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"बालसाहित्य" ह्या नविन सदरासाठी पालकांना विनंती!

सर्व वयोगटांतील मुलांसाठी हे नविन सदर सुरु करतांना आम्हाला खुप आनंद होतो आहे. ह्या सदरात आम्ही मराठी आणि ईंग्रजी ह्या दोन्ही भाषांतुन साहित्य प्रसिद्ध करु असा संकल्प केला आहे. अमेरिकेत राहाणा-या कांही मुलांना मराठी बोलता येते आणि वाचताही येते. मात्र तुलनेने ही संख्या कमी आहे. बृहन महाराष्ट्र मंडळाने शहरो शहरी मराठी शाळा सुरु केल्याने मराठी बोलणारी मुले लवकरच मोठ्या प्रमाणावर वाढतील ह्यांत तिळभरही शंका नाही. मात्र तोपर्यंत तरी आम्ही केवळ मराठी भाषेतुनच साहित्य प्रकाशित केले तर ते दुरवर पसरलेल्या आणि मराठी फारसे येत नसणा-या मुलांपर्यंत पोहोचेल की नाही अशी भिती वाटते. ते त्यांच्यापर्यंत पोहोचावे अशी प्रामाणिक ईच्छा आहे आणि त्यामुळेच फक्त मराठी पुरतेच ते मर्यादित न ठेवता आम्ही ईंग्रजी साहित्य देखील सादर करीत आहोत की जेणेकरुन बालसाहित्य ज्यांच्यासाठी लिहिले आहे तेथपर्यंत पोहोचावे.

आम्ही पालकांना अशी विनंती करतो की आपल्या मुलांनी ते वाचावे असा आग्रह त्यांनी जरुर धरावा ही विनंती! मराठी साहित्य मुलांना कळत नसेल तर पालकांनी त्याचे भाषांतर मुलांना समजेल अशा पद्धतीने करुन त्यांच्याशी ह्या माध्यमांतुन "संवाद" साधावा. तसेच साहित्य ईंग्रजी असेल तर त्याचे "मराठीकरण" मुलांकडुन करुन घेण्याचा यत्न करावा आणि अशा रितीने मराठी भाषेचा प्रसार करण्यास मदत करावी ही विनंती!

आणि मुख्य म्हणजे हे साहित्य मुलांनी वाचल्यानंतर त्यांना त्यांचे मत कळविण्यासाठी त्यांना ऊद्द्युक्त करावे व मदत करावी. बालसाहित्य प्रसिद्ध करण्याचा आमचा ऊद्द्येश्य आणि ते त्यांच्यापर्यंत पोहोचते आहे की नाही हे कळुन आमचे ऊद्दिष्ठ त्यामुळे फळास येईल.

शशीकांत पानट

We had invited all NRI Children and Youth to submit entries. Here are the winners! We will come back in winter vacation soon.

Sanmit Gaikwad Valencia California

चि. सन्मीत संजय गायकवाड
इयत्ता: २री
आवड: वाचन, लेगो, पोहणे, कराटे, फोटोग्राफी.
होली आणि रंगपंचमी हे सन्मीतचे आवडते सण आहेत.
सन्मीतच्या मराठी भाषेच्या प्रगतीत त्याचे आजी-आजोबा, आई-वडिल मदत करत आहेत. 
His Mother  Shyamashree Gaikwad and her friend Priti Barve  runs home based Marathi school in Valencia. 

Aarya suyog Jadhav South Korea

Hello, Madam
My name is Aarya suyog Jadhav. I live in South Korea last 8 year and I wanted to attend this because I like our traditional things. In my everyday food there is mostly Chapati, Bhaji, Bhat and Dal. But I also like Puri and Shrikhand. From Diwali I like Ladoo, Farsan, Shankarpali, Chakli and Chiwda. I like these foods, Therefore, I like to wear our traditional outfits because I like our traditional things. From the stories on your sites I already know some of them because I am interested in stories. But from that site I only did not know one. The name was called : The mices and the elephants. The moral was : Always respect the others and they will respect you. I drawed Om inside a sun in Marathi traditional because I do meditation every day. I like Mumbai because I was born there. I am going to send a my own story about Dr. Prakash Baba Amte but I have changed it a bit, instead of putting his name Dr. Prakash Baba Amte. I have kept it Dr. Boogie Baba Amte the turtle. Anyways I also wanted to tell you that, My village in Dapoli, Panalhe Kaji. The best place there I like is Panalhe Kaji Caves but I don't like is there is a crocodile in the our river and there are no cars, no buses, ect.
Thank you for this opportunity 
Kind Regards,
Aarya Jadhav

