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Spark – July 2017 Issue

We asked our contributors the question, “What ideas or thoughts does the word NIGHT invoke in you?” The answers came to us in the form of poems, stories and art – which is the line-up we have for you in this issue! In a way, this has turned out to be a poetry special with the poems focusing on such diverse and interesting aspects of ‘Night’. Do check out the issue and let us know how you liked it!

Suburban Reality

How exactly do nights at suburbs look and feel like? Parag Mallik’s poem shares some memories.

An Amavasya Night in Srikakulam

Chandramohan Nair narrates a tale of unusual happenings around new moon night in faraway Srikakulam.

Midnight Stroll On Road Number 3

Midnight brings along reckonings that has a quality and dimension all its own. The silken threads of each hour bring forth a meditative like trance. Everything is silent – yet everything moves: the landscape, winds and restless cities. A poem by Sneha Subramanian Kanta.

Kamikaze over Coffee

After an evening of drinking with his friends at a pub in Bangalore’s Church Street, Anant receives a message on Tinder. How would this coffee date on a late Friday night turn out to be?

The Sound of Wind In Trees At Night

In this poem, ARTOHUS explores the soundscape that wind creates on trees during night time.

It is Alright

Night is that which offers solace after a grinding day, highlights Parth Pandya, in this poem.

Caravan In the Desert

The painting “Caravan in the Desert” shows a man walking along with his caravan or so called trail of camels travelling far distances irrespective of the time. Night is when the flocks start their journey to avoid the parching sand dunes. Art by Sana Khan.

The Night

Saikat Das highlights a dilemma that is fundamental to human existence, in verse.

The Lost Game

The process of design and institutionalization of religions mar the subtle beauty that lies within. The dawn can only partially descend upon the followers due to their inability to curb the darkness. This poem by Parminder Singh tries to track the very essence of this thought.

Oh! Calcutta!

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Suresh Subrahmanyan revisits the city of his childhood, university education and the cradle of most of his professional career. He finds that much has changed in Calcutta, not all for the better.