Spark – March 2011 Issue

We are proud to present the March 2011 issue of Spark. The theme this time is ‘A tribute to womanhood’. As always, we have an exciting range of stories, poems, non-fiction, art, photography and interviews in store for you. So, go ahead and catch all the action. Please click here to access links to read the issue on the e-reader, ISSUU, or to download the issue as a PDF.

‘Yes, we can! – Women who Inspire’

It is heartening to see women making their mark in various fields, some excelling really well in their chosen area. Among them, we really are proud of those who drive change through their work. These are ladies who stand testimony to the fact that women can do well to bring about change, notably in the lives of fellow humans.

It’s their vision, their actions and ultimately the spirit of achievement that Spark salutes. Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present four wonderful women who, through their initiatives, are striving hard to start conversations, influence mindsets and drive change in diverse and significant areas including education, human rights, feminist publishing and blogging that focuses on societal issues concerning women.


A woman is many things: understanding, frivolous, balanced, caring, confused, patient, brave. These five little monologues by Vani Viswanathan, capture the different facets of being a woman.


A woman goes through a multitude of emotions every day. Here’s an attempt to encompass the myriad complexities that ripple beneath our beautiful exteriors. Poetry by Ramya Shankar.

The Joys of Motherhood

What are the joys that motherhood could bring to a woman? The answers in photographs clicked by Sri.

When Women Become Girls

Women mature faster than men and suddenly, these women become girls, who the boys die to impress with their gentlemanliness. Here’s an interesting take on what happens when women indeed ‘grow back’ to girls. Jeevanjyoti Chakraborty entertains with his thoughts and words.

We the Women

What makes women unique? Here’s a poem by Shreya Ramachandran.

Only a Homemaker?

The role of a homemaker is not as valueless as it is made out to be. P.R.Viswanathan feels that it is perception that shapes preferences. Read on to find out his perspectives on the status of women in the society and the role of a homemaker.


A mother speaks to a new-born on what maternity meant and the change the child ushered in her life. Poetry by Anupama Krishnakumar.

To Amma

Ramkumar has something to tell about his mother and something to share with his mother.


Vivekananth Gurumoorthy captures the woman and the Mother together in his photographs.

Let me be

Something a woman would say. Let me be. Art by Sandhya Ramachandran. This is the coverpage art for the March 2011 issue.

Fighting Educational Inequity

As an 18-year-old, Shaheen Mistri walked into a slum in Mumbai and began teaching. She then went on to set up Akanksha Foundation, an NGO that works primarily in the field of education. Today, she is the CEO of Teach For India, a nationwide movement that aims to end education inequity in India. In an interview to Spark, Shaheen Mistri talks about her personal journey with Akanksha and Teach For India, her views on the Indian education system and the relevance of social entrepreneurship in today’s world. Excerpts from her interview to Anupama Krishnakumar.

Bringing Human Rights Home

In an interview to Spark’s Vani Viswanathan, Mallika Dutt, CEO of Breakthrough, talks about her journey with Breakthrough and one of their most successful campaigns, the Bell Bajao campaign.