Aarya Jadhav's Painting:

The Day Dreaming Priest 

Once upon a time there was a priest who was extremely lazy. He was  poor at the same time. He did not want to do any hard work but used to dream of being rich one day. He got his food by begging for alms. One morning he got a pot of milk as part of the alms. He was extremely delighted and went home with the pot of milk. He boiled the milk, drank some of it and put the remaining milk in a pot. He added slight curds in the pot for converting the milk to curd. He then lay down to rest.

He was extremely delighted at the pot of milk he found and started dreaming about the pot of curd while he lay asleep. He dreamt that if he could become rich somehow all his miseries would be gone. His thoughts turned to the pot of milk he had set to form curd. He dreamt on : "By morning the pot of milk would set, it would be converted to curd. I would churn the curd and make butter from it. I would heat the butter and make ghee out of it. I will go to that market and sell that ghee, and make some money. With that money i will buy a hen. The hen will lay may eggs which will hatch and there will be many more hens and cocks. These cocks and hen will in turn lay hundreds of eggs and I will soon have a poultry farm of my own." He kept on imagining.

"I will sell all the hens of my poultry and buy some cows, and open a milk dairy. All the town people will buy milk from me. I will be very rich and soon I shall buy jewellery. The king will buy all the jewellery from me. I will be so rich that I will be able to marry an exceptionally beautiful girl from a rich family. Soon I will have a handsome son. If he does any mischief I will be very angry and to teach him a lesson, I will hit him with a big stick." During this dream, he involuntarily picked up the stick next to his bed and thinking that he was beating his son, raised the stick and hit the pot. The pot of milk broke and he awoke from his sleep. Only then did he realise he was daydreaming.

The moral of the story : One can dream for the future but should not forget the present and work hard towards the dream.

The Mice And The Elephants : Isapniti Story

Once upon a time there lived a group of mice under a tree peacefully. But once a group of elephants came that way and destroyed the homes of all the rats as a result of which many of them died on the spot . Then the king of rats decided to approach the elephant chief and request him to guide his herd through another route.

The elephant king agreed to this and took another route to the water. And so the lives of the rats were saved. One day a group of elephant-hunters came and trapped the group of elephants in huge nets. Then the elephant king suddenly remembered the king of the rats. He summoned one of the elephants of his herd which had not been trapped, to go and contact the king of rats.

On listening to the elephant, the rat king took his entire group of mice and they cut open the nets which trapped the elephant herd. So the elephant herd was totally set free.

Moral of the story : Always respect and help each other to make your living easy .

Happy Children's day Nov. 14/2014
A few poems by Shashi Panat:


पक्षांची शाळा

निळ्या निळ्या पांखरांची, तारेवर शाळा

भुर्र्कन येवून बसला, कावळा एक काळा

चिमणी आपल्या चोंचीमध्ये, आणि (एक) एक दाणा

पिल्लं तिची भांडून म्हणती, आई मला दे ना!

पोपट एक म्हणतो कसा, मी आहे ’टीचर’

शांत बसलात सारे, तर देईन पेरु, साखर

साखरेची आशा लागुन, सारे शांत बसले

वाट बघुन मात्र सारे, अगदी थकुन गेले

कित्ती वेळ झाला, साखर नाही, पेरु नाही

लवकर येईल असे लक्षण, तेही दिसले नाही

निळे निळे पक्षी बिचारे शांत बसले होते

कावळ्याचे लक्ष मात्र, साखरेकडेच होते

तेव्हढ्यांत आली आगिनगाडी, ईंजिनाने शिट्टी दिली

सारे पक्षी ऊडून गेले, अन शाळा तिथेच संपली!

