Spark – April 2015 Issue

As summer sets in, we are bringing you exotic tales from across the world! Our April issue, ‘Beyond India: From around the world’ is full of ideas, stories, photographs, views and magical moments from lands afar. Read on!

After Rereading “The Diary of a Young Girl”

Inspired and moved by what he has read in ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’, M. Mohankumar writes a poem that invokes powerful images of the life of Anne Frank along with her family in their hideout during World War II. 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps.

Pristine Waters of the Americas

Prerna Goel’s photo feature is surely a feast for your eyes. She captures the exquisitely beautiful and pristine waters of the Americas and also shares the emotions that came to her mind when she looked at these water bodies.

The World Out There

Vasu Sir, well into his 70s, doesn’t appreciate the idea of living abroad. But his son and others around him don’t seem to think so. Anupama Krishnakumar writes a story on the prejudices, dreams, aspirations and perceptions that exist in a typical Tam-Brahm upper middle-class family when it comes to the choice of stepping outside India and living abroad.

Cloud Gate: Millennium Park

Vinita Agrawal writes a poem about the overwhelming thrill of the alien pleasures of a big city when she visited it for the first time. It’s about wanting to risk the forbidden adventures of everything unfamiliar…iconized by the metal bean structure.

Home – The Changing Contours

The idea of home has undergone many changes in the last ten years for Lavanya Pathmanaban. A non-resident Indian, she tells us about the transition.  


When people move out of India to live abroad, they unconsciously carry their motherland as memories and wear their Indian-ness like an outer skin, points out Indu Parvathi through her poem that touches upon transporters – the people who carry their motherland abroad and try to recreate it in foreign locales.

Holi Hai

Sudha Nair tells the story of a young couple who celebrate their first Holi away from home.

The Song of a Little Girl from Acre

Inspired by what she has heard from her brother about the town of Acre during his brief stay there, Albanian poet, Alisa Velaj pens a poem about a little girl who aspires to become a poetess.

Microwave Dinners in Durham

A 21-year-old who has moved overseas to study finds herself on the threshold of freedom – for the first time – and she can’t wait to lap it all up. But is it going to be as thrilling as she expected? Rrashima Swaarup Verma tells the story.

The Waves

For Devanshi Khetarpal, ‘Beyond India: From Around the world’ doesn’t just refer to countries in the geographical sense; it means how humans are transposed to different places in the tiny spaces of their minds and how volatile our imagination can be as to how we construe the meaning of being in a ‘place’. ‘The Waves’ is her poetic take about lost, undiscovered places.

A Tribute to Dali

Vipin KC pays a tribute to painter genius Salvador Dali.

Love’s Labour Lost

Losing one’s mother tongue to a foreign language is Love’s labour lost, opines Amitabh Vikram, presenting his thoughts through a poem.

A Determined Wife

Beniprasad Chowdhary aka Ben believes that if life has to be lived anywhere on this earth, it has to be the U.S. But his wife, Veena, thinks otherwise. Ram Govardhan tells the story of Ben and his determined wife.

Does the Bhagavad-Gita Advocate War?

THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY When Arjuna, the third of the five Pandavas, was confused whether he should fight the Mahabharata war against his own teachers, relatives and friends, Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to help him achieve clarity in thought and fight the war. One of the oft-asked questions, therefore, in this context is, ‘Does the Bhagavad-Gita Advocate War? Is it a violent scripture?’ Hari Ravikumar and Koti Sreekrishna attempt to answer these questions in this piece by digging deeper into the context of the Mahabharata war.

The Cup of Misery

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE As the nation recovers from India’s loss to Australia in the cricket World Cup, Parth Pandya, a devoted fan, remembers the other unsuccessful tales of the Indian cricket team in the biggest cricket tournament.