In the April 2002 issue, you will find :

  • Shreenivas Mate (Simi Valley, CA, USA) in his editorial article (Pradushanacha vilakha) talks passionately about vehicular pollution in California and India.
  • Prakash Waghmare (West Orange, NJ, USA) narrates the details of how the movie on freedom fighter late Vinayak Damoar Savarkar was made and how the monumental efforts of Maharashtra's most popular music director and singer Sudhir Phadke saw the project through (Veer Savarkar chitrapat, ek vatchal - Page 7).
  • Vijay Sabnis (La Crosse, WI, USA) spins a romantic story out of the ups, downs and ups again in the married life of Sean Miller and his high school sweetheart Emily Sweeny (Rumba - Page 13).
  • Sunil Deshmukh (Stamford, CT, USA) reviews the poetry of Maharashtra's dalit poets and points out how this poetry portrays the desperation, the frustrations and the sense of defeat by life that dalits experience every day (Vaifalyachi kavita - Page 17).
  • Ratnaprabha Shahane (Mechanicsburg, PA, USA) spins a touching tale of intense emotional pain a boy and his mother experience when the man of the house is in prison (To ek kshan - Page 20).
  • N. B. Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) explains ten Sanskrit subhashitas that tastefully bring out the aesthetic charm and beauty in human sexuality. Mr. Datar's explanations make it easy to appreciate the original Sanskrit compositions, even for those who had no formal education in Sanskrit (Kavya-Shastra-Vinodena - Page 22).
  • Sushama Pendharkar (Winter park, FL, USA) narrates the tale of a woman, whose personality is effaced by her husband to such an extent that she feels like a nameless and faceless entity (Anamika - Page 25).
  • Jayalakshmi Wagh (Germantown, TN, USA) presents a brief essay on words and acts of kindness that feel like someone blowing softly on a bruise (Phunkar - Page 28).
  • In the article based on an in-depth interview of Mr. Ravi Paranjape, a celebrated illustrator from India, winner of highly coveted artistry awards in India and writer of a famous book on the art of painting; Sandhya Karnik (Fremont, CA, USA) offers a valuable lesson on how to appreciate the art of painting and the paintings themselves (Chitrakar Ravi Paranjape - Page 29).
  • Prakash Lothe (Little Silver, NJ, USA) regales the reader with rollickingly funny tongue-in-cheek tips to men and women in their fifties and older on how to maintain a firm grip on the blessings of marriage (Gaddhe-pannashi va ganimi kava - Page 39).
  • Gangadhar Maddiwar (Banner, KY, USA) offers an inspirational account of the life and deeds of 'Animal Kigdom'-fame Mr. Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical, a charitable organization that is dedicated to providing medical services to people in remote areas of the world (Sanyasta gurakhi Stan Brock - Page 43).
  • Vijay Deshpande Jinturkar (Latensville, MD, USA) narrates the sweet and sad experiences he had in his favorite Indian city, Hyderabad, during a trip to India with family (Jane kaha(n) gaye woh din - Page 46).
  • Dr. Varsha Gogate-Deopujari (Centerville, VA, USA) shares her poignant memories about her father, his life and his last days - a touching homage to a father by his daughter (Kalpavriksha kanyesathi lavuniya baba gela - Page 48).
  • Dr. (Mrs.) Jayashri Mane (Hillcrest, NY, USA) pays homage to 'Piya' Vasanti, formerly Mrs. Vasanti Abhyankar, a frequent contributor of articles, stories and poems to Ekata (Piya Vasanti - Page 51).
  • Mrs. Shalini Saraf (Moorstown, NJ, USA) introduces the illustrious deeds of Mr. Prabhakar Karkhanis who helped build a college in Ambarnath near Mumbai (Manikanchan yogachya nimittane - Page 53).
  • Vidyullekha Aklujkar (Richmond, BC, Canada) - gives a brief account of a meeting in Guhagar, India (Rashtriya lok-ladhyacha jagar - Page 54). The meeting was organized in order to make people aware of a movement to educate people about the sins of Enron in India.
  • ENGLISH FORUM
    • Shrayas A. Jatkar (George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA) presents the third and the final part of his well-researched "International Monetary Fund - A Blessing or a Curse?" (Page 55).
    • Sagar Shevde (Tauranga, New Zealand) presents his views on war in a short poem (What is War - Page 59).
  • ASWAD - Dilip Chitre (Lanham, MD, USA) presents an appreciation of a poem by the noted Marathi poet Yeshwant Manohar - 'He Gao' (Page 5)
  • POETRY- Poems by:
    • Rajani Ghui (Nagpur, Inida - phulavit lali sandhya ali)
    • Arvind Narale (Toronto, ON, Canada - kadunimba)
    • Mrs. Padmaja Bijoy Dash (San Diego, CA, USA - mitra)
    • Arun Jatkar (Monroeville, PA, USA - charolya).
  • SHABDAKODE - Marathi crossword "Aga ga" composed in her unique style by Sushama Yerawadekar (Jamaica Estates, NY, USA). List of readers who submitted correct solutions to the previous crossword and a complete solution to the previous crossword are also published.
  • SAMASYAPURTI - beginning with the October 2001 issue, Vidyullekha Aklujkar, the past editor of Ekata and Arun Jatkar, the present editor of Ekata, have undertaken this feature and have begun to include helpful notes along with samasya lines. The contest is open to all the subscribers of Ekata. Contestants are required to submit compositions that are metrically similar to the samasya line and include the samasya as one of the lines. Cash prizes ($ 25, $15 and $10) are offered to the best three entries.
  • PUSTAK PARICHAYA - In each issue, brief reviews of recently published Marathi books are presented. In this issue:
    • Shobha Bhagwt (India) has written about KUNASTAV KUNITARI by Sandhya Karnik.
    • A non-fiction book SHUBHA-MANGAL by Mrs. Vaijayanti Chitnis is also introduced.
  • CHITRAGUPTA - a new feature that was started with the July 2001 issue. Contestants are required to submit an answer to a question, using the information provided by the accompanying cartoon and two lines of verse. Solution to the previous Chitragupta and the list of readers who submitted correct solution are also published.
  • VACHAKANCHYA PRATIKRIYA - a readers' forum. Readers share their views on material published in the previous issues of Ekata.