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.

Vineeta Chitale nee Nirmala Inamdar

vinita chitaleThe above photograph of Vineeta Chitale (1936-2017) was taken on her 80th birthday.  Vineeta Chitale was popularly known as Neelatai in family circles. Before marriage, Vineeta Chitale’s name was Nirmala Inamdar. She was the daughter of Purushottam (Pandit) Inamdar and Kusum Bhat. You can check out the Inamdar Family Tree.

Pandit Inamdar, her father, was the son of Godavari (Godutai) Inamdar nee Jatar. Godutai was popularly known as Mai in the family. She was the wife of Laxmanrao Inamdar and the daughter of Shriram Jatar. Godutai, Vineeta Chitale’s grandmother, was the sister of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), Janki Bhupatkar (Autai), Ranganath (Balasaheb), Nilkanth (Bhausaheb, Ambutai Bhatawadekar (she died early without children) and Vishnu (Abasaheb). You can check out the Jatar Family Tree.

Vineeta married Shyam Chitale and has two sons, Aditya and Devdutta Chitale. Aditya is a lawyer and he and his wife Madhumati (nee Patel) live in Mumbai and have one son, Riddhiman. Devdutta works for Tata Uganda and he and his wife Nilakshi (nee Patankar) have a daughter Tanvi and a son Nikhil.

Vineeta Chitale was one of the achievers in our family.  She was far ahead of her time. She worked as a medical social worker at the MGM Hospital, Parel. Later, she joined T.I.S.S. as a member of faculty, in the Deptt. of Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. After retirement, she worked in the Center for AIDS Research, Action and Training, T.I.S.S. (Tata Institue of Social Sciences). After that, she worked as an independent consultant and then Chair Professor on the Mahalakshmi Temple Trust. She has written research books for T.I.S.S. as well as academic papers.

The short write-up below was given by her daughter-in-law, Madhumati Chitale.

My Aiee..my mom in law. I miss her dearly..one of the strongest women I knew..and had the honour of knowing..steeped in culture..and fiercely independent..loved her family to a fault..her brothers adored her and grandchildren were delighted to be in her company..she in fact was a great conversationalist and had people of all ages engaged in a banter most times..loved to travel ..ready to spontaneously do things..a pioneer at work and much appreciated for her council. She all on all was a true modern woman.

The write-up below has been provided by her son, Devdatta Chitale:

Aai was very sincere in her work with a single minded doggedness towards any responsibility, work or project she took over.

She loved travelling so much that even at an age of 74 she quietly moved around in Kampala (without our knowledge) on two wheeler taxis, which I think was very daring and dangerous.

She touched hearts and minds of several persons during her long and illustrious career in Medical Social Work.

Actually she never retired as even at 79 she was still visiting Tata Institute (TISS) twice weekly, doing project work.

By the way she started in 1961 and was working till 2016.

To my wife she was more of a friend and a go to person rather than the ubiquitous Sasu maa

The grand-children just loved her as she was their Best Lawyer

She had a capacity to get the right gifts for each person according to his/her tastes and fancies.

She loved her family immensely and was very proud of her Inamdar and Bhat heritage.

I know she related well even with her second and third cousins and was in regular touch with many ( mamay-aatey baheen)

Within her community she was very respected and looked up as a “viduri” which she was.

Her greatest asset was she Listened to all her patients from alcoholics, trans-genders, drug abuse victims, AIDS patients and many such people having difficulties in their lives.

So many lives were transformed by her advice and support.

She was very much loved by all her family members and her relatives (especially her brothers she was their Tai)

Though she had a very tough career and life in general she was very happy and content in her last years.

Vinita Chitale (born on 19th April 1936) passed away on the 9th of January, 2017, in Kampala, Africa, of complications from a hip fracture. 

Rosella Jatar

papa and rosalieWritten by Padmakar Jatar

Rosella and I were married in 1991 & she passed away in 1998.

A few words about her: She was a well qualified Registered E.R. Nurse, well known in Dallas as she headed several Nursing organizations.

She went to India twice with me, the first time in 1991 & we attended 2 weddings: first, Sanket’s Sikh wedding in Delhi, followed by Jaideep & Seema’s Marathi Brahmin style wedding in Pune, which included lunch on banana leaves on the floor! She handled everything very well.

The poverty in India didn’t bother her, at one point wanted to buy a flat in Pune. What is remarkable is that in 1998, as I was leaving for Pune to attend my Aai’s first death anniversary she wanted to accompany me, in spite of being terminally ill. She wanted to die in India, be cremated Hindu style & her ashes spread over Pune! But I refused to take her, felt she should spend her last days with her family.

