where there was just water and nothing else. No birds flying in the air, no fish testing the under-current, no micro-organisms waiting for their turn to die and get reborn as a human. Just water everywhere and I, a little drop bobbing up and...
Between now or never

Between now or never

Between now or never – Review of DANGLE by Sutapa Basu   Thrillers, I had written in some earlier post, are not just about guns and grenades, but about the impact of the battles of minds. The mind creates a thriller if it really wants to… and this is what Sutapa Basu has done in...
That’s how stories happen

That’s how stories happen

I tried rubbing the edge of my study table, whispering, ‘Appear, my lovely story. Appear!’ It didn’t. I tried this with the walls in my home, with trees in the park, and once even slyly tried rubbing the end of the shawl of a woman I didn’t know at all. Nothing happened. No story appeared...