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Spark – February 2015 Issue

With groups across the country threatening to get dating couples married off or have them change faith, relax and revel in Spark’s Romance issue! This month, it’s a fiction and poetry special exploring so many facets of romance that range from love and fantasy to the downright real. We also have a special interview on two campaigns that are encouraging discussions around redefining love. Read on!

Tenacity

Sunita and Sunil just can’t find one quiet spot in all of Mumbai to spend a simple, romantic evening. But they won’t give up – this evening, they’re trying again to find one such place, and Parth Pandya tells you what happens.

The Travel Vest

What if you could trap sixteen of your affections in a travel vest? Bakul Banerjee pens a poem that showcases an interesting perspective of romance.

Redefining Love in the Love Jihad Era

February brings images of pink hearts and ribbons, and a certain narrow form of love that we like or detest. Two campaigns, one ongoing and one just completed, do their bit to start a conversation about the innumerable forms of love there could be – and how, if we open up our eyes just a little bit, we’ll know that each one of them is worthy of our respect. Interviews on Tathapi Trust’s “Pyaar ki Gutargoo” campaign and Zehen Collective’s #RedefiningLove campaign.

Always You

The magic of romance comes alive and so does the magnificence of nature as Vinita Agrawal writes a poem on the symbiotic relationship between the man a woman loves and the nature that surrounds her.

I Understand

A man describes what he loved about the woman in his life and what about her has transformed. Vishal Anand writes a short story.

Do you Remember the Promises?

A meeting, a long wait, the beginning of a relationship and a sudden parting with some promises made. And then some questions that linger, waiting for answers. M. Mohankumar’s poem captures the feelings of a heart aching for a beloved’s return.

Found and Lost

Sukriti, a journalist, is desperately searching for a man whom she had last seen as an eight-year-old, 20 years ago. Namitha Varma describes the ordeal of looking for someone who your heart pines for and what eventually happens. Read on.                

Marriage in the Social Era

What’s it like being married in the social era? Vani Viswanathan, as a relatively new entrant into the institution, reflects on the public glare of social media on marriage.

The Uninvited Visitor

Chaithali Pisupati tells the story of a woman who finds an uninvited guest invading her personal space.

Memories of Dreams

Life on earth is a mix of pain and joy, misery and hope. Well, love is no exception to this rule and is perhaps the magic that can turn misery into mirth. Harman Mavi’s poem paints the not-so-rosy picture of what the world has in store for a couple in love.

The Possibilities

They meet again after a week, but they sense that something is different. A sense of calm prevails even as the two people, seemingly interested in each other, don’t find the need to probe their feelings . Prashila Naik writes a sequel to her story ‘The Blue Kajal’ written for Spark’s Feb 2014 issue.

To the One and Only

When you are truly and deeply in love with someone, and have lived together for years, a sublime unity is what you experience. P.R. Viswanathan captures that experience through his verse.

First Love

Deblina bumps into her first love at the airport. They get talking, and Deblina feels as drawn to him now as the first time she met him. But what has changed since the days of heady, first love? Rrashima Swaarup Verma tells the story.

Musing Over a Song and Love

Music and love are inextricably linked, believes Anupama Krishnakumar. She picks one of her favourite romantic songs in Tamil whose lyrics she loves and begins analysing the lines on the go while the song plays in the background. Here’s the result of her experiment.

Ode to the Unspoken Word

Sometimes it is better to listen to the voice of your heart than withholding the magical words. Rakshaki Krishnamurthy writes an ode to the unspoken word.

Out of Office

A female and a male colleague, good friends, find themselves in the throes of passion. But the woman is wary – she’s been deeply hurt before. Ashritha N writes about the two.

Justified and Other Poems

Fall in love if you wish to experience the thrillingly dangerous, or if you are in love, try accepting one another for what you are. If you have just met that special someone, wonder if your destiny is unity. Aman Chougle presents minute yet interesting facets of romance through three poems.

Valentine’s Day in Lovistan

This Valentine’s Day, a reporter finds herself in the wonderland called Lovistan, to witness the parade of the Love Jihadis. What is Lovistan and who are these Love Jihadis? What do they do? Krupa Ge tells us a tale that’s sure suited for the times we live in.

Disenchantment & Sorceress

In two poems, M.Mohankumar describes the thoughts of a man entranced by the beauty of a woman.