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
- 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,
- 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.