Vijayendra Mohanty

I make stuff up and tell stories. I wrote Ravanayan, the comic book series based on a retelling of the epic Ramayana. I am Story Head at Culture Machine.


Ramayana + Mahabharata = Wisdom


It really is not a drill. It is an image of a drill. Or rather a meme that uses the image of a drill to make a point about the difference between the world as it exists and as we see it represented in media.


The Case for the 400-Character Tweet

One of the reasons Facebook will probably never be like Twitter is because there are too many units on Facebook. The status message, the photo, the album, the note, the feed item, the comment etc. These are the various currencies of social interaction that drive people’s daily lives on Facebook. In recent years, a large part of Facebook’s attempts at…

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Short fiction by Vijayendra Mohanty.


Salazar farts. Helga elbows Godric and whispers, “The air of Slytherin.”


Take that Robert Frost!

I want Miles to go before I sleep.


I am not doing too well. My head spins and my legs threaten to collapse under me. I pop a couple of pills and rest. The doorbell rings. It’s Miles. Great! I don’t have anything against the man, but he gives me bad vibes. I feel like I can’t trust him. He asks me how I am feeling. I tell him I am unwell and…


So here is the stuff I have been thinking regarding some of the changes to Medium. None of it is negative, although some of it makes me worry.


I liked that when Medium launched, one of its stated objectives was devaluing authorship. I am not sure if they said it in that many words, but there was a thrust towards making content attention-worthy because of its merit and…


Logic of Cause & Effect in Storybook Universes


Here is a story template that has been used fairly widely and for a long time.

Evil overlord lords over the world in an evil manner. People cry out in anguish. A prophecy echoes down from the skies, foretelling the birth of a savior who will slay the aforementioned evil overlord and free the people from his clutches. The…


Why Humans Never Evolved to be Giants


The idea of evolutionary advantage can be a double-edged sword. You can explain away some bits of the mystery of existence with it and you can make…


How to do things

Learn the form, but seek the formless. Hear the soundless. Learn it all, then forget it all. Learn The Way, then find your own way. But do not name it, my friend, for it is like water. Nothing is softer than water yet it can overcome rock. It does not fight. It flows around the opponent, formless, nameless.

~ Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom.


What is Kung-Fu?

Kung-Fu. Hard work over time to accomplish skill. A painter can have kung-fu. Or the butcher who cuts meat every day with such skill his knife never touches bone. The musician can have kung-fu, or the poet who paints pictures with words and makes emperors weep. This, too, is kung-fu.

~ Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom.