Some thoughts on my mother – Kumudinibai Borgaonkar née Jatar

Kumudini Jatar was the daughter of Balasaheb Jatar and granddaughter of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. She was married to Shankar Rao Borgoankar and they settled in Hyderabad. 

By Digamber (Bal) Borgaonkar

kumudini young
Kumudini before marriage

We children called her Aai. She was born on Dec 2, 1908, and died on Feb 14, 1994, in Pune.

She went to High School in Nagpur, in CP and Berar province of British India, Later on, along with her first paternal cousin, Banutai Jatar Inamdar, she attended Fergusson College in Pune for a couple of years. She got married in Kulbarga (formerly Gulbarga, in Nizam’s Dominion) Karnataka in 1927.

She was named Parvati by the Borgaonkars, I remember that because Mai, wife of my father’s youngest uncle, Gopalrao (Kaka), who brought up my dad, used to call her by that name! I was not aware of very many weddings taking place in a bridegroom’s hometown but that was my parent’s life! Both of my parents were raised in ‘fatherless’ homes by their uncles in the paternalistic society of India.

My mother underwent 7 pregnancies in little more than a decade. I was the only son in the middle of 4 sisters as we grew up. Both of our grandmothers lived with us because my parents were their only children. My paternal grandmother was a ‘Sowli’ lady. She had my father in her teens and her husband died a few months Continue reading “Some thoughts on my mother – Kumudinibai Borgaonkar née Jatar”

Pramila Desai’s family

Pramila Desai is the great-grand-daughter of Shriram Jatar and granddaughter of Balasaheb Jatar, the son of Shriram Jatar who passed away early, from T.B., leaving behind his daughter Kumud Borgankar (nee Jatar) and widow Ramabai Jatar. Pramila is one of Kumud’s four daughters and presently lives in the USA.

The following write-up and photos have been contributed by Ranjan Desai, Pramila Desai’s son.

Pramila Desai nee Borgaonkar is the oldest daughter of Shankar Rao Borgaonkar and Kumudini Borgaonkar (nee Jatar) and the grand-daughter of Bala Saheb Jatar and Ramabai Jatar nee Khandekar (also called fondly as Dudhai).

Pramila married Kishen Rao Desai and has four children – Continue reading “Pramila Desai’s family”

Four Jatar ladies of yesteryear

During the old days, taking a photograph was an event. People got dressed up and went to the studio. I can imagine how excited these lovely ladies must have been when they decked up in their finery and trooped to the studio.

This photo was probably clicked before 1927, because 1927 was the year when Indira Jatar got married.

From Left to Right: Kumud Jatar [seated], Chandrabhaga (Chani) Jatar, Sarojini (Banutai) [seated] and Indira Jatar.

4 ladies framed

Chani (Chandrabhaga) and Sarojini were sisters, daughters of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. Sarojini married Narsimha Laxman Inamdar. Chani died early, at the age of 18, of a heatstroke.

The ladies on either side of them are Kumud Jatar and Indira Jatar. Kumud was the daughter of Ranganath Jatar (Balasaheb), the son of Shriram Jatar. Kumud’s father, Balasaheb, passed away very early, when Kumud was a child. Later, Kumud married Shankarao Borgaonkar of Hyderabad. Indira Jatar was the daughter of Bhausaheb, and married Shri Bhalchandra Balkrishna Bhajekar. Thus, Kumud and Indira were the first cousins of Chandrabhaga and Sarojini.

I cannot help but wonder what these sisters and cousins talked about. They led stable and secure lives and had loving families so their hopes and dreams came true. Except for Chani, tragically.

The Borgaonkar ancestral home

The Borgaonkar family is the family which Smt. Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar, married into. She married Shankarao Borgaonkar and was the only child of Balasaheb Jatar, the second son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. Shankarao was from Hyderabad. He and Kumudini had four daughters – Pramila, Saral, Achala and Leela and one son Bal Borgaonkar.

These photographs and information given below was provided by Pramila Desai’s son, Ranjan Desai, the grandson of Kumudini, and great-grandson of Balasaheb Jatar.

