In the October
1999 issue, you will find :
- A short story contest
and the first three winning entries are published in the October
issue. The first three winners in this year's contest were:
1st prize: Ramesh
Waghmare ('Himalayache Nishvas') of Ottawa, ON,
2nd prize: Lata
Deshpande ('Prayashchitta') of Elicott City, MD,
3rd prize: 'Sudha
Joshi' ('Are Samsara Samsara')
- Texts of speeches
delivered by Dr. Jayant Narlikar, (the chief guest) and
Justice Dharmadhikari (the main speaker) at the 1999 BMM
Convention in San Jose, CA, USA.
- Ramesh Vaghmare of
Ottawa, ON, Canada, Dr. Vijay Dhavale of Ottawa,
ON, Canada, Ranjana Mayur of Boston, MA, USA, Jayant Bapat
of Melbourne, Australia, and Sandhya Karnik of Fremont,
CA, USA describe the events during the 1999 BMM Convention in San
Jose and share their overall impressions.
- Mrs. Padmaja Vijay
Dash ('Pu. La. Navachi Maifil..') of San Diego, CA, USA
informs that on November 8, 1999, the celebrated Marathi literateur,
Mr. P. L. Deshpande, popularly known as 'Pu. La.' will be 80 years
old and celebrates the upcoming birthday of Pu. La. by reciting
a delightful litany of his wit and humor.
- Shyam Thakur
('Punyatil Ek Samstha') of U.K. affectionately remembers
the past glories of Aryan Cinema, a theater that offered the most
affordable cinematic entertainment in the city of Pune for nearly
70 years. The theater was closed in 1984 in order to make room for
a parking lot, the sight of which makes the author miss his favorite
- Shriram Mulgund
('Parampara') of Toronto, ON, Canada takes a humorous look
at the old and the new traditions and wonders why humanity is so
fond of traditions even in the absence of any deep social or religious
- N. B. Datar ('kaavya-shaastra-vinodena:
part 12') of Toronto, ON, Canada offers a detailed and
instructive explanation of ten shlokas celebrating the glory
of Lord Shiva.
- Smita Bhagwat
('Jnanayajna') of Ottawa, ON, Canada introduces the
readers to the highly commendable enterprise called 'Granthali'
, an organization dedicated to the goal of making new and high quality
Marathi literature on a variety of subjects available at an affordable
price. One may rightly call this endeavor 'Jnana-Yajna' and the
'yajamana' is no other than the highly esteemed personage of Mr.
Dinkar Gangal, the former chief editor of the Sunday edition of
- While pacing the hospital
floor when his daughter was giving birth to a baby boy, Sudhir
S. Kulkarni ('Navin Adhyaya') of Leatham, NY, USA,
is reminded of his own mother and her saintly behavior towards all
- Arun Jatkar ('Eka
Shikavi Kavita Aishi') of Monroeville, PA, USA never
forgot the gist of one English poem he had learned 38 years ago
when he was a high school senior, though he could not remember beyond
the very first line of that poem. He shares his memories associated
with that poem and tells how he finally tracked down the full text
of the poem. The author also presents its translation in the form
of a Marathi verse.
- Pramila Datar
('Narayana Ghar ki Chithi') of Australia contemplates,
at the age of 70, on the chit from the high above and shares the
episodes in her life that make her feel thankful for the fact that
her longevity has been a blessing and not a curse.
- Pushpa Wagle('Odh')
of Irvig, TX, USA tells a poignant tale of an elderly man
grieving over the sudden loss of his dear wife of many years.
- Mrs. Sheela
Bhandari ('Fulltime Wife') of Irvine, CA, USA,
skillfully reveals how, in an 'all-Indian husband-and-wife team'
it falls to the wife's lot to cope with an ungrateful husband. The
husband invariably takes his wife for granted and/or doesn't feel
the slightest remorse or hesitation when insulting or humiliating
- Vijay Sabnis
('Dharma Ka Hava?') of La Crosse, WI, USA affirms
his belief in divinity and fervently argues in favor of religion.
He equates spirituality with the dedication to a lofty social, political
or a religious goal, to achieve which a man willingly bears any
hardship such as persecution, starvation, torture or death. Finally
the author elaborates on his thesis that only a true religion founded
on equality and spirituality will hold a nation like India together.
- Felicitation - Ekata
congratulates Mr. Prakash Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY,
USA. Mr. Yerawadekar has been the Chief Architect of the New York
State Unified Court System since 1975. He was awarded the 'Public
Architect Award' by the American Institute of Architects of New
York at its 132nd annual meeting in New York.
- Mrs. Pramila Dattatreya
Tadwalkar of Missisaugua, ON, Canada pays homage to Parama
Pujaniya Shri Datta Maharaja Kavishvar, who pased away on 1st
of March, 1999 at the age of 89.
- Poetry - A fresh
bunch of poems by Aparna Karmarkar of Great Falls, VA, (USA),
Sonali Joshi of Baton Rouge, LA (USA), Yeshwant Sohni
of Great Falls, VA, (USA) and Sandhya Karnik of Fremont,
- English Forum - No
manuscripts for this frequently appearing feature were received
in time for their inclusion in the present issue.