With summer well underway across India, food might be the last thing you look forward to – or is it? Let our issue tickle your taste buds and leave you wanting for more. This issue of Spark delves deep into many aspects of food and cooking – look out for delightful tales, memories and emotions!
Anupama Krishnakumar shares her love and excitement for her favourite comfort food, her mother’s rasam, in verse.
Kalpanaa Misra goes on a culinary journey through Instagram, novels and poetry, citing her favourites.
We are an aspiring nation, aiming to touch the sky, rejoicing in lavishness, yet, there’s another world amidst us that lives unceasingly in hunger…PItambar Naik writes a poem.
Suresh Subrahmanyan pairs food with music and comes up with a pretty saucy and delicious repast!
There’s something delightful about consuming rotis hot and as and when they are made. Bakul Banerjee’s poem gives a glimpse of the world of a mother, her children and the rotis she makes for them.
It seems strange that such diversity could exist in the same few square kilometres. Jessamine’s story is about the ignored origins of our food, food that we celebrate and use to venerate our cultural leanings. It walks down the paths of where our food comes from and more importantly, looks into the faces of those who make it possible for it to be eaten.
Parth Pandya writes an ode to one of the most common yet most loved Indian sweets, his own favourite, the Gulab Jamun.
Vasco, the young seafarer from Lisboa, dreams of reaching Hindostan and forcing the mighty Arabas to share with the Portuguese the valuable spice route and its trades. The evening before he is set to sail to history, he requests his tutor and lover Lidia for a favour. Will Lidia oblige? Tapan tells the story.
Radhika is the host on a cookery show, though that’s not where she wants to be. Vani’s story is about whether Radhika manages to break free.
Geeta receives a papaya as a gift and can’t bear to see it go to waste. She decides to make some jam even if it is the last thing she does.
As spring blooms, so does hope! This issue of Spark celebrates hope in its myriad forms and colours, with fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography. We hope you enjoy the issue as much as it inspired us!
This poem by Agbaakin dissects the anatomy of hope and the sacrifices involved in wanting to live again in a world haunted by blood; which is letting go all hurts and dark memories.
This is an unlikely story of motherhood, by Debleena. What happens when a mother doesn’t feel like one? Does motherhood bring further dissent into her life or a glimpse of hope?
Saikat Das’ poem presents the flickers of hope that is still there in the Rohingya community, typified in a little girl amidst the death, desolation and destruction of the entire community by forces antithetical to basic human values.
Working under the shadow of his illustrious family, an artist vacillates between hope and despair. Malcolm Carvalho tells the story.