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 – Revathi, Swaroopa (Rupa), Sunita (Ruma), Ranjan, and 7 grandchildren (Arjun, Achyut, Deepali, Amrita, Nisha, Rina and Aditi) and 4 great-grandchildren (Shaila, Naveen, Anishka and Anvitha). Her 90th birthday was recently celebrated in California, USA.

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Pramila Desai’s four children. From Left to Right: Revathi, Sunita (Ruma), Pramila (Sitting), Ranjan and Swarupa (Rupa)

 

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From L to R Sitting: Deepali Abhayankar, Asha Ghate, Pramila Desai, Aditi Desai, Rina Dhawlikar

 

Pramila Desai’s other siblings are her brother Digamber (Bal) Borgaonkar and sisters Achala Rao (Deceased), Saral Dudhbhate (Deceased) and Asha Ghate.

The erstwhile Hyderabad was ruled by the Nizam which was an independent state. Nizam ruled Hyderabad and served as the client king even under British rule. Her father Shankar Rao after completing his studies as Barrister-At-Law in London choose to return back to India and settle down in Hyderabad.

Pramila was brought up in Hyderabad at the Borgaonkar ancestral home. She was encouraged by her parents to study and served as a role model to all her siblings. She graduated with honours and finished her Bachelors in Arts (B.A.) from the famous Nizam College (which still exists in Hyderabad). In the olden days in Hyderabad when very few girls used to study, all her siblings also graduated in different fields of study.

Pramila often spent time with her Jatar cousins in her childhood days and has very fond memories.

She used to ride her bicycle to go around when she was very young in the erstwhile Hyderabad where very few girls ventured out alone. She grew up to be a bold, strong and independent woman. She was very active in sports, learned swimming in the swimming pond at home and played tennis. She even represented the district level tennis tournament from Sangareddy district. She was interested in acting and took part in a stage show.

Both Pramila who stayed at home to take care of her children, and her husband Kishen Rao Desai, worked hard to make sure that their four children got a good education. They both valued the importance of education and hard work to do well in life and that proved correct for their children. Unfortunately, Kishen Rao Desai passed away while he was in the mid-’50s due to a brief illness caused by Hepatitis B virus which was not diagnosed properly in time to cure it. Moreover, the vaccine for that Hepatitis B virus came a couple of years later. Undaunted, Pramila continued to encourage her younger children to complete and finish their graduation.

After moving to the USA, the India Community Center (ICC) in the Bay Area, California has become “a home away from home” for her. With a handful of enthusiastic volunteers, the ICC was started around the 1990s. Since the last 2-3 decades, Pramila has actively participated and conducted many programs at ICC. She helped start many programs at ICC which still continue to date. One such program was called “Chajju Ka Chaubara” at ICC and she managed that program for a couple of years where all the seniors would talk about their experiences, tell stories or read the poems. She actively participated in a program called FOSWL (Friends Of Same Wave Length) which now has chapters all over the world. Look out for a chapter in your city !! They invite a well-known good speaker to talk on a topic which is attended by many enthusiastic audiences. She helped many members in learning to stitch sweaters and comforters in the arts and crafts program @ ICC.

Pramila’s 90th birthday was celebrated in the United States in 2018. The photo below is of the celebration at home.

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Standing row: Rama Kulkarni (great-granddaughter of Bhausaheb) Rupa Abhayankar, Ranjan Desai, Revathi, Aditi (Ranjan’s daughter), Ruma, Tina (Uday’s daughter), Gautam (Deepali’s husband), Saraswati (Revathi’s schoolmate), Sripad (Ruma’s husband), Deepali, Tirumala (Saraswati’s daughter).
Sitting row: David (HabibKhans student), Habib Khan, Pramila Desai and Asha Ghate (moushi)

Another celebration took place at the ICC.

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360DegViewOfICC.( 90th Birthday Celebration at ICC

 

Presently Pramila actively attends ICC twice a week while keeping herself busy the rest of the days by reading books, doing exercises – yoga, walking and watching TV.

Additional input contributed by Pramila’s daughter, Sunita (Ruma):

What a grand age to achieve! That itself is an achievement in itself. We are hoping to celebrate it every year from now on and reach a century. She has always been very sophisticated and distinguished.
The celebration began with Puja in the house. Mummy recites and does many aartis.
The next was a celebration in her center where she goes 2-3 times a week over the last 20 years. Special music program and lunch was arranged. Many of her friends felicitated her with shawls and gifts.
She and her friends felt very, very young when the evergreen song of “zohrajabeen” was sung. She thanked everyone and joined in singing her favorite song. It was very well arranged by center and Ranjan.
Over the weekend the celebration continued in the clubhouse for friends and family. Overall our mother was very happy, elated and in good spirits and is calling up everyone to thank everyone individually

Related Reading: Visit to Borgao85th and 90th Birthday Party of 5 cousins,

 

Rosella Jatar

papa and rosalieWritten 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.

Padmakar Jatar from Las Vegas

padmakar jatarThe 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).

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I am very proud of the achievements my father who got 5 degrees including that of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK). My 2 brothers, IAF fighter pilots, were extraordinary – mentally tough like other Jatars: Bhausaheb, Baba, Bhayya, Anna Kaka, Sudhir … the list goes on. And I must mention that my brother Chandu is a very good engineer.

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Papa in Las Vegas today

As for me, I left India way back in 1964 and headed to London. It was a struggle because architecture is very sensitive to the economy. I did some sports in the United Kingdom: Badminton for instance. The highlight was that I completed the Glider Flying Course and earned A & B certificates. Then I left for Canada but I didn’t like it there too much.

After about 1-1/2 years, I moved to the USA. I had to start more or less at the bottom of the ladder because they don’t recognize Indian qualifications. After a few years, I passed my licensing exam, which is considered as tough as P.E. and finally I could call myself an Architect.

My work experience has been in Medical projects (35-40 yrs.): Medical planning & preparing construction documents for contractors to build from. I have had all-round experience. I started with manual drafting & later switched to computer drafting/ design. My ambition was to be an all-rounder in work & sports & I succeeded to some extent.

I was married to Rosella from 1991 to 1998, until her death.

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Papa and Rosella

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 granddaughter 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 four daughters and presently lives in the USA.

This video was taken by her son Ranjan Desai in the USA 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”