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.
To recap, 17 year old girl (a.k.a. me) moves to Pune from 5,000 miles away to meet an unanticipated and unwelcome new friend – culture-shock. 5,000 tears, a slightly forced Indian accent and a wardrobe change later I finally felt a little less out of place. I had made 3 new friends that I will forever be thankful for. It was time to explore…
When it comes to resolutions, the way I see it, the first two weeks of January are basically the testing waters. Hats off to those who still manage to keep all their resolutions once the pressure of “New Year new me” begins to fade. I personally make mine after the 15th; real, realistic resolutions without the influence of alcohol. So I thought of six very easy yet impactful resolutions that all Punekars should take.
Listed as one of the hottest new restaurants all over India by NDTV Food, Mineority is all that Pune can talk about lately. What has caught the entire city’s attention is their unique mining theme and their interiors. While one would have expected dark or dingy interiors given the theme, they are instead greeted with beautiful bright colours. Though a pleasant surprise, this made us as curious as you, and we wanted to know why. We shamelessly tracked down the interior designer of Mineority, Risha D’souza, and proceeded to bombard her with questions.
For those of you who’ve decided that 2017 is going be your year; the year you live it up, this one is for you. We’ve compiled a two-part adventure bucket list which doesn’t require you to go too far from Pune, and covers a wide range of activities with covering a varied price range. Here’s the second leg of the adventurous journey.
We left off at the culture shocked 17-year-old who had left her home 5,000 miles away to live in Pune – a.k.a. Me. My tear ducts had literally dried out at this point and part of me still wanted to run back home, but a bigger part of me just did not want to give up. I finally decided to give it a shot.
It’s that time of the year again when we get ready to bid adieu to yet another wonderful and exciting year. As we begin to wrap up 2016 and gear up for all the good things 2017 has to bring us, we take a look back at some of the major events that took place in Pune this past year and reminisce over the good times had.
had stepped off the plane in Bombay, my nerves tingling with excitement and nervousness, my heart heavy from leaving my family behind, and head slightly dizzy from the turbulence of landing in the rains. I couldn’t wait for those doors to open and when they did, the feeling was indescribable. The airhostess swung the doors open with a smile and a strong scent of manure hit me like a wrecking ball! *sorry*. I held my nausea together and smiled back at her. I entered the dull grey airport (this was the old airport), tripped at the entrance and landed flat on my face. I got up, dizzier than ever, ran to the bathroom, which smelled strongly of cheap orange air freshener, and threw up. So, that’s how my journey began.
Wedding season has knocked on our doors yet again and if it is your turn to get hitched, a romantic pre-wedding shoot is the perfect way to commence your story as lovers and transition into spouses. After all, we all have imagined ourselves with our partners in a Yashraj movie song with all those exotic locations in the background. Don’t fret if you don’t have much time to find the perfect location for the task as we have curated places in and around Pune for your dream pre-wedding shoot.
Wondering what Pune was actually like when it was brimming with greenery, peace and simplicity, we turned to people who have seen the city grow from strength to strength. Let’s soak in their experience and find out what they miss about the old Pune.