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July 21, 2007

A City changes life… Mumbai to Pune

Filed under: India, My Experience, my views — Tags: , , , , — nitin @ 8:46 pm

 This post is a toast to my struggle to adjust in a new city like pune.After living in mumbai for 22 yrs ..it becomes difficult to cope with a new city…here’s a  small tale of  my past and present..

I got a job in pune after my graduation(B.E)..So decided to move to pune..to explore the Oxford of the east,with hopes and excitment abt the happening place called pune.

As per the date..it was 1 Aug 2005( rem the 26th July floods..ya i faced that too like many others…) ..i am a hardcore mumbaikar..I mean, i loved  mumbai and its life.Anyway…the first thing i shud tell abt pune is  the climate.Yeah…the climate is cool and not at all humid like the mumbai .But then..my problems started..with the new city soon…

The city was like a quiet place with only limited options to hangout and enjoy…(if u r not a party animal and dont like to spend each nights at pubs)
Three roads are the heart and soul of this city(considered)
1)MG Road
2)FC Road
3)JM Road
…but i tell u…u can find such places even in mumbai suburbs..take mulund, ghatkopar , chembur…i mean Mumbai and pune shudn’t be compared..

PUNE GIRLS..They are notoriously famous for their hip – hop lifestyle,mostly hailing from northern states…(As a student ,living away from family gives them extra wings to fly…and they are flying high…very high  😉

As soon as i landed in this city ,i noticed girls had scarf on their face; hiding their face completely…I had wondered why they dressed like a sucide bomber?

My friend’s comment:
“They think they are so beautiful that ppl will keep on staring them.so they hide themselves.we have better girls in mumbai than such bank robbers..”

Even i passed similar comments…felt like the city is taking away the most  valuable thing; we heard it has got to offer…girlssss

Getting in to the root of the problem..we learned following reasons…

“The atmosphere is very polluted affecting hairloss and skin complexion”.

“Too hot to face the sun burn”.

“pollution again”

“no one can make out if I roam on bikes (pillion rider) or smoke”

This gave him some satisfaction ,poor soul still cursing them for their veil…

RIKSHAW WALA

I found the RICKSHAW wala’s to be the center of attraction in pune..I almost like to knock them out for their kind of helpful behaviour.

They like to lay on grass,play cards,chitchat but not work and earn.Comparing the Autowala from mumbai ,i must say they dont even knw the city well and the places…They charge extra for nothing extra.Yeah..I have succumbed to such events where i was ready  to pay fare widout looking at the  METER.And if such is the treatment to a mumbaikar (who is street smart) then wat abt the Goras…Ya (rajnis’s followers frm outside india)they are the No. 1 bakras (scapegoat).
Ideal scene is the monday morning at pune station.Commuter’s who spend a lovely weekend in mumbai are back to pune to reach office by the  morning train .But wat they get outside pune station……..?

People are in running  to catch a Rickshaw but the “landlords“(i really feel so) dont bother to budge from their place..They will go to places of their own choice and many commuters are strangled to catch an AUTO.Suddenly mumbai comes in front of my eyes..Imagine a  smilar scene in mumbai and you could be in an AUTO,BUS or a CAB within no time,feeling like a king.But in pune..u become a beggar asking each Auto Wala, are they ready to drop you to you are destination…I felt like cursing this city for wat i was getting from it…

The shops shutter goes down as early as 8:45 or 9 pm.The people are well knw for their misery and cost cutting.You take a pani puri shop in old pune..he will use only a pinch of “ragda“(bolied pulses) for the puri ….i can really smell “chingoosi“.

The beauty of roads is also at par..u will find many small “crater’s”  formed on pune roads.They some how managed to fill it up this summer..big acheivement for a punekar…

GETTING ABSORBED…

After facing many such small problems ,i finally got accustomed to pune’s life style..Life is so slow here..I get up late..sleep late..eat late..work late..break signals..

I got a bike…so that i dont need to face the “kings“(auto Drivers)..

Monday morning is still the same as before..no change…I wish if i could get a pickup from my company bus…

The climate is very well suited to me…I enjoy the winter..can’t enjoy winter in mumbai(unlucky fellas)…The chilling nights and roaming on bike…you will be smoking  without a cigarette…its awesome…

Finally I stopped grunting on things which i don’t find done in a mumbai way..

Even Mumbai has so many problems which only got highlighted in my head as i was getting imbibed to pune’s lifestyle..
The stink starting from Ambarnath..to the Mumbai train LOCAL RUSH…the beads of sweat rolling down to unreachable places ,the rush during office hour,the crowds fitting in trains like match-sticks in a matchbox…the floods,the heat..the killing humidity..the bombblast’s.I tell you..if u have survived in mumbai…its a marathon won..