The photos below are of the Borgaonkar home in Hyderabad. Continue reading “The Borgaonkar ancestral home”

The Jatar Family Bhishis

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”

Bal Borgaonkar’s 85th Birthday Photograph

 

The birthday party took place at Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington, Delaware in the U.S.

Bal Borgaonkar sitting with wife Manda (nee Purandare) with Sonya (their daughter) in the center.
Standing L.R: Wyatt (Sonya’s son), Nisha (Ruma’s daughter), Revathi and Ruma (Bal Borgaonkar’s sister’s daughters), Raj (Bal Borgaonkar’s son), Uday Dudhbhate (Bal Borgaonkar’s sister’s son), Shankar Joshi, Sripad, Tara (Sonya’s daughter), Kumud (Uday’s wife), Rina (Ruma’s daughter), and Evan Borgaonkar (Raj’ s son)

Bal Borgaonkar is the grandson of Balasaheb Jatar, (his daughter Kumudini’s son). Balasaheb died early, and was the second son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

You can read about more about the Borgaonkars here: Bal Borgaonkar’s journey to America, about his sister Achala Rao and father Shankarao  and about Borgao.

Bal Borgaokar’s Journey to America

Bal Borgaonkar is the son of Shankarao Borgaonkar and Smt. Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar.  Kumudini Jatar Borgaonkar was the daughter of Balasaheb Jatar, the son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar . 

Bal Borgaonkar is the brother of Mrs Achala Rao (nee Borgaonkar)

This is written by Bal Borgaonkar:-

  1. I was brought up and raised in erstwhile Hyderabad State in pre-partition India. Political changes there made things difficult for me to obtain a good education and pursue a professional career in my chosen field of genetics. Change in my specialization further from plant to human/medical genetics gave me a much wider scope. I do not think I would have been able to write Chromosomal Variation in Man and publish several (nine) editions from 1974/5 to the late 90s (www.wiley.com/borgaonkar) and an ebook in 2011/12 (bookshelf.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) if I had not migrated.
  2. I obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Secured a faculty position in Grand Forks, North Dakota (1963) after several attempts all over the world. Continue reading “Bal Borgaokar’s Journey to America”

Visit to Borgao

This has been written by Bal Borgaokar. His father Shankarrao Borgaokar was the grand son-in-law of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

For more than 50 years I have been responding to questions about how the family name ‘Borgaonkar’ came about, to people here in the USA. I was told by my father that he took this family name of Borgaonkar, about a century ago, when he and his cousins came to Pune to continue their High School education at the New English School in English medium, as Gulbarga had Urdu medium instruction in the then Nizam’s Dominions.

He did not like the name Kulkarni, Continue reading “Visit to Borgao”

A group photo of the older generation

This is a photograph of some Jatars, and others who had a female Jatar ancestor. This photograph was taken on the seventy-fifth birthday celebrations. These men are more or less the same age although some are cousins, and others children of cousins. You can check out if you see any resemblance between them!

All of the woman in this photograph are the spouses, and not of Jatar ancestry.

The people standing from left to right are Chandu Jatar, Maj Gen. SCN (Sudhir) Jatar, Bal Borgaokar, Ashok Bhajekar, Brig. Raghunath Jatar and Jayanta Jatar.

The women sitting are Sarla Jatar (nee Purandare), wife of Sudhir Jatar, Manda Borgaokar (nee Purandare), wife of Bal Borgaokar, Sunila Bhajekar (nee Ganorkar) and Nilakshi Jatar (nee Bal), wife of Raghunath Jatar.

1) Chandu Jatar is the son of  Babukaka who was the son of Bapurao Jatar, who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. Chandu is the same age as Sudhir, because of the age difference between the two brothers – Bapurao and Bhausaheb.
2) Maj. Gen. SCN Jatar  is the son of Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar, who was the younger brother of Bapurao.
3) Bal Borgaokar’s mother was a Jatar and her name was Kumudini Jatar, and she was the daughter of Balasaheb (brother to Bapurao and Bhausaheb), son of Shriram Jatar. Kumudini’s husband was Shankarao Borgaokar.
4) Ashok Bhajekar is the son of Indirabai Bhajekar, who was the eldest child of Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar
5) Brig. Raghunath Jatar is the son of Abbasaheb, who was also known as Vishnu Shriram Jatar, another one of Shriram’s sons, and brother to Bapurao, and Bhausaheb.
6) Jayanta (Dattatrya) Jatar, is the son of Appasaheb, who was the son of Bapurao. Due to the fact that Bapurao was many years older than Bhausaheb, Jayanta is the same age as Sudhir. He is married to Sheila Pandit, but she is not in the photograph.

