The crown jewel of the October 2001 issue of Ekata is the full text of the speech delivered by Dr. Abhay Bang at the 10th Convention of Brihan-Maharashtra Mandal of North America (held in Calgary, AB, Canada this year). Dr. Abhay Bang elaborated in his speech upon the social and medical services he and his wife have been providing to the aborigines of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The World Health Organization (WHO) has duly acknowledged the results of research by Dr. Abhay Bang and his wife Dr. Rani Bang. WHO has now brought its priorities in the field of public health services in the third world countries in line with recommendations made by Dr. Abhay Bang. The thoroughly inspiring account of this epoch-making selfless social service earned Dr. Abhay Bang the most resounding, heartfelt applause from every one of the 2000 attendees. It also spawned a voluntary drive to collect donations, which resulted in a cash donation of a significant amount to Dr. Bangs' mission by the end of the convention.

Adhiveshan Vrittant is another facet that makes the October 2001 issue of Ekata indispensable. Several authors share their impressions of the BMM convention held in Calgary - Dr. Vijay Dhawale of Ottawa, ON (Calgaryche adhiveshan), Rajani Shingadia of Calgary, AB (Akanksha-purti), Durga Pachapurkar of Toronto, ON (Dahavya adhiveshanachi kahi smritichitre), Padmaja Vijay Das of San Diego, CA, (RamaNiya Calgarytil avismaraNiya adhiveshan), Dr. Meena Nerurkar of Newtown, PA, (Calgarytil adhiveshan-swagat-samarambha) and Arun Jatkar of Monroeville, PA (Calgarycha prasad). Delightful cartoons sketched during the course of the convention by Prabhakar Bhosale of Peoria, IL take a tongue-in-cheek view of the convention.

The cover for the October 2001 issue, designed by Veena Shah of Bloomfield Hills, MI, is a festive scene of Diwali in linework, reminiscent of alpana. The brilliant white lines of Veena Shah's artwork project the bright Diwali ambience against a deep purple background.

Inside you will also find:

