I passed my MBBS in 1966 and did my residency at the KEM Hospital in Mumbai. At that time my mother asked me if I was interested in getting engaged or married as there were apparently several people were inquiring about me. I remember a picture of Vishwamitra in Bhausaheb’s house in Neel-Sadan showing Vishwamitra saying no no no to all the women I said the same. Not till I get settled in my life. And my mom left it at that. However each weekend me and my colleagues used to discuss plans for the weekend and many said they are going out to eat पोहे or खिचडी (translation going to see a girl). I used to envy them as I missed eating पोहे or खिचडी.
Then one day, my mother told me I was going to see a girl at the Wellington club on a Saturday when I was not on call. She said Ushamoushi and Suman Dixit have proposed it from Kirloskar family so we have no choice you have to see her and if you do not like her, we will say पत्रिका does not match. Nobody is forcing you to marry, ok. Well I had learned from exprience I cannot win an argument with mom so decided to go with the flow. So we went to the club but no पोहे no खिचडी. Instead we had coffee and cucumber sandwiches and so on. But the girl Suniti was very pretty. इंग्रज़ीत म्हणतात सोन्याला gold सुनीताला पाहून मी झालो clean bowled. So this Vishwamitra said yes yes yes and after going out with Suniti for several months we got engaged and finally got married and that was 41 years ago. Secret of the success of our marriage is when Suniti asks me to jump, I ask how far?
I am a family physician practicing in Mississauga 20 miles from Toronto. I have been in practice for 30 years and now have 5 generations of patients coming to see me. My wife, Suniti is daughter of Mr R.L. Kirloskar and Mrs Indutai Kirloskar. She works as an assistant manager with the Royal Bank where she has been working for 30 years
About the rest of us
So finally did it help that my Dad married a girl from Jatar family, a family of tall people. I am 5 feet 11 inches tall and in shoes I stand 6 feet. Dhruva is 5 feet 11, Nitin is 6 feet 2 inches, Arjun is 5 feet 9 inches I guess we are taller than the average Talwalkar. So take my advice: marry a Tallwalkar and your next generation will be tall.
My youngest son is Arjun‘s wife is Monika Pundalik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pundalik from Delaware USA. They have two sons, Milind and Devan.
Our first son is Dhruva. He is married to Anisha Bhandari.
My second son Nitin is married to Tomoko Myint whose father Tom is Chinese and mom Yasuko is Japanese. They have three beautiful daughters Mayako, Emiko and Aiko.
(Contributed by Dr. Prafulla Talwalkar from Toronto, Canada)