Four Jatar ladies of yesteryear

During the old days, taking a photograph was an event. People got dressed up and went to the studio. I can imagine how excited these lovely ladies must have been when they decked up in their finery and trooped to the studio.

This photo was probably clicked before 1927, because 1927 was the year when Indira Jatar got married.

From Left to Right: Kumud Jatar, Chani Jatar, Indira Jatar and Sarojini (Banutai [seated]).

4 ladies framed

Chani (Chandrabhaga) and Sarojini were sisters, daughters of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. Sarojini married Narsimha Laxman Inamdar. Chani died early.

The ladies on either side of them are Kumud Jatar and Indira Jatar. Kumud Jatar was the daughter of Ranganath Jatar (Balasaheb), the son of Shriram Jatar who passed away very early when Kumud was a child. Later, Kumud married Shankarao Borgaonkar of Hyderabad. Indira Jatar was the daughter of Bhausaheb, and married Shri Bhalchandra Balkrishna Bhajekar. Thus, Kumud and Indira were the first cousins of Chandrabhaga and Sarojini.

I cannot help but wonder what these sisters and cousins talked about. They led stable and secure lives and had loving families so their hopes and dreams came true. Except for Chani, ofcourse.

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”

Uday Dudhbhate and Kumudini Dudhbhate – family profile

Uday Dudhbhate is the son of Sarala Dudhbhate (née Borgaokar) and Anant Rao Dudhbhate who is the daughter of Shankar Rao and Kumudini Borgoankar (née Jatar). Kumudini Borgoankar née Jatar was the daughter of Balasaheb Jatar, who was the son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. Thus Uday is the grandson of Kumudini, the great-grandson of Balasaheb Jatar and the great-great grandson of Shriram Jatar.

Here is some information about Uday’s family:

Both Borgoankars and Dudhbhates were settled in Hyderabad during Nizam rule prior to India becoming independent. Uday’s paternal grand-father (Anant Rao Dudhbhate’s father) was a veterinary doctor in the Indian Army and his maternal grandfather (Shankar Rao Borgaokar) was Barrister of Law. Uday’s father Anant Rao retired as Additional Director Social Welfare Maharashtra Government, and was thus posted in various Districts of Maharashtra. He is settled in Pune.

Uday has done his M.Tech from IIT Madras and has an engineering business in Pune. His wife Kumudini Dudhbhate, née Desai (52) shares her name with my maternal grandmother (Kumudini Borgoankar née Jatar) and is also from Hyderabad. Kumud has done her M.Phil in Sociology and is currently helping me in my manufacturing business. We have two beautiful daughters.

Geetali (26) is our eldest and after her BE from Pune she completed her MS in Computer Science in May 2012 from the US and we feel proud to say that she was a research assistant and had full funding from the University for her MS. She also got an opportunity to work in NASA ‘s Mars Project as student Java Developer. She is now in San Diego working for Qual Comm as a Software Developer.

Gauravi (20) is our younger daughter and she is studying for her third year B.Tech from VIT Pune. She being a tall girl recently got an opportunity to walk the ramp as one of the finalists in a beauty pageant and appeared on page 3 of Pune Times. She thoroughly enjoyed this new experience.

(Contributed by Uday 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.