I had strange experiences in Pune. I knew that Pune is a city of Pensioner Buddha people.
It is also a city of fake intellectuals and cunning, thick skinned politicians. Let me not count corrupt police as a Pune specialty because its everywhere the same in Maharashtra.
An yes how can I forget the New Construction Sena and other old new Senas, brigades, sanghs, samitis etc? They all are proud of being Marathi, Punekar, etc but the Shanivarvada to Parvati the Symbols of Pune’s culture lie in ruins.The nameplates of their own house are written in bad Marathi.
I had gone to my friend’s place where we had a bekaar Pensioner uncle on the ground floor. Every time we friends came out the flat he would rush out and stare like and idiot at us. The look in his eyes was same as the look in Kantaben’s eyes in Kal Ho Na Ho.
We never eve teased his daughter or wife. We never made noise in the flat still this uncle looked worried.
While traveling by Rickshaw the driver asked us our Caste something that we friend has never pondered upon. When we said we don’t really differentiate he told us we should learn to. If he was in Goa may be we would have kicked him in teeth.
Marriage invitation cards were the most entertaining. It had a list of all the political leaders of the town who knew the families. Those leaders who were not in power or position would have designations like (Social worker) mentioned in front of their names. I heard even the order of the names mattered a lot. People who were rivals should be put on the same level in the same row. The person in power should come in first column. Despite of this goof ups do take place and some names get omitted. Hence as a workaround a supplement is printed only with names and stapled with the invitation.
This is the Puneri Culture (aka Hypocrisy)
What about the Hang out places? Hm… there are many. One of them is Z bridge. I think this bridge was designed by some politician. Its shape is tht of letter Z and a Car like sonata is likely to get stuck in the turn. You see many people on the bridge most of the time couples. The strangest thing about these couples is most of them are boy-boy couples.
Huh no discussion about Pune can go complete without talking about various Plates that we get to see. Here is one for you.