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
Dawood is dead. Really?

Dawood is dead. Really?

Dawood is dead. Really? Review of ‘Dawood is dead’ by Avik Davar Do a Google search for Dawood and you’ll be confronted with more than three hundred thousand pages with assorted facts in .41 seconds! Even Quora and Scoopwoop have been talking about him… so it isn’t as if Dawood is a person who is...
‘Make in India’ vs globalisation in education

‘Make in India’ vs globalisation in education

Is globalisation limited to Apple making sure that they get the most promising sales figures from India? Must we remain content with using soaps, detergents, technology, fashion accessories, and even homes that are conceived and made in other countries? Isn’t it time for us make sure that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton get up and...
Tigers are forever in the news

Tigers are forever in the news

Tigers are forever in the news Review of ‘Pugmarks in Palamau’ If you’re searching for statistics on tigers, environment, ecosystem, and other issues that concern wildlife, this book doesn’t even pretend to lead you to them. But if it is heart-warming stories on wildlife and memoirs based on some real-time encounters in the wild, reading...
Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort

Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort

Points to remember when clicking pictures in a Resort A good photograph must lead you on to discover more   Aperture, shutter, and ISO are just fashionable words for those who are not inclined to think about them while clicking a picture. Even I was once more inclined to switch to Auto mode in my...
War and terror redefined

War and terror redefined

War and terror redefined Review of 03:02 written by Mainak Dhar The best thrillers are one long terrifying climax. But terror isn’t something that only the terrorist brings along. And the climax? Well, it invariably begins long before the actual battle. It is all these smaller battles that add up for the final blast… but...
A synchronised eye roll with fiction

A synchronised eye roll with fiction

A synchronised eye roll with fiction Review of LOVE, whatever that means written by Aditi Mathur Kumar   If reading certain types of fiction makes you overthink, I guess it is time to read certain other types of fiction. I mean, a genre of fiction where everything is ‘all honey and whiskey and chocolate’ or ‘totally...
You can watch India’s finest films on television

You can watch India’s finest films on television

Movie watching isn’t about any Ardh Satya talking about Gangoobai or Massey Sahib recreating a Qissa with a lot of Mirch Masala. Nor is it just about The Good Road to Dharavi that Mammo decides to take. Nor are they forever focused on Ek Doctor ki Maut or asking anyone to follow Gandhi. They do...
Love is like a brick

Love is like a brick

It was Lady Gaga who famously said: ‘Love is like a brick. You can build a house, or you can sink a dead body.’ I remember having written a poem once that talked about love being like a few bricks thrown up in the air and two of them come down together as an attempt...
Thrillers are so much like Technology

Thrillers are so much like Technology

Imagine a massive box that is just delivered to your home. The entire family is gathered around the box and the expectations are experiencing a new high. The adrenalin rush is getting unmanageable and different pairs of eyes expect something entirely different from what the other pairs of eyes expect. This opening of the box...
Mobile photography is in demand

Mobile photography is in demand

People with DSLRs dangling from their shoulders will probably stop doing whatever they are doing and sneer, ‘What? Mobile photography in demand? No way!’ Well, let me just say that a good picture doesn’t always have to come tagged with high mega-pixels and full-frames. Good pictures do not always need digital single lens reflexes or...
The right job isn’t difficult to find

The right job isn’t difficult to find

The right job isn’t difficult to find Review of ‘An Expert’s Guide to Top 101 Entry-level Jobs for MBSs and Graduates’ by T Muralidharan I had read once that books are the best mentors but these words remained rather detached and somewhat dispassionate because I’ve seen people read without intending to follow a word that...
Riding on emojis to search for our roots

Riding on emojis to search for our roots

I’ve always assumed that emojis are used by youngsters with smartphones and bad spellings and those of us who are perennially complaining of less time. But then as I went through the pages of this book, my own ignorance came hurtling towards me… I mean, conversations using emojis as the alphabet, emojis to represent complex...