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!
A cool breeze wafts gently around your face as you sit by the bonfire gazing into the flickering flames. A cricket chirps somewhere nearby and you look up to see an ocean of stars. A guitar strums and a sweet voice echoes around the campsite. The smell of something barbecued and something divine distracts you for awhile…Doesn’t sound like your regular weekend shenanigans does it?
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?
We all know that kids these days are only getting smarter. Ten year olds are familiar with tablets and phones, while at their age we were still playing Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who gets the last piece of gum – wait, we still do that. Anyway, there’s smart and then there’s super smart. The Punekar has discovered two such whizz kids that go by the names Neel and Nisha Dhotre, ages 14 and 11, who have created their own apps!
Once the core of the freedom movement, then the pensioner’s paradise, and now the Oxford of the East. A petite city with many-a faces, that not only grows on to you but grows with you. You may have heard your elders reminisce about their good old days in Pune, where the streets were empty and the trees were abundant. Now you repeat what you’ve heard them say like you actually lived in that day. Sadly you were somewhere between ages 5 – 10, so you may not actually relate to their fond memories, but this will definitely take you back, 20 years precisely.
Our city is known for a lot of things; culture, history, food, education, the IT industry, so on and so forth. Amidst all the bright lights and swanky malls, there are places that will send a chill down your spine. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, it’s always good to keep an open mind. Time to gather your wits and go through the following list…
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.
Ok, so, we’re Punekars, right? Opinionated and all that. Our supreme talents of dishing out assumptions, theories, judgments etc. are unmatched. We probably get all that energy from those afternoon naps we so religiously take. With an attitude like that (famous for it and loving it goooo Pune!), isn’t it obvious that, by now, aamchi Pune has its own special trademarks? You simply cannot miss these, you know? So, here goes… Boss, you’re in Pune when…
A Punekar’s rant on Maharashtrian weddings.
#PunekarIgnores: Deep Red Consequences (Part I)