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The Many Avatars of Hope

Hope surrounds us in many avatars, says Harshal through his photographs.

The Hope Seekers and a Storyteller

Anupama Krishnakumar writes a piece of fiction that expresses her belief that stories are powerful sources of hope in today’s troubled world.

Tomorrow is Another Day

Hope sustains all our endeavors however trivial or grave they may be, writes Sudha Ratnam. In its myriad manifestations, Hope keeps the stream of life ebullient.

The Bud & the Bough

A new bud blooms on a bough. A new life comes to the world with hope. This poem by Parminder Singh contrasts the role played by ‘hope’ and ‘expectations’ as a new life enters the world.

Talisman

Amitabh Bachchan. Haji Ali. A perfume maker and his son. A talisman. They all come together in a story of hope, prayer and unexpected miracles, by Parth Pandya. Read on.

Despondent in Delhi

Hope could carry us forward with positive vibes, but that’s all it does – sometimes circumstances are beyond our control. The characters in Vani’s story deal with hopelessness in their own way.

Knowledge, Not the Known, is Power

THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Knowledge is power when we free ourselves from the known, says Snighdha Mohanty.

Spark – February 2017 Issue

Come February and the ‘romance’ fever kind of grips us too! This month’s issue celebrates and explores different perspectives of romance through stories, poems and personal essays, each one of them distinct and unique in their own way. We also have three pieces up in The Lounge that add variety to this edition. We hope you like this issue that celebrates the mood of the season! Enjoy!

Closet Heartthrobs

Sudha Ratnam shares her experience of growing up with films and what it was like to be among parents, aunts, uncles and cousins whose hearts melted over their favourite actors and actresses.

You, Me, Love and Questions

Could there be questions on love? Well, why not? Anupama Krishnakumar’s piece captures some.

Waiting

When all is well in love and suddenly, things take a different turn, a young bride is left waiting. M. Mohankumar pens a poem.

Romantic Ideas of Being an Aunt

There’s a certain romance to being an aunt to your sister’s children. Vani Viswanathan wonders if she can bring some practicality into this romance and pick a favourite. 

Over the Phone

Saikat Das’ poem is an intimate monologue of a husband who tries to win back his estranged wife and discovers the love that still flows underneath the rocky texture of their mutual distrust. It is an invitation to rediscover the world of romance that lay buried in the power play of conjugal discourse.

Shedding Skins

Sajid and Kaveh give in to the guiles of the world but after all the vicissitudes, Ram Govardhan’s story explores whether true love prevails or not.

Last Night

Shreya Ramachandran writes a poem that attempts to capture the difference between life as it is and life as you sometimes wish it were. It explores the tension between trying to be fine and experiencing a tiny regret that comes with feeling an absence.

Good News

Two words don’t go down too well with Vibha. ‘Good news’. Parth Pandya’s story dwells on Vibha’s connection with these words, exploring romance from a couple’s point of view.