Hi there! Are you enjoying (?!) the full blast of the summer? A scorching sun making you wish you could stay away from the streets during the day? Well, Spark’s May issue is sure to give you a treat in terms of what the street means to our lives: ‘Life on the Street’ is what we have on offer for you this month. This issue is a fiction special with several stories on the ways of life on the street, but there are some beautiful poems, non-fiction, photography and art to savour too. We are especially proud to feature poetry by some widely-published writers. And of course, we have our usual fare from The Lounge. We hope you enjoy this issue!
Much happens in Alagirisamy Salai, a road in a South Indian city. A far-away soul reminisces, and Divya Ananth pens the thoughts.
Life on the street is filled with varied experiences and everyone who occupies this space has an interesting story to share from their perspective. In her work of fiction that has an interesting narrator, Ankitha Venkataram brings a different dimension to the theme ‘Life on the Street’. Read on.
When you think of the bustling city of Mumbai, among the whole lot of things that come rushing to your mind about the place, one of the foremost is the absolutely mind-blowing variety of street food that the city is waiting to pile on your plate. Deepa Venkatraghvan shares her own thoughts on the cultural phenomenon called ‘Mumbai street food’ while also listing some of the must-try fast food and desserts that you must check out in Mumbai streets on your next visit!
Gopu doesn’t understand or trust rich people in cars, and somehow, within a short span of two days some of them have a large role to play in his life. Loreto M pens a story about Gopu’s initiation into rich people behaviour.
Raju Rhee captures various scenes in the streets of the city that never sleeps.
Some paths, no matter how many years have passed since you last walked on them, continue to evoke memories – both treasured and painful. Rohit Sharma’s story focuses on one such path, the memories associated with it and the tale of two brothers who trudged along that path to go to school.
Anuradha’s story follows the emotions of three people on a cold Bangalore night.
In a poem that captures the happenings of yet another day in the street, RK Biswas constructs a picture of the not-so-closely-watched yet interesting things that fill the street – a picture that is framed by the kitchen window.
The transition from staying in a joint family to living in a nuclear family is often not as simple and joyous for children, as it is for adults. Gauri Trivedi shares an incident from her own life when she didn’t return home from school one day, much to the panic and dismay of her mother.
This is the tale of an anonymous lady who waits in the green-lit streets, the one who has lived and re-lived in the red womb that has subjected her to unfair violence and has filled her life with irony. Rini Barman’s poem brings to light the characteristics of the lady’s lackluster life and her companion in the street, a stray bitch that lies among the day garbage.
What does the day look like for a busy street? Parth Pandya tells us the story of one of the hundred M.G.Roads in India.
From little hands that beg for money to vehicles that fill a street to pedestrians to pavement hawkers to stray dogs to dust to myriad shops to sweaty people, Shirani Rajapakse’s poem brings to life the various scenes in a street on a Wednesday afternoon.
Priya Gopal presents a painting done in the traditional art form of Warli, which originated in the Warli village in the Thane district of Maharashtra. She uses this art form to depict the streets of Mumbai where street shopping is a way of life.