27 October, 2020

From The Spark To The Blaze

The two-year-old alternative publishing house is helping educate and sensitise children

From The Spark To The Blaze
A shared commitment to educate and a passion to create tools for students and teachers brought three women together and ignited the idea of Spark-India. The Hyderabad-based alternative publishing house is less than two-years-old and has already published over half-a-dozen titles; each a labour of several hours of brainstorming between the authors and the publishing team.

Each of the series brought out by Spark-India has certain defined objectives. The latest Empathy Series, for instance, is aimed at sensitising children towards people with disabilities and teaching them tolerance without moralising or preaching. "Children are naturally sensitive to differences but need knowledge also to make them tolerant and aware of people with special needs," says Tanvir Iqbal, a Spark-India partner and a speech therapist. She says there are no easy answers while dealing with issues such as these so it’s best to describe the story as it is and let children decide on their own.

The Helping Hand, the first book in the Empathy Series, tells the story of growing up with...



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