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.
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
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
- 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:
Prize Amritvel by Padmaja
Prize Ajanma Karavas by Lata Despande
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.
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
- 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'
- Vishar by
Arun Jatkar of Monroeville, PA
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.