Spark – January 2017, 7th Anniversary Issue

We feel truly overwhelmed when we think of how far we have come from when we started out as a small team taking our first steps in the online lit mag world, in January 2010. Today, Spark, the online literary magazine, is SEVEN years old! The January 2017 issue is a Potpourri of several creative ideas and we believe it represents what we stand for: a platform that showcases great creative thinking. We hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to your support as we step into the eighth year of our journey to discover word, world and wisdom through writing, art and photography!

Sweet Detours

On a routine train journey past sugarcane fields, Jyothi Vinod takes a small detour to revisit happy times.


Suresh Subrahmanyan reflects on the joys, travails and commitment involved in bringing up a pet dog – a salutary lesson for children who pester their parents to bring home a cute little puppy.

The Car Keys

This story is about a girl who seeks freedom to live her life as she wishes. Her mother wants to enforce the traditional goalpost of marriage on Chungum unwilling to accept that there are other ways to fulfillment. Chungum is forced to break free.

I Can and I Must

From restarting her classical music learning to consciously working on loving herself, Anupama Krishnakumar shares what she believes is her doable five-point resolution-checklist for 2017.


Girija Murali’s painting “Fabric” is based on the Mahabharata and has many layers to it.

The Escape Act

A young man high up on an old banyan tree… what could he be up to? M. Mohankumar’s poem captures the man’s escape act.

Breaking Free

A Rockstar dies, except that he is not allowed to. Parth Pandya’s sci-fi story tackles life, death, rebirth and the challenges of encashing one’s karma and the Rockstar’s gambit to escape it all!

Ha Ha…

Balu George writes a poem describing an incident that took place between him and his niece.

Sadhana Cut

Prashila Naik chronicles her struggles and disappointments with her life… err, her hair.


Saikat Das’ poem talks about a lonely old man that a boy spots every day on his way to school and who he calls Edwin.

The Memory Junkie

Biju can’t make sense of his girlfriend’s obsession with collecting junk in the name of memories. What do they do when they move in together and he has to deal with all her stuff? Vani Viswanathan tells the story.