Pune…. A grt place to spend your bachelor life..easy life..no rush..no daily problems…sometimes traffic bcoms headache ,but if u have experience of  travelling from Borivali to Mulund ..u will understand wat traffic is!!!! Especially near the Powai area.

I learnt one thing thou…The human brain..never welcome’s changes and also conversly it has an uncanny adaptation abilities.A surviver is the one who adapts to the changes quickly.
I can’t be a pakka punekar ..mumbai is in my blood it seems…i haven’t changed my mumbai lingo..office frnds often tease me  on that 🙂 …but I will never change it..thats my identity and that’s my style….

Still loads of things to write…but i need a brk now…wooo…it got so big,No matter how hard i try to keep it small…..

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  1. hahaha..even i faced the similar problems with the kings(as u cal them) of the city..they hv no idea of earning or meaning of hard work..mast climat hai pune mein..i felt the city safe..though the shops close by 9 pm..they dnt even allow anyone to cme in after 9..and also like getting up at 8 am and reaching office by 9, 9:30 am..it is so simple in pune..unlike mumbai…in which trains pe maara maari karna padtha hai..and for reaching the office at 9..need to get up at 6 am..i luv pune..bt not the punekars..!!! 🙂 though the city is loaded wit outsiders..!

    Comment by Ramya — July 23, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

  2. Actually m stuck wid sumthin very serious. Will let ya know soon ..

    Keep on the blogging man !!
    Can c how this page is rocking for you….will match upto ur speed soon.

    I’ll be back …again…

    Anup 🙂

    Comment by Anup — July 23, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

  3. One thing is for sure, it will get bigger than this. Waiting for the continuation from ur side or else I’ll have to start praising Punekars in my own words 🙂

    Comment by Anup — July 23, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

  4. Hmm, u have got an idea of the entire city from just visitng a couple of areas ??? Even I can go to Dharavi and say that Mumbai sucks, so my point is that go out and see the beauty of the entire city and then have yr say . Although I think the rickwala thing is true and so is the girls wearing scarfs…. But remember 1 thing buddy – u faced a prob in poona cos u didnt have a home here, and I can say that cos my family has been here for 4 generations. To thoda ghoom le aur phir update karna, ok beta!

    Comment by Assem — July 24, 2007 @ 11:36 am

  5. Hi assem..

    This post is not to degenerate the image of pune…if u have read my post completely..u will knw that i have talked abt the things which i dont like abt mumbai also..and this post depicts my thinking when i was completely new in the city…not as of now…

    In my last para…I have mentioned “Getting Absorbed” which clearly says that i do like pune for what it has given me..Dont take it personal … i can only just talk abt my frustation in a funny way..but not to hurt ppl…

    hope ,things are pretty clear now…

    Comment by nitin — July 24, 2007 @ 11:48 am

  6. //One thing is for sure, it will get bigger than this. Waiting for the continuation from ur side or else I’ll have to start praising Punekars in my own words

    I want you to take charge of this man…I knw it will fun to hear from your side …waiting for it to happen…

    yo man yoooo

    Comment by nitin — July 25, 2007 @ 4:56 am

  7. Well, I guess it’s human nature.. After living in one place to which you’re so attached, you’ll start out by seeing only the negatives in any other place you move to!! Ultimately, we need to adapt.. no choice, huh?

    Comment by Madhu — July 31, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

  8. ya.. u r right… …but certain gems of the new city like the rickshawala ,busconductor etc are pain in the ass for even the localities…can’t ingnore that.. 😉

    Comment by nitin — August 3, 2007 @ 8:31 am

  9. Boss – Only outsiders need to face the brunt of ricksha walas and bus conductors

    they are no pain for the poona localites coz everyone has their own vehilcle !

    Comment by Assem — August 3, 2007 @ 9:51 am

  10. I stil dont like girls wearing scarf… its just not cool…. leave their beauty aside… i hate it

    Comment by hem — August 6, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

  11. Maybe u dont have a girl or u are frustated by other guys who have gfs….

    Comment by Assem — August 7, 2007 @ 7:07 am

  12. Hey hem…you have to manage man… no chara…they have their own reasons…

    And Assem..he is the one man army ..defending not only pune..but pune girls also…

    Man..i understand your feelings..chill…

    Comment by nitin — August 7, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

  13. @Aseem .. if it was a reply to my comment u have missed my point .. my point only talks about girls wearing scarf which i hated from the beginning ( since 5 yrs now ) and i still hate it. instead of wearing helmet they wear scarf pretty funny… may be they are hiding their ugliness behind the scarf.

