Being the throne of the Peshwa dynasty, Pune is peppered with old historical places which are of tremendous architectural and sentimental significance.
Thak…thak…thak… the beating sound has been lodged in their ears and blood for 400 years now. With a dedication closer to meditation, they go on with their work, meticulously following a pattern imprinted on their minds. Hours later, a beautiful artwork emerges from a mere piece of copper metal; ever so delicate yet invincible in […]
It feels as though every single day, we discover something about Pune that continues to amaze us, no? Here’s one more such discovery for you.
A Punekar or not, every person who is a part of this city right now knows about the legendary Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati. The indomitable jewel of our city, this beloved Ganpati and his Mandir gets a heavy amount of visitors. Adorned with gold and diamonds, this deity is a relief for sore eyes.
I do not count myself as a regular to Pune’s extraordinary Peths. That works to your advantage if you want to avoid traffic of the worst kind and are not a fan of jostling for space on the narrowest of roads. Not knowing the Peths well can be a drawback too, if you’ve planned to cover four of them in a go and realise on getting there that one of them is humongous and has been grossly underestimated! Well, that’s Sadashiv Peth for you. If this were a movie, I’d call it ‘The Return of the Huge Peth’ after wandering through relatively smaller Peths.
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.”
Pune became an important centre for the war against the British Raj, with its various mass movements and social reforms that paved the way for the fight for freedom. The city gave birth to many prominent freedom fighters. In honour of Independence Day, we looked back at the lives of a few Punekars who were a part of India’s freedom struggle.
My earliest memory of spotting Sinhagad was from our terrace. I was fairly little and my grandfather would point at a distant hill in the hazy horizon and proudly declare, “To bagh, to Sinhagad ahe” (Look there, that’s Sinhagad).
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!
I was born and grew up (for a significant part of my life at least) in an area widely pincoded (I just made that up) as Pune 4. Pune 4 may be just a part of the city’s pin code for some, but for me, and I believe several others (at the risk of sounding jejune), it signifies a way of being.