On Tuesday morning, after the exhausting long jaunt to Sangli the previous day, Nipesh (my colleague at mHS) and me were up and raring to inhale a new set of experiences in Pune. My friend Varsha had promised to spend some time showing us around and Nipesh’s curioisity about Pune’s Parsi bakeries set us off on a most enjoyable jaunt to Main Street via leafy, quirky Koregaon Park. Full of colonial buildings and exuding a quaint old world charm, we walked around carrying the load of Shrewsbury biscuits Varsha had bought us to take back home. Here are a few clicks from that morning depicting the old and the new, capturing (I hope) the flavor of the laid back excitement we experienced that morning!
Pune is littered with these flamboyant pieces of contemporary architecture. It is clearly a developer city, with each brand desperate to make its mark contributing such wonders (hear the sarcasm drip, folks!) to the cityscape....
For us, coming from Delhi, this was hilariously funny!
Used to be standard clothes when I grew up in Mumbai; now its rare to see people wearing the traditional cap and the shirts with the loose paijama
The infamous chappal stalls outside the Osho Ashram in Koregaon Park simply did not match upto the Sarojini Nagar and GKI chappal waalas #snobbishdilliwali
Could not believe these were for sale too....Nippo (fond nickname for Nipesh) suggested these were the discarded footwear of the gora ashram-ites that they leave behind when they return home...blessed with hash, love and free #@!....
Nostalgia for what used to be the only means of private transport for middle class Indians when we were growing up! Dad drove a grey Lambretta and then a bright green Bajaj Chetak!
A heritage movie theater, refurbished and saved from being torn down and eliminated....it was aptly named Victory once the legal battles were done and it could re-open!
Twine in many colors at the legendary Kayani Bakery
This Parsi lady in the unchanged Kayani Bakery was so totally apt, it was almost as if my camera conjured her up!
Nippo outside Kayani Bakery....the smile says it all!
Crumbling old mansions all around.....
Another Parsi bakery called Marzorin. Varsha took us crazy architects to it because it had "an old staircase and lovely flooring" and because she went there as a college kid 🙂
Me, experiencing Marzorin's magic....Nippo obliged by getting behind the lens!
In the end, the real fun was the catching up! Varsha and me posing....
I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.
Love the pic of you and Varsha!
The Parsi lady is a classic! And how come we posed like that!!!!
Good to see familiar sights looking all different and interesting.
You forgot to add ROYAL BAKERY.. situated at the end of M.G Rd. that also makes shrewsbury biscuits and batasa, as good as (if not better) Kayani’s.
Also Dorabjee Hotel on Dastur Meher rd, that has been dishing out Parsi cuisine over the years. . Cafe Yazdaan also on Dastur Meher rd.
Cafe Vahuman situated next to Jehangir Hospital.. both famous for their brun-maska, bun-maska etc..
Thank you Yasmin! I was there only for a day and that too, crammed with work stuff! Next time, will do a more complete tour, thanks to you 🙂
nice to see favourable photos of India..instead of the constant barage of slums portrayed by the general media.
lovely…feel like living in India now..!
usually only the slums of India are shown..good on u for showing the quant side of india
reminded me of my hometown about 15 + years ago
Oh my God,so beautiful as ever to see Pune again.My best times of life there about 30 years ago.Miss every bit of it and India,s lovely people,especially my clan ,the Parsees.Thanks for a wonderful rememb
You’re welcome. It was a delightful visit indeed!
Brings back a lot of memories.Loved Kayani and Dorabjees where a plate of mutton biriyani was Rs 2.50. Curious about the movie theatre though.Its not the old West-End or Empire is it?
My friend mentioned Victory Cinema had another name before, but I haven’t been able to get any information on it!
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