Poem written on the demise of Aaisaheb by Bapurao

A poignant poem by the eldest son of Shriram and Janaki, KS Jatar, otherwise known as Bapurao to his mother Janaki (also known as Aaisaheb) after she passed away in 1912, when she must have been nearing the age of 70. Janakibai or Aaisaheb survived for almost 20 years after her husband (Shriram) died at the age of 61, and looked after her large family of four sons and three daughters with a lot of love and care. Her loss was keenly felt by the whole family.

Her eldest son was 41 when he wrote this poem but even as a man nearing middle age, he was broken after his mother’s death as can be seen from this poem. He writes of the tragedy of her loss, remembers the variety of food she used to cook, and the love and support she provided to various members of the whole family.

A particularly poignant moment in the poem is when Bapurao writes that “you” (meaning his mother Janaki) promised to look after your daughter-in-law after “Bhau” went abroad, but your untimely death dashed all hopes. Here he is referring to Bhausaheb’s first wife Bhagirathi alias Durga, who unfortunately died prematurely in her early twenties.

This poem is on two sheets of paper written in Marathi and posted in two separate images. People from the Jatar family are all named here. It is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

Poem on Aaisaheb

This is the second and last page of the poem.

poem on Aaisaheb
poem on Aaisaheb

An English translation of this poem will be welcome and will be put up in a separate post. Any volunteers?

(This poem was handed over to me by my father, Maj Gen. SCN Jatar who found it in his father’s (Bhausaheb’s) old papers. However, he says it may have been given to him by his cousin Raghunath Jatar, he doesn’t remember exactly)

Update: Rama Kulkarni (granddaughter of Indutai Bhajekar (nee Jatar) has provided this additional information on the following:

Chani ,Bani, Kumudini, Inda, Godu che te lahaanse baala,
Khelati aanandane nacha janun ghaav ghaali ha kaal.

Shriramachi jaaya devasuta Janaki pavitra sati
Geli sodun aamha zhalo yastava anaath ya jagati

The children referred to in the first line are Chani, Banutai (Inamdar) – his daughters; Kumud mavshi (Borgaonkar) – Balasaheb’s daughter; Indira Jatar (Bhajekar) ( my maternal grandmother, Bhausaheb’s eldest daughter).

13 thoughts on “Poem written on the demise of Aaisaheb by Bapurao

  1. I feel proud to know that our forefathers have been all educated & talented people many of whom visited & stayed in Britain.

    Regards,

    Uday

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  2. It is indeed touching and does bring tears to one’s eyes.
    Bhausaheb too has penned some poems. Shall search and put up on this site.
    Thank you, Nita.

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  3. This is so beautiful.I never knew the poem was this long and detailed! Nita, I was aware of only four lines from it and had mentioned this poem on the blog several years ago, along with translation of those few lines, explaining the identities of the names therein. This was under the post for Aaisaheb, I think.

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  4. Rama, I too thought this poem was very beautiful! No one writes such stuff nowadays, certainly not on the death of their mother. – Nita.

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  5. My father Krishnaji Rachandra Bhagwat lived in Narayan Peth house with Bapurao.He was a student. The stay was around 3 – 4 years . He became a building contractor and flourished. He also worked on Neelsadan. I as a school boy used to come to wada. we bought Annasaheb Jatar’s ( Kasmir Princess ) Morris car. Jayant Jatar, Prabhudas Bhupatkar etc were known to me. Bapurao was instrumental in our prosperity. I had talked to V.K . Jatar, Radhavahini his wife etc.
    Jatars have a great heart.
    I was a lecturer in COEP, Stayed in USA for 17 years
    Yashwant Bhagwat
    Pune

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  6. Yes, I remember your father very well. He used to wear a dhoti and a darkish jacket with a black cap. Am I right? He built the extensions to Neel Sadan. He was very meticulous in supervising the work. I later joined the CoEP and got a degree in Civil Engineering in 1955. After that the Army!
    I have been to your father’s office very often. If I am correct, you all were staying at the back of the shop?
    I have very fond and happy memories of those days. I wonder how old you are. I am 85. We must have met in those days!

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  7. Hi
    Thanks for your reply. Yes , your description of my father is correct. I remember your Vauxhall car. I have not only talked to your father but also to you. Also Annasaheb Jatar whose morris car we bought. we went to Mumbai and visited Appasaheb ( V K ) Jatar. Jatar families considered us as a part of their families.
    If you remember the days of Arun Bhatia ouster, we both talked.
    I am 83. I did my B.E and M.E. from COEP, taught there and went to USA in 1983. Worked there for 15 years and came back.
    Jatars, Dr. P.K.Gode and Dr. P.D.Gune were like Gods to my father. Not only my father but our next generations prospered because of those great people.
    With Regards
    Yashwant Bhagwat

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  8. I remember Mr Bhagwat also very well As described by Sudhir he used to wear a dhoti but the coat I remember was gray not black ! Such indelible memories isn’t it ?

    Another contractor I remember was a Mr Bapat Our family called him Antu Bapat. He also used wear a dhoti but was short and stocky with spectacles

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