The Club’s meeting on Sept 15 was unique for two reasons: It was our joint meeting with Rotary Club of Garden City, and it was also the second meeting in a span of ten weeks on poetry!
Rtn Hemant Jagtap is a civil engineer who has had a hand in building more than 400 Check Dams. As an Executive Engineer of PWD, he has built several bridges, canals and big dams. Like you discover water source at unlikely places, you also discover a poet at unlikely offices! Hemant studies Gazhals seriously, and can deliver a scholarly lecture on it.
He began with the history of Gazhals, it was a surprise to learn that the original gazhals were written in Persian language and not in Urdu. That Urdu was not even a language which was ‘born’ when gazhals were being written was a surprise to us.
If you are in Rotary, the chances are that you can find poetry in your work. It is all about doing things passionately, and that’s what we do.
Thanks for giving us a great evening Hemant!
[Photograph shows Mr Narendra Mahajani, President of RC Garden City and Rtn Nitin Aptikar, Secretary, RC Thane Metro at the two ends. And Rtn Hemant Jagtap speaking on Gazhals.]
Vivek S Patwardhan