    @ nitin ..I understand the reason of theirs that city is polluted but most of the cities are polluted not only pune do u see such things in other cities or do u mean all other cities have ugly girls

    Comment by hem — August 7, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

  14. @hem…lol..

    Even i was frustated with their being in scarf…but i may not support the ugly funda of ours..

    One reason could be “They may escape the eyes of bird watchers…”..also no one cud make out if they roam arnd with different boys ….

    And the last resort is Pollution…some prefer to be covered unlike other city girls…

    Comment by nitin — August 7, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  15. hem, you dont knw me, so just relax!
    I didnt mean anything all i want to do create an issue out of nothing ha ha , Nitin will update u further on this

    Comment by Assem — August 8, 2007 @ 7:17 am

  16. abbe comments moderate karta hain kya???

    Comment by Anoop — August 8, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  17. About and for Pune >> : ( I am not trying to pull out an issue out of it and I don’t mean to offend anyone …it’s just the personal observation )

    Whats the use of the city if it doesn’t provide any quick, helpful public transport. We cant escape the problem by saying that Localites enjoy all the pleasure coz they have their own vehicles. SO, does this mean that people coming from outside Pune are blessed with the curse of suffering with hardships ???
    Every damn time, I use to get useless answers when I looked out for my destinations. And these useless answers came from the localites. May be coz they had their own vehicles but failed to have their own humanity in helping out others.
    Long back when I made a first visit to Pune, I had come here with a mind set that most people u find here are arrogant (as told by my friend..who stayed in Pune for long). I never ever trust such remarks until I observe it.
    >>My friend had to buy slippers for himself and we went to a small shop. We tried to check the slipper quality just to make sure whether its worth buying. As soon as we touched those slippers, the shop keeper interrupted and asked ” are you goin to buy it”. We replied that we are in process of selecting one. He said to my friend “U are not supposed to touch it and play with it, if you are not buying it”.
    Cmon!! What Bull Shit crap !!! Don’t we have a right to check the quality before making a deal. HaHa, I told on his face ” I don’t need it anymore “. We commented ” Anyways, the slippers here are third class” and left the place.
    This is sheer arrogance !!
    Shop keepers, Richshaw walas, Hotel waiters.. …I mean they just have their own million dollar business I guess. They don’t care of the customers, they don’t care of the business. They have an inborn talent to show their “Million dollar attitude” !!

    Traveling 3 Kms of distance mite cost u 100 bucks !!…and richshaw walas are in search of one such bakra for a day. If they find one, they can rest in peace for the remaining day and dream about billions sitting on a lawn built by a private IT company. It can get even better for them…as they sometimes play Cards too.

    I have jotted down few of the attitude issues faced by me. I will scribble more on this…
    No offense meant !!
    Yo !

    Comment by Anoop — August 8, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

  18. All I can say is that Anoop – you are damn unlucky

    Comment by Assem — August 9, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  19. yo yo man….bang on target…. Mr Assem cant agree more on this…or May be he has his own vechile so he doesnt care of pity conditions back then…

    Rickshaw walas as i said are the kings of the city…”If they find one, they can rest in peace for the remaining day and dream about billions sitting on a lawn built by a private IT company”

    lol… 🙂 Aunp we had faced similar situations…

    Thanks god i have a bike now..otherwise I was getting butchered every now and then by our own Kings…

    “The peshwas ruled Pune once.but now..iIts the RIckshwalas” hahaha yo yo…

    Comment by nitin — August 10, 2007 @ 4:34 am

  20. “One bakra Attitude” is the key to their success.

    Inspiring success stories can be written on this.

    Not only Richshaw walas, even hotel waiters have their own success stories…

    Actually yeh hotel waiters ka natak Hyderabad mein hi shuru hua tha, finally I found their clones even in pune. So, will write abt them soon… 😉

    Comment by Anoop — August 10, 2007 @ 5:16 am

  21. Abt the girls wearing scarfs…(only in Pune)

    I must agree, they do it coz of unbearable pollution and High heat. They have to maintain the beauty and have no other go.
    And we guys keep guessing a girl’s face, by just having a close 😉 look at her figure. What to do? Even we are not left with any other option na…:-)

    But girls are girls….wherever they are, guys will keep eying on them 😛

    Comment by Anoop — August 10, 2007 @ 5:31 am

  22. Hey anup..any take or experience on the chindigiri you faced in pune?…share it man…i love your comments…i have mentioned that paani puri wala kissa…u have any?

