In the July 2002 issue,
published on July 1, 2002, you will find :
Jatkar (Monroeville, PA, USA) in his editorial article laments the
recent events in Godhra and Ahmedabad in India and comments that
the high officials of both Islamic and the Hindu organizations
allowed to lapse an opportunity for avoiding the massive eruption
Sattvasheela Samant (Pune,
India) makes a powerful argument for the purity of written Marathi
and lambastes the state government, the scholars, the compilers of
dictionaries, the publishers and editors and the news media of
Maharashtra and the organizers of literary conventions for the
steep downfall of the Marathi language since 1960s (Firyad
hi tyanchyavari - Page 7).
ON, Canada) proposes that nothing lights up one’s life like a
spark of inspiration from a noble mind.
In support of his argument, the author narrates how Swami
Vivekananda inspired the world-famous sitar player Ravi Shankar
and Monika Chakrabarty and how only a few words from the Nobel
prize winner Enrico Fermi solved scientific enigmas for Maria
Maier who herself later won the Nobel prize in Physics (Thinagi
- Page 14).
Ravindra Godse (Pittsburgh,
PA, USA) regales the readers with rollickingly funny remembrances
of roughing it out during a tour of Nepal and Sikkim with
boisterous and irreverent male and female M. D.s when they were
all interns at the K. E. M. Hospital in Mumbai, India
(Sikkim va Nepalchi Safari - Page 16).
Sheela Pimplaskar (Philadelphia,
PA, USA) introduces with the flair of a serious music lover the
illustrious career of classical Hindustani vocalist Alaka Deo
Marulkar. The author takes a special delight in narrating how
Marulkar's singing career flourished from a very tender age under
the tutelage of her own father and later under the guidance of
several well-known maestros (Pandita
Alaka Deo Marulkar - Page 21).
N. B. Datar (Toronto,
ON, Canada) explains ten Sanskrit subhashitas that capture the
very essence human nobility – the qualities of ‘sajjanas’.
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 23 - Page 25).
PA, USA) lovingly narrates how her relatives love Ollie, their pet
dog and thrills the readers with tales of Ollie's exploits that
end up in vexing, but humorous situations (Ollie
re Ollie - Page 28).
City, MD, USA) takes a critical look at the way immigrants from
Maharashtra behave when Americans are around and when they are in
the company of fellow Maharashtrians or fellow Indians. While
acknowledging that the behavior of Maharashtrians has undergone a
change since settling down here as immigrants, the author reflects
upon whether the change is a real transformation or whether it is
only skin deep (Parivartan
ki keval badal? -
(Mount Laurel, NJ, USA) weaves a very pleasant short story in
which a widower and a widow, both with grown up and married
children, feel rejuvenated in each other's company and finally tie
the knot (Daratala Mepal -
elderly writer (from
Australia), who wishes to remain anonymous, offers valuable
suggestions about what the younger generations could and should do
to enliven and to enrich the life of senior citizens (Amha
mhatarya(n)na paradeshat kase vadhaval? - Page 46).
Madhuri Bapat (Thatcher,
AZ, USA) shares with readers the humorously muddy details of an
evening course in pottery making
(Phiratya chakavarati - Page 48).
Mrs. Swati Shriram Shevade (Taurango,
New Zealand) provides a layman’s perspective at how anxiety
grows into stress, tension and even illness and shares some
experiences from the lives of her acquaintances and from her own
life, which makes this short essay very enjoyable (Tension
- Page 50).
pays tribute to late Durgabai Bhagwat, a towering scholar,
sociologist and a serious student of folk literature of India (Page
B.C., Canada) pays a tribute to late Shanta Shelake, the
celebrated poetess of Maharashtra and shares the memories of her
personal encounters with Shanta Shelake (Ekek
chandanine nabhadeepa pajalava - Page 55).
Suman Atre pays
a poignant homage to her late husband, Mr. Ramachandra Atre, who
passed away a year ago (Dhanya
te marana - Page 54).
Ajit Kukade (Toronto,
ON, Canada) shares the
memories of his father Dr. L. D. Kukade of Pune, India, who passed
away a quarter of a century ago (Vatavrikshachya
chhayet - Page 57).
- ENGLISH FORUM
- Rasika Aklujkar (Richmond,
B.C., Canada), who was born with Down's syndrome, narrates an
inspiring account of how she has transformed her life by
becoming a story-dancer and how it helps her communicate with
and delight young and old in the audience (What
I Do As A Story-Dancer - Page 59).
(Middletown, NJ, USA) presents an appreciation of a poem about a
winter morning in Mumbai by the noted Marathi poet B. S. Mardhekar
by Vidyullekha Aklujkar (Richmond,
B.C., Canada - mi
sanatanachya japamaletila mani) and N. B. Datar (Toronto,
ON, Canada - amhi tula
hakalnar mhanaje hakalnar!).
Marathi crossword "Ranabheri"
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
Aklujkar and Arun
Jatkar conduct this contest in each issue of Ekata. 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 best three entries.
PARICHAYA - In
each issue, recently published Marathi books are introduced. In
Padmini(Lata) Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) has written
about KARMACHA SIDDHANTA by Prof.
R. S. Bhagwat.
Jatkar (Monroeville, PA, USA) has introduced a collection
of Marathi poems AJABA TUZE SARKAR by Anuradha
is a picture puzzle, and
readers are asked to articulate an answer using the clues seen in
an accompanying cartoon and two lines of verse.
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