Udaiyan Jatar

Udaiyan Jatar is the great-grandson son of Kashinath Shriram Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar,  and this is the family tree of Shriram. One of Bapurao’s sons was Shantaram Jatar (known as Babukaka) who married Malti Phadnis. Udaiyan is Babukaka’s grand-son, and the son of Dinkar (Kumar) Jatar and Shaila Raje Pant.

Udiayan founded Blue Earth Network (here is a link to his website) after a successful career creating and launching new brands for Grey, P&G and Coca-Cola across the world. He developed the launch strategies for Kinley and Sprite in India, which became the #1 and #2 brands for Coke in that strategic market.

This led to a transfer to Coke’s global headquarters in Atlanta, where he eventually became the youngest leader of the Coca-Cola Nestle Refreshments Company, a joint venture between the world’s biggest beverage and food companies, respectively. His success at revamping that business led to Coca-Cola and Nestle deciding to elevate the JV to a strategic priority and naming it “Beverage Partners Worldwide”.

Udaiyan went on to become the youngest Global Vice-President Continue reading “Udaiyan Jatar”

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.

Video recording of Pramila Desai

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

This video was taken by her son Ranjan Desai in the US, and sent to us for the Jatar Get together (video recording here) of 29th of November 2015.

Here are the links to the video recordings of the other family members:

Bhalachandra Jatar (Chandu) video
Anjali Jatar Video
Jayanta Jatar Video
Video Recording of Sudhir Jatar
Nirmala Jatar’s video recording
Video recording of Dr. Usha Thakar


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 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”

DK Jatar’s Last Journey

There is some interesting information on Capt. D.K. Jatar’s last journey (our esteemed ancestor Annarao, the first civilian to receive the Ashok Chakra for extraordinary bravery) in a book by RM Lala (Beyond The Last Blue Mountain – A life of JRD Tata).

D.K. Jatar was Bapurao’s youngest son, known as Annakaka in the family. Annakaka was the grandson of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

The excerpt shown here is about the Air India plane called the Kashmir Princess which crashed; the plane which was supposed to be carrying the Chinese Premier – Chou (or Zhou) En-Lai. It was piloted by Capt. Jatar.

This the cover of the book.
book cover

This is the start of the write-up, on page 153. It is the behind the scenes explanation as to Continue reading “DK Jatar’s Last Journey”

The meaning of the name Jatar

We have one of those names which defies explanation! Where in the world did the name Jatar come from?

Usually surnames are derived from occupations or places. There is certainly no occupation called Jatar, at least not in any Indian language. But it could possibly mean something in a foreign language. It is possible, as the Jatars did not originate in India.  According to our ancient origins we came from somewhere in Eastern Europe or Central Asia and who knows, maybe there was a Jatar sounding occupation around there! A now extinct craft called Jatar?

As we do not know when exactly the name Jatar (or something like it) actually formed, it is difficult to confirm this theory.

About places, there are several places which bear the name Jatar. There is Jatar Deol in West Bengal but there is no Jatar family history which can link us to that temple. So that remains a mystery. There is also a Jatar Mantar in Rajasthan. There is another link to this place here . It is a tourist attraction in a small way, but nothing connects our family to this place.  Or at least we have no knowledge of it.

There is a Jatar village in Spain as well as a whole family of Jatars in Spain (probably pronounced with the J silent) but we have no evidence that these Jatars are related to us, or that we have anything to do with the village of Jatar in Spain. If Spanish Jatars do a DNA analysis it will be easy to prove whether they are related to us, but although I did try and contact someone from that family, I did not get a response.

I am sure someone from their family would like to know if they have distant relatives in India. And perhaps they might know if one of their Jatar ancestors had ever migrated to India about a thousand years ago! To get to the crux of it, it’s difficult to find the origin of the name Jatar. Or its meaning.

We do know that the Jathars are distantly related to the Jatars. Apparently, the family branched out a few hundred years ago, according to a priest at our Kuldevata temple in Goa.

Could the origin of the name “Jatar” or “Jathar” (we don’t know which came first) have something to do with matted hair (Jata means matted hair in Maharashtra). Were our ancestors roaming sadhus with matted hair? Not just speculation as Brig. Raghunath Jatar (my uncle) mentions that his uncle Bapurao told him that the family name earlier was Jatadhar (we had a very hairy ancestor?). The name was shortened to Jatar later. Some of the Jatars changed their name later to Jathar. No one is sure of the timelines, but this must be more than a thousand years ago.

Names tend to change over the years. Maybe it was something else entirely. Not just Jatadhar. Thousands of years ago last names were not always written down. Was it really something that sounded like Jatar or was it Zatar or  Xatar?

My father Sudhir found the meaning of Jatar and send this to me. It is also a place in Iran!

Jatar (Persian: جتر‎; also known as Chatar) is a village in Sumay-ye Shomali Rural DistrictSumay-ye Beradust DistrictUrmia County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 323, in 58 families.

If anyone reading this post has anything add, please do so in the comments!

Written by Nita Jatar Kulkarni

Dr Sadashiv Bhikaji Jatar – a great grand uncle to most of us

One of the fascinating and mysterious people in our family is Dr Sadashiv Bhikaji Jatar, the half-brother of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. Sadashiv was born in Wai, Maharashtra, in 1872 and died in 1924 at the age of  52. In today’s day and age, that seems so very young! His story is interesting because it is mysterious. Born in a small village in Maharashtra, he was educated in England, studied medicine, and thereafter remained there, without much contact with any of his relatives in India. As of now, I do not have a photograph but if I discover one will certainly post it here.

He must have visited India but as no one of his generation is alive today, we do not know for sure.  What we do know is that he was very close to his nephew Bapurao, the eldest son of his older brother Shriram.

Bapurao and Sadashiv may have been uncle and nephew but they were almost the same age (Bapurao was born in 1871). I guess that is why they were close. This is proved by the fact that in his will he left his money to Bapurao.

Not much is known about my mysterious second grand-uncle (he is my great-grandfather’s younger half-brother) because he spent his life in England and apparently did not marry.

He certainly led a busy life as he was around during the London plague. It was mandatory to report plague Continue reading “Dr Sadashiv Bhikaji Jatar – a great grand uncle to most of us”