Chitralekha Gujarati DIWALI issue
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Diwali means joy, happiness and ecstasy. A festival of light and sound, Diwali is a celebration time. And what better way to celebrate this great festival than to browse through the Diwali issue of your favourite magazine CHITRALEKHA. Like every year, this year too, Chitralekha Diwali issue is here to keep you enthralled with its amazing range of subjects and magnificent look. In fact, this is what makes the Diwali Chitralekha issue ahead of all contemporary Diwali numbers.
The editorial mix of the Diwali issue can be best described as a veritable Gujarati thali with innumerable delicacies, each vying for your attention. The full range of the issue is mind-boggling. Besides interesting articles/features, we have a collection of short stories by stalwarts like Varsha Adalja, Rajnikumar Pandya, Sanjay Chhel and so on. Also, there are some humour pieces including one by legendary Tarak Mehta that will surely have you in splits.
Yes, God is there..!!
Ami Dhabuwala comes up with a novel concept, as she asks three questions to four celebrities like Shivaji Sattam, Rashmi Desai, Niraj Vora and Manav Gohil. In response to fascinating posers like ‘at what moment did you feel that God is somewhere around us?’ we get some very revealing responses from these creative people.
Chetan Bhagat: The Rockstar Writer
It is no exaggeration to describe Chetan Bhagat as the brand ambassador of youth. His passions for writing led him to leave the plum job he held abroad and return to Mumbai. With an amazing connect with the young generation, Chetan’s latest book too has been selected for film adaptation. Leading soap and filmmaker Ekta Kapoor accepted him as a co-producer, which is quite an achievement.
With this brilliant write-up on the most popular writer who made the young generation read, Ketan Mistry also interviews the writer cum columnist who minces no words in this candid conversation.
Nilesh Vayda: Sky is His Workstation
He is a Chartered Accountant, but instead of the world of figures he is obsessed with the sky and its endless wonders. In fact, what drove him towards the sky was his hobby for shooting flying aircrafts. And this unusual passion suddenly opened in front of him the new celestial vistas and the world that lies beyond.
Since he lived closer to the Mumbai airport, he would find it easy to take pictures of planes flying over the sky. That was an era when smartphones were not heard of. Today, he is renowned in Mumbai as an amateur astronomer and astro-photographer, reveals Hiren Mehta in this captivating report. Recognised by NASA, Nileshbhai, currently, is busy making an observatory for a Rajasthan-based industrialist. Of course, he dreams of owning an observatory on a hill.
Hathi Mere Saathi
For Anand Shinde, a Mumbai-based photographer, it was a twist in his life that brought him closer to the world of elephants, says Samir Paleja in this story about another lensman. Owing to his job transfer, he had to leave his family and settle in Kerala. However, very soon he developed an affinity for the tuskers at the Elephant Center where he took some stunning photographs of elephants.
His close association with the Jumbo helped him learn the language of the animal and this lent a new purpose to Anand Shinde’s life. Understanding the ailing and weak elephants better than others, Anand has now set up an NGO called Trunk Call where he acts as an elephant counselor.
Music & 16 Inevitable Rituals
In this article, Ketan Trivedy dwells at length on the role and significance of music in our life and how it is linked with 16 sanskars in our life cycle. In Hinduism, in one lifespan from birth to death are included 16 inevitable rituals that represent different stages of one’s life. They are called Sol Sanskars. Representative of a life-cycle, some of these sanskars may have slipped into oblivion, but very few people know that theserituals are present in our life through some songs that represent these rituals.
Lions in Gujarat Getting ‘Expansionist’?
Gir in Gujarat is known for its mangoes and lions. While lakhs of tourists descend in Gir Sasan to have a glimpse of the famous lions of Gir, the state Forest department is learnt to be developing other lion sanctuaries as well, like Devadiya near Dhari. Jwalant Chhaya observes that the lions of Gir have perhaps got into an expansionist mode, having already captured more than half of Saurastra.
In the box the author informs about a new center that has come up in Rampara near Wankaner in Saurastra, for conservation and protection of the Asiatic species of lion.
The Outsiders in Surat
Surat is perhaps the only city where maximum number of migrants from various states has chosen to settle down. People from faraway states like Bengal, Orissa, Tamilnadu, Odisha have come to the Diamond City and made it their Karmabhoomi.
On the eve of Diwali, Faysal Bakili meets a few ‘outsider’ families to have a first-hand experience of how these families, away from their homes, celebrate their Diwali in Surat. This sets a great example of multiculturism, which is an epitome of the idea of India.
Nothing exemplifies the maxim ‘unity in diversity’ better than this story
Where A Girl Child is Welcome
In a male-dominated society where patriarchy rules, birth of a girl child is looked upon with disdain and loathing. We often hear of cases where girls are either strangled in womb or stifled after they are born. In this area of darkness, a Pune-based hospital lights a ray of hope that reaffirms that everything is not lost after all, believes Sunil Mevada.
It is hard to believe but the fact is that the hospital in question does not charge any fees in case of the birth of a girl child. Indeed, such sparks ignite what may turn out to be a huge revolution that may rid us of our deep-rooted prejudices.
Apart from the above there are quite a few stories/articles that catch your attention. Kanti Bhatt explains the significance of old coins in Lakshmi Puja. The writer typically adds some interesting anecdotes pertaining to the origin of this practice and so on.
In his Political column, the ace political commentator Nagindas Sanghvi lists the challenges that face the Modi government after the Modi magic brought the BJP dispensation to power.
Mahesh Shah talks about an interesting folklore about the collective self-immolation of 140 Ahir girls centuries ago that has made Vrajvani village in Kutch a hot tourist spot. Jayesh Chitaliya enumerates ten significant developments in the last five months of Narendra Modi government and asks if they can constitute the beginning of what we call achche din. The remaining two pieces include regular Cardiogram column by Gunvant Shah and one by Ramesh Purohit on various facets of joy.
Also, the issue carries the Shabdoni Sonography, Just Ek Minute, American Diwali, Jalsaghar and Mukhwas
It is good to be famous and important, but first, it is more important to be good..!!
(Let us remember this Elchi as a new year resolution)