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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The Baggout Questionnaire

The Baggout Questionnaire

1. Tell us something about yourself. Which three words would describe you best? I have been heading Corporate Communications for leading education brands before deciding to discover the writer in me. Now an enthusiastic blogger, I’ve also got the ‘Best Reviewer of 2012′ BTB Literary Award, have a weekly column in The Education Post, loved...
There’s a car inside each of us

There’s a car inside each of us

We may all appear like islands in the sea or isolated floating icebergs, separate on the surface… but we all have connections that run deep. The psychologists call it personalities. And I believe that we all have a car personality in us. Yes, yes, I know not all of us have cars… and some of...
Stay eager

Stay eager

We don’t live in isolation. There are millions of thoughts, ideas, actions, and expressions connecting us all… all the time. As I sit here in Pushkin and Monika’s first floor flat on Marine Street in London, I look out and see cars that have a white number plate for the front and a yellow number...
Ranks and egos: Review of 'Love @ Air Force'

Ranks and egos: Review of ‘Love @ Air Force’

If you think the book is an academic dissection of the Indian Air Force, please do not go near this one because though the book does take you inside the mind of a few uniformed men, it stops much before you could be in a position to even sight a base. As I read on,...
Hooked to technology

Hooked to technology

We’re all hooked to technology and even the biology of moments must have bits and bytes for survival of its ecology. We’re all hooked to technology! Technology isn’t just a habit. It’s a mind-set that, like a rabbit, hops along with you so much that with you it will cohabit! We’re all hooked to technology!...
My nerdy world

My nerdy world

The first time I realised that I loved technology was when our nursery teacher drew a square shape on the board and said, ‘Draw this.’ The class struggled with their four straight lines and were intent on creating the funniest possible squares in their drawing books. I thought for a while, then pulled out my...
In love with my hatchback

In love with my hatchback

‘What’s good in a Wagon R?’ asked a friend once. I said, ‘Space.’ Space… is what I like best in this car. When you’re inside, you’re certainly never claustrophobic. The car is literally maintenance-free and isn’t demanding at all. It can rush through a crowd, it can zip up the mountains, it can take on...
Outrage

Outrage

The year was 1985 and I had been married for a few months. We had gone to Jhansi, my hometown and decided to spend a day in Khajuraho. We boarded the early morning bus from the railway station. I didn’t know that it would be this bus journey that I would remember and not the...
Of flavours and bouquets

Of flavours and bouquets

It was one of those evenings when the mind is eager to get layered in bouquets of flavours. The mind is open and receptive and is ready to accept a new facet, a new truth, a new way, a new snippet or nugget of information. It is generally observed that at such moments, some information-laden...
The water of life

The water of life

It was during a get-together with the medical fraternity that an interesting fact about the relationship of a healthy heart with moderate whisky drinking was revealed to me. One of the doctors there asked to be served a whisky that was at least 12 YO… and I was curious. ‘Any reason for this specific instruction,...
Science is borderless

Science is borderless

Innovations are not a by-product of complex issues tackled inside massive laboratories. Nor are they in the exclusive domain of a privileged few. Innovations need people who will look at their own life and say: ‘I think I can do things differently and live better.’ Now this is almost what Harvey Firestone said: ‘Capital isn’t...
The purpose

The purpose

Some of us are convinced that there is a purpose assigned to everything. A stone is there where it is for a purpose. That stone adopts different sizes over the years with some specific purpose in the mind of the creator. Inventions emerge only when they are supposed to… and this means there is a...