Anuradha Jatar and the Sulabha Trust

Anuradha, known as Sonu in the Jatar family, is the wife of Jairaj Jatar, who is the son of Bhalachandra Jatar (known as Chandu).  B.S. Jatar (Chandu) is the son of Baburao, the grandson of Bapurao and the great-grandson of Shriram Jatar.  He lives with his son Jairaj and his family in Mumbai. Jairaj and Anuradha (Sonu) have two daughters, Ketaki and Shivani.

The following post and pictures are contributed by Anuradha Jatar

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From Left to Right: Jairaj, Ketaki, Sonu and Shivani at Mt. Batur

 

About Anuradha (Sonu) Jairaj Jatar (nee Anuradha Purushottam Moghe)

I was already working in the special school for intellectually disabled when I met Jairaj. A chance meeting at a common friends’ marriage reception turned in to a long-term association and relationship. I had vaguely heard of Jairaj as my cousin (Gita Ghate) was his classmate at Elphinstone College. They used to meet occasionally.

My association with the Jatar family was even older than that. The late Bal Jatar’s mother, Radha Vahini, was from the Pandit family of Wai. And so was my maternal grandmother, Mrs Sushila Bhatavadekar (nee Pandit). The Matunga Bhatavadekars would frequently meet with the Parsi colony/Tata Power Jatars on a personal and social basis!

It is hardly a surprise then that Bal Kaka and Anjali Vahini were roped in to “arrange” our wedding in 1991. It was a natural choice.

Srinivas Jatar was in my college (SIES, Sion ) where he pursued Biochemistry and I pursued Biology.

There was already an Anuradha in the Jatar family (Vaishali, Mrudula and Nandita’s mother) and so I was fondly called by my nickname “Sonu” by all in the Jatar family. Unfortunately, the older Anuradha Jatar died a few years after my marriage.

If I am not mistaken, many of the Jatar children (and related families) were born at the Family Nursing Home that was started in 1946 by my maternal grandfather Dr Dattaraye Bhatavadekar, at Matunga.

As of today, I have been the Headmistress for the school of the intellectually disabled for the last 30 years. The school was founded in the form of a Trust by various of my family members one of which, Dr Sulabha Bhatavadekar, was my maternal aunt. Incidentally, another founder, Dr Sreelekha Kulkarni (of Kamayani fame) is also related to the Jatar family so this is another link I have with the family.

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Anuradha is on the extreme right

 

The Sulabha Trust

The school was started by family members and Dr. Sulabha Bhatavadekar (my maternal aunt) was one of the founders. Another founder is Dr Sreelekha Kulkarni (of Kamayani fame).

The Sulabha Trust, located in Chembur, is registered with Charity Commissioner, Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act (FCRA), Income Tax Act, Niti Aayog, Commissioner of Disabilities, Maharashtra State.

The school was established 40 years ago. The Sulabha Trust has the following sections:

  • A Special School for students between 5 to 18 years. At present we have 100 in the school.
  • A Vocational Training Centre for 18 to 30 years of age. We have 32 young adults working on different trades such as weaving, making files, incense sticks and imitation jewellery etc. The products are sold to the general public. Some members of the Mumbai  Jatar bhishi still buy the floor swabs and kitchen napkins.
  • A Guidance and Counselling centre.
  • An Early Intervention Clinic in which students below the age of 6 years with delayed physical and mental milestones are identified and referred for Occupational Therapy.
  • A speech therapy centre

The facilities the school provides are for a person from childhood to adulthood. The teachers are well-trained. Free education is given to all students. The trust finds sponsors to sponsor them. The students of the school regularly practise and participate in Special Olympics, Bharat, Maharashtra – individual and team games.

Recently, in the World Games for Special Olympics held at Abu Dhabi, UAE, in March 2019, two of our girl students participated in badminton and swimming. One student won two gold medals – in Badminton Singles and Doubles. The other student, who participated in swimming, came in 8th place in the final race. The credit goes to the participants themselves and their trainers, parents and class teachers who worked together and prepared the special needs children for this achievement. It is a matter of pride for the school that they reached this level of achievement.

