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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