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Spark – October 2017 Issue

Choices, choices, choices! All our lives, day in, day out, we live through by making choices. Choices that help us survive, give us happiness, move us ahead, spread love, and more. Choices that sometimes trouble us, boggle us. This issue of Spark is all about choices! You’ll be spoilt for choice with our variety of stories, poetry and non-fiction, all centred on choice.

Ring Nebula and a Vedic Wedding

When Bakul’s daughter asked her to officiate her Vedic wedding ceremony, many choices came into picture. Bakul Banerjee writes about them.

Nutty and Ranjini Carry On

Nutty and Ranjini come to terms with a complicated choice their father (and father-in-law) made towards the end of his life. Shreya tells the story.

The Four Sarees

Choosing can often brew up a storm inside one’s head as is the case with this woman when she has to pick one from four sarees. A poem by Anupama Krishnakumar.

The Agony of Choice

Suresh Subrahmanyan examines the dubious pleasures of surfing channels on the television, and opines that the multiplicity of choice in today’s home entertainment is more of a curate’s egg, only good in parts.

Two Stories on Choice

Anupama Krishnakumar writes two flash fiction pieces on how small choices sometimes end up giving so much warmth and joy.

They Call Out To Me

A young person is confronted with a pile of vessels they may have to clean, and rage builds up. What does the person choose to do? Vani writes free verse.

The First Choice

Two old friends are faced with intriguing choices as they renew their friendship after many years. A story by Chandramohan Nair.

Priorities

We are often bound to choices and options available to us on the basis of priorities at certain points in our lives. But what if the priorities change and scales weigh down our side a few years down the line? This poem by Parminder Singh ponders and seeks an answer.

The Mirage of Choice

Choice is confining. Dreaming is limitless. And yet we are bound to what we manage by the choices we make. Parth Pandya’s poem explores how choice can be a curse more often than we like.

Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness’: A Review

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Bakul Banerjee reviews Arundhati Roy’s latest novel ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’.