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
You can drive

You can drive

  You can expect the unexpected when bloggers get together to do anything… and believe me, this isn’t at all unpredictable. There will be lobbies made without anyone even trying, there will be jibes and snide remarks to hear if you have come with your ears cleaned up, and there will invariably be the whispered...
Solve mysteries in style

Solve mysteries in style

Stand straight, breathe in deeply and then look around with a mind that is unclogged by the day’s problems. In place of the mustiness of routine you will see the mysteries of the universe and you’ll probably sing to yourself, ‘What a wonderful world…’ Now then, I’m not just talking about the very new mystery...
Alphonso on a mountain trail

Alphonso on a mountain trail

I was standing on a mountain trail that was around 7300 feet above sea level and was surrounded by deodar, oak, pine, rhododendron and lots of spiny bushes. The trail had become faint and Specky, my wife, had a doubtful expression on her face. ‘Are you sure this trail is going to lead somewhere?’ she...
The writer as a master blender

The writer as a master blender

Imagine a reticent young man walking into a new monthly magazine office to submit his second or the third article… and from the rows of cubicles where serious sub-editors sat, one gets up suddenly, stops him and says, ‘Your article left an impression. Wonder if you can share the secret of staying true and creating...
Pull away from ignorance and know the constitution

Pull away from ignorance and know the constitution

Pull away from ignorance and know the constitution. Review of ‘The Constitution and the Parliament of India’ written by Derek O’Brien   With so much happening all around, it is necessary to understand it all through competence and knowledge… and not through a kaleidoscope of ignorance. I remember talking to a few bloggers and was...
The Eye of the Other People

The Eye of the Other People

Nobody really likes it yet they do this all the time. We dress to get a smile from others. We write for applause from others. We speak in ways that we don’t make more enemies than really necessary. We buy things to make us all a part of the social matrix that exists. We even...
The writer of ‘high-octane thrillers’

The writer of ‘high-octane thrillers’

It was the Asian Age that called his writings ‘high-octane thrillers’ and as my review of one of his books agrees with this opinion, I thought it was best to pick the words to title my chit-chat on a few interesting aspects on the writer’s world. Kulpreet, the person, is unnervingly straight-forward and has a...
Let us extend our stay on earth

Let us extend our stay on earth

  I have no idea if politicians will still want us extend our stay on earth once we are all educated enough to vote sensibly… but what I do know is that our parliamentarians are certainly aware of the sort of pollution that plagues our cities. Take Delhi where according to the World Health Organization...
Way beyond Ultra HD

Way beyond Ultra HD

If the PM Mr Modi can talk of a 56 inch chest, Arvind Kejriwal can be linked to a 49 day government, and Rahul Gandhi can afford to disappear for 57 days… why can’t I miss a 50 inch device that I fell in love with? Particularly if the device that I am talking about...
Sleeping dogs vs barking dogs

Sleeping dogs vs barking dogs

‘Dogs are in the new,’ said a friend. I said, ‘Well, dogs were always in the news.’ I remember reading a quote about a man biting a dog being news and not the other way round. Dogs are in maxims, metaphors, similies, and even find a place in abuses. So they are practically everywhere. On...
Got there at last, have you? Review of ‘Checkmate’ by Hrishikesh Joshi

Got there at last, have you? Review of ‘Checkmate’ by Hrishikesh Joshi

Terrorists must be a happy lot… such a large percent of Indians writing in English seem to be fictionalising what they may be doing or what they may not be doing. With so many thrillers where terror becomes an inherent part of the story, some of these terrorists must surely be looking for fresh plots...
Bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style

Bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style

Just take a short walk in and around psyches and you’ll discover that even simplicity gets a better acceptance if it adopts a unique style. However, there is always a certain price to be paid when people want to be perceived as ‘bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style’. This is one tag that cannot...