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”

Visit to Borgao

This has been written by Bal Borgaokar. His father Shankarrao Borgaokar was the grand son-in-law of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

For more than 50 years I have been responding to questions about how the family name ‘Borgaonkar’ came about, to people here in the USA. I was told by my father that he took this family name of Borgaonkar, about a century ago, when he and his cousins came to Pune to continue their High School education at the New English School in English medium, as Gulbarga had Urdu medium instruction in the then Nizam’s Dominions.

He did not like the name Kulkarni, Continue reading “Visit to Borgao”

About Shankarao Borgaonkar, husband of Kumudini Borgaokar nee Jatar

Shankararao Borgaonkar was born on Dassera day in 1898. He was the grand son-in-law of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar and the son-in-law of Balasaheb Jatar. He attended schools in Gulbarga, where his father and brothers had established businesses and law practices. Because of the need to have education in the English language, he along with his widowed mother and cousins started living in Pune. He took the family name Borgaonkar and graduated from New English High School and then joined Fergusson College. He went to UK and obtained his LL.B and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn.

He was quite active in politics in the erstwhile Nizam’s Dominion from the 30s to 50s eg one of his writings was re-published 50 years later in the Hyderabad daily -Deccan Chronicle – in the 1980s. Many of his children and grandchildren are living in the USA. He died on Sep 14, 1971.

Contributed by Bal Borgaonkar.