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.
To recap, 17 year old girl (a.k.a. me) moves to Pune from 5,000 miles away to meet an unanticipated and unwelcome new friend – culture-shock. 5,000 tears, a slightly forced Indian accent and a wardrobe change later I finally felt a little less out of place. I had made 3 new friends that I will forever be thankful for. It was time to explore…
When it comes to resolutions, the way I see it, the first two weeks of January are basically the testing waters. Hats off to those who still manage to keep all their resolutions once the pressure of “New Year new me” begins to fade. I personally make mine after the 15th; real, realistic resolutions without the influence of alcohol. So I thought of six very easy yet impactful resolutions that all Punekars should take.
Listed as one of the hottest new restaurants all over India by NDTV Food, Mineority is all that Pune can talk about lately. What has caught the entire city’s attention is their unique mining theme and their interiors. While one would have expected dark or dingy interiors given the theme, they are instead greeted with beautiful bright colours. Though a pleasant surprise, this made us as curious as you, and we wanted to know why. We shamelessly tracked down the interior designer of Mineority, Risha D’souza, and proceeded to bombard her with questions.
For those of you who’ve decided that 2017 is going be your year; the year you live it up, this one is for you. We’ve compiled a two-part adventure bucket list which doesn’t require you to go too far from Pune, and covers a wide range of activities with covering a varied price range. Here’s the second leg of the adventurous journey.
There’s something about a new year. Even though it’s just a new date in the calendar, it feels like so much more. It feels like a fresh page, a new leaf and a new beginning. It’s the time to set new goals, resolutions and give yourself a chance to start over. We’ve already begun creating our bucket list for the coming year, and it’s an exciting one! There are so many beautiful places to travel to which are at a stone throw distance from Pune, and with so many adventurous things to do!
We left off at the culture shocked 17-year-old who had left her home 5,000 miles away to live in Pune – a.k.a. Me. My tear ducts had literally dried out at this point and part of me still wanted to run back home, but a bigger part of me just did not want to give up. I finally decided to give it a shot.
Ah, New Year’s Eve… It doesn’t matter whether you’re a regular party goer or party pooper, a heavy drinker or one-year sober, because this is the night that everyone heads out to party. Not only is this a night to remember (or not remember for some!) but there are also some people to remember! We’ve all come across these types of fellow Punekars at NYE Parties, so start tagging your friends if you see them in the list!
It’s become nearly impossible to suppress the butterflies in the belly and concentrate on work as the holidays get closer. Now that Christmas is over, plans for NYE and travels seem to be the only thing on everyone’s mind! With so many parties happening around town, for those who are a little last minute, picking a place to bring in the year can be rough. To make things a little easier for you, here are a list of the hottest parties happening this NYE in Pune.
had stepped off the plane in Bombay, my nerves tingling with excitement and nervousness, my heart heavy from leaving my family behind, and head slightly dizzy from the turbulence of landing in the rains. I couldn’t wait for those doors to open and when they did, the feeling was indescribable. The airhostess swung the doors open with a smile and a strong scent of manure hit me like a wrecking ball! *sorry*. I held my nausea together and smiled back at her. I entered the dull grey airport (this was the old airport), tripped at the entrance and landed flat on my face. I got up, dizzier than ever, ran to the bathroom, which smelled strongly of cheap orange air freshener, and threw up. So, that’s how my journey began.