शशिकांत पानट


कुठे राहाते परी पंखांची?

कुठे राहते परी पंखांची

सांग मला तू सांग मला

दोघी मिळूनी आई आपण

चल जावू ग शोधू तिला ll१ll धृ

दिसे मला ती कधी अचानक

पंख कसे ग छान तिला?

काळ्या ढवळ्या ढगांतूनी ती

कुठे जातसे सांग मला! ll२ll धृ

तिच्या संगती आभाळांतून

स्वैर फिरावे वाटतसे

ह्या ता-याहून त्या ता-यावर

चंद्रावर ती राहतसे? ll३ll धृ

मला जावू दे तिच्यासवे तू

म्हण आई तू "होय" मला,

म्हण आई तू "होय" मला,

अश्रु पुसूनी टाक गडे तू

कशास रडसी सांग मला! ll४ll धृ

तुझ्याच जवळी राहीन गे मी

नको परी नि पंख मला

तुझ्या कुशीतच राहीन गे मी

हवीस आई तू मजला ग

हवीस आई तू मजला! ll५ll धृ

-शशिकांत पानट

   The gold giving serpent

nce upon a time there lived a poor brahman. He used to work hard on the fields but all his efforts did not bear fruit. He one day found an anthill on his field and found a serpent there. Thinking that he had not paid respect to the gauridan diety of his field, he procured milk and started feeding the anthill with milk from that day. One day he found a gold coin in the plate. So he used to get a gold coin everyday he fed the serpent with milk.

Then one day he had to go to the town and asked his son to look after the seprentby feeding him the milk. The son was greedy and he thought,"This anthill must be full of gold coins". And he stuck the serpent. Unluckily the serpent did not die and it attacked the boy and he died.

The Brahmin's Gift

Once there lived a pious brahmin in a village. He used to perform religious rituals. On one occasion he was rewarded with a cow by a rich man for his service. The brahmin started to bring the cow to his home. On the way, three rogues saw the brahmin bringing the cow. They were lazy and wanted to cheat the brahmin so that they could take away the cow. They hatched a plan.

The first person approached the brahmin and said, "Are you a washerman that you're pulling a donkey." The brahmin was annoyed at being mistaken for a washerman. He went on. A little later he was met by the second of the three. The second person asked him why being a brahmin he needed to pull a pig. Now the brahmin was confused but he went on. Some distance later he was met by the third person who asked him why he was pulling along a wild animal. Now the brahmin was totally confused and also afraid. He thought that it was a devil animal which took different forms. He ran away leaving the cow behind. The three tricksters laughed at the brahmin at having obtained the cow from the brahmin.

Always listen to friendly advices: 

Once upon a time, two geese by the names of Sankata and Vikata and a tortoise by the name of Kambugriva lived near a river. They were good friends. Once, due to drought in the region, all the rivers, lakes and ponds went dry. There was not a drop of water to drink for the birds and animals. They began to die of thirst.

The three friends talked among themselves to find a solution to this problem and go out in search of water. But despite their best efforts they could not find water anywhere around.

Having no alternative the three friends decided to go to some distant lake, full of water, to settle down there forever. But there was a problem in shifting to so distant a place. While it was easy for the geese to fly, it was difficult for the tortoise to cover that distance on foot.

So the tortoise put up a bright idea. He said, "Why not bring a strong stick? I will hold the stick in the middle with my teeth and you two hold both the ends of the stick in your beaks. In this manner, I can also travel with you."

Hearing the suggestion of the tortoise, the geese cautioned him, "It's a very good idea. We will do as you say. But you will have to be very careful. The problem with you is that you are very talkative. And if you open your mouth to say something, while we are flying, it will definitely prove to be detrimental to you. So, don't talk while you are dangling by the stick, otherwise you will lose your hold and go crashing down on the ground and die."

The tortoise understood the logic and promised not to open his mouth during the entire journey. So the geese held the stick ends in their beaks and the tortoise held the stick in the middle with his teeth and thus, they began their long journey.

