Spark – February 2018 Issue

We explore a very beautiful theme this month. Our fiction, essays, poetry and photography gently pry open the emotion called ‘affection’ and the result is a revelation of the many different ways in which affection manifests itself and how people express it to those who matter. We hope you like the selection we have in store for you this February.


During their two years in Bengaluru, Jon Magidsohn and his family made countless close friends that made their time there special. But there was no greater affection than that between his son and the dear ninety-year-old woman who stole all of their hearts. Jon writes about this special bond.


His object of affection feels stifled by his love. A love that has gone too far, that has become too hurtful. And when ‘another lust’ seems to be the point of instigation for this love turned sour, what can be done? It’s time for revenge. Give him a taste of his own medicine. ‘Upset’ is a work of fiction by Subhashri C V.

A Sibling Squabble

Parth Pandya captures the bitter-sweet encounters that characterise the relationship between two brothers in verse, gently portraying the unmistakable affection that underlies the bond that binds them both.

The Warmth of Affection

Shruti trains her lens to capture affection – the pictures speak for themselves!

Feathery Affection

When a pair of pigeons enter Vani’s living room, she spares them no affection. 

Let Bygones be Bygones

Inspired by real-life events, M. Mohankumar writes the tale of two cousins, who rediscover a thread of affection after five decades.

The Cure for a Headache

The cure for a splitting headache needn’t always be medication. Anupama Krishnakumar’s poem tells a different story.

The Absent Bond

Manjula Nair tells the story of Megha, who is nine months pregnant when circumstances push her to have an emergency cesarean. Megha is disoriented after the surgery and cannot accept her baby as her own.

I Am Going Back

Kavya Sharma’s poem is about a woman wanting to go back to the moment she fell in love, and talks about her need to feel that affection again.

Growing Up With Sanyasamma

Kousalya tells the story of the relationship between Krishnaa and Sanyasamma, a migrant from Bangladesh who was a house-help at Krishnaa’s place in the town of Visakhapatnam. Their journey together is about acceptance of oddities in life and how love can even such peculiarities out.

A Love Story Amidst Strife and Dislocation

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Ananya Sarkar reviews Mohsin Hamid’s novel Exit West, which is about two nationals of an unnamed Asian city, who are forced to flee their homes when a militant insurgency takes place.