The narrator waits longingly for his friend Jo, and is drawn into a flashback that involves lost friendships and disappointment, until Jo came along to make a difference. Anjali Krishna tells us the story of a warm relationship.
Trains are an integral part of any image of Mumbai, and being able to efficiently navigate this convoluted system is a mark that you now ‘truly belong’ and are a ‘Bombay girl.’ Vani Viswanathan describes her journey to truly belonging to the city of dreams.
In a poem that explores a very interesting theme, Arun Anantharaman captures his perception of the happenings in an apartment complex’s association meeting. Read on.
Anupama Krishnakumar shares the elation of Spark’s third anniversary with her five-year-old, who in his own way, makes her value the little milestone even more.
Four different places, four different pairs of people – one common setting. Two chairs across a table and a solitary object between them. Parth Pandya writes four small stories around this theme.
How would life have been if everything looked the same? Expression would lose its meaning, and adjectives just wouldn’t matter. Thankfully, reality plays its game differently, and life is made beautiful because variety floods it. S.Harikrishnan captures some of the variety we see in the world through his lens.
A multitude of ideas and characters from Jeevanjyoti’s earlier stories make an appearance in his special story for the anniversary issue. Read on to rediscover Bincuus (from “The Dream Bandit”, June 2010), the idea of characters telling authors their stories from a different world (from “Requesting an Extension”, July 2010), and Nuovo SPARK (from “‘Autumnal’, Heard of it?”, May 2010 and “Nuovo SPARK”, January 2012).
Everyone desires for a life filled with spark and vigour. However, this spark is elusive – it doesn’t stay on forever in one’s life. Vinita Agrawal writes a poem that describes this spark through situations that are characterised more by its absence than presence or in other words, the dark moments of life when it goes missing.
Amrita Sarkar expresses her anguish over crimes committed against women in a painting.
A scene unfolds in the Delhi international airport on an unexpectedly hot winter afternoon, and different people see it differently. Shreya Ramachandran transmits the thoughts for us in her story.
Eminent Telugu author Nandula Suseela Devi discusses the many interesting trends that currently hold sway in Telugu literature. This has been translated from Telugu by Pushpa Achanta.
Nine-year-old Monu wants to collect fireflies in a jar, his father eggs him on, while his mother wonders when the child will learn to be serious and score better in his school exams. Nirupama Sudarsh tells us what eventually happens on that rainy evening.
A man is smitten by the charm that the beautiful sea exudes so much so that he proclaims that he wants to come back. But then, priorities change and the sea is left waiting. Ullas Marar pens a poem that captures the nature of this relationship and the despair of the sea.
Nandita and Ayushi are thick friends since childhood and nothing could ever come between them to disturb that bond. But do good things last forever? Gauri Trivedi’s short story reveals the answer.