Written 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.)
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.
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.
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”
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.
Neelakshi Jatar’s life is encapsulated here in this book. She was a teacher, writer and Continue reading “Neelakshi Jatar – Reflections and a Eulogy”
Today is the death anniversary of Bal Kaka (Balkrishna Jatar), the son of Abasaheb, and the grand-son of Shriram Jatar. We, the descendants of Shriram Jatar, have a WhatsApp group in which we often share memories. And today Ranjit, the son of Brig. R.V. Jatar, and the grandson of Abasaheb and the nephew of Bal Kaka, started the conversation by telling us of his memories of his uncle, and posted two of his photos.
Here are Ranjit’s sentiments:
Today is Bal Kakas death anniv.
Most of us here knew him.
He was among the warmest people we all knew. A big heart. Witty. A good sport. Twinkling eyes even when occasionally he got annoyed. Wiling to help.
A great DNA for all of us to follow. Except when he would sit next to you in a movie theatre and snore. ( Remember those days when going for a movie was a BIG occasion?)
He would love it if today evening we raise a toast. Soda with soda, or soda with ….
RIP Bal Kaka!! Hope you are enjoying your pipe ..unless you have upscaled to cigars….and enjoyed the IPL.
There were other comments and they are Continue reading “Bal Kaka’s death anniversary”
The following tribute was written by Colonel Narinder Bhatia (Retd), who as Ranjit Jatar (the son of Brig. R.V. Jatar) says “wrote this very moving piece on my parents, parts of which I read out at the 85th birthday celebrations“. Continue reading “A Tribute To Brig RV Jatar and Neelakshi Jatar”
Yashwant Bhagwat has sent in an article, which he wrote on Bapurao (Kashinath Shriram Jatar), and it was published in Maharashtra Times Pune on 10/10/17. Before I paste the article here, this is what he wrote to me (Nita) on email (by KS he means Bapurao and NS he means Bhausaheb).
My father always used to tell me about K.S. and N.S. Jatar. I unfortunately could not see K.S.Jatar in person but I have talked to N.S. Jatar when I visited Neelsadan. We feel that these people and their families acted like messengers of God. The very fact that I at 83 still remember the good deeds of Jatars shows that they were worthy of worship. Good people come into life do something good and fade away without ever advertising about their deeds and expecting anything in return.
Yashwant Bhagwat M.E ( Civil )
In a comment here at this link, he has also said: Continue reading “On the greatness of Bapurao”