Bal Borgaokar’s Journey to America

Bal Borgaonkar is the son of Shankarao Borgaonkar and Smt. Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar.  Kumudini Jatar Borgaonkar was the daughter of Balasaheb Jatar, the son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar . 

Bal Borgaonkar is the brother of Mrs Achala Rao (nee Borgaonkar)

This is written by Bal Borgaonkar:-

  1. I was brought up and raised in erstwhile Hyderabad State in pre-partition India. Political changes there made things difficult for me to obtain a good education and pursue a professional career in my chosen field of genetics. Change in my specialization further from plant to human/medical genetics gave me a much wider scope. I do not think I would have been able to write Chromosomal Variation in Man and publish several (nine) editions from 1974/5 to the late 90s (www.wiley.com/borgaonkar) and an ebook in 2011/12 (bookshelf.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) if I had not migrated.
  2. I obtained Ph.D. in Genetics from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Secured a faculty position in Grand Forks, North Dakota (1963) after several attempts all over the world.

  3. I married Manda Purandare and her acceptance to live in USA helped our adjustment in European American dominated social-educational circles in the 60s and 70s.

  4. The educational background and social status of our families in India and their exposure to western mannerisms made things easier. For example, entertaining professional people at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

  5. I had significant career successes in the Human Genetics field from the 60s onwards, and my wife Manda from the 80s in the area Physical Therapy. These successes contributed immensely in our being accepted outside India both professionally and socially.

  6. I compiled an International Registry of Human Chromosomal Abnormalities and visited many countries in Europe (almost all of them), Asia, South America including USSR and China.

  7. Our son Raj, and daughter Sonya are both well settled in the USA along with their families. Five grandchildren live close by.

  8. Both of us have lived in Delaware for more than 35 years.

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