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Prof R R Kelkar’s TV Interview on the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar was interviewed by Dr Uday Nirgudkar on the subject of the monsoon in the Heart to Heart programme of the Marathi news channel Z 24 Taas on 10 June 2017. Click on the link below to watch it on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu7ew1w28aE

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http://zeenews.india.com/marathi/video/heart-to-heart-with-dr-ranjan-kelkar-10th-june-2017/368262

Download E-book “Maharashtrache Havaman” “महाराष्ट्राचे हवामान” ई-बुक डाउनलोड करा

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डॉ. रंजन केळकर ह्यांचे नवीन मराठी पुस्तक

Dr Ranjan Kelkar’s new book in Marathi on the weather and climate of Maharashtra


Click here to download the E-book ई-बुक डाउनलोड करायला येथे क्लिक करा

Pages: 136

PDF file size: 4mb

Book review published by Agrowon newspaper of 7 May 2017: 

170604 Book Review Agrowon Maharashtrache Havaman

World Meteorological Day 2017

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Lecture by Prof R R Kelkar

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A New Book on Astrology

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Shri. Sadashiv Govind Shaligram has written a new Marathi book on astrology entitled “Krishnamurti Jyotish Sampada”. It has been published by Supriya Prakashan, Pune in November 2016. The book has a preface written by Prof R R Kelkar.  

Click here to read the preface

The Spirit is Like the Wind

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Without air, human beings cannot survive. When breathing stops, life ends. God had breathed air into the dust of the ground to make the first man come alive. (Genesis 2:7) In fact, spirit, air and wind are used synonymously in the Bible, through a common word ‘ruwach’ in Hebrew and ‘pneuma’ in Greek.  

During a discussion about the spirit, Jesus had illustrated his point by comparing it to the wind in the earth’s atmosphere. (John 3:8) Like many meteorological elements, the wind indeed is invisible but it can be measured accurately and is known to be extremely variable. So does the spirit operate in the world, changing its intensity and purpose while remaining unseen by man.

The wind comes to us, we do not have to go to the wind. Similarly the spirit approaches us, we do not have to go looking for it. We can either make use of the wind or let it go. So it is with the spirit. We can receive it, get filled with the spirit, or allow it to pass by. (Jesus John 30:22, Acts 2:4; Eph. 5:18).

The wind can be gentle like a pleasant breeze on a hot day or on a moonlit night. Likewise the spirit can refresh us in our times of tiredness. (Psalm 23:2)

The wind can blow suddenly as in a gust. The spirit too may come blowing in suddenly, unannounced. (Acts 2:2)

The wind has great power. It can move clouds in the air and ships over the oceans and can drive turbines on land. The spirit also has great power. It can stimulate the human mind, give courage and strength to people, and help them accomplish great things. (2 Timothy 1:7)

The wind brings together air from distant places on earth. The spirit brings together different people into a common fellowship. (2 Corinth 13:14)

Yes, the spirit and the wind are alike, but not completely. There remains one big difference. The wind may be like the spirit of God, but it is not God. It cannot therefore be an object of worship. God is a spirit and he alone is to be worshipped is spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

 

Fiilmy Weather (33): Bernie, or Christian service under a cloud

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With “Sairat” released on 29 April 2016 still attracting huge audiences, I settled for another Marathi film “Bernie”. On 17 June 2016, first day first show, there were just ten people in the hall. Bernie had no weather for me to write about on this blog. The movie was a bold attempt to show the interiors of a Christian convent, an institution that has existed for several centuries in many countries of the world. The convent of Bernie is very much Indian, located in Goa, with mothers and sisters speaking fluent Marathi. The only connection the movie has with the weather, is that figuratively everything is under a cloud and the movie tries to lift it.

Bernie is a young vivacious girl, and the movie revolves around her in the first half. A little before the interval, however, we suddenly see her becoming a nun, just in deference to the dying wish of her father. After the interval, the camera follows Bernie into her convent and we see all the contradictions within it: forgiveness and punishment, abstinence and temptation, freedom and oppression, truth and lies, happiness and sorrow, life and death. Director Nileema Lonari has tried to tackle these contradictions quite boldly, perhaps for the first time in Marathi cinema. But while taking a secular view of spiritual matters, she misses the main point, that following Jesus is not easy because he demands the full life of his followers, nothing less, whether they are inside a convent or in the open world!      

Journey of the Monsoon

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The Sandarbha Society, Pune, publishes a bimonthly Marathi magazine called “Shaikshanik Sandarbha”. The issues contain articles that would be of interest to students, teachers and parents alike. The August-September 2015 issue of the magazine contains an article of mine titled “Monsooncha Pravas” that describes the journey of the monsoon. Click on the link below to read the pdf file.

Monsooncha Pravas

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