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Being a Puneite

After the stupendous success of the Kothrudite (now it will be Kothrudkar as many voted for) and Sadashiv Pethi articles, it only seems right to write on those that were left out: the Puneites.

These are the people living in areas like Aundh, Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar, Camp, Baner, Pashan, FC-SB-JM Road areas, Bhosale Nagar, and the newer developments. To be more precise, all the areas full of ‘high-fundu’ places which are among the favourite hotspots for hanging out, partying and doing ‘vaiphal kharcha’ i.e., unnecessarily expenses! Having spent so much time with people from these areas, I take the step of deciphering a Puneite and listing down some of his (or her!) characteristics.

I am writing them in the first person, like I did with the Kothrudite article, as it connects more with Puneites while they are reading it and also because I kind of became one of them while writing it. My Punekar or Puneri pride and Kothrudkar attitude should not be questioned though. It is strong as ever!

  • Most of us know English better than Marathi. This has less to do with our ‘Engraji Maaz’ and more to do with our schooling and environment. Punekars hate this about us.

  • We study or have studied in a convent school. Loyala, St. Vincent, St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s, St. Bishops, etc., are among the more popular ones. Some of us are from other “top” English speaking schools like Delhi Public School, Hutchings, Choksey, Symbiosis and so on. Basically, our school life was awesome and closer to the “High School lifestyle” depicted in Hollywood movies. Almost!

  • We cry when we get colleges like Abasaheb Garware, SP, MMCC and not something closer to our hep area.

  • We mostly study in colleges like Fergusson, BMCC, ILS, Symbiosis, SIT, VIT, and any of the more happening institutes around our areas.

  • Our kind of music includes rock, pop, metal, heavy metal and basically what Punekars refer to as ‘Engraji Gaani’. Most of us know how to play either guitar, drums, keyboard or other instruments and have had at least one jamming session or been part of a band some time in our life.

  • Our computer is full of English songs, English movies, English TV shows. We mostly go to theatres like Inox, E-Square, Big Cinemas, or Adlabs to watch English movies. We watch more English movies than Hindi ones.

  • Football is our religion. We do not enjoy cricket as much. It’s just too ‘local’. Ronaldinho, Ronaldo (not the Cristiano variety), Messi, Zidane, Beckham, Rooney, and others are our Gods. Also Sachin. Because that’s not optional. Our rooms are full of posters and collectibles of our favourite clubs and we enjoy watching EPL and FIFA World Cup more than any of India’s cricket matches. Except when Sachin is batting. Also not optional. We admire Bhaichung Bhutia more than most Indian cricketers. We will also put down cricket whenever possible. Except when talking about Sachin. Yes, not optional!

  • If we play a sport it’s either Football, Volleyball, Tennis or even Basketball! Very rarely do any of us play cricket. Too local, you see!

  • We term Puneri guys are ‘gavthi’ but get into fights more often. Our fights can be either due to some football match feud, some girl scene or about school loyalties. We use both Hindi and English gaalis while beating each other to a pulp. Marathi swearwords just don’t cut it for us.

  • We hangout mostly in and around our areas. Toons, Hard Rock, Stone, 11 East Street, Kue Bar, Shisha, High Spirits and other such expensive places are our favourites. We may not always spend here, but we will hang out here.

  • We hate going to places like Kothrud or the Peth areas. It’s as though entering a new city and we always get lost whenever we go there. Frankly, there should be a prize for going there and coming out alive. It’s a maze!

  • Ever since we hit puberty, we have always been in and out of a relationship. Hardly ever are we single for too long.

  • We know some of the hottest people in town and most Punekars are mighty jealous of it. Well, boo-hoo!

  • Our parents are cool with our relationships and many even know who we are dating at any point in time. They may mix it up when we move on, but it’s ok.

  • They even let us stay out longer than other Punekars’ parents (who start calling their kids from 10pm. Geez!).

  • We have a house that is perfect for house parties. Our house parties are legen-wait for it-dary.

  • If you understood the above reference and don’t live in our areas, you should sit your parents down and talk some sense into them.

  • Our school events are talk of the town. No matter how old we are, we always love going back to school and bragging about how amazing our school life was in front of others.

  • We love and feel more connected with other cities like Mumbai (we continue to call it Bombay), Bangalore and Delhi. Those are ‘our’ kind of shopping destinations.

  • We feel left out when Punekars start talking about heritage and culture. Also, we hate whenever Punekars make fun of us for not knowing proper Marathi or some historical or cultural reference.

  • Most of us come from non-Marathi backgrounds. Most people we know are either Sindhis, Gujaratis, Christians, Punjabis, Muslims, Marwadis… you get the idea.

  • We have that one Marathi friend who we always stick to for more than one reason. Be it for talking to the Police, relying on him/her while travelling in Kothrud and Peth areas or asking for directions to some remote location in the city (like the Peths), they are our go-to guys.

  • We are mostly typecast as firangi or Puneite for being different. We love the changing Pune. The Music Festivals and the bands that are coming to the city make us happy.

There are many more characteristics of Puneites that I am yet to understand, but whatever little I do understand about them has been written. To simply put it, ‘Puneites love Pune in a completely different way than Punekars’. Punekars and Puneties will never understand each other and it’s best to say, they live in different Punes!

If you have more quirks we should know about, drop us a comment. And please, be sporting about this. We’re only joking, na!

15 replies on “Being a Puneite”

frankly, I never got a grasp of this Puneite attitude of these gavthi people…fukat havet astat… nahitar jhinglele astat…

Very interesting and hilarious!! (Easy for me to comment as I am neither, though I did study here too!!!)
I think you got the Kothrudite bang on more than the Puneite.
Another popular distinction you would hear one say is, “I live on the other side of the river”. More so form the Puneite.

Racism? You shouldn’t use Puneites and Punekar in two ways.. We are from Pune and not from two different places. Two fingers can not be alike so do we people.

I think many share qualities of both Puneites and Punekars. Pune for me is more like bhel, a wonderful mixture of many ingredients. Together it tastes heavenly, separately not so much. The distinctions are only for fun, no “racism” involved.

True that! whatever you said, whether its racism or not but this the fact.The Puneite and the Punekar is like two different cultures

I didn’t enjoy reading this as much as the previous ones because the Kothrudness comes off more than that of someone who has actually lived in the areas. In fact, you’ll find that someone from Aundh/Shivajinagar is very different from someone from Camp. So instead of the perspective of a Kothrud/SadashivPethi clubbing all outsiders as ‘Puneite’, perhaps you could let others (someone who identifies with ‘Poona’) describe themselves. Of course, I’m being a typical Punekar contrarian 🙂

True. This article is a Kothrudkar (even a to-the-core Puneri) perspective of the Puneite people. I somehow found the above similar with most people I know who live in these areas/have lived in these areas. I don’t know someone from these areas as well as I know myself (being a Kothrudkar that article became me writing about those like me). Thank you for your views and giving it a read though. Much appreciated. 🙂

The epicenter of Pune, with the cultural qualities of a Puneri and a Puneite. I was born and still live in Kothrud. Read my Kothrudite article to know if I’m one for sure. 😀

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