The January 2002 issue
of EKATA marks the beginning of the 24th year of continuous publication.
Mr. Vinayak Gokhale, who served as the editor of Ekata from
1978 to 1999, was honored at the 10th convention
of Brihan Maharashtra Mandal of North America held in Calgary, Canada
in July 2001.
During the award ceremony
at the convention, Mr. Gokhale was recognized
for his valuable contribution and outstanding achievement in preserving
the Maharashtrian culture. Though no longer serving in
the capacity of the Editor, Mr. Gokhale remains the backbone of
Ekata. (Photo on Page 10 of the January 2002 issue)
Inside the January 2002
issue, you will find:
- Sushama Yerawadekar
(Jamaica Estates, NY, USA) cautions in her "Samvadakiya"
that misguided religious fundamentalism must be viewed as a clear
and present danger to the civilized world and true freedom that
only a democracy offers.
- Dr. N. G. Rajurkar
(Hyderabad, India) narrates the details of his meetings and conversations
with late Mr. Hamid Dalwai and eulogizes him as one of the most
prominent nationalist Muslim writers and social reformers India
has spawned to date (Hamid Dalwai - Rashtriya Vritticha Thor
Prabodhankar - Page 6).
(San Diego, CA, USA) shares the fond memories of her beloved aunt
who was a ministering angel to relatives, friends, neighbors and
acquaintances (Ji Avadate Sarvana - Page 11).
- Lalita Gandbhir
(Newton, MA, USA) points out the various manifestations of global
terrorism throughout human history and narrates her personal encounters
with the victims of terrorism. The author surmises that no matter
what mask terrorists wear, their motivations are same and they are
at odds with the personal freedoms that democracy grants people
(Dahashatvadachi Utkranti - Page 13).
- A short story by Dr.
Vijaya Kanegaokar (Kent, UK) narrates the events of a terrifying
night when a well-to-do woman is alone in her posh suburban home
while her husband is out of town (Ratra Kali, Divas Ujal
- Page 16).
- Arun Jatkar (Monroeville,
PA, USA) introduces the young Mr. Charudatta Aphale, an extremely
talented 'Kirtankar' from Pune. Charudatta Aphale, though only in
his 30s, has presented more than 2000 Kirtan programs to date and
has been honored by the prime minister of India as the Gem amongst
the Kirtankars. (Kirtan-Kaustubh Charudatta Aphale - Page
- N. B. Datar (Toronto,
ON, Canada) explains ten Sanskrit subhashitas that emphasize the
importance of human effort and industry. 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 21 - Page 22)
- Gopal Kunchur
(Ottawa, ON, Canada), who worked as a mining engineer in Canada,
shares his experiences during the time he had lost his job and was
desperately trying to find another (Bhakarisathi Chakarichya
Shodhat - Page 25).
- Meena Deshpande
(Mumbai, India) narrates her impressions about the movie "Dr.
Ambedkar" and contrasts it against the making of "Mahatma
Phule", which was directed and produced by her own father,
Acharya Atre (Dr. Ambedkar Chitrapatachya Nimittane - Page 28).
- Sudhir S. Kulkarni
(Latham, NY, USA) presents a brief history of the bus service in
Mumbai from its inception to date and shares his own memories of
commuting by bus in Mumbai (B. E. S. T. chi Bus Seva - Page
- Madhuri Bapat
(Arizona, USA) relates the fondest memories of growing up in a large
family in Sangli, Maharashtra and offers rare glimpses of life nearly
fifty years ago (Dongri Avale - Page 39).
- Lata Abhyankar
(Pittsford, NY, USA) found herself taking care of a flowering vine
planted by her daughter. The vine grew from the ground floor right
up to the third floor gallery and the author became highly enamored
of it. This account becomes all the more enchanting when one reads
what all the author did with the flowers (Jui - Page 45).
- Chandu Palnitkar
(Richardson, TX, USA) explores the lighter side of death in his
irreverently humorous style (Amhi Jato Amuchya Gava - Page
- Sushama Yerawadekar
(Jamaica Estates, NY, USA) shows how an excellent cup of tea can
be made using the ingredients available in the USA and refutes that
one must have the milk of a buffalo (Jivacha Visava - Page
- Sudha Gore (Florida,
USA) presents a solid defense against an earlier article by Hemant
Kulkarni and offers several examples of husbands taking an active
role in household chores including cooking and offers some delicious
glimpses of her own life (Assa Navara Sugran Bai - Page 52).
- Mrs. Swati Shevde
(Toranga, New Zealand) tracks how she started writing a diary when
she was still in school and how her husband and her sons now depend
upon her diary for everything important in their own lives (Diary
- Page 54).
- DIWALI PROGRAM NEWS
- Reviews of two Diwali programs appear in the January 2002 issue
of Ekata. Jyotsna Ogale (Toronto, ON, Canada) has reviewed the Diwali
program of Marathi Bhashik Mandal of Toronto. Arun Jatkar (Monroeville,
PA, USA) has reviewed the Diwali program of Marathi group of Buffalo.
- Ekata proudly notes that Mr. Subhash Karmarkar, a noted
Metallurgist at the Bethesda, MD research lab of the U. S. Navy
was honored by the U.S. Department of Defense in May 2001 (Page
- Obituaries -
Mrs. Asha Shrikrishna Patil, wife of Mr. Shrikrishna Patil of San
Jose, CA, passed away in November 2001(Page 30). Mrs. Sarojini Thakur,
mother-in-law of Mrs. Geeta Jayant Thakur passed away in September,
- The English Forum
- Shrayas A. Jatkar
(George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA) presents
the second part of his well-researched "International Monetary
Fund - A Blessing or a Curse?" (Page 57).
- And the Regular Features
- Aswad - Sandhya
Karnik (Fremont, CA, USA) presents an appreciation of a poem
by the noted Marathi poet Vasant Bapat - Bhas (Page 5).
- Poetry- Poems
by Arvind Narale (Toronto, ON, Canada - Bail and Chilat), Kunda
Joshi (Philadelphia, PA, USA - Petale Rana Ek Hridyi), Jyoti
Joshi (Nashua, NH, USA - Tu Mala Hava Asatos) and Sushama Pendharkar
(Winter Park, FL, USA - Punya).
- Marathi crossword "Suchala Tasa" composed in her
unique style by Sushama Yerawadekar (Jamaica Estates, NY, USA).
List of readers who submitted correct solutions to the previous
crossword and a complete solution to the previous crossword
are also published.
- beginning with the October 2001 issue, Vidyullekha Aklujkar,
the past editor of Ekata and Arun Jatkar, the present editor
of Ekata, have undertaken this feature and have begun to include
helpful notes along with samasya lines. 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 compositions that are
judged as the best three compositions.
- Pustak Parichaya
- In each issue, brief reviews of recently published Marathi
books are presented. In this issue, Sandhya Karnik (Fremont,
CA, USA) has written about HASARI KIDNEY by Padmaja Phatak.
N. B. Datar (Toronto, ON, Canada) has written about AILATEERAVARUN
by Dr. Usha Ganesh Kelkar.
- a new feature that was started with the July 2001 issue. Contestants
are required to submit an answer to a question, using the information
provided by the accompanying cartoon and two lines of verse.
Solution to the previous Chitragupta and the list of readers
who submitted correct solution are also published.
- Maharashtra Sar
- Shubhada Chandrachud (Pune, 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.