She was unlike American women, nonmaterialistic, very giving, helping poor people that came to her hospital for treatment & extremely generous. I have never met anyone like her & probably never will. Being an E.R.Nurse you would have thought she would know about colon cancer but didn’t until it was too late.

Padmakar (Papa) Jatar is the son of Dr Shantaram Jatar (known as Babukaka) and Malti Phadnis and the grand-son of Kashinath Shriram Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar, (link to the family tree of Shriram.

Padmakar Jatar from Las Vegas

padmakar jatarThe following write-up was contributed by Padmakar Jatar (known as Papa in the Jatar family) who is now living a happy retired life in Las Vegas. Papa Jatar is the son of Dr Shantaram Jatar (known as Babukaka) and Malti Phadnis and the grand-son of Kashinath Shriram Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar, (link to the family tree of Shriram. )  They had four sons, Bhalachandra (Chandu), Madhukar (Mickey), Padmakar (Papa) and Dinkar (Kumar)

Here is what Papakaka writes:

I am extremely proud of my family heritage and to belong to the Jatar family, a family of achievers. How many families do you know that in a close circle have got so many awards: Knighthood, Ashok Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, and 3 Vayu Sena medals? Bhayya received a Vayu Sena medal and so did Mickey (in addition to a Vir Chakra) & Kumar got a Vayu Sena medal too.

The photograph below is of the four Jatar brothers in their youth, the four sons of Babukaka – Dr Shantaram Jatar. From Left to Right: Dinkar (Kumar), Madhukar (Micky), Padmakar (Papa) and Bhalachandra (Chandu).

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I am very proud of the achievements my father who got 5 degrees including that of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK). My 2 brothers, IAF fighter pilots, were extraordinary – mentally tough like other Jatars: Bhausaheb, Baba, Bhayya, Anna Kaka, Sudhir … the list goes on. And I must mention that my brother Chandu is a very good engineer.

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Papa in Las Vegas today

As for me, I left India way back in 1964 and headed to London. It was a struggle because architecture is very sensitive to the economy. I did some sports in the United Kingdom: Badminton for instance. The highlight was that I completed the Glider Flying Course and earned A & B certificates. Then I left for Canada but I didn’t like it there too much.

After about 1-1/2 years, I moved to the USA. I had to start more or less at the bottom of the ladder because they don’t recognize Indian qualifications. After a few years, I passed my licensing exam, which is considered as tough as P.E. and finally I could call myself an Architect.

My work experience has been in Medical projects (35-40 yrs.): Medical planning & preparing construction documents for contractors to build from. I have had all-round experience. I started with manual drafting & later switched to computer drafting/ design. My ambition was to be an all-rounder in work & sports & I succeeded to some extent.

I was married to Rosella from 1991 to 1998, until her death.

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Papa and Rosella

In loving memory of Madhav Jatar

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Today is the 23rd of June, Madhav Jatar’s birthday. On this day and in his memory, a write-up is being published here (given by his daughter Mrudula) and written by Shrikrishna (Bal) Inamdar, Madhav Jatar’s first cousin (मामे भाऊ).

This write-up was written by Bal Kaka. Please click on the link below and it will take you to the pdf document, written in Marathi.

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Here is a snapshot of the same document.

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

Read more about Diwakar Vasudev Jatar (known as Madhav in the Jatar family).  He had many facets to his personality, he was a Marathi theatre actor as well.

Diwakar Vasudev Jatar

madhav2Diwakar Vasudev Jatar, fondly known as Madhav, was born on the 23rd of June, 1937. He was the fifth child of Appasaheb (Vasudev) and Radhavahini (and the grandson of Bapurao and the great-grandson of Shriram Jatar.)

Madhav did his schooling in Raman Baug High School and his diploma in Engineering from Wadia College. He worked with Richardson and Cruddas, Byculla, from where he took voluntary retirement.

He was a man of many talents and was proficient in music and drama. He tutored under Shri Suresh Haldankar for music. He was a part of Marathi Amateur theatre and won many awards for acting in Rajya Natya Spardha. He did two professional plays: “वीज म्हणाली धरतीला” with actress Faiyaz and Sudha Karmarkar, and “धन्य ते गायनी कळा“ with Ramdas Kamath and Bharati Acharekar.

He was a true family man. He loved to be in the company of extended family and friends. In the photos below he is seen with his wife and three daughters, Vaishali, Mrudula and Nandita.

 

He was married to Anuradha (Pushpa Purohit) on 27th November 1960. He had three daughters: Vaishali Inamdar, Mrudula Mahabal and Nandita Karthik.

He passed away suddenly on the 5th of October 1996 of liver cancer.

(Write-up contributed by Vaishali Inamdar and photos by Mrudula Mahabal.)

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.