The January 2002 issue of EKATA marks the beginning of the 24th year of continuous publication. Mr. Vinayak Gokhale, who served as the editor of Ekata from 1978 to 1999, was honored at the 10th convention of Brihan Maharashtra Mandal of North America held in Calgary, Canada in July 2001.

During the award ceremony at the convention, Mr. Gokhale was recognized for his valuable contribution and outstanding achievement in preserving the Maharashtrian culture. Though no longer serving in the capacity of the Editor, Mr. Gokhale remains the backbone of Ekata. (Photo on Page 10 of the January 2002 issue)

Inside the January 2002 issue, you will find:

  • Sushama Yerawadekar (Jamaica Estates, NY, USA) cautions in her "Samvadakiya" that misguided religious fundamentalism must be viewed as a clear and present danger to the civilized world and true freedom that only a democracy offers.
  • Dr. N. G. Rajurkar (Hyderabad, India) narrates the details of his meetings and conversations with late Mr. Hamid Dalwai and eulogizes him as one of the most prominent nationalist Muslim writers and social reformers India has spawned to date (Hamid Dalwai - Rashtriya Vritticha Thor Prabodhankar - Page 6).
  • Mrs. Padmaja Das (San Diego, CA, USA) shares the fond memories of her beloved aunt who was a ministering angel to relatives, friends, neighbors and acquaintances (Ji Avadate Sarvana - Page 11).
  • Lalita Gandbhir (Newton, MA, USA) points out the various manifestations of global terrorism throughout human history and narrates her personal encounters with the victims of terrorism. The author surmises that no matter what mask terrorists wear, their motivations are same and they are at odds with the personal freedoms that democracy grants people (Dahashatvadachi Utkranti - Page 13).
  • A short story by Dr. Vijaya Kanegaokar (Kent, UK) narrates the events of a terrifying night when a well-to-do woman is alone in her posh suburban home while her husband is out of town (Ratra Kali, Divas Ujal - Page 16).
  • Arun Jatkar (Monroeville, PA, USA) introduces the young Mr. Charudatta Aphale, an extremely talented 'Kirtankar' from Pune. Charudatta Aphale, though only in his 30s, has presented more than 2000 Kirtan programs to date and has been honored by the prime minister of India as the Gem amongst the Kirtankars. (Kirtan-Kaustubh Charudatta Aphale - Page 17).
  • N. B. Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) explains ten Sanskrit subhashitas that emphasize the importance of human effort and industry. 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, lekhank 21 - Page 22)
  • Gopal Kunchur (Ottawa, ON, Canada), who worked as a mining engineer in Canada, shares his experiences during the time he had lost his job and was desperately trying to find another (Bhakarisathi Chakarichya Shodhat - Page 25).
  • Meena Deshpande (Mumbai, India) narrates her impressions about the movie "Dr. Ambedkar" and contrasts it against the making of "Mahatma Phule", which was directed and produced by her own father, Acharya Atre (Dr. Ambedkar Chitrapatachya Nimittane - Page 28).
  • Sudhir S. Kulkarni (Latham, NY, USA) presents a brief history of the bus service in Mumbai from its inception to date and shares his own memories of commuting by bus in Mumbai (B. E. S. T. chi Bus Seva - Page 36).
  • Madhuri Bapat (Arizona, USA) relates the fondest memories of growing up in a large family in Sangli, Maharashtra and offers rare glimpses of life nearly fifty years ago (Dongri Avale - Page 39).
  • Lata Abhyankar (Pittsford, NY, USA) found herself taking care of a flowering vine planted by her daughter. The vine grew from the ground floor right up to the third floor gallery and the author became highly enamored of it. This account becomes all the more enchanting when one reads what all the author did with the flowers (Jui - Page 45).
  • Chandu Palnitkar (Richardson, TX, USA) explores the lighter side of death in his irreverently humorous style (Amhi Jato Amuchya Gava - Page 47).
  • Sushama Yerawadekar (Jamaica Estates, NY, USA) shows how an excellent cup of tea can be made using the ingredients available in the USA and refutes that one must have the milk of a buffalo (Jivacha Visava - Page 50).
  • Sudha Gore (Florida, USA) presents a solid defense against an earlier article by Hemant Kulkarni and offers several examples of husbands taking an active role in household chores including cooking and offers some delicious glimpses of her own life (Assa Navara Sugran Bai - Page 52).
  • Mrs. Swati Shevde (Toranga, New Zealand) tracks how she started writing a diary when she was still in school and how her husband and her sons now depend upon her diary for everything important in their own lives (Diary - Page 54).
  • DIWALI PROGRAM NEWS - Reviews of two Diwali programs appear in the January 2002 issue of Ekata. Jyotsna Ogale (Toronto, ON, Canada) has reviewed the Diwali program of Marathi Bhashik Mandal of Toronto. Arun Jatkar (Monroeville, PA, USA) has reviewed the Diwali program of Marathi group of Buffalo.
  • Congratulations - Ekata proudly notes that Mr. Subhash Karmarkar, a noted Metallurgist at the Bethesda, MD research lab of the U. S. Navy was honored by the U.S. Department of Defense in May 2001 (Page 44).
  • Obituaries - Mrs. Asha Shrikrishna Patil, wife of Mr. Shrikrishna Patil of San Jose, CA, passed away in November 2001(Page 30). Mrs. Sarojini Thakur, mother-in-law of Mrs. Geeta Jayant Thakur passed away in September, 2001(Page 30).
  • The English Forum
    • Shrayas A. Jatkar (George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA) presents the second part of his well-researched "International Monetary Fund - A Blessing or a Curse?" (Page 57).
  • And the Regular Features -
    • Aswad - Sandhya Karnik (Fremont, CA, USA) presents an appreciation of a poem by the noted Marathi poet Vasant Bapat - Bhas (Page 5).
    • Poetry- Poems by Arvind Narale (Toronto, ON, Canada - Bail and Chilat), Kunda Joshi (Philadelphia, PA, USA - Petale Rana Ek Hridyi), Jyoti Joshi (Nashua, NH, USA - Tu Mala Hava Asatos) and Sushama Pendharkar (Winter Park, FL, USA - Punya).
    • Shabdakode - Marathi crossword "Suchala Tasa" 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 compositions that are judged as the best three compositions.
    • Pustak Parichaya - In each issue, brief reviews of recently published Marathi books are presented. In this issue, Sandhya Karnik (Fremont, CA, USA) has written about HASARI KIDNEY by Padmaja Phatak. N. B. Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) has written about AILATEERAVARUN by Dr. Usha Ganesh Kelkar.
    • 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.
    • Maharashtra Sar - Shubhada Chandrachud (Pune, India) presents a summary of noteworthy events in Maharashtra that took place in the past three months.
    • Vachakanchya Pratikriya - a readers' forum. Readers share their views on material published in the previous issues of Ekata.