Sadashiv (Balu) Jatar – a daughter’s perspective

Written by Madhavi, the daughter of Sadashiv Jatar (popularly known as Balasaheb) and grand-daughter of Bhausaheb.

A father is his daughter’s best friend. So was my father. He was my friend, philosopher and guide.

My father was a gentleman. He was very social and had friends in all walks of life, from all age groups and social strata. He helped everyone selflessly and never expected anything in return.

IMG_6052He had flair for languages. He was an avid reader. He was interested in many subjects. That’s why he was a life member of many institutes like MCA, Bharat Itihaas Sousahadhan Mandal to name a few.

He was interested in politics, and very much against corruption. He helped others to expose it. As he was a government servant he could not do it openly.

He was a philosopher and thinker. He used to do meditation daily. He was a man of vision.

He always wanted to join the army but unfortunately could not do so. He was selected for the first Republic Day NCC parade.

He was good in sports too and was a great cricketer. He played as a wicket-keeper. He liked Sachin Tendulkar very much. He used to say that Sachin is going to be the greatest cricketer of all times and that has come true. Sachin was just 13 when my father expired.

My father was full of life. He liked music, dramas and good movies.

He died early, and maybe be God needed a person of his calibre, so he took him at a young age.

Related Reading: S.N Jatar from a niece’s perspective.

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