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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You aren’t going to fade away – 2

You aren’t going to fade away – 2

‘Books are not going to be here anymore,’ said a tech-savvy gentleman a few months back. ‘Then what happens to reading?’ I asked. He had then pointed towards his laptop and then his tablet and mentioned that ebooks were the future. ‘Then there is always the kindle,’ he said with a victorious twinkle in his...
You aren’t going to fade away – 1

You aren’t going to fade away – 1

You aren’t going to fade away just as DSLRs aren’t going to be extinct. Neither are books disappearing… nor our daily newspapers on their way out. To fade out is not their destiny. ‘The pager disappeared, didn’t it?’ pointed out Specky, my wife. ‘Yes, it did,’ I replied, ‘after all even Dodos aren’t with us...
A revolution in your pocket

A revolution in your pocket

There have always been a few who have favoured the written word over a photograph and there have existed masses who have discovered a thousand words in every picture. The eye stumbles upon Nietzsche in a photograph… the mind hikes with Mark Twain as it scans a picture… and the smile that one click evokes...
Men in the kitchen are like consultants for organisations

Men in the kitchen are like consultants for organisations

‘Men don’t cook’ is a fallacy. ‘Men can’t cook’ is a puerile whine. ‘Men must not cook’ is unintelligent. ‘Men can cook’ is similar to what harmony, rhythm and beat are for music. This chorus of not wanting men around in the kitchen because they cannot cook is as funny as the Congress shouting itself...
Of bloggers and blunders

Of bloggers and blunders

God in his infinite wisdom decided to place bloggers and blunders only a vowel away from each other in the dictionary. You don’t think there is anything in this that needs to be taken seriously… right? You feel this is simply another chronology coincidence that I have stumbled upon and that, like the media, I...
Music speaks louder than words

Music speaks louder than words

It was Friedrich Nietzsche who wrote that ‘without music, life would be a mistake’. Leo Tolstoy called music the ‘shorthand of emotion’. Beethoven thought it was a ‘mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life’ and Missy Elliott was content to declare that it must necessarily ‘be your escape’. To me all these definitions sound...
Treads of Adventure

Treads of Adventure

Adventure isn’t always on a dark cold night deep inside a dense forest… it can be there in the city on a bright sunny day as well. Adventure doesn’t need you to have six packs and be a regular in a gym… it can happen even to a 5’4” short guy who hasn’t kept up...
Let the Wookie win

Let the Wookie win

‘Let the Wookiee win,’ blurted C-3PO in Star Wars but what I heard was ‘specky’ and so I looked at Specky, my wife and smiled. She smiled back but asked, ‘What happened?’ By this time I was aware of my blunder and I just nodded my head which really meant nothing and we let our...
Stupendo-fantabulously-fantastical

Stupendo-fantabulously-fantastical

What does the Indian consumer search for? What are the legitimate needs of the Indian consumer? Is it titillation at an affordable price? Is he looking for crutches to cross over from the dark ages of everything being available in some other country but not here? Is he just nervous that unless he buys he...
Policing the language of pollution

Policing the language of pollution

This is a language that doesn’t come in decibels but in microns and the experts call it PM or particulate matter. They are like aliens invading the planet and are certainly not interested in starting an amiable conversation with mankind… they are here to conquer and they have armies that we know as PM10 or...
An emotional acre on the road

An emotional acre on the road

  An emotional acre on the road – Zica review A car isn’t just a car but attempts to be an emotional bond. A relationship. It tries to be a drivable emotional acre on the road. Every time. Each of them. Some succeed and some do not. This is so much like any of our...
Picture books are not always only for kids

Picture books are not always only for kids

Picture books are not always only for kids Review of ‘There’s a little black spot on the sun today’     One poem. Minimalistic illustrations. And along with Malo, we the readers also understand how pain can be communicated through the pages of a book. Pain is ‘easily said and quickly written’ but can be...