Shrirang Arvind Talwalkar

Shrirang is the son of Leela Talwalkar and Dr Arvind Talwalkar (daughter and son-in-law of  Bhausaheb respectively). Bhausaheb was the son of Shriram Jatar.

By Shrirang Arvind Talwalkar

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”

Chandrabhaga – a star which shone brightly (1907-1925)

By Raghunath Jatar

Smiling, happy and brilliant Chani

Today I am writing about a star in the history of the Jatar family which shone brightly, in fact, dazzled, and streaked across the firmament much too soon.

Chandrabhaga, popularly known as Chani, was born in 1907, as the third daughter of Bapurao, i.e. KS Jatar, who was the eldest son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. (link to his family tree). Chani was younger than Kamalatai Thakur and Anasuya Garde, whereas she was older than her sister Banutai Inamdar and Sushilatai Nanal.

Chani was very good at studies and received the Radhabai Paonaskar scholarship and a silver medal for standing first among girl students at the Matriculation exam held in March 1924. She was probably studying Continue reading “Chandrabhaga – a star which shone brightly (1907-1925)”

Bhausaheb ‘s Family Tree

Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar, CIE, DSO (and bar), from the IMS (Indian Medical Service) was the fifth child of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar and was born in Pune on 26 May 1887 (died 1957).  He was also known as Bhausaheb, and he was my grandfather.

The image below is just a snapshot. To get a higher resolution Family Tree, go to the pdf file here: Bhausaheb Family Tree Continue reading “Bhausaheb ‘s Family Tree”

Jaideep Madhukar Jatar

Jaideep is the youngest son of Wg. Cdr. Madhukar (Mickey Jatar) VRC, VM. Mickey was one of the four sons of Dr Shantaram Kashinath Jatar (Babu Kaka) and Mrs Malatibai Jatar. Babu Kaka was Bapurao‘s son and the grandson of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. Jaideep has two older brothers, Sanjai and Sanket.

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.

I have been working with Nestle Canada for the past 6 years, in Continue reading “Jaideep Madhukar Jatar”

Sanket Madhukar Jatar

Sanket is the second son of Wg. Cdr. Madhukar (Mickey Jatar) VRC, VM. Mickey was one of the four sons of Dr Shantaram Kashinath Jatar (Babu Kaka) and Mrs Malatibai Jatar. Babu Kaka was Bapurao‘s son and the grandson of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. Sanket has an elder brother, Sanjai and a younger brother, Jaideep.

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.

My family and I reside in Dubai (since the last 25 years), which Continue reading “Sanket Madhukar Jatar”

WG. CDR. Madhukar (Mickey) Jatar, VRC, VM (1934-1985)

By Capt. Sanjai Madhukar Jatar

It is Memorial Day Weekend in the USA, so this memoir is timely in remembering my late father, Wg. Cdr. Madhukar (Mickey) Shantaram Jatar, VrC, VM. This is also a salute to all the members of the Jatar and extended family who have served illustriously in the Indian Armed Forces over the past decades.

My father was the second of four sons born to Dr Shantaram Kashinath Jatar (Babu Kaka) and Mrs Malatibai Jatar. I don’t recall much of his childhood except that he graduated from Nutan Marathi Vidayala in Pune and played competitive cricket as a pace bowler.

Photo on the right: L to R Sitting: Chandu, Malti Jatar (née Phadnis), Babukaka, Mickey. Standing: Padmakar (Pad), and Dinkar (Dinky) Continue reading “WG. CDR. Madhukar (Mickey) Jatar, VRC, VM (1934-1985)”

Capt. Sanjai Madhukar Jatar

sanjai jatarSanjai Jatar is the son of Wg. Cdr. Madhukar (Mickey Jatar) VRC, VM. Mickey was one of the four sons of Dr Shantaram Kashinath Jatar (Babu Kaka) and Mrs Malatibai Jatar. Babu Kaka was Bapurao‘s son and the grandson of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

By Sanjai Madhukar Jatar

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.

