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 ( and an ebook in 2011/12 ( 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”

Rama Jatar nee Khandekar (Ramabai Dudai)

This is a photograph of Ramabai Dudai as a young girl of ten or so. She was married to the second son of Shriram Jatar, Ranganath Jatar (Balasaheb).

Here she is as a young girl. All decked up in wedding finery! Those days girls got married early and the jewellery she wears is of the Jatar household. Rama Kaki passed away at the ripe old age of 96 in 1982. She had one daughter, Smt. Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar, who later married Shankarao Borgaonkar.



As a young woman, she was beautiful with long thick flowing hair. Sadly, she became a widow at a young age. After her husband’s death, she stayed with the Jatar family, with Bapurao. She also stayed for months with other family members, like with Bal Jatar, at Neel Sadan and also in various different places. Later,  she went to live with her daughter, Kumud.

She was said to be a cleanliness freak, combed her hair only with newspapers around her so as to not let even one hair soil the area. She used to wash her hands frequently. Here is what other people in the family have said about her.

Madhavi Date (nee Jatar, the grand-daughter of Bhausaheb) says:

She looks so mature. Look at her ornaments. So those in her ears. And the variety of necklaces and nath (nose ornament). How could she have carried them. Her sari is beautiful. She is wearing it so differently. I can’t see the padar. A typical Brahmin girl of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Rama kaki used to stay with us at Neelsadan (Bhausaheb’s house in Sadashiv Peth). I was very small then.  Later on I met her in Nagpur. She was staying with her brother. She was a well read person. She used to read Times of India every day. After reading the paper Bhausaheb used send it to her to read. When Nilutai went  to Canada ( Vancouver ). She knew that it was a port. My mother has told me this.

It is amazing isn’t it, to see the expression on Rama Kaki’s face when she was little! How many little girls would have an expression like that? So much in control, so poised!

This is what Uday Dudhbhate says about his great-grandmother:

We called her Ramabai Dudai. She was my great grandmother. She was finicky and I hope it’s the correct word about having regular baths and wearing clean clothes. She was very fair also. In those days after floods in Pune there used to be a water shortage in pune peth area while in lokmanyanagar govt. colony there was regular supply of water. Hence Dudai had gifted my mother  a pipaal (metal) tank to store water for the weekly headbath. She used come once a week to have the headbath.

Anjani Mangalmurti (granddaughter of Abasaheb, the younger son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar), says:

When I was born, Ramakaki had come to help my mother. My mother told me that she used to rinse her choli 40 times every day! I am also a cleanliness freak and mother always told me that I got the vibes from her!

Ramabai Dudai was not only a young bride, she was a young widow too. Balasaheb Jatar, her husband, died at a young age. He was just 38. However, she and her daughter Kumud were looked after very well by the Jatar family.

(Written and collated by Nita Jatar Kulkarni)

Jaideep Dudhbhate and family

I am Jaideep Dudhbhate, son of Saral Dudhbhate (nee Borgaonkar) and Anant Dudhbhate. The Late Kumudini Borgaonkar (nee Jatar) was my maternal grandmother, and she was married to Shankar Rao Borgaonkar from Hyderabad. She was the daughter of the late Ranganath Jatar (Balasaheb), my maternal great grandfather) who married Rama Khandekar. Balasaheb was the son of the Late Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

I am a Ph.D in environmental microbiology and presently working with the Growel group in Pune and managing Enviro business vertical – we do water / wastewater treatment / recycle projects.

Anay, Anagha and Jaideep Dudhbhate

My wife Anagha is from Pune and is a practicing Dermatologist. She did her MD from B.J medical after marriage. She also works as a consultant in Mangeshkar hospital.
We have one son, Anay. He is a dentist and is presently undergoing an internship at DY Patil dental college and hospital.

(Written by Jaideep Dudhbhate)

About Kumudini Borgoankar nee Jatar

Kumudini Borgaokar nee Jatar was the only long surviving child of Balasaheb Jatar. She was born on Dec 2 , 1908 and died on Feb 14, 1994 in Pune. She attended schools in Nagpur and then Fergusson College in Pune. She was also an Immigrant of USA and lived here off and on (from 1972 to 1976) after her husband’s death in 1971. She returned to India, to be with her mother who died in 1982. Days before her planned return to USA, she broke her hip, in a fall at her daughter’s residence in Dec 1983.

 Contributed by Bal Borgaonkar

Uday Dudhbhate‘s memories:

On the occasion of Narakchaturdashi I have my favourite memory of my grandmother Kumudini Jatar Borgaonkar whom we called Aai. In 1965-66 Diwali I was the only grandchild staying in my grandparents’ Hyderabad house. At that age too Aai got up at 4 in the morning to start Bumb to heat up water & woke me up for Abhangya snan. Not only that she gleefully burst Apatbars while every one was having bath & asked me to burst few she was having bath. I had lot of fun that Diwali.

There’s a saying in Marathi– Grandparents are first friends of a grandchild & Grandchild/grandchildren are last friends of grandparents.

Balasaheb Jatar and descendents

My grandfather, Balasaheb Jatar was, I think the second son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. He worked in the Police Department in the province of CP and Berar. He died because of TB around 1920.

His wife, Ramabai Jatar (nee Khandekar), nicknamed Dudhai by us, died in Nagpur in 1982, in her 90s. Their daughter, my mother Kumudinibai was born on Dec 2, 1908, and died on Feb 14, 1994, in Pune. She was married in Gulbarga where my father’s family was located in those days on May 27, 1927.

My father, a Barrister, practised law there and moved to Hyderabad in the early 1930s. There were six of us. One son died in infancy, and the rest (five) of us grew up with our grandmothers and parents in Hyderabad. I was born in 1932 in Hyderabad and moved to the USA in 1959.

I married Manda Purandare, the daughter of Sardar Balasaheb Purandare, in Pune 1963. I have two children: Raj born in Baltimore on May 20, 1965, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sonya born in Pune on August 17, 1966, at Banu Coyaji Hospital. Raj has 3 sons, Nicholas born on Sept 24, 1995, Noah born on May 16, 1998, and Evan born on Jan 12, 2000, all in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Raj lives in Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. Sonya has two children: Tara Costanzo born on April 25, 2000, and Wyatt on August 1, 2003, in Manassas, Virginia. She lives in Stafford, VA.

Contributed by Bal Borgaonkar, who lives in the United States.