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 London.
  • 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 1999.

THE REGULAR FEATURES:

  1. Samasya-Puurti - 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Aja-stambha - 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.
  4. "Maharashtra Saara" - a one page abstract of the recent events in Maharashtra (by Shubhada Chandrachud of Pune, India).