In the April 2000 issue, you will find :

  • N. B. Datar of Toronto, ON, Canada presents a delightful rendition of 'Ramaraksha' into Marathi verses set to the same metre as the original Sanskrit stotra.
  • Vidyullekha Aklujkar ('chor-kshana') of Richmond, B.C., Canada shares the wondrous joy of an hour-long morning walk along the hilly walkway overlooking the Pacific ocean in the spring season.
  • Uday Nadkarni ('mase ani mi') of Lexington, MA, USA spins a different kind of a fish tale - the story line is so funny it is sure to hook every reader!
  • Three readers (Mrs. Padmaja Vijay Das of San Diego, CA, USA; Mrs. Smita Rajeev Hiremath of New York, NY, USA and Mr. Shamrao Vadarkar of Mumbai, India) share their observations and apprehensions in response to Ekata's question "kay rakhala, kay haravala?"
  • Mrs. Varsha Puranik of Pittsburgh, PA, USA ("asa disalaa cheen") presents the sixth and the last chapter of her travelogue. This piece describes her visits to the 8th century mosque in Shanxi province, a Chinese opera in Changan city, Hongkong and Macao.
  • N. B. Datar ('kaavya-shastra-vinodena : part 14') of Toronto, ON, Canada explains ten subhashitas that immortalize the love, devotion and total absorption with which Sanskrit poets have sung the glory of Lord Krishna.
  • Arun Jatkar ('shalakacha prashna') of Monroeville, PA, USA shares his tongue-in-cheek observations and humorous experiences with the English tongue both in India and the USA.
  • Sandhya Karnik ('tuze geeta ganyasathi') of Fremont, CA, USA recounts her eerie experiences of being stalked by a pesky suitor while growing up in India and contrasts the utterly off-the-cuff manner in which her adolescent daughter now deals with such cretins.
  • Madhuri Bapat ('sarva dharma sahishnuta') of Safford, AZ, USA speaks of her childhood curiosity about religions other than her own Hindu religion and her recent experience of attending the nativity mass in a Catholic church.
  • Sudhir S. Kulkarni ('deshi navara no. 1') of Leatham, NY, USA regales the readers with the lighter side of the American obsession with 'Number 1' and offers the benefit of his witty counsel to the battered Indian husbands.
  • Nalini Adhav ('weed') of Lake Mary, FL, USA cooks up a refreshingly zesty and tasty dish of the weeds growing wildly in her garden and the yard.
  • Shreepad S. a.k.a. Gangadhar Galande ('Nu. Ma. Vi.') of High Wicombe, U.K. reminisces about his great alma mater, the N. M. V. High School of Pune, India and some of his most memorable teachers.
  • Mrs. Uma Paranjape ('ramya te balapana') of Melbourne, Australia shares the fond memories of her distant childhood spent in Satara and its rustic environs and of juvenile relationships with elders, siblings, cousins and friends.
  • Mrs. Padmaja Vijay Das ('adhunik sant va tyanchi amol pustake') of San Diego, CA, USA highlights the merits of two collections of books, one by Mr. Pandurang Athavale and the other by Swami Svarupananda Sarasvati.
  • Sheela Bhandari ('athavaninchya hindolyavar') of Irvine, CA, USA forgets the ever-present arthritic pain in joints and muscles when a friend from India drops in to spend a day with her.
  • Mrs. Asha Panchavagh ('prayatnavad shreshtha ki daivavad') of Columbia, MD, USA argues that faith and fate are inevitably linked to the success and failure of any human endeavor.
  • Neela Paranjape ('Jyotsna Deodhar yanche samavet gappagoshti') of Thunder Bay, ON, Canada introduces and interviews Jyotsna Deodhar of Pune, India, who has become well-known for her prolific writing despite blooming late in life.
  • Ravindra Godse ('maza Pakistancha pravas' ) of Pittsburgh, PA, USA recounts the fun-filled details of his trip from Mumbai to Karachi in order to appear for an examination required for obtaining the US visa as a medical practitioner.
  • Hemant Joshi ('parag-kana') of Dayton, NJ, USA offers scientific insights into the hay fever along with the lighter side of this malady.
  • Poetry - A fresh bunch of poems by: Veena Purohit of Pune, India; Sonali Joshi of Baton Rouge, FL (USA), Arun Jatkar of Monroeville, PA (USA); Dr. Atul Patil of Milpitas, CA (USA), Mrs. Prabha Kharkar of White Rock, B.C. (Canada); Devayani of Pune, India and Varsha Pendse of Fremont, CA (USA).
  • English Forum - The April 2000 issue of EKATA features an interview of Anand Gan by Sushama Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY. Anand Gan and his fellow musician Doug Davis released their first rock music CD (Aquamarine Scene) on the mp3.com web site in November 1999. Sushama Yerawadekar also presents an English rendition of 'Amhi Kon', the famous Marathi poem composed nearly 100 years ago by Keshavsut.

THE REGULAR FEATURES:

  1. Aswad - this new feature, an appreciation of a well-known Marathi poem, was begun with the January 2000 issue. Aswad of "Amhi Kon", a famous poem by late 'Keshavsut' (Krishnaji Keshav Kolhatkar), was written for the April 2000 issue by Sushama Yerawadekar.
  2. Samasya-Purti - after 'Chandramukhi' decided to retire from this feature, - after the last two issues (January 2000 and October 1999) did not stage this contest. Now, another veteran poet, who also wants to be known only by the pen name 'Chakravak', has accepted to conduct the Samasya-Purti contest. Three 'samasya's for the contest no. 23 (last date for receiving entries is June 1, 2000) are announced. As before, winners will receive cash awards of $25, $15 and $10.
  3. Marathi Crossword - this feature started with the October 1996 issue. It is different from any crossword you may have seen in the newspapers in India. The crossword in the April 2000 issue is composed by Sushama Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY.
  4. Aja-stambha - a feature we introduced in the October 1998 issue. A variety of single-column-length musings that are sometimes humorous, sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes serious. The April 2000 issue contains three such columns.
  5. Pustaka Parichaya - Mr. K. P. Kane of Tulsa, OK introduces 'Svayambhu', a book about the Indian film industry career of late Shri Bhalji Pendharkar written by Mr. D. M. Samant.
  6. Maharashtra Saar - This regular feature, a one-page newsletter from Shubhada Chandrachud of Pune, India, summarizing recent noteworthy events in Maharashtra did not reach Ekata's offices before the April 2000 issue went to press.
  7. Vachakachya Pratikriya (readers' responses).