Hi there! As the weather changes to give way to the chills, Spark is happy to give you some warmth with its October issue titled ‘Attachment.’ Read on for heartwarming fiction, interesting poetry and non-fiction accounts of what people could get attached to, all topped up with some beautiful photography. We’ve got our dose of non-thematic non-fiction on The Lounge too. We hope you enjoy this edition and as always, we look forward to hearing from you on what you thought about Spark this month.
Vinita Agrawal’s poem is a humorous piece on her attachment to physical books as opposed to digital editions and electronic versions. Read on.
Krish meets Chris, a boxer like himself, in Vegas. The encounter makes Krish reminisce about a different life in a different place – Shom Biswas writes the story about one’s attachment to a small town.
Inspired by the song ‘My Darling Clementine’ and its tune, Parth Pandya elucidates the addiction to nicotine through a poem.
Discussing the highly controversial (and yet extremely popular) ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke, Kalpanaa Misra believes the culprit could be our attachment to the age-old misogynist belief that men have rights over women’s bodies. Such songs only promote rape culture, she writes.
A man reminisces the relationship he has had with rain through his years, from a point when rain changed from being ‘it’ to ‘she.’ Sanjay Gopinath pens the story.
It’s a dream in which he sees his desired one tenderly express love. M.Mohankumar’s poem captures the dream.
Vani Viswanathan discusses her attachment to what she considers sunshine in a bottle – beer.
Andy Paula’s work of fiction talks about a strong-willed mother and her resolute daughter, Joba, and the intricacies of the relationship that they share.