13 Traits of a Punekar

Here are 13 traits Punekars are known for!

The Oxford of the East has a lot to offer to the world, but nothing better than a ‘Punekar’. A Punekar is not just a simple resident of Pune, it is a way of life. You can easily identify a typical Punekar if you know where to look. Here’s a list of traits to help you with it…
1. My Way is the ONLY Way
When it comes to Punekars, the only rule of driving is “take the shortest route”. Now that could mean going through a no-entry zone or using the wrong side of the road. A Punekar will always save fuel and help make the world a better place.
2. Control Time
It has not been scientifically proven yet, but Punekars do have the ability to control time. They can zip around in fast forward mode – wait at the zebra crossing, jump the red light and ride zig-zag to cover a 20 min ride in less than 10. They can also stop time just to watch people fight on the roads or read an advertisement hoarding.
3. Directions are Easy
For a Punekar, there are only 2 directions – Var (up) and Khali (down). Punekars know the topography of each area within the city so well that giving directions to the common man becomes child’s play – either you roll down the slope or climb up the gradient.
4. Nostalgia is Permanent
A Punekar lives in the past – stories range from battles of the Maratha Empire to the rave parties of Aishwarya farms to how parking was allowed outside Vaishali until 2013. Future is too clichéd, the glory of the past is what makes a true blue Punekar smile.
5. I Hate Mumbai and Mumbaikars
Hating Mumbai & Mumbaikars is a traditional value passed on through generations of Punekars. A Punekar cannot pinpoint a single reason why they hate Mumbai & Mumbaikars but how does the reason matter anyway?
6. Dirty Jokes
A Punekar can never let go of an opportunity to crack a sleaze bomb on Budhwar Peth or Alpana Theatre. Don’t know the relevance? Find a Punekar quickly to know more!
7. Secret Codes
You’ll often hear a Punekar referring to places in codes that only another Punekar can understand – ABC, KP, JM, FC, DP, MG. For a Punekar, abbreviations are cool, classy & chic!
8. Mi Marathi
Let politicians say anything, there is only 1 real language for a Punekar – Marathi! You can easily identify a Punekar, if he/she understands multiple languages but only replies back in Marathi.
9. Price Wars
All the price wars we see these days originated in Pune. The enthusiasm with which a Punekar can bargain has to be seen to be believed. And yes, a Punekar can bargain anywhere – including a hair cutting saloon or a newspaper stall.
10. Mula, Mutha or Sangam
Every time you’re crossing any bridge across the rivers in Pune, a real Punekar will correctly identify whether the river is Mula, Mutha or the Sangam!
11. A 2-wheeled Life
A common man in India always dreams of owning and driving a 4-wheeler but that’s really not the case for a Punekar. A Punekar’s life is not complete without owning and riding a 2-wheeler.
12. Multiplex what?
The movie industry is making millions and multiplexes have fuelled the growth to a large extent. But for a Punekar, Alaka Talkies & Limaye Natya Chitra Mandir (Vijay Cinema) are the epitome of movie experiences.
13. Pune City
A Punekar is always reassured when he sees the words ‘Pune City’ on the back of auto rickshaws. And a Punekar will use it as evidence when a Mumbaikar calls Pune a village.
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9 replies on “13 Traits of a Punekar”

Not really…
Either writer is not puneker or he/she hardly know about pune…
Can you please do more homework before posting it?

The first three points of the author’s opinion of punekars are true, but nothing to be proud of. The miniscule “savings” in fuel and time can never justify the massive disruptions caused in traffic, and it so does not help the world become a better place how can anyone be proud of this

If you cannot find any reason why we have Mumbaikars then probably you are new to Pune.. since this Conclusion seems quite childlike.. and we Punekar give no shit/damn to such premature conclusions..

Kindly improve your vocabulary and tell us your use of the word “cliché” (showing a lack of originality; based on frequently repeated phrases or opinions) for “future”.. I see you are very fond of using heavy words to show how educated you are while writing anything comes to your mind..

A Punekar lives in the past.. Yes because Pune ruled India in the past and stood as Rock of Gibraltor for Mughal Empire and also for British East India Company.

Being a Punekar, I speak for myself, my friends and relatives. I would call this article a very misrepresentative view. #1,2,3,5 are simply rude and nothing to be proud of. The few people that take pride in such rudeness and disregard for civilized behavior are what’s wrong with Pune. Never experienced #13. #12 what? People I know, love the city-prides and esquare. Vijay and Alka are more of fond memories now.
#8 sounds rude as hell and nothing to be proud of. What is more true is that people here take pride in the Marathi, it’s literature and it’s nuances. THAT is something to be proud of.
There are so many other better things that could’ve been mentioned, how punekars love the several hills in the city – taljai, vetal Tekdi, etc, the local foods, take pride in the pleasant weather and more.
The site could hire a non juvenile writer. Let a site named after punekars not bring shame to us.

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