(Photo provided by Sudhir Jatar and written by Nita Jatar Kulkarni)

About Shankarao Borgaonkar, husband of Kumudini Borgaokar nee Jatar

Shankararao Borgaonkar was born on Dassera day in 1898. He was the grand son-in-law of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar and the son-in-law of Balasaheb Jatar. He attended schools in Gulbarga, where his father and brothers had established businesses and law practices. Because of the need to have education in the English language, he along with his widowed mother and cousins started living in Pune. He took the family name Borgaonkar and graduated from New English High School and then joined Fergusson College. He went to UK and obtained his LL.B and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn.

He was quite active in politics in the erstwhile Nizam’s Dominion from the 30s to 50s eg one of his writings was re-published 50 years later in the Hyderabad daily -Deccan Chronicle – in the 1980s. Many of his children and grandchildren are living in the USA. He died on Sep 14, 1971.

Contributed by Bal Borgaonkar.

About Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar

Kumudini Borgaokar nee Jatar was the only long surviving child of Balasaheb Jatar. She was born on Dec 2 , 1908 and died on Feb 14, 1994 in Pune. She attended schools in Nagpur and then Fergusson College in Pune. She was also an Immigrant of USA and lived here off and on (from 1972 to 1976) after her husband’s death in 1971. She returned to India, to be with her mother who died in 1982. Days before her planned return to USA, she broke her hip, in a fall at her daughter’s residence in Dec 1983.

 Contributed by Bal Borgaonkar

Uday Dudhbhate‘s memories:

On the occasion of Narakchaturdashi I have my favourite memory of my grandmother Kumudini Jatar Borgaonkar whom we called Aai. In 1965-66 Diwali I was the only grandchild staying in my grandparents’ Hyderabad house. At that age too Aai got up at 4 in the morning to start Bumb to heat up water & woke me up for Abhangya snan. Not only that she gleefully burst Apatbars while every one was having bath & asked me to burst few she was having bath. I had lot of fun that Diwali.

There’s a saying in Marathi– Grandparents are first friends of a grandchild & Grandchild/grandchildren are last friends of grandparents.

Smt. Achala Rao (née Borgaonkar) and her family

Smt. Achala Rao (nee Borgaonkar) was the daughter of Shankarao Borgaonkar and Smt. Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar. She is the sister of Bal Borgaonkar.

Kumudini Jatar Borgaonkar was the daughter of Balasaheb Jatar, the son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. Smt. Achala Borgoankar Rao was born on 29th October 1934 in Hyderabad. She attended school & college in Hyderabad & completed Master of Arts in Economics. She also worked as an Air Hostess with Indian Airlines prior to her marriage. On 15th April 1960, she got married to Dr Ramakanth Rao. She had two children, Nina & Nitin.

Her hobbies included playing the Sitar & Santoor. She is no more.

Dr. Ramakanth Rao was born on 14th November 1929 at Gulbarga which is now in Karnataka. He went to school and college in Hyderabad and completed Master of Science (MSc.). In 1953 he went to U.S.A, and completed his Masters & Doctorate in Chemical Engineering in 1957 from Iowa. From 1957 to 1981 he worked in Union Carbide, Mumbai & from 1981 to 1983 he worked for A.L.A. Chemicals Ltd. He has also passed away

Nina, the daughter of Dr. Rao and Achala Rao was born in Mumbai and migrated to the US in the early 80’s to pursue graduate studies in business. She is married to Sudhir Walvekar and they are settled in California, for many years. They have a daughter, Allika, an engineer by profession, who also lives in California.

Nitin was born in Mumbai on 09th August 1967 in Mumbai and went to Bombay Scottish School and thereafter completed his Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com). His work experience is in the Administrative department. He got married to Maneesha Rao (née Hulyalkar) on 13th March 1994. They are now well settled in Pune since 2003.

(Contributed by Nitin Rao)