    Comment by nitin — August 10, 2007 @ 5:55 am

  23. U face problems in Poona cos the ppl creating the probs are not from poona. All the rick walas, paani puri walas are from some UP, Bihar and Interior Maharashtra. U have never interacted with localites then its not yr fault

    Comment by Assem — August 10, 2007 @ 5:58 am

  24. wOOOO… kya assem…main kaafi marathi rickshwa wale ko bhida hoon…aur woh paani puri wala Deccan ka maharashtrian he tha…now dont say ,he was from some other part of maharashtra… :)..

    AAP kitno ki kartudo pe parda dallogeee…

    ????

    Comment by nitin — August 10, 2007 @ 6:10 am

  25. As far as I know, I have listed the attitude problems of just Localites.

    UP, Bihar walo ka likhna toh abhi baaki hain….

    @Nitin

    Haan Haan ek zabardast kissa hain Paani Puri pe…

    Once I had a plate of pani puri. After gulping it down, I asked for the meetha Puri which we get at the end. I ate it too. As I was leaving, the pani puri guy asked me 1 Rupee….u know for wat??…Yes..for the meetha puri…which generally they give as free.

    I still remember that guy’s face. He still owe me my one rupee. Next time when I come to Pune, i’ll ask him whether he is a localite or not ? ;-)…and if he turns out to be a localite…I’ll pay him a Dollar and get my Rupee back. :-))

    Time for me to sleep dude…..as I write these things, m missing Pune too…

    Comment by Anoop — August 10, 2007 @ 7:22 am

  26. @Nitin

    Sometimes I wish, apna Toxic guys shld also comment on blogs. It wud be more fun and we wud be in touch almost everday. Saala, they read blogs but never comment …sab celebrity ban gaye and are maintaining low profile. Kayka busy? Saala sab footage khaa rahe hain..

    Nevertheless, they prove themselves as worthless in this section.

    Ghante ka Toxic !

    Comment by Anoop — August 10, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

  27. Man… Thakela public ke wazah se pura gang ko gaali khana padta hai…

    Just tell shirish that does he knw to check his mail box ?…I teased him like hell on this..

    Mr..gade said…that he enjoys reading our blogs ..but phattu comments nahi dal pata…

    anyway..let them enjoy in their own way..but yes..If toxic becomes active here …we wud rock…

    🙂

    Comment by nitin — August 10, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

  28. हाँ यार !

    जाने दे सालों को !!हाँ यार !
    जाने दे सालों को, वैसे भी कोई फरक नही पड़ता अपुन को !!!

    Comment by Anoop — August 10, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  29. Mumbai is the dirtiest nastiest city in India.

    I don’t understand how anyone could love it, its hot all year round and full of ugly beggars. Seriously Mumbai people are short little people. Pune has a nice climate. I can’t believe you people are talking about foreigners too. Pune is a Mahratta city. Shivaji has many palaces there, none in Mumbai.

    As for the north… no comparison. I went to New Delhi and Europeans, Americans whoever all say Delhi is a much cleaner city. We are also taller and stronger and not as weak willed as Bombay people.

    Comment by Nik — August 13, 2007 @ 9:58 am

  30. @Nik

    arre bhadak gaya/gayi tu toh …..

    Comment by Anoop — August 13, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  31. @Nik

    //We are also taller and stronger and not as weak willed as Bombay people.

    why are u making such comments? is there anything relevant in my post regarding this point?

    Also check my post completely at the end i have told that pune is better than mumbai in some sense…Hope u havent read the blog completely and blindly commented…

    Another strange part is ..you have no answers for Rickshawala..paani puri wala and other things which we have criticised.here..

    hey man..read completely and then comment…anyways welcome to my blog…

    🙂

    Comment by nitin — August 14, 2007 @ 4:37 am

  32. Dekh Nitin kitna bhi try kar bombay ki image ka kuch nahi hoga, tum log samajte hai ki bombay is USA aur jab baarish hoti hai to sab ka dimag thikane aata hai. yes I agree Bmbay is the dirtiest city in the world. The good part abt Bmbay is that its developed and much more civilised than Poona. Mumbaites are proactive and not lazy like Punekars, local trains, bus service is the plus point there, also its a city that has more historical importance and monuments.
    Poona is an old city with ppl who are very conservative and old fashioned, they dont like changes and stuff…. Bmbay is way ahead of poona in all terms.

    So lets agree that Bmbay is dirty & the ppl think too much of it, but what the heck this is India and thats the best we have.

