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Pune, The City So Far

Posted: November 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Musings | 9 Comments »

It’s been almost 6 months in Pune. it’s enough time to get to know the city and form an opinion about it. I wanted to write this post for long but got busy in something or the other.

So, here are my observations about Pune.

The very first thing you’ll notice when living in Pune or even passing by it, is the real estate hoardings and billboards. The Pune real estate market is booming like Dot Com of 90s. In fact the only billboards you will see will be that of buildings only. These ads make sure that you are teased every few KMs that you can’t afford a home (at least holds true for me). In these ads, you can see some real interesting and creative ad which makes you at least think about buying a home.

The other very common site is, girls walking/riding like bandits. They’ll dress up and all but will cover their face under a veil. So, it’s kinda boring to drive when all girls have their face covered :-(. I believe the pollution level in Pune is far less than Mumbai or any other metro but still girls might have their own reasons to hide their pretty faces behind a piece of cloth. Also, I haven’t seen so many girls riding a motorcycle in any city but a girl riding a Royal Enfield remain to be seen though.

Something which amuses me most is the names of places in Pune. Some are lovingly awkward to pronounce. For eg. Bhosri, Dapodi, Ghorpadi, Pimpri, Pimple Saudagar, Wakad, Khadki, Pashan and Hadapsar are to name a few (Tip: Pashan (stone) is one of the posh areas of the city :-) ). During my initial days in Pune, it was pretty difficult to remember the places’ name. I still struggle to reach from point A to point B without asking for direction when Google Maps doesn’t help.

If you travel through auto-rickshaw then be prepared for a dual surprise although the auto rickshaws do have fare meters, they hardly ply by it. If they do then fare is calculated by a formula which I have no idea about. But, you can improve your bargaining skills by hiring a rickshaw.

Pune is not a cosmopolitan city and practically has no night life. As most people in Pune are from Maharashtra, you can earn some brownie points if you have basic knowledge of Marathi.

The city has well laid cycle tracks in most of the part. Cycling on a dedicated cycle track is fun. It’s a different thing that when traffic is on it’s peak these track work as additional road for motorcycles and auto rickshaw and sometimes mini vans too.

If you love visiting new places during weekends/holidays then Pune is the best choice. You can visit beaches, forts, plateau and hill stations; all not more than 150 KMs away from Pune.

Still, 6 months is not a very long time to get to completely know a city like Pune. I still find something surprising, amusing and fascinating about city every day.


9 Comments on “Pune, The City So Far”

  1. 1 Sachidannada Sahoo said at 12:15 pm on November 2nd, 2010:

    Hi Bhaiya,

    Nice one as always. I liked it.

  2. 2 Amir Mahakud said at 3:40 pm on November 2nd, 2010:

    Sudhir Bhai .. well written ;-)
    Though I’ve already heared it from you , finally It came out as a nice blog to b read .when i had been there for couple of days , I experienced few things the same as u have written.

  3. 3 Shantanu said at 4:07 pm on November 2nd, 2010:

    Good post!!!! :)

  4. 4 Rashmi Bhushan said at 4:30 pm on November 2nd, 2010:

    Sir,

    Nice efforts….Refreshing my memories as I stayed in Pune for almost 5 years. That was my school time from 7 th to 12th.

    I don’t know if shared auto-rickshaws are still running as those were the big time life-saver if i used mis my school bus…….though a frequent stuff :).

    Cycling on the hilly mountain roads from Viman nagar AFS to Loheygoan AFS , was amazing!

    Being the first Maharashtran city i have ever seen, the culture delights me the most where people are not showing -off (though they have a lot of bucks in their pockets, still they wear that kolapuri chappal and cotton shirt), they will like your mind rather than your accessories, making queue in front of grocery shop (koi maara mari nahin )….

    One of the best time I have spend in PuNe.

  5. 5 Mitul said at 5:14 pm on November 2nd, 2010:

    Hi Sudhir,

    Your views on Pune becoming an IT hub…

  6. 6 Sudhir Upadhyay said at 10:12 pm on November 2nd, 2010:

    @Rashmi: Yes shared auto rickshaw still ply :-)
    Haven’t seen any queue in front of grocery stores, the downside of Big Bazaars and Reliance Marts.

    @Mitul: Pune is coming up really big time as IT hub. It’s going to compete with Mumbai in next couple of years.

  7. 7 BalRam said at 4:26 pm on November 3rd, 2010:

    Read your blog after long time, still as enjoyable your writing is as it has always been ; -)

  8. 8 Sudhir Upadhyay said at 5:00 pm on November 3rd, 2010:

    Thanks Ballu Bhai.

  9. 9 Lalit said at 1:45 pm on November 4th, 2010:

    Ayi Shapath!! Kadak
    need to pay a visit soon….


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