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.
As they do every year, Warkaris have begun their strenuous journey from Alandi to Pandharpur. Here are a few pictures by Atul Satpute, exclusively for The Punekar.
If you’ve been with me since my New Girl in Pune series, you know all about the waterworks, the culture shock and the whole “should I stay or go back?” saga. It took about six months for me to admit that I was actually starting to have fun. I had found a free life away from the shackles of “Indian kids don’t do this” – my parents’ favourite line when they wanted to say no.
We’ve heard it all when it comes to Pune. Have you noticed how everybody is bored and wants to move out of Pune, but nobody ever does? It’s because no matter who you are, the city of Pune grows on you, and there’s no denying that. I realised that from just a short while spent in Mumbai and a bit of travel here and there. Once you go Punekar, there’s just no going back.
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. […]
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…
So goes the first verse of J. R. R. Tolkien’s poem All that is gold does not glitter, which appeared in his trendsetting novel The Lord of the Rings. Most of us are familiar with the movie version of Tolkien’s fantasy novel and the tale of the weird and brave that it lovingly narrates. It talks of dwarfs and giants and orcs and fairies. People who were once a part of ‘middle earth’. Like the lost and lonely from Tolkien’s book, our great city too has its share of the unseen and unsung.
Ok, so, we’re Punekars, right? Opinionated and all that. Our supreme talents of dishing out assumptions, theories, judgments etc. are unmatched. We probably get all that energy from those afternoon naps we so religiously take. With an attitude like that (famous for it and loving it goooo Pune!), isn’t it obvious that, by now, aamchi Pune has its own special trademarks? You simply cannot miss these, you know? So, here goes… Boss, you’re in Pune when…
I screeched my bike to a halt with all the force I could. A young man, barely 18, whizzed across my face on his KTM Duke – that motorbike that looks like a jellyfish wearing a cape. This, while he was supposed to be across the road waiting for the signal to turn green. Later […]
Pune is one of the best cities to live in amongst the many wonderful metros in the country. Here are 15 reasons why that is!