The September 2017 issue of Spark celebrates variety – in ideas, in writing styles, through an exciting collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography. Dear Reader, we are pleased to present this selection under the title “Kaleidoscope” – the coming together of diverse creative ideas. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did in putting it together!
Small memories. Small memories of small things… In a story that captures the journey of a grandmother and her granddaughter, Vidhya Kripashankar invites you to discover how it is often the smallest things that have the biggest impact.
All things great and small have a place in this world. A childhood story of arriving at this realization by Chandramohan Nair.
Priya Anand writes about Leh and Ladakh following her visit to the region for a trek. Spellbound from the time she landed in Leh, Priya’s poem highlights the region’s stark beauty, its unique culture and the people who inhabit it and how all of these provide a one-of-a-kind experience that is cerebral, sensual and spiritual.
Mohankumar’s story traces the emotional roller-coaster that a man puts himself through when he spots a small lump in his left breast.
Purabi Bhattacharya picks three photographs that she has clicked and gives them a kaleidoscopic touch, resulting in some interesting abstract formations.
Bakul Banerjee’s poem is inspired by insightful marriage hymns from Samaveda written by ancient sages in India.
Caught in a devious exchange between two political powers, a man finds himself uprooted from his homeland. Story by Malcolm Carvalho.
Balu George writes two poems, one that muses on suffering and the other that recalls an incident that he experienced as a school boy.
Kousalya is 38 years old and showing visible signs of ageing. She shares the thoughts that pop up in her mind when she is asked why she is not doing anything about the abundant grey on her head.
Parth Pandya pens an ode to the Bellandur Lake in Bangalore that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Debleena’s poem is a social satire that reflects on our need for being constantly busy and part of the latest buzz, sometimes with consequences that could potentially be fatal. It’s told in the voices of two bees.
A woman finds herself waking up from sleep and watching her soul. Vani writes a flash fiction piece.
Gouri got married to a suitable boy. She got the education that every Telugu family dreams of for their child. Do the dances she would never break into still bother her? Tapan tells the story.
A man recalls a sadistic act of his with a guilty heart as he watches his son suffer. A poem by Saikat Das.
THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Most of us are aware of authors like Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh, Rohinton Mistry, who are feted in the West. There are, however, many other Indian authors who write beautifully and connect very well with the Indian masses. Harshita Nanda writes about Anuja Chauhan, whose work may qualify as chick-lit, but if you read carefully you might be surprised.