In the April
2000 issue, you will find :
- N. B. Datar of
Toronto, ON, Canada presents a delightful rendition of 'Ramaraksha'
into Marathi verses set to the same metre as the original Sanskrit
- Vidyullekha Aklujkar
('chor-kshana') of Richmond, B.C., Canada shares the
wondrous joy of an hour-long morning walk along the hilly walkway
overlooking the Pacific ocean in the spring season.
- Uday Nadkarni
('mase ani mi') of Lexington, MA, USA spins a different
kind of a fish tale - the story line is so funny it is sure to hook
- Three readers (Mrs.
Padmaja Vijay Das of San Diego, CA, USA; Mrs. Smita Rajeev
Hiremath of New York, NY, USA and Mr. Shamrao Vadarkar
of Mumbai, India) share their observations and apprehensions in
response to Ekata's question "kay rakhala, kay haravala?"
- Mrs. Varsha Puranik
of Pittsburgh, PA, USA ("asa disalaa cheen")
presents the sixth and the last chapter of her travelogue. This
piece describes her visits to the 8th century mosque in Shanxi province,
a Chinese opera in Changan city, Hongkong and Macao.
- N. B. Datar ('kaavya-shastra-vinodena
: part 14') of Toronto, ON, Canada explains ten subhashitas
that immortalize the love, devotion and total absorption with which
Sanskrit poets have sung the glory of Lord Krishna.
- Arun Jatkar ('shalakacha
prashna') of Monroeville, PA, USA shares his tongue-in-cheek
observations and humorous experiences with the English tongue both
in India and the USA.
- Sandhya Karnik
('tuze geeta ganyasathi') of Fremont, CA, USA recounts
her eerie experiences of being stalked by a pesky suitor while growing
up in India and contrasts the utterly off-the-cuff manner in which
her adolescent daughter now deals with such cretins.
- Madhuri Bapat ('sarva
dharma sahishnuta') of Safford, AZ, USA speaks of her
childhood curiosity about religions other than her own Hindu religion
and her recent experience of attending the nativity mass in a Catholic
- Sudhir S. Kulkarni
('deshi navara no. 1') of Leatham, NY, USA
regales the readers with the lighter side of the American obsession
with 'Number 1' and offers the benefit of his witty counsel to the
battered Indian husbands.
- Nalini Adhav ('weed')
of Lake Mary, FL, USA cooks up a refreshingly zesty and tasty
dish of the weeds growing wildly in her garden and the yard.
- Shreepad S. a.k.a.
Gangadhar Galande ('Nu. Ma. Vi.') of High Wicombe,
U.K. reminisces about his great alma mater, the N. M. V. High
School of Pune, India and some of his most memorable teachers.
- Mrs. Uma Paranjape
('ramya te balapana') of Melbourne, Australia
shares the fond memories of her distant childhood spent in Satara
and its rustic environs and of juvenile relationships with elders,
siblings, cousins and friends.
- Mrs. Padmaja Vijay
Das ('adhunik sant va tyanchi amol pustake') of San
Diego, CA, USA highlights the merits of two collections of books,
one by Mr. Pandurang Athavale and the other by Swami Svarupananda
- Sheela Bhandari ('athavaninchya
hindolyavar') of Irvine, CA, USA forgets the ever-present
arthritic pain in joints and muscles when a friend from India drops
in to spend a day with her.
- Mrs. Asha Panchavagh
('prayatnavad shreshtha ki daivavad') of Columbia, MD,
USA argues that faith and fate are inevitably linked to the
success and failure of any human endeavor.
- Neela Paranjape
('Jyotsna Deodhar yanche samavet gappagoshti') of Thunder
Bay, ON, Canada introduces and interviews Jyotsna Deodhar of
Pune, India, who has become well-known for her prolific writing
despite blooming late in life.
- Ravindra Godse
('maza Pakistancha pravas' ) of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
recounts the fun-filled details of his trip from Mumbai to Karachi
in order to appear for an examination required for obtaining the
US visa as a medical practitioner.
- Hemant Joshi
('parag-kana') of Dayton, NJ, USA offers scientific
insights into the hay fever along with the lighter side of this
- Poetry - A fresh
bunch of poems by: Veena Purohit of Pune, India; Sonali
Joshi of Baton Rouge, FL (USA), Arun Jatkar of Monroeville,
PA (USA); Dr. Atul Patil of Milpitas, CA (USA), Mrs. Prabha
Kharkar of White Rock, B.C. (Canada); Devayani of Pune,
India and Varsha Pendse of Fremont, CA (USA).
- English Forum - The
April 2000 issue of EKATA features an interview of
Anand Gan by Sushama Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY. Anand Gan
and his fellow musician Doug Davis released their first rock music
CD (Aquamarine Scene) on the mp3.com web site in November 1999.
Sushama Yerawadekar also presents an English rendition of 'Amhi
Kon', the famous Marathi poem composed nearly 100 years ago by Keshavsut.
- Aswad - this
new feature, an appreciation of a well-known Marathi poem, was begun
with the January 2000 issue. Aswad of "Amhi Kon",
a famous poem by late 'Keshavsut' (Krishnaji Keshav Kolhatkar),
was written for the April 2000 issue by Sushama Yerawadekar.
- after 'Chandramukhi' decided to retire from this feature, - after
the last two issues (January 2000 and October 1999) did not stage
this contest. Now, another veteran poet, who also wants to be known
only by the pen name 'Chakravak', has accepted to conduct the Samasya-Purti
contest. Three 'samasya's for the contest no. 23 (last date for
receiving entries is June 1, 2000) are announced. As before, winners
will receive cash awards of $25, $15 and $10.
- Marathi Crossword
- this feature started with the October 1996 issue. It is different
from any crossword you may have seen in the newspapers in India.
The crossword in the April 2000 issue is composed by Sushama Yerawadekar
of Jamaica Estates, NY.
- Aja-stambha -
a feature we introduced in the October 1998 issue. A variety of
single-column-length musings that are sometimes humorous, sometimes
tongue-in-cheek and sometimes serious. The April 2000 issue contains
three such columns.
- Pustaka Parichaya
- Mr. K. P. Kane of Tulsa, OK introduces 'Svayambhu', a book about
the Indian film industry career of late Shri Bhalji Pendharkar written
by Mr. D. M. Samant.
- Maharashtra Saar
- This regular feature, a one-page newsletter from Shubhada Chandrachud
of Pune, India, summarizing recent noteworthy events in Maharashtra
did not reach Ekata's offices before the April 2000 issue went to
- Vachakachya Pratikriya