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Pune’s All Set to Get a Rs. 75,000 Crore Makeover

The residents of Pune breathed a sigh of relief when the long-proposed Metro project was finally approved, sanctioned and commenced in December 2016. However, it seems like those aren’t the only plans in store for our beloved city.  The next 5-6 years will see investments of Rs. 75,000 Crores for a 3rd Metro line, a new airport, and a Smart City project, amongst other upgrades. 

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That Fully Amaze LOL Moment When The Punekar Met Aditi Mittal

I catch her amidst peals of laughter. She throws her head back and bam! It makes contact with the vanity mirror behind her. “Oh sh**!” she yelps, still laughing, as she reaches over to rub the back of her head. In a flash, I’m at her side, rubbing the back of her head with her. No time for pleasantries. No time for introductions. She’d just hit her head on the mirror behind her and she needed me. As her laughter subsides, I look her dead in the eye and quietly proclaim, “We’re best friends now.”

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8 Special Ganeshotsav Foods Punekars Cannot Resist!

It’s that time of the year again! If you haven’t welcomed Ganesha home with ghee-filled sweets and savories, you’ve not done this right! So while you’re out and about town visiting the pandals, here is what we suggest you do not miss out on.

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12 Facts About Lord Ganesha's Being You Probably Weren't Aware Of

One of the most revered and popular Gods in Hindu Mythology is Lord Ganesha. To a foreigner, he might seem unusual, but believe it or not, our beloved Bappa has a lot of hidden secrets behind his body. He is etched into the psyche of each and every devoted Punekar. Our love for him is so strong that he invokes the highest sentiments in our minds. Here are some facts about Bappa’s being you probably weren’t familiar with…

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Similarities Between Lord Ganesha and Punekars (Part I)

Ganapati is Pune’s favourite deity and my inquisitive mind asked, “why?” There were reasons like ‘the Peshwas, Pune’s administrators, worshipped the deity’ to others like, ‘Pune had various temples dedicated to the God and most Ashtavinayakas are located in Pune district or close to it’. However, those answers did not suffice my quest for information. And then, a crazy thought entered my mind; Punekars are so much like their favourite deity! On occasion of Ganeshotsav, here’s a special story (Part I) on the similarities between us Punekars and our beloved Lord Ganesha. Read up on!

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An Open Letter to Fellow Punekars

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 […]

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Remembering a Punekar – The Series

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.

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A Tribute to Pune's Freedom Fighters

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.

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Afterlife, Meet Life: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

One of my favourite parts of my day job is the fact that I have the opportunity to have meaningful conversations and learn from a wide variety of wonderful people. Today I would like to take the opportunity to share (in short and with his permission) the plight of a fine young man who describes how he ‘lost his youth’ among his father’s battle with liver cirrhosis.

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#PunekarRants: A Pound of Flesh

In the year 1408 in a then small town of France named Pont de Larche, a female entered a young couple’s home to find their four month old child unattended. Without reason or hesitation, she proceeded to brutally murder the infant, an incident that caused quite the uproar among the townsfolk. Justice was swift and only a few weeks later, she was sentenced to death by hanging and true to the law of the land, was executed. Nothing I have said so far may come as a surprise to you but what makes this story noteworthy is that the female, quite literally, was a pig (yes, a farm animal).