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Spark – January 2014 Fourth Anniversary Issue

Happy New Year! And my, what a moment for us at Spark – we turn FOUR this January, all thanks to your continued support! Celebrating our anniversary, we have put together an issue that encapsulates what we believe we stand for – variety! Presenting to you, the Spark fourth anniversary issue ‘Potpourri!’ As always, we have for you a delightful spread of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and some wonderful photography and art.

Poetry’s Prism

It’s a beautiful experience to understand what poetry really is and what it isn’t when a poet describes it for you. Vinita Agrawal pens a must-read piece.

Krishna

Vipin KC lets the colours run wild in his painting of Krishna.

Tonight I can Write

A writer goes through a torturous bout of writer’s block. And suddenly, the words begin to flow. Nikitha Phyllis tells us how the words came back to the writer.

To My New-born Son

When a child is born, there are many thoughts that run in a father’s mind. Among them are those about their future together. Parth Pandya sheds light on some of these thoughts through a poem.

The Awkward Silence

Engaged to each other out of the blue, a young man and woman find themselves grappling with the uncomfortable silence that persists between them. Nandini Rajagopalan pens a beautiful story on the awkward silence.

Beginnings

A new year marks new beginnings. S. Harikrishnan captures several moods of beginnings through his lens.

Celebrating Another Birthday

A man who loves variety in life celebrates yet another birthday, but is everything alright? Shirani Rajapakse’s poem has the answers.

What Will You Do with Your Flashback?

Kalpanaa Misra tells us of the power of memories – to give pleasure or pain, depending on how we choose to look at them – as she recounts her memories associated with Christmas.

Sizzlers: A Miscellany

Through five little poems, M. Mohankumar presents a humourous take on some oft-heard phrases and words in our lives.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Anupama Krishnakumar looks back at 2013, the year which, through a varied set of experiences, changed the course of her life and also taught her some lessons. While the usual responsibilities are sure to keep her busy in 2014, there is something more she wishes to do in the new year. Read on.

Christmas Present

With 2013 behind us and a brand new year ahead, Anu Karthik believes that one has to cherish the chaos of everyday life, the comfort of a snuggle, the joy in knowing the house is messy and there are things that never get done on her list. Because through this all, life reminds her that she is alive, that she has a lot to be thankful for. For one knows not what he has, until that is no more. She shares her thoughts in this short story.

Precepts

Time and again, we come across certain morals that are put across to us frequently. M. Mohankumar’s poem gives an ironic twist to these oft-heard morals.

The Name

Tarun likes to imagine his own world where he gives names (and personalities) to people he runs into. Needless to say, he has imagined a whole character to the woman who was the previous owner of ‘The God of Small Things’ that he is now reading on the train. Archita Suryanarayanan tells us what happens.