In the April
1999 issue, you will find :
- Ramesh Vaghmare
('garjaa jayajayakaara kraa.ntiichaa') of Ottawa, ON, Canada pays
a moving homage to the memory of late Mr. V. V. Shirwadkar, alias
Kusumagraja, the great Marathi poet, playwright and a writer of
novels and short stories.
- Arun Jatkar ('karmayogii
Suhas Kulkarni') of Monroeville, PA, USA narrates an inspirational
account of how Mr. Suhas Kulkarni, born with congenital glaucoma
which led to total blindness at an early age, has overcome his disability
and succeeded in life.
- Sandhya Karnik
('prayaaNa') of Fremont, CA, USA offers a poignant and uniquely
poetic perspective of the pain a mother feels when children who
go off to college and of the sweet and sour memories it evokes.
- N. B. Datar ('kaavya-shaastra-vinodena
: part 10') of Toronto, ON, Canada offers a detailed and instructive
explanation of eleven more Sanskrit subhasitas. All the subhasitas
in this issue relate to the life of Lord Sri Rama reminding the
readers that Ramanavamii falls in April this year.
- Shirish Kirtane
('aajobaa') of Longwood, FL, USA spins a story from the episodes
in family life that are rooted in a young physician's affection
for his grandfather.
- Sushama Pendharkar
('1496 sadaashiva peth') of Apopka, FL, USA reminisces over
the memories of her in-law's lodging quarters in Pune, India and
offers some unique glimpses of the life of her father-in-law who
was known in Maharashtra as "kavi Yeshawant".
- Ratnaprabha Shahane
('svayamsiddhaa') of Mechanicsberg, PA, USA narrates the
story of love that blossoms between a middle-aged Maharashtrian
man and a young American lady within the serene, but austere confines
of a hermitage.
- Varsha Puranik ('asaa
disalaa Cheen' - part 3) of Pittsburgh, PA, USA shares with
readers the experiences and impressions of her recent journey through
the People's Republic of China. This segment relates author's impressions
about places like the Great Wall of China.
- Nalini Adhav
('aamhii kyaamplaa jaato') of Orlando, FL, USA narrates the
humorous episodes from a recent camping trip of several Marathi
families in Orlando.
- Mrs. Shobha Pathak
('te dole') of Huntsville, AL, USA takes the readers into
the little- understood world of self-hypnosis, possession by a divine
power, possession by evil spirits and exorcism, weaving her narration
from the thread of a gathering of women who meet at someone's house
to joyfully celebrate the festival of navaratri with bhajans
and garba dances.
- Govind Kanegaokar
of U.K. pays homage to the memory of Late Mr. Mukund Sonpataki,
who practiced the profession of an architect in London, U.K. for
several years and founded Tamasa-Taranga (Ripples on the
Thames), a Marathi language periodical published regularly from
- Poetry - A fresh
bunch of poems by : Aparna Karmarkar of Washington, D.C.
(USA), Neelima Gole of Williamsville, NY (USA), Prasad
Pathare of Dubai (UAE), Mrs. Padmaja Das of San Diego,
CA (USA), Sandhya Karnik of Fremont, CA (USA), Sunanda
Ranade of Pune, (India) and G. S. Mhaisalkar of Missisauga,
ON, (Canada). Also, two poems reflecting the public reaction to
politically motivated slandering of renowned literati of Maharashtra
are featured in this issue. Poetry - A fresh bunch of poems
by various composers.
- The April '99 issue
of EKATA also features a summary of Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar's
speech ('ekvisaavyaa shatakaatiil jnaanaadhishthit samaaj')
at the World Conference of Marathi held in Hyderabad, India in January
- three samasya lines for the contest no. 21 (last date for receiving
entries is June 1, 1999) along with the winning and runner-up entries
for the contest no. 20. Winners receive cash awards of $25, $15
and $10. The examiner/judge of the contest has provided some useful
comments explaining what makes a good composition and why some entries
get rejected. Chandramukhii, the editor/organizer of this
feature, has also paid a glowing tribute to the memory of late Kusumagraja.
- Marathi Crossword
- this new 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 1999 issue is composed by Sushama Yerawadekar
of New York.
- a new 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 '99 issue contains
two such columns. We invite you to taste this unique feature and
tell us how you like it.
Saara" - a one page abstract of the recent events
in Maharashtra (by Shubhada Chandrachud of Pune, India).