    Comment by Assem — August 14, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  33. //Dekh Nitin kitna bhi try kar bombay ki image ka kuch nahi hoga, tum log samajte hai ki bombay is USA aur jab baarish hoti hai to sab ka dimag thikane aata hai

    This is what i dont intend to say or i mean…
    (Also you need to answer wat anup has said in his comment abt paani puri and stuffs…you just reply something else instead of replying to the points made…
    )
    if u read my last para

    I think i clarfifed wat i mean…

    my only concern here was to say that pune was lacking in some very important things which bombay had…bombay has many more problems than being dirty…

    If we have to debate on which city is best…i can surely tell u reasons for wat bombay is 2day…

    My only concern is to show how pune treated us when we were new to the city…nothing more…
    🙂

    Comment by nitin — August 14, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  34. @ Assem

    ur comment : “yes I agree Bmbay is the dirtiest city in the world”…

    The last word of your comment is so demeaning. How can a person say that a city in his own country is the dirtiest in the whole ‘world’. Nevertheless, this information has 0 % truth. But, are you kinda trying to be proud saying the above comment.

    Not only did you compared two cities but also went totally off track of this discussion about how some incidents faced by us were problematic. In the process of providing a defensive shield to Pune, you finally claimed that India has a dirtiest city in the world.

    The points raised in this blog about Pune were based on day to day experiences. They are not too complex to understand and such big comparisons n statements are really not required to hide them.

    Here are some real good points of the Pune which probably will make you happy:

    1) Excellent climate ( better than Mumbai)
    2) Easy goin smooth life (better than Mumbai)

    😉

    And I was about to write something about the people too, but u urself have commented abt them….I dont see conservative n old fashioned Pune anymore…I mean, people here are enthu abt whatever they do with open mindsets. (exceptions are there)

    No offense meant…

    But, yes…India is the best we have… 🙂

    ciao !!!

    Comment by Anoop — August 14, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  35. @ Anoop

    1. The pani puri wala took 1 Rs for a puri huh! thats weird, my family has been staying in Poona for 4 generations, never heard such cheap things earlier, anyway maybe that guy was from UP/Bihar (or maybe Bmbay cos they can die for money)
    2. I say Bmbay is dirty city, because its a fact. Very very dirty, and Im sad to say that as an Indian
    3. I didnt say India is the best we have I meant to say “Bmbay is the best India has”

    Comment by Assem — September 3, 2007 @ 10:34 am

  36. No I am not from UP/Bihar, I am half North Indian, half Maharashtrian.

    Any true resident of that state will tell you that they are ashamed of Mumbai. Compare it to Shanghai or any other city in Asia, its just not up there on anything. Not to mention all the Madrassis that have flooded the city.

    Comment by Nik — September 15, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  37. @ Nik

    Dont be harsh on once section of the society just becos they are populating, they come there for jobs and theres no rule to stop them. Who knows, maybe yr ancestors may not have been from India, so should I be asking you to leave India????

    Comment by Assem — September 17, 2007 @ 4:55 am

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    I just got my own USB rocket launcher 🙂 Awsome thing.

    Plug into your computer and you got a remote controlled office missile launcher with 360 degrees horizontal and 45 degree vertival rotation with a range of more than 6 meters – which gives you a coverage of 113 square meters round your workplace.
    You can get the gadget here: http://tinyurl.com/2qul3c

    Check out the video they have on the page.

    Cheers

    Marko Fando

    Comment by markofando — October 2, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

  39. OMG can’t believe I missed this post! 😀 I used to stay on Law College Rd (near FC Rd.). The first time I landed in Pune, I had the very SAME reaction- why are these girls wearing dupattas and are dressed as bandits?! 😛 Even I became like them after a couple of months 😉 To protect my beautiful face and hair. heh.

    I’m sure you’ve started enjoying the craters on the road, no? 😉 Where do you stay in Pune, if you don’t mind? I still miss Pune, even though I’m in the US. Believe me, the city grows on to you…you’ll really miss it later. It’s the best place to be in when you are a student/young/bachelor/spinster etc. the atmosphere is so electric…LOL. You won’t see anyone above th age of 25-26 anywhere. It seems as if all the old people of the city have already died.

    Comment by Ruhi — January 13, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  40. Oh btw, forgot to tell you about the shops- Every afternoon, they shut off till 4 pm. 😉 To catch on their beauty sleep…LOL. And the auto mamas are the best man!! What are you talking? They are so honest. After you see the dishonest rickshaw walas in Bangalore, you’ll love Pune auto walas. LOL.

    Comment by Ruhi — January 13, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  41. @Ruhi
    Never mind if you missed this post..The post was long time back,when i just started blogging. You won’t believe this 2.5 yr in pune has brought me loads of fun and a different experience al2gether.. I stay near Kalyani Nagar..This place is now the happening spot of east pune.with Adlabs,Lifestyle,kalyani’s,MaC-D and wat not,unlike deccan and MG road.
    MG road is currently used like a walking plaza with no vehicles allowed on Weekends.Thats the coolest thing..Half of pune youngsters and IT brood crowd the place in their provocative dresses which is really pleasing to eyes. 🙂
    And my bike Shockers was tested regressively on pune roads in 2006..things are better nowadays after TOI held crusades against the PMC.

