It feels like people have been moving to Pune in droves lately. Truth be told, communities have been calling our city home since pre-Independence. The Parsis, Goans, Sindhis and Iranis have settled here since the middle of the 20th Century. Let’s analyse a few reasons why immigrants come here and fall in love with Pune.
The name Oxford of the East is given for reason; most people move here to get a better education. The vast number of educational institutes along with the infinite number of courses offered attract bright young minds to Pune.
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Located at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains, Pune witnesses pleasant (almost) climate all year round. It’s not as cold as the north and not as hot as the south. This weather seems to work well with our senior citizens too.
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Thanks to the IT boom Pune is one of the top choices for getting a job. Places like Hinjwadi, Magarpatta and Kharadi have a slew of companies that hire a huge number of freshers every year.
The Parsis, Goans, Sindhis and Iranis have settled here since the middle of the 20th Century.
People looking to get away either for a day, a weekend, or a week, are close to a lot of places. Mahableshwar, Lonavala and Mulshi are for the day trips. Goa and other beaches a few hours’ drive and any International destination is only a four-hour drive to Mumbai’s International Airport.
Pune is one of the safest big cities in our country today. Crimes against women are a serious concern nowadays. But be it daytime or night, women feel and are safe here.
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Cost of living is low here. Housing is still within range of the common man’s limit. Food is inexpensive. Distances being shorter, fuel costs are lower than other cities. Overall living here is easier on the pocket.
From Vada Pav, Misal Pav, the best of Mastanis, to the most delectable international cuisines are available here. The nightlife here is legendary too. Clubs, lounges, and bars dot the length and breadth of the entire city.
Once someone calls Pune home, it becomes your home for life. My great-grandfather moved here 90 years ago from the Middle East. I have lived overseas and traveled the world. I came back to Pune and still call it my home. Always will 🙂
Feature Image: Ram Balmur