October 2000 issue is
the Diwali issue as is evident in the beautiful cover by Veena Shah,
of Bloomfield Hills, MI, depicting a festive scene reminiscent of
Diwali. Editor Vidyullekha Aklujkar, in her last epistle as Ekata's
editor, pays a touching tribute to the late Prime Minister Pierre
Trudeau of Canada. She also shares a personal loss with the readers,
that of her mother, the late Mrs. Kamalini Wagh of Pune, who recently
passed away at the age of 85.
Inside, a feast awaits the discerning reader -
- Ganesh Raut of
Pune, India, in his article "Berad Samaajaachaa Deepastambh-
Bheemrao Gastee" introduces us to the work of Dr. Bheemrao
Gastee, a pioneer social worker.
- Results of Ekata's 21st
Short Story Contest appear in this issue along with the winning
MaitreeN! - Sudha Joshi
How the long-standing friendship between two married couples
lives on after each couple loses a partner to death.
- Priya Suneetaa
- Arun Nisargand, Belleview, WA
A humorous story of an unrequited love in the internet age.
- Chakshurvai Satyam
- Sushama Pendharkar, Winter Park, FL Reminescence of
an unarticulated love.
- Priyaa Bandyaachee'
- Sanjay Pathak, Ossising, NY
A practical joker learns his lesson the hard way.
- Ninawee -
Shirish Keertane, Longwood, FL A husband is tested by
his wife with some help from his friendly ex.
- In 'Maaybhoomichee
Odh' Madhav Shankar Vaidya of Mississauga, ON, shares
with readers his reasons for visiting India when neither kin nor
kitty reside there anymore.
- Madhav Manjarekar
of New Berlin, WI, in 'American Dantkathaa' describes a first
timer's visit to the dentist.
- 'Pets Aani Mee'
by Uday Nadkarni of Lexington, MA, speaks of a husband's
strategy to change his wife's mind and own pets inspite of her initial
- Neela Paranjape
of Thunder Bay, ON, interviews actor Mohan Joshi in 'Rangamanchaavar
by Veena Shah of Bloomfield Hills, MI, is a story of life
deprived of normalcy.
- 'Geet Gaayaa Pattharone'
by Alaka Inamdar of Mumbai, India, describes a trip to Sedona
and Monument Valley in Arizona.
- 'Majhya ga AajoLee'
by Anuja Sabnis of Koppel, TX, is a fond remembrance of her
childhood trips to her grandfather's house.
- 'Mee Kaay Karoo?'
by Shanta R.Gokhale of Sangali, India, poses a familiar dilemma
of choosing to stay in America or returning to India for conflicting
- Prabha Kharkar
of White Rock, BC has her own take on that pesky sickness-flu in
by Shalini Purohit of Canyon Country, CA, narrates a touching
story of how a son and daughter-in-law come to embrace their duty
towards his mother though she had abandoned him in his childhood.
- In 'Na Chaalalelee
Paaulwaat' Lata Deshpande of Ellicott City, MD, provides
a glimpse in a young man's reasoning behind his career choice.
page in this issue features:
- by Rajashree Damle, San Gabriel, CA.
- Jyot - by
Aparna Karmarkar, Washington, DC.
- Aarasaa -
by Lata Deshpande, Ellicott City, MD.
- KoNaas Thhauk
Kuthhe Gele Te Diwas - by Gandhali Sewak, Santa Clara,
- KaLweet AaNi
Raagweet - by Arun Jatkar, Monroeville, PA.
- Takraar -
by Yeshwant Kaa. Sohani, Great Falls VA.
- English Forum
- In 'Legends and
Folk Stories of India' Kumar Joshi of Fort Worth,TX,
retells two traditional stories.
Dr. Sanjeev Kothare: Pediatric Neurologist, Epileptologist and
Sleep Disorders Specialist' is an informative two part interview
of the physician by Sushama Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates,
NY. The first part about Epilepsy appears in this issue. The
second part about Sleep Disorders will appear in the next issue.
- Kavita Mane
of Fort Worth, TX, laments losing a daughter to college in her
poem 'Empty Nest'.
- 'Navjeevan SohaLa
va Shishyavrittee Samarambh' by Dr. Gangadhar Maddiwar
of Banner, KY, gives a stirring account of the sixty-fifth birthday
philanthropy of Drs.Chandra and Mahendra Varia of Kentucky.
- Dr. Sa. Vi. Sahastrabuddhe
(1910-2000) contains excerpts of a speech made on Dr. Sahastrabuddhe's
75th birthday, delivered by the late Mr. G. K. Bhopatkar of Pune,
India, as a tribute to this dedicated and learned teacher (Nutan
Marathi Vidyalaya and the Sanskrit Pathshala of Pune).
- In Pustak Parichaya:
- Vaijayanti Joshi
of Worcester, MA, reviews 'Ameriketeel DhaavapaL' by
Anant P. Labhsetwar.
- Gangadhar Galande
of High Wicomb,UK, reviews '84 Charing Cross Road' by Helen
- Maharashtra Saar
by Shubhada Chandrachud of Pune, India, gives a summary of
recent events back home.
- Wachakanchyaa Pratikriyaa
is the readers' correspondence.
- Aja-Stambha (#21
and 22) are Arun Jatkar's columns of incidental writing.
- Shabdakode #
17' Titled 'Are Re' is the unique Marathi crossword puzzle by Sushama
Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY