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
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...
Awards need to initiate meaningful conversations

Awards need to initiate meaningful conversations

What do businesses love to do? Whatever little exposure I’ve had of the corporate world, I have always felt it was conversations with their consumers that they loved best. It is the consumer that talks about the product innovations it needs, the changes in communication strategy that must be thought of, and a change or...
To playfully giggle with my heart

To playfully giggle with my heart

To playfully giggle with my heart Review of ‘The Broken Boat’ by Nitin Soni Poetry isn’t poetry if it doesn’t ‘playfully giggle with my heart’… and the book of poems that Nitin Soni has published does just that. Now let me admit that my heart isn’t a professor of poetry at some university and cannot...
Deep inside you’re a good man

Deep inside you’re a good man

Deep inside you’re a good man. Review of ‘Raakshas’ by Piyush Jha Getting inside the mind of a killer makes for an engrossing topic for an essay… but if the writer happens to be Piyush Jha, the film-maker, the visualisation of how this happens gets a bone-chilling clarity. ‘Raakshas’ by Piyush Jha is a book...
Does Tihar transform one into a writer?

Does Tihar transform one into a writer?

Does Tihar transform one into a writer? Review of ‘Life Mantras’ by Subrata Roy Sahara Just imagine sitting inside a cell in Tihar jail and writing two hundred and seventy-four pages filled with ideas and thought processes that you might have followed during the years you were a free man. What would they be like?...
The impact of sharing good pictures

The impact of sharing good pictures

The urge to share pictures has never been greater than it is now. We have the social media over-flowing with a pictorial history of our times… and, allow me to add, even the past. A photograph captures a fleeting moment and an emotion… something that even our memory cannot do as effectively. Thus the past...
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...