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.
Dear Diary, I think I’m done with the dirty dishes under my bed and going on a treasure hunt for clean clothes. I need to move.
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.
Even though 2007 feels just like yesterday, the changes which have remodeled our beloved Pune are tremendous! The city has trotted towards somewhat of a modern metamorphosis- apart from the heart of Pune (the Peths) a majority of this city has become a glorious collage of several millennial lifestyles. Just like its residents and precisely as it should have, Pune has changed dramatically. Here are a few of those changes which will give you a healthy dose of nostalgia!
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.
A splash of colors on the canvas, this is how I’d like to think of this amazing city. There’s something in it for everyone, we all have that one thing which keeps us hooked on to Pune. When I was in Prague, I missed Pune in all its glory, not just because it’s my hometown; I missed even the traffic jams, which I thought was something I could live without. So I asked a few of my friends (who aren’t in Pune anymore but they’re still Punekars at heart) as to what they miss the most about this city. Their answers are bound to make you smile. After all, Pune and nostalgia is a heady combination in itself!
If you follow me on Instagram (@misspunekar), you know that I was in Bangalore for a few days last week. From what I remembered about the city, it used to be gorgeous; beautiful weather, delicious food, fun places to shop in, wide, clean streets, everything just about perfect. I always called it a larger, greener Pune (with slightly better weather) and figured it to be the only other city in India I’d ever want to live in. Today, if I had to compare Pune with Bangalore, here’s how it would go.
With a hundred listicles talking about the best places to eat at in Pune, chances are that you can do with a list of go-to spots that are more than just a coffee mug in your hand, more than just a simple setting where you catch up with your friends to vent/gossip/stare at your phone. While each and every recommendation of these lists is worthy of it’s own moment in your social feed, we think there are a few picturesque places that do not get the attention they deserve. From scenic backdrops to wall murals and pea lights, you don’t want to miss out on some of the best visuals that Pune has to offer.
In tribute to the month of love, we give you 7 things that every Punekar loves! Let’s take another trip down nostalgia lane, shall we?
I was once The New Girl in Pune (and even wrote all about it here), and seven years later, BAM – I’m a Punekar! I’ll admit it was a rather slow journey, but it really does take that much time to develop a threshold for all that spicy Maharshtrian food! Nevertheless, it’s been a journey that has taught me many-a-things. In the last seven years, I’ve had all the realisations that one would in their early 20s; like the importance of working out, eating healthy, understanding finances, importance of family, and so on and so forth. However there are some life lessons only living in Pune can teach you.