My older daughter, Dr Saakshi Jatar, is a dentist, currently completing her residency at Continue reading “Capt. Sanjai Madhukar Jatar”

Sulabha and Ramesh Gudi

Sulabha Inamdar Gudi is the daughter of  Sarojini Jatar (Banutai). Banutai was the daughter of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar.  Sulabha is also the daughter of Narhar Inamdar, who was the son of Shriram Jatar’s daughter, Godutai. Take a look at the Inamdar Family Tree.

By Prasad Gudi

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Sulabha Gudi

Sulabha Inamdar Gudi is the middle daughter of Narahar Laxman Inamdar and Sarojini Jatar Inamdar, known as Banutai. She had an elder brother, the Late Rear Adm. Yeshwant Inamdar and a younger brother Shrikrishna Inamdar (Bal).  Sulabha’s maternal grandfather is Kashinath Shriram Jatar (Bapurao).

Sulabha completed her InterArts in the year 1957 and soon got married to Ramesh Gudi at a young age of 20 yrs. In 1957, she completed the Sangeet Visharad course as she was keen on music.

She settled with her husband at Dadar and learnt how to sing bhajans and light music from her teacher for 2 years. In the year 1975, her husband, Ramesh Gudi, decided to shift to Belgaum, leaving a very comfortable life in Mumbai, to start his own industry. Sulabha was a solid support to her husband in this decision.

Ramesh was a marketing person with an MBA from London, but with no clue of Continue reading “Sulabha and Ramesh Gudi”

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”

Sudhir’s reminiscences about his older brother, Baba

In this article, Maj Gen. SCN Jatar (Sudhir), writes about his relationship with his elder brother –  Brigadier Arvind Nilkanth Jatar, MVC, AVSM (1923-1991), who was known as “Baba” in the family.

Brig. A. N. Jatar, MVC
Brig AN (Arvind) Jatar as a young man

My elder brother, Baba, as we all called him, was much more than an elder brother to me. Our relationship transformed over the years into one of mentor-mentee, especially after my father, Bhausaheb’s death in 1957, when I was only 25, and in the infant stages of my career.

My first remembrance of Baba is with his knee-length “half pant,” walking back at about 7 pm from Union Mission Tuberculosis Sanatorium to the house we were staying in Arogyavaram, Madanapalle, then in Madras Province and today, in Andhra Pradesh. This was on 4th May 1941.

The background to this is that my mother, Jiji, was diagnosed having TB sometime in late Continue reading “Sudhir’s reminiscences about his older brother, Baba”

The Jatar Deul in West Bengal

Jatar Deul

The mysterious Jatar Deol is a tall brick structure in West Bengal. It is 65 feet tall and has been declared a monument of National Importance and is under the guardianship of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

It is mysterious because no one really knows why it was built in the midst of dense forest over a thousand years ago. Was it an isolated building or was it part of dynasty about which no one knows about? Or was it built because of the patronage of a rich man? Historians are not sure. What they do know is that a copper plate found in 1875 (since stolen/lost) suggests that it was built in 975 AD by Raja Joychandra. Unfortunately, nothing much is known of this person. There is also speculation that it was built as late as the 18th century.

Historians are also unsure as to why it was named Jatar. Continue reading “The Jatar Deul in West Bengal”

Medha Jatar’s Best Mentor Award

This post is about Medha Jatar nee Khare, the wife of Ranjit Jatar and the daughter-in-law of Brig RV (Raghunath) Jatar. She won an award recently, one of her several achievements. She is an experienced Research Advisor with a history of working in the human resources industry. She is skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Executive Coaching, Management, Start-ups, and Product Development. You can find out more about her from her Linkedin profile.

MedhaMedha’s Best Mentor Award was received from Swiss-based ThrivewithMentoring.

By Medha Jatar:

Swiss-based ThriveWithMentoring started 3 years ago and asked me to be a part of their set up in India as a mentor-coach.

ThriveWithMentoring is a platform for women from the corporate world. I have mentored a young lady working in a well established MNC firm for about 6 months, largely on issues related to the professional front.

(As a US certified Health and Wellness Coach a decade ago, it was interesting to perceive the symbiotic connection between health n wellness and professional aspirations and concerns). Continue reading “Medha Jatar’s Best Mentor Award”