    One disagreement about AUTOWALA’s..they are one big shit in the garden..Really their faces pisses me off.Last friday I was asked to pay double to reach pune station..you call this honesty?
    MAybe they are nice to Beauties :-)..but things have changed a lot for better and for worse both.

    Comment by nitin — January 13, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  42. And if you have time..just go through the comments section of this post ,its the longest of all post made so far..
    Its hilarious!!!
    lol..

    Comment by nitin — January 13, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

  43. Poona is a beautiful city..its kinda a nicer version of Bombay’s..people are less complicated..and yes there is a good pace to the city..maybe you aren’t moving in the right circles as yet..

    Comment by aryanvaid — February 7, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

  44. Hi Aryan..
    bettter go through comments section for more understanding of my feelings about pune.
    Am not anti-pune.

    Comment by nitin — February 8, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

  45. Wow, realy good post,

    i wonder my fate, cause i am also going to mumbai, after spending 21 years in delhi…………

    i wonder how it feels to win a marathon. 🙂

    Comment by varun — May 14, 2008 @ 6:02 am

  46. Its good that i came accross your post. I am shifting to Pune….Seems that People in Pune are pretty harmless…thats good!! After reading your post I feel confident that things will go fine..

    Haan yeh baat to hai ki nayi city me adjust hone me time lagta hai BUT I give security prime importance. Nobody has mentioned cost of living in Pune…how is the rent etc..

    Looking forward to hear from Puneikars or Puneites (not sure..) on this..

    Comment by Nidhi Gupta — July 18, 2008 @ 5:43 am

  47. Hi Nidhi..
    Nice to see you here..
    Well, If you ask about cost of living.. then i must say its high.. all depends on how you spend.
    Rents has sky rocketed and ever increasing phenomenon here.. security wise , its pretty good.. But girls ahev to be careful about certain areas.. all in all no probs..

    Welcome to pune.. enjoy.

    Comment by nitin — July 19, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  48. “They are notoriously famous for their hip – hop lifestyle,mostly hailing from northern states…(As a student ,living away from family gives them extra wings to fly…and they are flying high…very high” — Boss, I have something to say. Though the girls from North East flying high with their HIP-HOP life style, yet they are simple from their mind and soul. Believe me. Yes sometimes someone doing extra bit of “SHOW-BAZI”, but for their such act you can’t blame the others. From my view point specially the girls from ASSAM are very polite and disciplined with their attitude. Thanks for your research on Pune.

    Comment by Pal — July 24, 2008 @ 4:01 am

  49. Waiting for More on Pune, basically on the topic “Is Pune Safe for a Single Girl”. Waiting for your reply my dear unknown friend.

    Comment by Pal — July 24, 2008 @ 4:03 am

  50. Dear author

    This is Vinita Deshmukh, editor of the Intelligent Pune weekly tabloid which is published from Pune every Friday (32) pages and is very popular.
    I would like to use your write-up posted here on ur experience in Pune in the weekly. also i would like u to regularly write for me. Can i use this?
    Do let meknow
    Vinita Deshmukh, Editor
    Intelligent Pune
    my phone no is: 98230 36663
    u can view my profile on: vinitadeshmukvignettes@blogspot.com

    Comment by Vinita Deshmukh — October 5, 2008 @ 4:28 am

  51. Hay you, have some respect to the girls with the scarfs on their face, why calling them bank roppers or sucide bombers you sick freak! i bet they don’t get fucked much as your fuck’en mother you racist pig

    Comment by human — February 9, 2009 @ 9:38 am

  52. initially when i moved to pune had to face amazing problems due to rick wallahs…once i got the bike..everything fell in place

    pune is a fun city…lot of college going ppl..little slow ,lot of nice girls..and dude ever wondered those scarves are for protecting themselves from tan and dirt .not to hide their faces :P…ppl pretty much are nice…

    hated that fish smell in mumbai…but it took 3 hrs for mumbai to grow on me…mumbai was fun and strange…getting groped in local by some random guy…meeting hot chicks at mondis and the close door of mondis..hehe..mumbai is all abt freedom and expression of it.unlike other cities including delhi and bangalore no one ogles if a girl walks out in teeny tiny clothes..whether its right or wrong is a personal choice..which i regret to say exist nowhere in india…even though mumbai at times falls under the hypnotic spell of SS and MNS

    lastly ppl whether marathis or north indians are least bit bothered abt this divide…few jerks are poisoning the entire society…neither the marathi or north indian has a time to think abt this as he is more concerned abt missing the next local ..

    ppl talk abt north indians stealing jobs in maharashtra …but arent we all proud of something similar.. India is a hub of cheap skilled labour making it an outsourcing destination…so if a north indian can try to provide cheap services he is actually just doing something similar what narayan murthy does ?

