Spark – April 2016 Issue

As we in India begin our long, treacherous months of summer and horrid heat, let Spark’s April issue help you beat the heat! Our “As you like it” issue brings to you a menu of poetry, non-fiction and fiction that we hope makes you unwind , relax, ponder over or laugh.

The Idakka Player

An Idakka player credits the instrument for a splendid musical performance. M. Mohankumar captures a beautiful point of view in his poem.

A Second World View: an Alternate Medium for Communication

Dr. K. Parameswaran highlights the importance of knowing a second language – going beyond an alternative language in which to communicate, it offers an alternative world view.

Flowers Grow on the Moon/Tiger in Cloud ships/Sun Snakes

Stephen Philip Druce writes three poems that are sure to tickle your imagination.

A Close Shave

The greatest of men struggle with the simplest of things, and while Parth Pandya humbly states he’s “not great” (yet), he stum(b)bles with a simple act too.


A mother, a singer, navigates the world of music with her young daughter. Vani Viswanathan tells you how the mother deals with the surprises life throws at her.

Harper Lee and Go Set a Watchman 

Liking “To Kill a Mockingbird” came quite easily. “Go Set a Watchman” however, is a far more complex-yet-thorough telling of a Southern tale. Given the controversies and polarizing reviews that the book received, Rishika. S. Pardikar believes Lee’s story deserves a fair trial.

Prepare to Meet the Day

Often times, one may experience an inertia to take the day on but nature could come to the rescue at such times. Saranyan writes a poem.

Ways Around Grief

A mother battles the emptiness that comes with her children moving out of home for pursuing their college education. Anupama Krishnakumar writes a short story.

As You “Like” it – Your Like or Mine

A poem by Debleena Majumdar about the changing rules of social-media driven courtship where “likes” and shares dictate feelings and one finds out, sometimes, too late, that a “like” is not really the true like.