In the January 1999 issue, you will find :

  • Sudha Gore ('paramparaa shopingchii') of Orlando, FL, USA presents a hypothesis that shopping habits are genetically programmed in humans, in support of which she narrates hilarious accounts of shopping by the male and female members of her own family.
  • Dr. Vijay Dhavale ('amerikan AMWAY kamapanii paasuun saavadh rahaa') of Ottawa, ON, Canada launches a frontal assault on AMWAY, a direct marketing company, and using figures and calculations, argues that AMWAY is bad for India and Indians.
  • Sandhya Karnik ('maitra') of Fremont, CA, USA tells a poignant story of two men bound by friendship and emotional attachment.
  • P. B. Kulkarni ('sudhaarakchii saat varshe' ) of Nagpur, India introduces the reader to a new (started 1990) periodical "Aajchaa Sudhaarak". The 79 years old editor Prof. D. Y. Deshpande, the founder of Indian Philosophical Society, aims to continue and expand the task of social reforms undertaken by Late Gopal Ganesh Agarkar.
  • N. B. Datar ('Kaavya-shaastra-vinodena : part 9') of Toronto, ON, Canada offers a detailed and interesting explanation of ten more Sanskrit subhasitas.
  • Dr. Prakash Lothe ('Lost In Cybersapce') of Little Silver, NJ, USA gives a humorous account of his own struggles to become computer literate.
  • Arun Jatkar ('halloween, paangal aani maipalaayana vyaasa') of Monroeville, PA, USA shares his light-hearted as well as serious personal reflections on the events on the day of last year's Halloween day.
  • Mrs. Sheela Bhandari ('Parcel milaala') of Irvine, CA, USA presents a translation of an original story in Gujarathi by Anandrao Lingayat. This story offers glimpses of a childhood friendship between a girl and a boy in a small town in India. The girl grows up to be a physician, marries a handsome pysician, moves to the U.S. with her husband and enjoys the blessings of a wealthy life-style, but does not forget her childhood friend.
  • Lata Deshpande ('chiratarunii Susheela Ambardekar') of Elicott City, MD, USA is all praise for an 82-years old Maharashtrian lady, Mrs. Susheela Ambardekar, whose dynamic personality, lust for life and the get-up-and-go would put many youngsters to shame.
  • Varsha Puranik ('asaa disalaa Cheen' - part 2) of Pittsburgh, PA, USA shares with readers the experience and impressions of her recent journey through the People's Republic of China.
  • Mrs. Sheela Bhandari ('maiphaliichaa raajaa gelaa' ) of Irvine, CA, USA pays homage to late Mr. Jitendra Abhisheki, who was himself a celebrated vocalist of India, had tutored several noteworthy Maharashtrian vocalists of today, had directed the music for several unforgettable Marathi musicals (sangeet naatakas) and had received high honors such as "padmashree", "Mangeshkar puraskaar" and "Bal Gandharva puraskaar". Mr. Jitendra Abhisheki passed away in November 1998 at the age of 66.
  • Kachesh Pathak ('shraddhaanjali') of Huntsville, AL, USA pays homage to his father who passed away in October 1998 at the age of 93. The author shares the fond memories and a brief biographical sketch of his hard-working, scholarly and loving father.
  • Shrinivas Mate ('aanandaache dohii aananda taranga') of Simi Valley, CA, USA presents a "thumbs up" review of a Hindi film song recital (aavaajaachii duniyaa) which he attended recently in Mumbai, India.
  • Vidya Hardikar ('Sangeet samvaadak - Rajendra Vaishampayan') of Fullerton, CA, USA, introduces Mr. Rajendra Vaishampayan, a versatile young musician, a poet and also a computer science professional, now residing in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Book Reviews - This issue carries reviews of two recent publications : "Shikhare Ranga-Reshaanchii", a collection of essays on the celebrated artists of the world, authored by Ravi Paranjape (reviewed by Varsha Pendse of San Jose, CA, USA) and "Ranga Pashchimeche" a collection of poems composed by Madhusudan Bhide (reviewed by N. B. Datar of Toronto, ON, Canada).
  • Poetry - A fresh bunch of poems by various composers. Specially noteworthy is a "laavanii" composed by Muktak Aklujkar of Vancouver, BC, Canada. We believe this is the first humorous laavanii.

THE REGULAR FEATURES:

  1. Samasya-Puurti - three samasya lines for the contest no. 20 (last date for receiving entries is March 1, 1999) along with the winning and runner-up entries for the contest no. 19. 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.
  2. Letters to the Editor (we publish the views and comments of our readers in each issue).
  3. 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 January 1999 issue is composed by Sushama Yerawadekar of New York.
  4. 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 January '99 issue contains three such columns. We invite you to taste what we believe is the first humorous Marathi composition in the "gajhal" format that appears in one of these three aja-stambhas.