    Comment by ailh — April 9, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    • Hi,

      I have a young son and am planning to shift from mumbai to pune.
      I am more concerned as to what would be the opportunities for my son as in extra curricular activities and also which are the good schools out there.
      Could you all share your view points on that.
      Which are the good areas to live in out there?

      Comment by av — May 26, 2009 @ 3:21 am

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  54. heyyyyyyyyy enough about the girls,,,,,,,, how are the boysss in pune? Lol….Mumbai has good looking guys, do you think Pune has better looking guys??

    Comment by trisha — December 26, 2009 @ 3:14 am

  55. i dont get it, first u say the climate is better than other city.then u say it affects skin complexion and causes hair loss,,,,,,,,how come??????

    Comment by .... — December 26, 2009 @ 3:21 am

  56. @ Trisha..
    Pune has good stock of cool guys.. visit soon… 🙂

    @ …
    when I say climate is cool.. it means it lacks the usual killing mumbai humidity.. the weather is dry and during winters its awesome…Having said that, the city is more polluted than mumbai.. hence…..

    Comment by nitin — December 26, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

    • hehehe……..i wanna visit def…but i always thought mumbai has handsome hunks compared to pune..but hey the thing is i wanna study journalism.so dunno where to go. Pune or Mumbai…..

      as far as the weather goes……i really dont want to wear scarfs and shawls and go around and neither do i want to experience hair loss AGAINN……..( i just went through chemo) 😦

      Comment by trisha — January 21, 2010 @ 6:26 am

  57. punes people are kanjus mentality people .while mumbais people helpful in nature,
    taxiwalas in mumbai is excellent even u dont know the right place they are helpul with no extra charge, punes rikshwalas are very worst,transpotation is very convenient in mumbai, not in pune,
    sabse kanjus people live in pune, even sabjiwalas give sabji like a gold selling way,
    In mumbai sabjiwalas are royals,on rent mumbais owner adjust , but in pune owner not adjusting accoring to rent,now a days every where hot summer ,even in pune summer is too hot, but in mumbai humidity here but not pinching the skin by sun.
    punes people are really a chalu person,they only talk like a woman discussing(kusurbusur),
    heavy trafic problem arise in pune now a days,not a city like a previous one.

    Comment by pramod — April 14, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

  58. hi all,

    just now went through this explosive blog.. wow !! phew !! some really great discussion going on in there..!!
    let me tell u what my experience feels like….
    I spent seven years in pune … studying in pune.. and currently have spent three years in mumbai.. somebody up there in the post said that ” pune grows on you “… very very true .. believe me guys… Each and every day of my life i curse Mumbai city and dream of shifting back to pune…. u just cannot leave this city once u have stayed here for a couple of years.

    Comment by lalit — October 25, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  59. Wonderful post.
    I loved the bit about the rickshaw walas. They are the Lords of the Land indeed. There are times when its really hard keeping back your irritation.

    Comment by Deboshree — December 15, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

  60. Wat can i say abt PUNE. it is awesome (Even barney cant deny it. ). The Best thing abt pune is, it always gives you options to live…….Even Traditional ppl can enjoy their lives the way then want it and same is the story with modern ppl. i feel very fortunate that i have completed my entire studies in pune……
    And Yes, ” pune grows on you “
    In the end, i am totally in love with this(PUNE) city.

    Abt Mumbai…..i really don’t want to comment on it…if i do then i would be biased.

    Comment by Alok — July 30, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  61. wow…really good blog…am planning to work in pune nxt yr…can any1 tell me about ta weather,cost of living,and especially about pune girls…r tey gud lukin??

    Comment by chennaikar — September 16, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

  62. even I am facing the same problem about the climate in mumbai. The city of mumbai is damn humid and in winter sweating is as going on. Pune is ultimately cool city and mansoons in pune are speechless.
    Luv u Pune…….

