Our future depends on stories. As the world advances, literature has the ability to ground us—in our humanness, our imaginations, and our enlightenment. Fueled by the need to interpret the past, to explore the present, and to imagine the future, each generation shapes the world of books. In order to preserve this, we must have a new generation willing to share their stories. The support young writers receive is vital to whether they keep writing, and it fuels the stories yet to come.
However, this support does not always exist. Growing up in Aligarh, India, I had limited resources for sharing my writing. There was no platform for me to receive feedback or advice, and I struggled to find sincere reviewers. I kept writing, but many children do not. This problem drove me to where I am today. With the vision of supporting young writers, I started the annual Lune Spark Short Story Contest in May 2017. It is open to writers between the ages of ten and sixteen.
A Window to Young Minds is the first of the contest’s yearly anthologies, Short Stories by Young Writers. The twenty-three wonderful stories in this book are handpicked from 2017’s entries. The talent of these young writers shines in their command of storytelling and their unique take on genre—from telling a pirate love story to re-creating the Hindenburg disaster that happened on May 6, 1937, in New Jersey.
If the future depends on stories, then our future looks bright indeed.
The depths of the human heart are fathomless. A book like this makes us realize this yet again while helping us travel in the new dimensions.
The book is a powerful memoir of a young mother braving through Nazi-occupied Europe, doing everything possible to protect her three young children from the biggest man made catastrophe in the history of mankind. On the other side, the book also pictures a stubborn Holocaust survivor who just wouldn’t follow the normal while continuing her life in the assisted living facility.
Full of struggle, love, hope, sacrifice, humor, and a miracle, the book is one of the best I have read on the Holocaust.
I read this book yet again today, and discovered another layer of truth. A masterpiece that’s written in such a simple language, the book deals in great depth with some of the most complex philosophical, spiritual, and psychological themes, without having to get into intricate framework that these areas typically demand in order to achieve something meaningful.
This is the story of Siddhartha. The story of a full circle of life. The story of everyone; each one of us. The story of a stream of constant realization that creeps in each one of us as we age; of the things in the past, and the emotions attached, and the balance in the larger ecosystem; all that we did not understand until we switched places to be the one on the other side.
This is a story of the complexity in the simplicity of life, and a story of the simplicity in the complexity of life. A story of growing younger in terms of knowing nothing, and a story of growing older in terms of knowing more. A story of how important friendship and companionship are; and a story of how worthless the attachments in the large scheme of overall life are. The story of a meeting place of Atman & Parmatman, and the story of the place of their separation. The story of quest for knowledge, and the story of living in ignorance.
Pure, melodic, poetic, this book should be one of the first ones on the list for every serious reader.