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 Continue reading “The Hawa Mahal Murders – a contest winner!”

Memories of the 1965 Indo-Pak War

Photo provided by MK Mangalmurti

This article is a fascinating account of the 1965 Indo-Pak war by Madhav (MK) Mangalmurti. He was in Pakistan at that time and his experiences give us an insight into the real Pakistan. This write-up was penned for a book by Maj.Gen. Gokhale (yet to be published). 

Background
1965 was an eventful year in Indo-Pak history. The Pakistani military ruler General Ayub Khan emerged victorious in the Presidential elections held in January 1965 amidst allegations of rigging. This factor created a desire in Ayub to improve his political image by achieving some success in the realm of foreign relations. He got an opportunity to do so in April 1965 over a minor border dispute with India in the Rann of Kutch area. The Pakistan Army dominated the skirmishes in the Rann area as a result of which a climate of overconfidence was created in the Pakistani military and political establishment.

As a result, In May 1965, President Ayub decided to launch the proposed “Operation Continue reading “Memories of the 1965 Indo-Pak War”

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.)

 

 

A story of three titans

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Neelima Raddi* has added another feather in her cap – she has written a book on three eminent personalities, two of them were her grandfathers and one, her husband’s grandfather (father-in-law’s father). Her book, written in Marathi, is titled “Sanchitache Tridal.” (संचिताचे त्रिदल). The book is about three great men – Sir Nilkanth Jatar, also known as Bhausaheb (1887-1957), Bandopant Bhajekar (1861-1927) and Rangacharya Raddi (1869-1943).

Neelima is the daughter of Continue reading “A story of three titans”

A book for children by Mohini Kirtane

Mohini Kirtane nee Joshi, is the daughter of Nalini Joshi nee Jatar (known in the family as Nanutai). Nanutai was the daughter of Vasudev Jatar (Appasaheb) and Radha (his first wife). Appasaheb was the second eldest son of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao). Bapurao was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. Mohini is the granddaughter of Appasaheb, the great-granddaughter of Bapurao and the great-great granddaughter of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

Mohini has written a lovely book for children: about the adventures of Armaan, the Brave Warrior. It was published by Vishwakarma Publications, a reputed traditional publishing company. It was released last month.

Mohini is married to Continue reading “A book for children by Mohini Kirtane”

Academic Paper by S.B Jatar

This is a paper written by Dr Sadashiv Bhikaji Jatar, our great-grand-uncle, who was living in Manchester at the time. It was first published in 1908 and Dr Sadashiv Jatar must have been around 36 years old at the time.

The paper is a reference to the Municipal School of Technology in Manchester (UK). The name of the article is “Volumetric estimation of iron and chromium by means of titanous chloride” and probably is difficult Continue reading “Academic Paper by S.B Jatar”

Neelakshi Jatar – Reflections and a Eulogy

Brig. Raghunath Jatar, the husband of the late Neelakshi Jatar (nee Bal), has brought out a booklet filled with poignant memories of his late wife Neelakshi, who passed away from cancer over a year ago. Family and friends have contributed with their own thoughts and memories.

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Neelakshi Jatar’s life is encapsulated here in this book. She was a teacher, writer and Continue reading “Neelakshi Jatar – Reflections and a Eulogy”

Sarika Pandit – the traveloholic

Sarika Pandit is the grand daughter of Bal Jatar, who was the son of Abasaheb, and the grand-son of Shriram Jatar.

Veena Pandit nee Jatar, the daughter of Bal Jatar, married Ajit Pandit. Sarika is their daughter. Sarika wrote a wonderful book called the “BUCKET LIST OF A TRAVELOHOLIC.” It was reviewed by a tech writer from Bangalore called Nishi. Here is the text of her review. Continue reading “Sarika Pandit – the traveloholic”

DK Jatar’s Last Journey

There is some interesting information on Capt. D.K. Jatar’s last journey (our esteemed ancestor Annarao, the first civilian to receive the Ashok Chakra for extraordinary bravery) in a book by RM Lala (Beyond The Last Blue Mountain – A life of JRD Tata).

D.K. Jatar was Bapurao’s youngest son, known as Annakaka in the family. Annakaka was the grandson of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

The excerpt shown here is about the Air India plane called the Kashmir Princess which crashed; the plane which was supposed to be carrying the Chinese Premier – Chou (or Zhou) En-Lai. It was piloted by Capt. Jatar.

This the cover of the book.
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This is the start of the write-up, on page 153. It is the behind the scenes explanation as to Continue reading “DK Jatar’s Last Journey”