Today I am writing about a star in the history of the Jatar family which shone brightly, in fact, dazzled, and streaked across the firmament much too soon.
Chandrabhaga, popularly known as Chani, was born in 1907, as the third daughter of Bapurao, i.e. KS Jatar, who was the eldest son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. (link to his family tree). Chani was younger than Kamalatai Thakur and Anasuya Garde, whereas she was older than her sister Banutai Inamdar and Sushilatai Nanal.
It is Memorial Day Weekend in the USA, so this memoir is timely in remembering my late father, Wg. Cdr. Madhukar (Mickey) Shantaram Jatar, VrC, VM. This is also a salute to all the members of the Jatar and extended family who have served illustriously in the Indian Armed Forces over the past decades.
My father was the second of four sons born to Dr Shantaram Kashinath Jatar (Babu Kaka) and Mrs Malatibai Jatar. I don’t recall much of his childhood except that he graduated from Nutan Marathi Vidayala in Pune and played competitive cricket as a pace bowler.
This post is about Medha Jatar nee Khare, the wife of Ranjit Jatar and the daughter-in-law of Brig RV (Raghunath) Jatar. She won an award recently, one of her several achievements. She is an experienced Research Advisor with a history of working in the human resources industry. She is skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Executive Coaching, Management, Start-ups, and Product Development. You can find out more about her from her Linkedin profile.
Medha’s Best Mentor Award was received from Swiss-based ThrivewithMentoring.
By Medha Jatar:
Swiss-based ThriveWithMentoring started 3 years ago and asked me to be a part of their set up in India as a mentor-coach.
ThriveWithMentoring is a platform for women from the corporate world. I have mentored a young lady working in a well established MNC firm for about 6 months, largely on issues related to the professional front.
Rangutai, from the Deo family from Thane, came from a well-respected family. She became a part of the Jatar family in 1918 by marrying Tatyasaheb, the eldest son of Bapurao (born 1894). Thus Rangutai became Janaki Jatar.
Unfortunately, her husband Tatyasaheb had TB as a young man. Although he had recovered a little, his TB came back and a few years after his marriage he passed away at the age of 27, in 1921. Tragically, Janaki was left a young widow with no children.
How old could she have been when she became a widow? We have to assume that Rangutai was several years younger to her husband because that was the custom at the time. If Tatyasaheb was 27 years old at the time of his death in 1921, it is likely that Janaki was barely 21 at the time, if not younger, having married him when she was a teenager, as was the practice during that time. Thus we must assume that she was born sometime in 1900 or possibly even later.
Janaki was lucky to have been married into a progressive family like the Jatars. Bapurao, the eldest son of Shriram Jatar, was her father-in-law, and encouraged her to complete her LCPS (Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery). This medical degree, given after a 5-year course (as in MD) was a qualification conferred by some universities during British rule in India. Bapurao must surely have seen some spark in her, believing that this lady was as capable as anybody else. Encouraging her education was the first step towards her independence.
The following write-up has been contributed by Shrikrishna Inamdar, the son of Sarojini Jatar (Banutai), who was the daughter of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. He is also the son of Narhar Inamdar, who was the son of Shriram Jatar’s daughter, Godutai. Godutai married Laxman Inamdar (popularly known as Babasaheb), and Narhar married Banutai. Babasaheb was Banutai’s father-in-law.
I am Shrikrishna Narhar Inamdar (Bal), son of Sarojini Inamdar – nee Jatar, who was the daughter of respected Bapurao Jatar, and the wife of Narhar Laxman Inamdar (A.K.A. Annasaheb).
In 1954, my parents moved to Pune from Amravati. In 1961 (12th.July 1961), the year in which I passed my matriculation, a disaster struck Pune. There were unprecedented floods and we were living very very close to the River Mutha. Our rented house was completely washed out. My elder brother, Yeshwant Inamdar was in the Indian navy and had a transferable job and my elder sister Sulabha tai was already married to Ramesh Gudi in Mumbai.
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
About Anuradha (Sonu) Jairaj Jatar (nee Anuradha Purushottam Moghe)
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.
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.
Nitten 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).