Sixty years ago on this date, a baby boy emerged into this world. Without being there, I can tell you he must have been squalling loudly enough to bring the roof down. It was a portent sign. The baby was saying, “Now that I am here, the world will never be the same again.” Presenting a photo essay on our very own Desi* Indiana Jones!
Jiantilal Jethalal Trada. With a name that was a mouthful (just like his lungs), our Desi Indiana Jones soon re-christened himself as J. J. Trada. Now, he is known simply as JJ to all and sundry.
Anyone can suss out JJ by the photos here. Enjoy the photo journey! Almost all the photos here were taken when we went on a short vacation to Ankor Wat last year. But trust me, these photos could well have been taken when all of us were mere students in St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. That’s what so beautiful about JJ. The world changes. But not JJ…nope! All the success he has had, marriage, two sons, worldwide travels have not succeeded in jading our Desi Indiana Jones. Someone should examine his brain and figure out a way to bottle his spirit.
Do join me in wishing our very own Desi Indiana Jones a very, very Happy Birthday. Do also join me in extending all the best wishes to JJ’s family and friends. We need it. We have survived JJ for 60 years and will hopefully survive him for the next 60. Just this morning, when I called to wish him a Happy 60th, he said, “It’s 16, not 60.” My prayers are with his wife, Aruna Trada (and myself).
I could write a book on JJ and his many shenanigans. But for now, I hope this photo essay has succeeded in revealing the desi* version of Indiana Jones to the world.
Happy birthday, my dear JJ.
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Featured Image Credit: Hello world, look who’s here! J. J. Trada – Image by Lata Subramanian.
*Desi – an Indian word meaning ‘local’ or ‘of the homeland’
*AYO – a Tamil slang word meaning “Oh, my” or “Oh, my God”