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You might be surprised to know how conscientious and competitive these students with special needs and different abilities can be! They do not function age-appropriately, yet they are eager learners. It is a challenging job for teachers and they are elated with students’ achievements, even if it is a small skill that they master!

We focus on independent living skills, gross and fine motor development and perceptual areas. Yoga, Social skills, Functional Academics, Computers, Art, Craft, Stitching, Prevocational Training, Office Skills, Music, Dance are all taught in the school.

We try and place them wherever possible in open employment and some are suggested home-based activities (depending on individual cases). The Trust supports them for this.

Please visit the Sulabha Special School when in Mumbai. 
For more details, you can visit our website: www.sulabhaspecialschool.org

The Hawa Mahal Murders – a contest winner!

N.J. Kulkarni’s The Hawa Mahal Murders is a contest winner and was launched at the Pune International Literary Festival on the 20th of September 2019 by Javed Akhtar.

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It’s a book with nail-biting suspense and here is a review from an unknown person:

This book is everything you would want in a detective murder mystery: suspense and well-rounded characters who you are invested in from the first page itself. Mumbai serves as a perfect backdrop to the story. Finished it in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. A terrific, entertaining read.

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The book did brisk business at PILF19, where it was launched. Here is the Amazon link to buy, and here is the Flipcart link. Right now, only the hard copy is available and only practical for those living in India to buy it. But the soft copy (ebook) will be available soon.

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It has a good sales rank on Amazon as well, in the Crime/Thriller category, despite no preorders or advance reviews.

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The story in the Hawa Mahal Murders can satisfy your appetite for suspense, mystery, Bollywood, blackmail, love…and seduction. It’s entertainment. A fun read, a thrilling whodunnit but without any gore or horror. It’s not a standard thriller or a detective novel. It’s not about some kind of puzzle that needs to be solved. You can call it a kind of psychological thriller.

But that’s not the only reason why the Hawa Mahal Murders is worth a buy.  Sure, there is adventure, mystery, and it keeps you turning the pages, but the Hawa Mahal Murders is actually about the important things in our lives, it’s about our values. It’s about friendship and to what extent we can go to, to help our best friends and how much we can sacrifice for those whom we love. It’s about being betrayed in love and then it’s about second chances.

It’s also about risking everything, one’s career, one’s life because of wanting to do the right thing. We all have it in us, this spot of heroism. It just requires the right circumstances to bring it out.

Once you start reading the Hawa Mahal Murders, you will find yourself getting sucked into their world, Smita’s world, Jai’s world, and you will find yourself rooting for them. You want them to succeed because they are fighting not just to survive, they are fighting for all that matters in this life. Integrity. Loyalty. Love.

You will be able to relate to these characters, maybe even love them, and I hope that they can also inspire you in some way.

Contributed by the author, N.J. Kulkarni. She is the daughter of Sudhir and Sarala Jatar and the grand-daughter of Bhausaheb, the son of Shriram Jatar. Nita also runs this family website.

Nitten Kirtane the tennis star!

IMG_2049Nitten Kirtane’s contribution to tennis has been exemplary over 4 decades whereby he has achieved at every level be it Junior Wimbledon runner up with Mahesh Bhupathi, Asian games bronze medallist, SAF Games medallist both in Chennai and Dhaka, Men’s no 1 in India, Davis cupper for 6 years, 4 time Men’s National Champion, 12 time Men’s Doubles Champion, 2 time ITF Men’s Singles Champion, 13 time ITF Men’s Doubles Champion and over 100 AITA titles.

Recently with his historic Silver Medal Win at the seniors World Championship held at Miami in 2018, he is ranked No. 1 in the Seniors in India today.

He recently was the coach of the Indian Railways team which won the Gold at the World Championship in Bulgaria. He is also a committee member of the MSLTA seniors team for promotion of tennis.

Lastly, I would like to highlight that he has 9 international medals and 16 national medals in his four-decade-long tennis career.

By Nitin’s wife, Rheeya

Nitten is the son of Mohini Kirtane. Her sister Mohini and brother Vijay are the children of Nalini (Nanutai) and MK Joshi. Nanutai was a Jatar girl, the daughter and only surviving child of Radha (nee Vatsala Mainkar) and Vasudev (Appasaheb) Jatar. Appasaheb was the son of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest child of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. This family tree will explain it further.

