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.
Tech
A slice of happiness

A slice of happiness

A tablet with a dual SIM isn’t a rarity today. I mean, in such a case, voice calling is obvious. So why will I even say that the Swipe Slice is a slice of happiness. I have not one but ten reasons to say this. Well, the specs of this tab are probably as good...
What if?

What if?

What if every smartphone were to cost a bomb? What if every smartphone claimed to have all high-end features? What if every smartphone looked the same? Fortunately, this isn’t the case… and so the teeming masses can breathe easy. There are smartphones that don’t cost a bomb… and give all the vital features at a...
Maximum engagement

Maximum engagement

One hears the MEA spokesperson mention ‘maximum engagement’ so often these days… but then so does the person on TV debating on the social media interactions, or the activist shouting hoarse for women’s safety, or even the hordes of MBAs from big and small institutes when they discuss market intervention or product projection. But all...
Games, Glares, and Giggles

Games, Glares, and Giggles

Games have always made my heart beat faster… from Ludo that I played when I was a kid to the complex board games that Mattel marketed, from taking the bat out to hit a few runs to using the mouse to make my next move on my first PC… yes, every time I played or...
That’s right. I write

That’s right. I write

Years back I was interviewing the Chief Editor of CBT and one of the questions that I asked was, ‘How much do you love writing?’ ‘Writing is a pain,’ he answered, without waiting and then went on, ‘it tortures me and yet I write. That’s right. I write.’ I left the interpretation of ‘writing is...
Shoot to smile

Shoot to smile

Shoot and smile are two words that I love to associate with any of the gadgets that I tend to use. So whether it is a smartphone or a tab, the first thing I try to explore is the camera and the possibilities of editing apps. The screen resolution is important but what is more...
Banking for the unbanked

Banking for the unbanked

You’d be right if you think we in India have enough banks… but you’d be wrong if you think that every Indian has a bank account. You’ll be correct if you think that most banks in India now give the option of an online interaction… but you’d be wrong if you say that every Indian...
Memory loss in the world we all love

Memory loss in the world we all love

It isn’t easy these days to stumble upon a juicy bit of news that has the potential to become a scoop. But last night as I searched for a typewriter, I realised I was in for a major surprise. I could smell a scoop when I failed to get sane answers on Flipkart, Amazon, and...
Please read my diary

Please read my diary

Let me share a secret with my readers today. When I was in school and had just discovered the charm of poetry, the first thing that I looked for after I wrote the first four line stanza, was a diary. This was in 1971 and I was in Class IX then. I went into my...
Your mission

Your mission

Life is a mind-boggling suspense thriller. No murders here. And there are no killings. There are no slimy double-faced traitors and there is no scope for spies. Life is indeed a rather unique thriller where we are always trying to find the real person within us. The real person within us? You mean I am...
Creative energy redefined

Creative energy redefined

Somewhere between absurdity and anti-absurdity is the zone where real creative energy can be found. The sort creative energy that is conveyed by the letter ‘A’ in the international radio phonetic alphabet, an unofficial leader, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, the beginning or creation, or a dominant individual in a pack or group...
What doesn’t work

What doesn’t work

We are funny creatures because we are forever focusing on what works. Right from our childhood we’re told, ‘Look for the best solutions.’ Seems sensible… but the truth is that it is absolutely daft. Listen, unless you know what is correct or what doesn’t work, what in blazes will you be searching for? Therefore, I...