    Comment by Mayur Kate — December 12, 2011 @ 7:59 am

  63. Just like many others here I can relate to your story as I also stepped in Pune almost 4 years back to work in a big MNC in magarpatta city. Only two things I liked here back then were the climate and the cool crowd however with time I’ve learned to appreciate other things as well. It’s always a big deal for people who come from big metros like Mumbai and Delhi to adapt to this city and I’ve seen plenty of such cases, one of them being myself, I came from Delhi. It’s always hard for us to start accepting things and we take usually longer than others to get adapted. Not that I’m complaining but it’s something i think we metropolitan-dwellers can’t change at will. Initially looking at the girls with scarfs wrapped around their faces bugged me as well but without anyone telling me I knew it already that this must be due to the super-polluted city that we are in and not to forget the scorching sun. On a funny note when my mother came here first to stay with me for a few days, she asked me which religion these girls belong to, lol 😀 and the same question was asked few months later by mother of a male friend of mine too. Poor souls thought they might be muslim or something. Although I stay in a part of Pune that doesn’t have so many scarf-clad girls as you’d see in city areas where most of the students live. I was in Delhi for 21 years and though delhi has far more number of vehicles than Pune has or will ever have but pollution is worse here. Delhi saw a lot of relief during last 10 years when they switched to CNG. I never donned a scarf here as it looked funny to me however I’ve paid the price too. When I came here I was milky white and now my skin has the color of strong tea, and not to speak of tan that just wouldn’t go away with any scrub or any beauty treatment in the world.
    However seems like small price to pay for such a wonderful city that has given me wings like most other girls 🙂 I could go on late night long drives with my boyfriend(who is now my husband), had maska-pav at pune railway station or spend an entire evening at cafe coffee day without having to tell anyone why I haven’t reached home yet. Could go on outings on weekends without having to be instructed to come back home by 5 PM. And to top it all, people don’t stare here unlike Delhi where everyone’s first and foremost business is to stare, including girls(Yes girls do stare at each other, may be to check if they are looking better than the other person or not and worse if they are accompanied by their boyfriend to check out if he is staring at some other girl or if he is then what special the other girl has, lol)
    Other things about this city that has completely won me over was the rains. WOW, what an experience. I reached here on 5 April, 2008. Joined Office from 7th and on the evening of that day I witnessed beautiful cloudy weather with rain following shortly afterwards and a cool breeze after that. Having come from a place like Delhi which has always seen little or no rain and seeing it drizzling in the month of April is something delhites can only dream of, I instantly fell in love with this city.
    I agree that the auto-rickshaw walas can be a pain in the butt sometimes however trust me they’re much much better than you’ll find in Delhi or Bangalore. They just wouldn’t go by meter and if you fix a rate with them then also after reaching at destination they will blabber too much crap for example you confused them with the name or you didn’t tell them clearly that you wanted to come at that place or you didn’t tell them it was so far from the main road no matter if it’s just a street ahead of the main road. Not that I’m abusing Delhi. I’m still a pukki delhite and if someone comes to me & ask me which city is better, I’d still say Delhi. True not the best climate in the world but Delhi has a lot to offer in terms of infrastructure and commuting ease and as a bonus point it is much much cleaner and greener than Mumbai and happening too. Besides, Delhi is india’s gourmet capital as well, a truely foodie’s heaven but there are few things in Pune you won’t find in any other city and this place even though not very fancy and boastful can make you fall in love with it for it’s simplicity and true-to-heart people.

    Comment by cybergirl1987 — January 28, 2012 @ 12:32 am

  64. nice post dude!!!!!

    Comment by Raj_Pune-ian — March 18, 2012 @ 12:40 am

  65. I can’t agree with this post more. The Pune rickshaw Walla’s, retail salesperson, the service staff in general all seem to have a huge attitude problem. Not sure the reason though, the city is not that wealthy or nor the people very prosperous here. Had to ask 10 rickhaws until one finally agreed. They would rather sit idle than drive.
    The kanjoosi is so visible everywhere. The people think they can save their way to prosperity but if that was true they would be rich long time ago. Hard work and right attitude is what Pune needs badly.

    Comment by PuneObserver — July 3, 2012 @ 7:14 am

  66. Planning to move to Chinchwad very soon.. anybody can tell me how the enviornment in Chinchwad, life? appreciated.. thanks

    Comment by Sush — July 17, 2012 @ 12:40 am

  67. also tell me about the schools mainly folowing IGCSE curiculum for my children.. thanks

    Comment by Sush — July 17, 2012 @ 12:54 am

  68. I stayed in Pune for two years and I liked the city very much…… But Mumbai is better, considering all possible factors.
    I’m neither a Mumbaikar nor a Punekar. Most of you guys are either from Mumbai or Pune, hence favouring your own city. So my opinion should be valued most….
    Suraj.

    Comment by Suraj — April 8, 2013 @ 6:02 am

  69. Very nice post and awesome comments… You inspired me to write ….. I am in Pune from last 3 years…. and still there is something missing…. I just love mumbai… Do read my blog and do comment also 🙂

    Comment by Sonal — January 15, 2014 @ 11:59 am

  70. Can I find some green to smoke?

    Comment by kamaruddin — April 2, 2014 @ 7:29 am


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