I was once The New Girl in Pune (and even wrote all about it here), and seven years later, BAM – I’m a Punekar! I’ll admit it was a rather slow journey, but it really does take that much time to develop a threshold for all that spicy Maharshtrian food! Nevertheless, it’s been a journey that has taught me many-a-things. In the last seven years, I’ve had all the realisations that one would in their early 20s; like the importance of working out, eating healthy, understanding finances, importance of family, and so on and so forth. However there are some life lessons only living in Pune can teach you.
Work hard but take time to breathe it all in
Some say the hare from the Tortoise and the Hare tale was from Pune! You know, the one who stopped to take a rest? Well I’d say quite the opposite. I believe Punekars are the turtles, laid back, easy-going, and the ones who realise that it is not always necessary to take the rough road to reach your end goal. Pune taught me one of the most important lessons of all time, to remember to slow down and enjoy life.
Learn to hold your ground
Pune was once known to be a city with an attitude, and why wouldn’t it be? It was fit to be the holiday home of rulers! The city’s residents today too have an attitude, whether it’s an overdose from the rikshawalas and government officials or the twinge from the new-age kids. Thanks to this, the city has taught me hold my ground and make my presence felt.
Pune’s laid-back attitude is a wonderful thing, but it can make life difficult if it overlaps with work ethics. If you’ve lived alone in Pune, and you’ve had to get plumbing, a good maid/cook, official paperwork, a gas connection, a visit to the electrical board, and anything to do with the Pune University website, you know just how LONG it can take. Pune’s overly laid-back attitude has taught me to be relentless, and get sh*t done! Calling someone too often? What’s that? We don’t know!
Patience – Thanks to the traffic
You’d think the previously mentioned point would teach me patience right? No. It’s the traffic. I know it’s not as bad as Bombay or Bangalore, but trust me on this one. When you see some idiot going up the wrong way, or the other literate fool breaking that red light knowing that it will cause a traffic jam, it takes a special kind of patience to not banish them from existence.
Fall in love with nature
Pune is surrounded by such gorgeous and serene places like Pawna Lake and magnificent forts that you’re bound to fall in love with nature and the quiet. It’s an added bonus that there’s such good weather all year round. Double bonus if you’re living in Koregaon Park.
Food makes everything better… Especially chaha ani pohe