Only Punekars Can Experience These Simple Monsoon Pleasures!


I’m going to start by saying that I’m totally expecting comments like “Eh this happens in Mumbai also” and “What bakwaas Bro this list is toh fully applicable in Jharkhand also”

Yes, I know. Monsoon is monsoon everywhere; the raindrops in Pune aren’t liquid platinum being showered on a land of solid gold.

But, if you’re a Punekar, your soul will just GET these monsoon feels.

  • Punekars drink chaha at an hourly rate. Come rain showers and you can double that quantity. Because a Puneri cuppa tea is Bae and cannot be compared to any other cuppa tea.

Also, would you just look at that little blue umbrella? Gotta love Twitter. 

  • Next on my list is the quintessential Pune Rickshaw ride. No car drive can compare to Rickshaw commutes in Pune. A rainy morning infused with some sassy comments from a Puneri rickshawala? #YasQueen

  • Steaming food at a favourite local roadside joint. Speaking of which, recently, someone left a comment on one of my Instagram pictures, saying they can never place Vada Pav and Pune in the same sentence; Mumbai comes more naturally. I rolled my eyes into a whole new dimension. A hot Puneri Vada Pav while it rains? Can I get a COWABUNGA here? *Cowabungaaaaaa*

Btw, which is your favourite roadside joint in the city? Mine’s kinda sorta obvious, no? I’m also a HUGE Dabeli fan. No one can make a mean Dabeli like a Punekar can. 

  • Being a laid back city, which is less noisier as compared to metros, there’s a whole different feeling to just sitting around in our backyards/balconies and watching the rain transform a green Pune into an even greener one. That, with the aforementioned cuppa chaha. Yes, hello bliss, welcome, we’d been waiting.
Image: Abhijit Tembhekar
  • Road trips from Pune. Road trips from Pune. Did I say road trips from Pune? Road trips from Pune! Pune’s proximity to weekend getaways is one of the best aspects about our city. Mountains, beaches, hill stations, all just a few hours away. And the rains make these trips way more exciting! Just drive real safe, ok?

Happy monsoon, my fellow Punekars! Comment and let me know about your special rainy time feels- whether in Pune, Mumbai or Jharkhand 🙂


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