Madhav Jatar – the Actor

Diwakar Vasudev Jatar, known as Madhav in the Jatar family, was a talented theatre actor. His daughter Mrudula has provided photos from the various Marathi plays that he acted in. See them here in a slideshow:

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Madhav was the fifth child of Appasaheb (Vasudev) and Radhavahini (and the grandson of Bapurao and the great-grandson of Shriram Jatar.)

War achievements of 105 regiment

Enclosed is an image which shows the “Excerpts from an official document acclaiming the role of the 105 Regiment in 1971 Indo-Pakistan War”. These extracts are recommendations sent to Army HQ from two Brigade HQ and HQ Infantry Division to which 105 Engineer Regiment gave close support during the battle for Punch in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

My father Maj Gen SCN Jatar, served as the Commanding Officer of 105 Engineer Regiment from 1971 to November 1975.

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Here is in brief what the above image documents:

105 Engineer Regiment less 402 Field Company provided intimate support to 95 Infantry Brigade for the defence of PUNCH Sector and attack on NANOI TEKRI Complex…the Regiment laid a number of minefields, both protective and defensive, cleared safe lanes/areas in the minefields around own Forward Defended Localities for revisiting of automatic weapons. A large number of roads and tracks were constructed to important Forward Defended Localities and gun areas. Underground bunkers and an all-weather helipad were constructed. Assault groups accompanied the assaulting troops during the attack on NANGI TEKRI Complex, safe lanes were breached in enemy minefields on the capture of NANGI TEKRI for move forward of reorganization stores and protective minefields were laid around captured objectives which contributed in beating back the counter attacks. These tasks contributed greatly towards the success of the battle of PUNCH.

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379 Fd Company, a major portion of 402 Fd Company and Regimental HQ of 105 Engr Regt provided support for the attack and capture of NANGI TEKRI, JUNGLE TEKRI, JUNGLE HUMP AND DHIP. This Regiment carried out the following tasks for the support of the operation:

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The support provided by 105 was invaluable, without which the capture of NANGI TEKRi would not have been accomplished.

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105 helped prepare for numerous battles/actions which deserved an award.

Maj Gen AV Natu, MVC, also lauds the support given by 105 Engr Regt.

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Above image from Pixabay.

My Father – the Admiral

The article below has been written by Rajiv Inamdar, the son of Rear Admiral Yashwant Inamdar and Leela Raman. Rajiv is the grandson of Sarojini (Banutai), who was the daughter of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. Banutai married NL Inamdar (Annasaheb).

My father was a man of many parts.Yashwant Inamdar

He graduated from the Royal Naval College Dartmouth and The Royal Naval Engineering College, Plymouth in the UK after 6 years of training where he specialised in Marine Engineering. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London, of the Institute of Marine Engineers, London and of the Institute of Engineers, India. He was also a graduate of the National Defence College. He also had a post-graduate diploma in taxation management from Jamnalal Bajaj Mumbai.

During his 32 year career in the Navy, he held many positions including that of Training Commander, in INS Shivaji, the Navy’s Engineering training establishment, where a building has been named after him and his handwritten technical notes on engineering subjects have been preserved for posterity in a glass exhibit. He was also the Director of Marine Engineering and head of the Navy’s Marine Engineering branch, the Asst Chief of Material at Naval Headquarters, Delhi and the Admiral Superintendent of the Naval Dockyard in Vizag where he managed 10,000 people.

A plaque below in the Centre of Marine Engineering Excellence in INS Shivaji, Lonavla that describes the exhibit in the building named after Rear Admiral Y N Inamdar.

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And below you will see a glass exhibit that contains the handwritten notes on technical subjects written by the Admiral.

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There are many handwritten notes on technical subjects that have been preserved for naval posterity by INS Shivaji, Lonavla.

