A cultural symbol, an architectural prowess, and Pune’s metaphorical signature, the Shaniwar Wada has proven to be infallible through tumultuous times. However, just like other historically significant architecture, the younger generations know very little about this prestigious monument. Here are a few facts to highlight Shaniwar Wada’s role in Pune’s history and culture.
The best of Pune’s instagrammers!
A Punekar or not, every person who is a part of this city right now knows about the legendary Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati. The indomitable jewel of our city, this beloved Ganpati and his Mandir gets a heavy amount of visitors. Adorned with gold and diamonds, this deity is a relief for sore eyes.
Namaskar! By putting a Chuck Berry quote, I’m slyly trying to segregate my own audience into two categories- 1) The ones who found my use of this quote pretentious. 2) The ones who found it pretentious and yet, are willing to give me another chance.
“Ask him”, my friend whispers while nudging me gently. We’re on our way to the airport and our Uber driver is gently tapping the steering wheel while humming Chikni Chameli, a Red FM favorite. Sigh. So I clear my throat and introduce myself, he looks puzzled and disinterested to say the least. After hearing my question, his immediate response is, “Company wale kadhun taktil naukri varna”
Every week, we feature the best of Pune’s Instagram images. They capture the life, culture, food, people and emotions of Pune; the Puneri soul, if you will. Here goes…
Even though 2007 feels just like yesterday, the changes which have remodeled our beloved Pune are tremendous! The city has trotted towards somewhat of a modern metamorphosis- apart from the heart of Pune (the Peths) a majority of this city has become a glorious collage of several millennial lifestyles. Just like its residents and precisely as it should have, Pune has changed dramatically. Here are a few of those changes which will give you a healthy dose of nostalgia!
A splash of colors on the canvas, this is how I’d like to think of this amazing city. There’s something in it for everyone, we all have that one thing which keeps us hooked on to Pune. When I was in Prague, I missed Pune in all its glory, not just because it’s my hometown; I missed even the traffic jams, which I thought was something I could live without. So I asked a few of my friends (who aren’t in Pune anymore but they’re still Punekars at heart) as to what they miss the most about this city. Their answers are bound to make you smile. After all, Pune and nostalgia is a heady combination in itself!
Gathering the tobacco in a pinch, he slides it along the left side of his jaw. “Precisely. We are a dying breed, we and this occupation are going to be something which kids would read about in storybooks. The government is polishing up the railway sector. Platforms and railway stations are being maintained regularly. Most of the passengers these days have bags with wheels attached to them, they pull it around. That has been the reason why everything is falling apart, people don’t need us anymore.”
(In context with a conversation between me and two of my friends, one being a Punekar and the other, not so much.) Dear fellow Punekar, I find it utterly pleasing that you hold such paramount passion for this city. The conviction with which you speak for and about Pune makes me smile; I am extremely […]