The Queen of Deccan, Poona, is one city that mesmerises me. Always.
Where else would you encounter virtues like trust, honesty in absolute strangers? A florist: “Tai, paise udya dya. Me kuthe jaanar ahe”? (Roughly translated-“Sis, pay me tomorrow, I am not going anywhere.” So much is the trust that he believes the customer will pay later; and so does the customer!) And this is not an isolated incident. Experiences like these want you to believe in humanity. And the goodness that is Pune.
‘Punyanagari’ (virtuous city) nee Detroit of India, nee Oxford of the East nee the Cultural capital of Maharashtra is at ease donning multiple hats. Dotted with reputed research and educational institutions, the intellectually rich city is known byFergusson College, National Defence Academy, Symbiosis International University,National Chemical Laboratory, and Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics among many others.
From walking its streets as a school girl to a mother now, I feel like a fish in water in Pune.
Here's thetunictravellers (yours truly) ‘top 10 things to do’ in Pune-
Soak in the festive fervour during ‘Ganpati’- Pune is at its celebrating best during the 10 day Ganesh festival. Thousands of ‘Mandals’ come up with varied décor and themes each year to compete for the best ‘Mandal’ award. The ‘Dhol’ and ‘Tasha’ performances reverberate energy and are worth watching ‘live’. Go ‘Mandal’ hopping after 7.00 p.m. to catch the beautiful illuminations and visit Dagdusheth (the most loved), Tulshi Baug, Kasba, Mandai, Tambdi Jogeshwari, Kesariwada and Guruji Talim Mandals. It gets extremely crowded by 9.00 p.m., so start early to miss the mobs.