The easiest guide to fool anyone into thinking that you’re a REAL Punekar…
The one city in India which has a people with some very special as well as peculiar characteristics is none other than (no, I’m not doing the drumroll), Pune. We’re much tolerant about most things (the sab chalta hai attitude is inherent) but we’re also an easy bunch to annoy; especially when it comes to these seven things. Take heed.
One week in Morocco and I had already started to miss my friends back home. Wait, did I say back home? Is Pune home now?
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.
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.
Dear Diary, college life is NOT all fun and games. The customs are strange here and so is the concept of punctuality. Elders must be respected, but don’t expect any ounce of respect back from them. My future is pretty much dependent on how strong my memory is and that’s a bit freaky.
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.
I remember sitting in the warden’s office on my first day, eyeing the simple girl from Sultanpur in her yellow kurta who hadn’t said a word till now. She was going to be my roommate? I was sure we didn’t have a thing in common. I mean, I have never watched an episode of Swat Kats in my life! At the time, I didn’t realise that being strangers in the city would become the greatest common point. It became one of the strangest friendships people have seen and one of my most cherished. I had begun to form a new perspective on Pune and the Punekars.
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.