They flew over hills, valleys, villages, forests and finally came over a town. While they were flying over the town, men, women and children came out of their houses to see this strange sight. The children began shouting and clapping. The foolish tortoise forgot that he was hanging precariously. He became so curious to know the reason behind these clappings that he opened his mouth to ask his friends-"Friends, what is this all about?" But as soon as he opened his, mouth to utter these words, he loosened his hold on the stick and fell down on the ground and died instantaneously.

Akbar and Birbal : अकबर आणि बिरबल 

एकदा अकबर बादशहा राजवाड्याच्या खिडकी जवळ बसलेले असतात. खिडकी बाहेर कावळ्याचा काव-काव चालु असतो. तेव्हा तेथे बिरबल येतो. अकबर बादशहा त्याला विचारतात- '' आपल्या राज्यात किती कावळे असतील?''
बिरबल विचार करुन म्हणतो.- १००००....... त्यावर अकबर बादशहा त्याला म्हणतात ''जर जास्त असतील किंवा कमी असतील तर?''......
त्यावर बिरबल म्हणतो.- ''जास्त असतील तर दुसऱ्या राज्यातील कावळे आपल्या राज्यात फ़िरायला आले असतील, आणि कमी असतील तर आपल्या राज्यातील कावळे दुसऱ्या राज्यात फ़िरायला गेले असतील.''
ह्या बिरबल च्या उत्तराने बादशहा त्याच्यावर खुश झाला.

एकदा अकबर बादशहाचा दरबार भरलेला असतो. तेथे बिरबल सुद्द्धा असतो. तेव्हा अकबर बादशहा सर्व दरबारातील लोकांना त्याला पडलेले स्वप्न सांगतो.
अकबर बादशहा म्हणतो :
मला आज रात्री स्वप्न पडले की, '' मी एका मधाच्या डबक्यात पडलेलो, आणि बिरबल एका चिखलाच्या डबक्यात पडलेला होता. ''

त्यावर बिरबल म्हणतो :

''बादशहा मला हि असेच स्वप्न पडलेले होते, पण त्यात तुम्ही मला आणि मी तुम्हाला चाटत होतो.''

त्या नंतर कधी बादशहाने बिरबलची थट्टा-मस्करी केली नाही.

Poems : कविता 
By: Shashi Panat 


एक होता राजा                                                                दरबारांतले लोक                

त्याचे नांव विक्रम                                                             त्यांना कांही कळेना       

विचार येती त्याच्या डोक्यांत                                               सारखे सारखे संगीतांत   

नेहमी नेहमी चक्रम! १                                                        त्यांना बोलणे जमेना ७   


एकदां राजा बसला होता                                                      सचिव मात्र मोठा हुशार

एकटा आपल्या दरबारांत                                                      त्याने एक युक्ती केली

भल्या मोठ्या मिशीला                                                         खूप विचार करुन त्याने

मोठ्या प्रेमाने कुरवाळत! २                                                    राजाला अद्दल घडविली ८

त्याच्या डोक्यांत एकदम                                                      एकदा मोठी आग लागली

नवा नवा विचार आला                                                         भल्या मोठ्या राजवाड्याला

त्याने फर्मान काढले                                                              हूकुमा-शिवाय राजाच्या

की संगीतांतच बोला! ३                                                         कुणी नाही विझवायला ९

कुणी बोलले गद्द्यांत                                                            सचिव गेला दरबारांत

तर त्याचे मुंडके ऊडविन                                                          घेतल्या ताना पांच सात

संगीतांत बोललांत तर                                                             त्यांत एव्हढा वेळ गेला

छान छान बक्षिस देईन ४                                                            की राजवाडाच जळून गेला १०

त्याची प्रजा आतां                                                                    मग राजाच्या लक्षांत आला

संगीतातच बोले                                                                       घोटाळा त्याच्या फर्मानाचा

दरबाराचे कामकाज                                                                 दरबार भरवून सत्कार केला

तासन तास चाले ५                                                                     त्याने हुशार सचिवाचा! ११

                                       दरबाराच्या कामकाजांत असा होता एक राजा

                                       सचिव घेती ताना त्याचे नांव विक्रम

                                        सारे मंत्रमुग्ध होऊन मधून मधून करतो तो

                                         डोलाविती माना! ६ नवे नवे विक्रम! १२

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