I am lucky to be alive. Credit goes to my parents. After I was born, there was an infection to my left hip which needed treatment by penicillin. The antibiotic was apparently not available in India, but as luck would have it, my father, Dr A. K. Talwalkar was in Liverpool, England, doing MCh (considered as the highest master’s degree in Surgical Science, the Master Chirurgiae is an extremely advanced and selective postgraduate/doctoral degree after Master of Surgery that equips an individual with a technical understanding of complex surgical procedures) and my mother Leela was brave enough to take my brothers and me to England by boat in 1946. I got the antibiotic and excellent orthopaedic treatment. This left a somewhat shortened leg but left me basically intact. This defect was eventually fixed in 2009 by hip replacement in the US. Continue reading “Shrirang Arvind Talwalkar”→
The profile information below and the photograph has been provided by Jaideep.
I am the 3rd son, Jaideep, settled with my family in Toronto, Canada, since 2004. I completed my BSc in Physics from Ferguson College and MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. I continued in the nomadic traditions of the Jatar family, living and working in 5 countries – India, Oman, UAE, Qatar and Canada.
The profile information below and the photograph has been provided by Sanket.
I am Sanket, the middle son of the trio raised by the two brave parents.
Having been too young to imbibe the travails of those days, I can claim that amongst many wonderful things, I inherited our father’s deviated jaw! Aside from that my only bravery comes in fighting with marketing directors as I wade through my professional life as a marketing communications exponent.
I, Capt. Sanjai Madhukar Jatar, am the eldest son of Mickey and Savita (Siv) Jatar. I have two younger brothers, Sanket and Jaideep Jatar.
I finished schooling in Delhi and graduated from T.S.Rajendra (ex Dufferin) and joined the Merchant Navy in 1980. I married Sangeeta (née Pradhan) in 1991, and we moved to the US in 1996, to pursue other opportunities. I completed my executive MBA from Texas A&M University while working in the Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Industry in Houston.
I married Sangeeta Pradhan, in May 1991. We have two daughters, Saakshi and Simran Jatar. Sangeeta is the daughter of Anil and Pratibha Pradhan and the great-granddaughter of Sir Govindrao Pradhan of Thana.
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).
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 Continue reading “Rosella Jatar”→
The 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).Continue reading “Padmakar Jatar from Las Vegas”→
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).
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.
What we know about our grand-uncle Capt.D.K. Jatar (Annakaka), is that he was on board the Kashmir Princess, and tragically lost his life because the plane was sabotaged. He was awarded the Ashok Chakra for his bravery.
You can read about him, and his last flight here and here.
What is less known is that he is a part of Indian Aviation history. In 1948, Air India launched its international operations to Europe. And on June 8, 1948, Malabar Princess (a 40-seater Lockheed L-749 Constellation) flew over 8,047 km from Mumbai to London via Cairo and Geneva. The photo of the airplane been sourced from here.
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”→
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.
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”→