Samirran was sitting on a rock at his friend’s farmhouse, talking on the phone when a Russell’s Viper bit him. The viper came from behind and put the fangs in deep into the right hand.
This snake is also one of the genera responsible for causing the most snakebite incidents and deaths among all venomous snakes on account of many factors, such as their wide distribution, generally aggressive demeanor, and frequent occurrence in highly populated areas
Samirran then held the snake’s head with his left hand and tore the snake’s fangs out. While doing so, the fangs grazed his left thumb – and poison entered there too. This snake is usually 3-4 feet in length and has a stout body, so not easy to hold it.
He then held on to the snake because he says he knew that hospitals prefer to know which snake has bitten the patient.
What presence of mind and bravery!
His friend then drove him to the nearest hospital – with Samirran HOLDING ON TO THE LIVING SNAKE.
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.
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 Vijayare 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.
The Shriram Wada, a sprawling structure in the heart of Pune city, was bought by Shriram Bhikaji Jatar (SBJ) around 1890 on his retirement. It was bought from his own earnings. He did not receive any property from his father (Bhikaji). Shriram Jatar left this property to his sons and in the year 1927 approximately, Bapurao bought it from his brothers (a value of ₹20,000/- was placed on the Wada) after selling a property in Nagpur (documentation available with me.) After Bapurao’s death (1951), the Shriram Wada was sold.
It is a huge Wada with 3 floors and numerous rooms. It has entrances on two sides, as it straddles two lanes in Narayan Peth. There is a water well at the back. There used to be a cowshed with 3 or 4 buffaloes. The main entrance used to be from the north, but now it has been changed to the south. It used to be number 340, Narayan Peth, but now the number has changed to 387/388.
Lokmanya Tilak was a tenant here and the Wada has become known for this now.
Here are the photographs of the Wada. The front entrance has a board of the “Maharashtra Rashtrabhasha Sabha” which operates from this building. Unfortunately, this board hides the marble name-plate of our ancestor, Shriram.
The photo below shows the marble engraving of Shriram’s name. We asked the authorities to remove the board so we could take the photo.
Our family has a regular bhishi, more or less monthly. The objective of this ladies “meet” is to keep up family relationships! And we all enjoy themselves in the process. Our trip to Mahabaleshwar is always a joy. Lata Chinchankar (nee Talwalkar) has a bungalow there and while we enjoy the sumptuous lunch and snacks that she serves, we also shop – not just for strawberries but all things else!
In this particular bhishi, we did a “kelvan” for Madhavi Date (nee Jatar) as well.
The slideshow below will show how much we enjoy ourselves!
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).
Bhishi is a gathering of people who generally meet monthly and each contributes a small amount towards a fund which goes to the person hosting it. It is a type of kitty party…in other words, it is an excuse to keep in touch on a regular basis.
The women of the Jatar Family (and their descendants) have done a great job in maintaining the bhishi for the last 20 years, and more. It’s amazing that the bhishi includes not just first, second and third cousins (spouses too) but also cousins twice removed. Also aunts and nieces, several times removed. The bhishi has everyone with Jatar blood, or someone Continue reading “The Jatar Family Bhishis”→