Maakadwala In Hindi, he would be called Madari. English will loosely translate him as a ‘Monkey man’, but like all things touched by English, the translation can make one overlook it as a profession and assume it to be a characteristic. Marathi has it rather straightforward – Maakadwala (Person with monkey/s). Maakadwaalas don’t exist anymore. […]
The first time I saw her I was balancing a huge bag of mithai in one hand and trying to juggle out money from my wallet to pay the auto driver with the other. She stared at me for a moment and once I had paid off the auto guy, walked close and demanded to know what was in the bag.
Over a recent weekend, as the rains lashed Pune and many Punekars preferred staying in even on Monday, I was accompanying a friend who was looking to rent an apartment for herself and her younger sister. Having browsed through all possible online property sites, she had zeroed down on a few apartments which she thought would be best to visit and get insulted.
As her name suggests, and those of you who are aware of the trade, she was a vegetable vendor. She would come home almost everyday, balancing her toplya (wicker cases) on her head. To make sure that her head did not bear all the weight of the two toplya, she would rest them atop a coil of cloth.
Fellow Punekars, This is an open letter to you. So, let me begin by saying, do take offense, please. Dear Punekar, I know you love your city, but you sure as hell have a funny way of showing it; especially when you leave your trash splattered all over the footpath outside. I can see you […]
Nothing like spending the evening or the entire day at a mall; good food, good shopping, movies and most of all free air conditioning. Malls have become the hallmark of a developed city and aamchi Pune has its fair share of them. It was only a matter of time before we ranked our top five. You may or may not agree, but nothing like some good ol’ retail therapy.
Keliwaale kaka is how he is known to everyone. And he got this name because he sells bananas. I suspect, even his family maybe calling him by the same name. He has been around since I went to school.
Pune has been in the limelight for having transformed from a quaint retirement town into a bustling city. And there’s a long way to go. We did a quick reiki of the city and asked Punekars what they felt was missing in the city. Here’s what they thought was needed to take things to the next level…
I recall someone once asking her why she chose to forgo of this garment of modesty. Blinking into the sun that shone into her eyes she had replied, “We tribal women have forsaken the blouse for Sita’s sake. When Sita was condemned to live in the forest with her husband Ram, she chanced upon a golden deer and desired its skin to stitch herself a blouse. Ram set out to trap the deer, but in the meanwhile Sita was abducted by Ravan, the famed king of Lanka. And of course, Sita had to forgo her desire to stitch herself a deerskin blouse. It is in Sita’s honor that we have abandoned the practice of wearing a blouse.”
Our city is known for a lot of things; culture, history, food, education, the IT industry, so on and so forth. Amidst all the bright lights and swanky malls, there are places that will send a chill down your spine. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, it’s always good to keep an open mind. Time to gather your wits and go through the following list…