He was the Chief Engineer on board the INS Brahmaputra, the first Indian Naval ship that crossed the Atlantic to go to Canada for Expo 1967

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He was also the Chairman of the Anti Missile Committee for the Ministry of Defence and a Member of the Expert team for Selection of Submarines from European countries

He was awarded an AVSM for his services to the Navy by the President of India which you can see in the photo on the right.

In his Annual Confidential Reports over the years his Commanding Officers described him as intelligent, modest, having excellent turnout and bearing , a good public speaker , writer, actor , debater and director( he directed a play called Sailor Beware which was a great hit!)  with outstanding power of expression , a natural leader, with a great sense of fairness and balance, bold with a charismatic personality, handsome, suave, polished, with good taste and colour coordination and totally incorruptible due to lack of greed.

I think that pretty much sums him up.

After retirement in 1982, he served on the National Committee for Quality Assurance which examined the working of 85 ordnance factories and took up a job as CEO of a French private sector company. This job didn’t really suit his incorruptible nature and the stress gave him a heart attack in 1987.

Following this, my parents spent a few short years with us after which they moved to Noida and then to their bungalow in Mhow where they spent several happy years. Following my mother’s illness in 2004, my parents moved in with us here in Beverly Park.

Dad could write very well and had a wonderful sense of humour. He contributed extensively to the Navy’s Quarterdeck magazine. He could also recite the entire Hanuman Chalisa from memory which he was able to do till a few months ago. His Midshipman’s journal, written in 1948/49 as a 20-year-old cadet is a fascinating description of geopolitical events of the times along with being a diary of the day’s events with beautiful handwriting and technical drawings.

My father has spent 15 years in this house with us and has been a big part of our lives. The deterioration is his health began a few years ago when he slowly lost mobility. The last few months were difficult for him due to two strokes from which he never really recovered.

Here are some tributes paid by his colleagues in the Navy

Admiral Britto – “Saddened at the loss of a great mentor, fellow engineer, and versatile personality of dignity and warmth who exuded personal and professional finesse. His Board awarded me my watchkeeping certificate”

Admiral Rajeev Paralikar – “I had the good fortune of serving on board INS Brahmaputra as his Senior Engineer Officer. He was a role model for me and was instrumental in shaping my career. I remain ever grateful to him”

Admiral BS Randhawa – “Very saddened as the passing away of your father. I had the good fortune of serving under him at an early stage of my career at the Institute of Armament Technology near Pune. I have not had a finer role model since. The world has lost a fine human being”

Admiral Vasant Koppikar – “Sorry to hear about the demise of your father whom I always held in high regard. A thorough gentleman, soft spoken and a good sense of humour. I have happy memories of our past Association in the Navy”

Admiral Sukul – Very sorry to learn about Admiral Inamdar. Such a wonderful human being and a great friend. RIP.

Admiral Radhakrishnan – “ Sorry to hear of the passing away of your dear father, a grand Admiral of the old Navy. May the noble soul rest in peace”

My father died at the ripe old age of 89 on 18 February 2019 after having lived a full life that is worth celebrating..

The article published above has also been published on this website called Atavist. Published below is a letter of condolence not available on the Atavist website:

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Even after many years after his retirement, the Chief of the Naval Staff wrote a condolence letter to Rajiv. This goes to show how well respected Yashwant Inamdar was in the Navy.

There is more about Rajiv Inamdar here and here, and these posts on the Inamdar Family Tree and a photograph of the Inamdar siblings will tell you a little more on the Inamdars.

Contributing author: Dr Anagha Dudhbhate

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, a book on Women’s health was published by Kabir Bagh Math Sanstha – they work with Yoga therapy for a healthy life. All contributing authors were felicitated at a function.

Dr Anagha Dudhbhate contributed an article on त्वचा अणि स्त्री स्वास्थ्य (skin & women’s health). In the photo below, she is being felicitated at the hands of the Hon. Mayor of Pune ( photo on the right).

 

Contributed by Jaideep Dudhbhate.

(Anagha is the wife of Jaideep Dudhbhate, the grandson of the Late Kumudini Borgaonkar (nee Jatar). Kumudini (married to Shankar Rao Borgaonkar) was the daughter of the late Ranganath Jatar (Balasaheb). Balasaheb was the son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.)