Our November 2014 issue celebrates childhood, the fond memories and the joys that a child can bring while also making one ponder about parenting, particularly in today’s world.
Featuring an interview with popular children's author, Anu Kumar
And a special feature on therapy for CSA

Spark – November 2014 Issue

Spark – November 2014 Issue
Dear Reader, It’s November and we can’t believe how fast time has flown this year! We hope you had a lovely festive season. We are pleased to present to you the November 2014 issue of Spark on the theme ‘Childhood’. The word childhood evokes fond memories and the joys that a child can bring while also making one ponder about parenting, particularly in today’s world. This issue presents many of these perspectives to you, dear reader, including an interview with children’s author Anu Kumar and a Social Lens feature on providing therapy to Child Sexual Abuse survivors.
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A Shared Journey of Discovery and New Knowledge

A Shared Journey of Discovery and New Knowledge

Interview by Anupama Krishnakumar

Anu Kumar, Author, talks to Anupama Krishnakumar on what it means to be a children’s author, including what fascinates her about writing for children, what’s the sort of research that goes into her books, who her favourite children’s authors are and what’s her favourite from her own body of work. Plus there is a beautiful reading list that she recommends for children too.
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Silences and Safe Spaces: Therapeutic Help for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

Silences and Safe Spaces: Therapeutic Help for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

by Shreya Sen and the Therapeutic Intervention team at Arpan

Therapy for child sexual abuse survivors is an aspect often ignored when it comes to responding to abuse. However, therapy can help navigate the various trying circumstances a survivor faces, such as in the case of incest. Shreya Sen, with the Therapeutic Intervention team at Arpan, an organization that works to prevent child sexual abuse, talk about the various ways therapy can help heal.
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Fashionista

Fashionista

by Shloka Shankar

A mother’s fashion accessories become a little girl’s source of fascination and temptation. Fashionista is the fashion (mis)adventure of that child. Shloka Shankar captures it in a poem.
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  • Curiosity
  • Curiosity
  • Curiosity
  • Curiosity

by Maheswaran Sathiamoorthy

Big-eyed, looking ahead or focused… children are just curious! Maheswaran Sathiamoorthy captures the curiosity through his lens.
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The Wristwatch

The Wristwatch

by M. Mohankumar

A wristwatch from childhood, bought under rather strange circumstances, continues to hold a special place, even though many costlier and flashier watches make their way into the narrator’s life. M. Mohankumar’s poem is a tribute to that wristwatch.
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With Mountains for Guardians

With Mountains for Guardians

by Vinita Agrawal

A girl of nine joins a Boarding school, and enters a whole new world, something so different from the sheltered life she lived. Vinita Agrawal recounts her experiences of childhood.
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The Story of a Ruler

The Story of a Ruler

by Vani Viswanathan

A ruler catches a little girl’s eye. Now how can she get her hands on one? Vani Viswanathan tells a story of longing, tantrums and a child’s relationship with her parents.
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Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

by Latha Sakhya

A visit to her childhood home brings back memories of innocence, fun and carefree days. Latha Sakhya pens a poem on the journey down memory lane. 
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Circle of Love

Circle of Love

by Anupama Krishnakumar

Children fill our hearts with love and longing and our lives with meaning like no one else can but what does the world give back to them? Anupama Krishnakumar writes a work of fiction.
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Assurance

Assurance

by M. Mohankumar

The bond that a child shares with her mother is characterized by assurance – the child’s instinctive belief that there could be no safer place in this world that a mother’s arms, writes M. Mohankumar in his poem.
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In Defence of Parents

In Defence of Parents

by Parth Pandya

There are odes written to childhood, but hardly anything for parenthood. Parth Pandya talks about why it can seem so hard, but why, at the end of the day, you might just turn out okay.
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Fatherly Words

Fatherly Words

by Soorej P

A father writes a letter to his son, telling him things and expressing feelings he never has before. Soorej P writes.
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Summertime Dreams

Summertime Dreams

by Debleena Majumdar

During childhood, summertime is all about dreams – of varied kinds. Dreams without fears. Can’t summertime dreams last an entire lifetime? Debleena Majumdar raises a desperate question in her poem.
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The Gali Gali Man

The Gali Gali Man

by Chandrashekhar Sastry

Aboard a ship at anchor, an Egyptian folk magician keeps an audience enthralled. Chandrashekhar Sastry gives us the experience through his magical words.
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