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#PunekarAchieves – Author Deepti Madi Releases 'मंचल'

To break it down, the world mostly consists of two types of people- the readers, and the writers. Both of them are intertwined with each other, both exist for and because of each other. A book becomes a dialogue between these two; often, a very silent one.

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Punekar in Focus: Shaunak Agarkhedkar Talks 'Let Bhutto Eat Grass'

A quick chat, a special discount code and some laughs over bad grammar.

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Master of the Written Trade: Manjiri Prabhu Returns with The Trail of Four

Master of the written trade, Manjiri Prabhu, is back with yet another mystery thriller, which I simply can’t wait to get my hands on! Here’s a quick chat I had with her, just in time for her latest work’s, The Trail of Four, Pune launch on January 18 at Crossword Bookstore in Aundh. Tell me […]

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Sochu – A Children’s Book by Fellow Punekar Chetan Vohra

Today’s children are far smarter than we used to be back in the day. While I used to chew on chalk, my 12-years-younger-than-me brother knew how to YouTube Tom & Jerry videos for himself at the same age. As technologically advanced they may be, they are just as impressionable as any other 5 year old. Unfortunately, a lot of children’s entertainment created today is violent, arrogant, mindless and subtly perverse (for the enjoyment of adults as well). Johnny Bravo is a ruthless womanizer, Disney princesses’ only aim is to find a man, and our beloved superheroes are hot-heads. What the kids need is someone to teach them to stop and think before reacting.

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Manjiri Prabhu: A Jewel in Pune's Literary Crown

With the Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) just around the corner, we had a chat with its founder and one of our favourite authors, Manjiri Prabhu. She talks about her passion for PILF, what Punekars can look forward to this season, books and more…

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Remembering a Punekar – The Series

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.”

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#PunekarRants: Pune's Traffic Problem Has No Solution

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 […]

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Media & Communication in Pune: Then & Now

I first visited Pune in 1989, hunting for a place in the BCS program of Fergusson College. I walked from Lakshmi Road (where I was staying) to FC, and beyond and back every day. In those days, I can honestly say the University of Pune was pretty much the end of buzzing social life. Areas beyond that were developing and settling.

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Saluting Aamchi Pune's Police!

Maama, Polizia, Italian ponies, the walking Scotsman, the higher German and the Spanish wave. Let’s take a trip around the world. Well, my feisty editor restricts my blabbering to five hundred words so let’s take a trip around our city instead. Nobody enjoys the increasing traffic so let’s take a trip at night. This trip isn’t so much about what we see, rather about what we don’t.

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#PunekarReminisces: Growing Up in 411004 (Continued)

So picking up from where we stopped last week — Balgandharva and its vicinity. Back then, you could catch a magnificent sunset over the Mutha, which flows behind Balgandharva. This lissome snake hurries along to meet her (someone in their grand scheme of things decided that Mula and Mutha were to be ascribed the feminine gender) twin Mula. Watching Omkareshwar (Shiva temple) as its resident crows settle in noisily and bats make way for them can be a moment of awakening, not only in a metaphysical sense of the word, but surrealistically speaking as well.