Quite recently, we at Team Punekar went ‘ga ga’ over the Goan Fiesta at Café 1730. Not only were we impressed by their drool-worthy food but we were also blown away by their amazing hospitality. So after the gala time we had, we insisted on meeting the owner and got ourselves an interview. Meet Harshendu Giri, the humble man behind Café 1730, as he tells us what it’s really like to run a restaurant. Written it like he told it!
Ever followed a smoky eye tutorial, only to come out looking like a panda? Don’t worry, we’ve all done that, and more. Shaved off eyebrows, dyed our hair the wrong colour, and cut our bangs too short. Hair and make-up is tricky business! Yet there are those who make it look so easy! Meet Pooja Sharma, an ex-technical advisor at L’Oreal who has paved her way into the industry in the last 10 years – with scissors in both hands, and a brush clutched between her teeth! This ever-so-modest and down-to-earth (slightly hippie) female would never give you the impression that she has regularly worked on the sets of Harpers Bazaar, AIB, Airtel, Femina, and Lakme. Here are the details of our super fun conversation.
It’s that time of the year again, when the sun is shining bright and everyone just wants to beach bum in Goa! Am I right, or am I right? So what if you can’t make it to Goa because you’re stuck in your 2-by-2 cubicle? Café 1730 brings a little slice of Goa right to you, here in Pune! It’s time for the annual Café 1730 Goan festival! I already went for a little tasting, and here are the deets for you. You’re welcome.
Elephant & Co. Gastropub, or as I like to call it, Pune’s favourite new chill-spot, is the pub that the city desperately needed. It is the brainchild of college friends, Anuj Solanki, Karan Kulkarni and Karan Khilnani who wanted to create a friendly neighborhood pub. They got to do wonders with their hospitality backgrounds and we finally got a chilled out place for a drink and a bite.
In tribute to the month of love, we give you 7 things that every Punekar loves! Let’s take another trip down nostalgia lane, shall we?
From riding our bicycles to school, to driving our cars to work; from partying underage at Pegasus, to queue-ing up outside High Spirits, the city has grown and so have we along with it. Yet, there are some things that will never change, like stopping for a thick, chocolate shake at Marz-O-Rin after school/work. Because there is some food which you taste, and there is some food which you feel.
We all know that Pune is pretty much synonymous with its college crowd, giving it the name, The Oxford of the East. Pune’s colleges aren’t only great when it comes to education though; they also have brilliant extra-curriculars that give birth to a myriad of pro-active youngsters. A big part of this includes the college fests that have seen some amazing talent and renowned artist line-ups that make them nothing short of spectacular.
Yes, we’re talking about the #KyunkiDilHaiDesi, Jumboking Vada Pav. For those of you who are still under a rock at this point, Jumboking is a fast food franchise with around 10 outlets in Pune that serves up the staple Puneri Vada Pav with a twist. For all those times you’ve looked at a dissatisfying burger and told yourself to just order a Vada pav next time, we’ve got a solution for you and here it is.
I was once The New Girl in Pune (and even wrote all about it here), and seven years later, BAM – I’m a Punekar! I’ll admit it was a rather slow journey, but it really does take that much time to develop a threshold for all that spicy Maharshtrian food! Nevertheless, it’s been a journey that has taught me many-a-things. In the last seven years, I’ve had all the realisations that one would in their early 20s; like the importance of working out, eating healthy, understanding finances, importance of family, and so on and so forth. However there are some life lessons only living in Pune can teach you.
I remember sitting in the warden’s office on my first day, eyeing the simple girl from Sultanpur in her yellow kurta who hadn’t said a word till now. She was going to be my roommate? I was sure we didn’t have a thing in common. I mean, I have never watched an episode of Swat Kats in my life! At the time, I didn’t realise that being strangers in the city would become the greatest common point. It became one of the strangest friendships people have seen and one of my most cherished. I had begun to form a new perspective on Pune and the Punekars.