Spark – November 2016 Issue

Movies. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They feed our dreams. They mirror reality. The November 2016 issue of Spark is a take on the magical (or not!) world of movies. Check out our selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry this month as our writers bring in their perspectives on films.

Messy Marriages in Mani Ratnam’s Movies

Tamil movie director Mani Ratnam is one of the few directors who dares to tread into the murky world of couple life and romance post marriage, says Vani Viswanathan, listing her favourite moments around marriage from his movies.


Antakshari has spiced up many a boring party or journey. Parth Pandya traces the influential role of the game in our lives in this piece that we’re sure will make you smile.


Saikat Das writes a poem structured in the form of an intimate talk with the main character of the film Piku. The poem draws a parallel between the film and the real life experience of the narrator and points out that life is also a movie that is scripted by the divine director.

When Pinki Became Pri

Anupama Krishnakumar tells the story of a small-town girl who is absolutely crazy about movies.


This poem by Parminder Singh is about how a simpleton changes into a man with urban hues, thanks to the influence of the multiplex culture.

The Book was Much Better

When the world of cinema draws inspiration from famous books, do we lose something in translation? That is the question Suresh Subrahmanyan grapples with.

The Reel and the Real

The poem attempts to implicitly show the hypocritical mind-set of a youth whose ingrained sexist outlook betrays his liberal façade. Sunaina uses the movie as a vehicle to bring forth the latent desire of the boy to control his beloved’s life. Sometimes, the reel also becomes real.

Book Review: 10 Judgements that Changed India

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE ‘10 Judgements that Changed India’ by Zia Mody is an easy read even for someone without a law background, and provides a good idea of the role of the judiciary in India’s political history.