In the October 2002 issue,
published on October 1, 2002, you will find :
Mate (Simi Valley, CA, USA) in his editorial article pays
homage to two recently diseased celebrities of Maharashtra - Sudhir
Phadke (the renowned vocalist and music composer as well as
the producer of the movie on the life of Veer Savarkar) and Vasant
Bapat (the highly esteemed Marathi poet).
Pachapurkar (Toronto, ON, Canada) and Gangadhar Galande (High
Wycombe, UK) also pay homage to late Shri Sudhir Phadke
pays homage to late Shri Vasant Bapat, late Shri Shivaji Savant
(a renowned Marathi novelist) and late Miss Priya Tendulkar
(a renowned actress on Marathi stage, movies and television and an
accomplished writer of Marathi short stories).
entries in the Ekata-sponsored
Annual Short Story Contest No. 23
Varsha Deopujari-Gogate (Centerville, VA, USA) - Sarva-mangal-
mangalye Shive Sarvartha-Sadhike - Page 7: a heart-warming
story of a lady physician who brings joy in the life of two
patients with unique problems of pregnancy.
Pradnya Pathare (Dubai) - Chitra - Page 13: a
touching story of a maid servant in Dubai who works hard to
financially help her children in India with their child-births and
education and considers her own troubles a small price.
Prize (Shared between two contestants):
Joshi' - Jagavegala(n) Nata(n) - Page 39: a
heart-warming story of a girl from India whose
daughter-parents relationship with the parents of her American
husband survives the husband's death and the budding romance
with an Indian physician.
Pendharkar (Winterpark FL, USA) - Ghusmat - Page
49: a poignant account of troubles in the life of a young
immigrant family with children when the husband loses his job
as a result of slow economy and the wife must face the harsh
realities of life in the USA as a single parent.
Gupte (Pune, Maharashtra, India) finds the spirit of Hirakani
(the lady whose name is a legend in the Maratha history for
jumping off a precipice to get home to breastfeed her child when
the exits from Raigarh were locked up) alive and well in Mrs.
Jyoti Vyas, who, in the third trimester of pregnancy managed to
climb down 75 stories of the World Trade Center on September 11,
2001 after the twin towers were hit by the jumbo jets. (Adhunik
Hirakani - Page 6).
Karnik (Fremont, CA, USA) shares with readers the inspiring
account of her daughter's participation in public service as an
AmeriCorps volunteer after the terrorists' attacks of Sept. 11,
2001 (Ti Mazi Mulagi - Page 15).
A. M. Kshirsagar (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) shares an up-to-date and
humorous account of the harrowing journeys made by a steel
cupboard he and his wife had bought immediately after their
marriage in India in 1958 ('Steelmade' che kapat - Page
Deshpande (Ellicott City, MD, USA) narrates an account of her
daily struggle with life-threatening ailments and laces the bitter
cup of life with her unique and death-defying humor (Bharata-
Vakya - Page 19).
B. Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) explains ten Sanskrit
subhashitas that represent truly fantastic flights of imagination
of Sanskrit poets when it comes to explaining why Lakshmi, the
goddess of wealth, is so fickle and why she favors the stupid over
the geniuses. 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
24 - Page 23).
Pethe (Jersey City, NJ, USA) relates the rollickingly funny
incidents that revolve around tongue-in-cheek puns ('dha' cha
'ma' - Page 26).
N. G. Rajurkar (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India), a
connoisseur of Urdu poetry, relates the highlights of the immortal
poetry of Mirza Ghalib (Mirza Ghalib - Akhir iss dard ki dava
kya hai? - Page 27).
Joshi (Brandon, MS, USA) weaves a neat little short story
based on her growing conviction that lying and deceit have become
synonymous with politics and corporate culture (Pinnochio -
Kulkarni (Latham, NY, USA) narrates an informative account of
his hiking trip to the top of the lesser-known fort Kotaligarh'
near Karjat, Maharashtra (Na dharleli vaat - Page 44).
Hemant Ingle (Stamford, UK) asks why the ritual of
Satyanarayana Puja includes the reading of an apparently
problematic 'katha' of 'Sadhu Vani' and invites readers' views on
it (Shri Satya-Narayanachi Puja - Page 47).
Shankar Vaidya (Mississauga, ON, Canada) offers some rare
glimpses of what Parsi community is all about and laments their
rapidly dwindling numbers (Amucha Ramarama ghyava - Page
Paralkar (Logan, UT, USA), a graduate student at the Utah
State University in Logan, UT, shares a delightful account of the
very first Ganesha festival in that town (Loganmadhil Shri
Ganeshotsava - Page 55).
- ENGLISH FORUM
- Amit Kshirsagar (Ann Arbor, MI,
USA - FOBs Versus ABCDs - page 59) discusses the
differences between the students who come from India to North
American universities to pursue graduate studies and the
students born and brought up in North America. This essay also
endeavors to analyze the societal problems faced by both
groups of graduate students.
- In an anonymously penned essay 'Arghh -
the "M" word', the writer makes it abundantly clear
that she is not at all thrilled by the prospects of parents
and friends of parents arranging her marriage and that she has
her own likes and dislikes and ideas about what kind of a guy
she would like to spend the rest of life with. The author
wants the parents and parents' friends to give her the same
freedom and the right of choice that they expect for
themselves in the country in which they live.
Mrs. Padmaja Vijay Dash (San Diego, CA, USA)
presents an appreciation of the poem 'Chira-yauvana' by the
noted Marathi poet 'Anil' (Page 5).
Poems by Arvind Narale (Thornhill, ON, Canada - Tarkashakti),
Y. K. Sohni (Washington, D.C., USA - Katu Satya), Prasad
Pathare (Dubai - Vadalacha Ritu), Sheela Bhandari
(Irvine, CA, USA - Pokali).
- Marathi crossword in this issue, Ukhanyanche Bakane,
Jarasandhache Tarane, is composed by Arun Jatkar
(Monroeville, PA, USA). List of readers who submitted correct
solutions to the previous crossword and a complete solution to the
previous crossword are also published.
- Vidyullekha 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. Introductions to two new publications appear in
this issue -
B. Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) introduces the book MADHURANGA
(a collection of poems) written by Dr. M. S. Kant.
Dravid (Broomall, PA, USA) introduces the book DEEPASTAMBHA
(a collection of short biographical essays on well-known
Indians who made valuable contributions in the fields of
politics, social upliftment of the downtrodden and the women
and religious enlightenment of all) written by Prof.
- This 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.
SAR - Shubhada Chandrachud (Pune, Maharashtra, India)
presents a summary of noteworthy events in Maharashtra that took
place in the past three months.
PRATIKRIYA - A readers' forum. Readers share their views on
material published in the previous issues of Ekata.