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 lens is forever between you and your camera

The lens is forever between you and your camera

With a camera in your hands you have the power to take ‘an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still’ and then whisper a thank you to Dorothea Lange for these wise words. But before you begin assuming that great photography is just about zooming in on whatever it is that you...
Innovations translated

Innovations translated

Innovations translated Review of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge   Innovations are the conversations that the consumer has with brands… but unlike verbose conversations where a lot is lost in translation, good brands make sure that desirability and feasibility walk hand-in-hand for a long distance. Yes, distance is of value. Take a smartphone, for...
Apps are forever

Apps are forever

If ‘Diamonds are forever’ has been hailed as a see-able fantasy and thriller, apps aren’t far behind. They cajole us into the imaginary world where everything is possible… in ways that makes thrill merge with the blood corpuscles and reach every pore of our being. To make things really pump adrenaline in an unprecedented way,...
Drawing the face of a joke on the body of a truth

Drawing the face of a joke on the body of a truth

When something funny and something undeniable come together, they inspire smiles that last for a long, long time… almost like the title of this post that is inspired by a Joseph Conrad quote. I am the body of a truth. I am also the face of hilarity. The two come together in a caricature. Ah!...
Magic is there when you look for it

Magic is there when you look for it

Yes, the simplest formula that we all forget as we let the years take us from one dream to another is that magic is there when you look for it. We stop looking for that magic because childhood forever isn’t what most adults dream about. But the truth is that a child is there within...
Cosmetics from a male perspective

Cosmetics from a male perspective

Let me begin by saying that I simply do not agree with Carl Jung when he pronounced that a beautiful woman is ‘a source of terror’ and ‘a terrible disappointment’. Though I’m unsure if he chose to call them a terror because of the time and money involved and a disappointment because most would end...
I can say Thank You in thirteen different languages

I can say Thank You in thirteen different languages

I can say Thank You in thirteen different languages Review of ‘There are no Gods in North Korea’ by Anjaly Thomas   Travel is like an ‘amazing kaleidoscope’ that stays on in the system even long after the actual travel has happened. It has the power to change the very dna of a person and...
Movies and munching is expensive

Movies and munching is expensive

Well, this is what I overheard when I last went to see a movie at a cinema hall in CP. What this person probably meant was that a ticket to see a movie in a PVR is cheaper than the popcorn and coke that they sell inside. I learnt that evening that what these people...
BOARDBOYS on the streets

BOARDBOYS on the streets

There must surely be at least a few readers here who will remember the board boys of the past… no, not the guys who wear black suits and ties and discuss the importance of hawala through the panama route. I am talking of the bare-foot advertising soldiers that many cinemas were fond of hiring. My...
Life is short, wear to spread smiles

Life is short, wear to spread smiles

In the mid-nineties every Indian family that we saw in London around the Thames walk wore clothes that conformed to what the people in the West wore and so Specky, my wife was probably an exceptional case in salwar-kurta. Did this make her feel odd? No. She was comfortable in her ethnic dresses and the...
Travel has changed

Travel has changed

Search for quotes on travel and they flow in an unending line… and as you read them one after another you realise how much the activity resembles actual travel. To move and to keep moving is what travel really means, from the subliminal to the surreal plane. The focus should be on moving, on the...
The new media ecosystem

The new media ecosystem

The media, like any of us, is dynamic and constantly evolving. This is probably one reason why we mortals are so fascinated with it… online or otherwise. This is quite unlike archaic laws in some countries that go on existing without even attempting to reinvent themselves. Even cultural beliefs in some ways stand still and...