  • Arun Jatkar's editorial begins with the acknowledgement of the contribution made by one of the readers of Ekata to the cause of increasing the number of subscribers. The editorial offers a peak at the contents of the issue and shares the details of the production of 'Ekata'. Reflecting upon the terrible events of September 11, 2001, the editorial concludes with prayers for an end of terrorism everywhere.
  • "Var chaDha!" by Vidyullekha Aklujkar of Richmond, BC, is an apt rendering in Marathi of the original English poem 'Climb Higher! - A Tribute to the New York Firefighters' by the Fire Marshal Jim McGregor of Langley, New York. It would be hard to find a better tribute to the New York Braves.
  • In 'Naveen samasya, naveen awhan', Shreenivas Mate of Simi Valley, CA, reflects upon the probable course of world events in the wake of September 11 events. He also presents his vision of what courses of action the U.S. and the Indian governments ought to pursue from now on.
  • Results of the Annual Short Story Contest appear in this issue. The contest, announced in the April 2001 issue of Ekata, is open to the current subscribers of Ekata. The first, second and third place prizes are cash awards of $75, $45 and $30 respectively. Results of Ekata Katha Spardha No. 22 are:
    • First Prize Amritvel by Padmaja Vijay Das
    • Second Prize Ajanma Karavas by Lata Despande
    • Third Prize VidyapiThhat Mhasoba by Dr.Vireshwar Paranjape
    • Honorable Mention Rhumba by 'Sikandar'
    • The award-winning short stories appear in this issue; the entry qualifying for the Honorable Mention category will appear in the next issue.
  • N. B. Datar of Toronto, ON, in his 20th article in the on-going series 'Kavya-shastra-vinodena', offers detailed explanations of ten Sanskrit subhashitas that deal with a special figure of speech called 'Vyatirek alankar'. Mr. Datar's ample explanations make it easy to enjoy the full flavor and beauty of Sanskrit subhashitas, even for those who had never learned a word of Sanskrit.
  • Vasudeo Purushottam Telang of Wheaton, IL, in part 2 of his article KrishNa-janma-nivas, arthat Yeravadyacha turung, shares with readers his experiences of an 18-month long detention by Indira Gandhi's government. He was detained in Yerawada jailhouse in Pune, India, during 1974-76 under the Emergency Act. This is a priceless account for all those who never knew or have now forgotten what it was like to live through the 'dark age of Indian democracy'. Part 1 of this article had appeared in the previous issue of Ekata (July 2001).
  • Madhukar Deshpande of Pune, India, in his article ENRONchi ajab katha presents a succinct summary and update of the strange goings-on in Maharashtra for the past ten years. In particular, this is about the infamous Enron affair. The article is based on Abhay Mehta's recently published book 'Power Play', It gives readers a bird's eye view of all that has transpired in this sad saga of official corruption/incompetence and bureaucratic bungling.
  • Ekata pays homage to a number of literary and performing arts dignitaries of Maharashtra that have passed away recently - Va. Pu. Kale, a renowned master of Marathi short story, Vyankatesh Madgulkar, renowned Marathi master of short story and novel, Jyotsna Bhole, a popular stage actor and singer of yesteryear, and Sharad Talwalkar, a well-known stage and screen actor.
  • Separately, Ekata mourns the loss of Mr. Vishnu Vaidya, one of three founders of the Brihan-Maharashtra Mandal of North America.
  • In her humorous anecdote, Guha pahu jaata, Nalini Adhav of Lake Mary, FL, tells of "high adventure" by six senior citizens from Florida as they try to explore the Rat's Nest cavern near Calgary, Canada.
  • In NirvaNacha Anand, Hemant Kulkarni of Milwaukee, WI, offers a rebuttal of the criticism leveled at him for his apparent branding of Indian women who have lived in North America for a long time as lacking in culinary skills. He concludes his article by describing how he has applied his inventive skills to cooking healthy foods for his grandchild while running his own home-based business.
  • Poetry Corner: A fresh bouquet of poems -
    • VaLucha desh by Prasad Pathare of Mumbai
    • Asamadhani gaDhav by Arvind Narale of Toronto, ON
    • Pravas by Sonali Joshi of Baton Rouge, LA
    • Akara September don hajar ek by 'Sakhahari'
    • Praarthana by 'Devayani'
    • Vishar by Arun Jatkar of Monroeville, PA
    • ShravaNbhul by Veena Shah, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
  • The English Forum:
    • In The International Monetary Fund: A Curse or A Blessing ? (Part 1), Shrayas Jatkar of Washington D.C. takes a critical look at the historical founding and the structure of the International Monetary Fund. Part 2 will appear in the next issue of Ekata.
    • Saarung Ghanekar of Toronto, ON presents his poem 'The world'
    • There is also a brief report on portraits of Indian Classical Music Stars made in oil by Sujan Rane and exhibited at the BMM convention in Calgary.
  • Aswad - Arun Jatkar's critical appreciation of the poem 'Prarthana' written by the celebrated poet Suresh Bhat who has cultivated a unique Marathi gazal genre during the past 50 years of his literary career. Each issue of Ekata offers a critical appreciation of one well-known Marathi poem. A different individual is requested to contribute to this feature each time.
  • Samasya Purti contest is held in each issue of Ekata and the winners receive cash awards of $25, $15 and $10 for the first, second and the third place. Winning entries in Samasya-Purti Spardha # 28 were submitted by:
    • Varsha Puranik of Merrimack, NH, and Padmaja Vijay Das of San Diego, CA (First Prize)
    • Rajani Ghui of Nagpur, India and Padmaja Vijay Das of San Diego, CA (Second Prize)
    • Anuradha Abhyankar of Pittsford, NY (Third Prize).
    • Other entries, submitted by Bhalchandra Bhate of Irvine, CA and Anuradha Abhyankar of Pittsford, NY, won an Honorable Mention.
  • Marathi Crossword - A unique, challenging and entertaining crossword in Marathi (Shabdakode #21) is presented by Sushama Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY.
    • Correct solutions to shabdakode # 20 were submitted by Meena and Kashinath Ghanekar of Toronto,ON. Solutions with one error were submitted by Deepak and Swapna Phatak of NJ; Rajani Ghui of Nagpur, India; Anil and Lata Narale of Toronto, ON and Anuradha and Lata Abhyankar of Pittsford, NY.
  • Maharashtra-saar - Shubhada Chandrachud of Pune, India presents a summary of recent newsworthy events in Maharashtra.
  • Vachakanchya pratikriya - Readers share their thoughts about the articles published in recent issues of Ekata.
  • Chitragupta - A new feature, introduced in the July 2001 issue, is a picture puzzle with a unique twist. The October 2001 issue carries Chitragupta #2.
    • Dhananjay Joshi of Wheaton, IL; Deepak and Swapna Phatak of NJ; Rajani Ghui of Nagpur, India; Anil and Lata Narale of Toronto, ON, and Anuradha and Lata Abhyankar of Pittsford, NY submitted correct solutions to Chitragupta # 1.