A city is only as ‘happening’ as its people. No offense to the hard-core ‘Punenzer’, but the residents of Maharashtra’s cultural hub love flirting with the devil named ‘Lazy’. At first the concept ek the char bandh seemed like a tagline for women’s empowerment or the likes. But over a period of two weeks, I am convinced that the phrase meant for those business persons, who yearn to ‘kill’ their time during the scorching heat with a few winks.
My journey to Pune was a result of a rather firm decision – to pursue the C1 German certification programme at the Max Mueller Bhavan here. Upon stepping into the premises of this fascinating institute, I realised that not all residents of Pune enjoy their siesta. Some choose to make the best of their time even during the afternoons by playing a game of Table Tennis, Fußball, or better so – learning German.
And so began yet another phase of life – where I adorn multiple hats so as to keep up with the pace of people hailing from different walks of life.
My place of residence, during the course of study programme, would be the YWCA Hostel situated at the Pune Cantonment. Indeed the environment startled me in the beginning. But, after two weeks of jogging around the area at dawn, things truly changed. The sense of security outside the walls of the hostel and the care from my roommates (though nearly a decade younger than I am), is something that I couldn’t trade. Moreover, the green, clean and serene surroundings are bound to assure you of a healthier and longer life. The cantonment is an example of peace, harmony and tolerance. The morning prayers at the Gurudwara, situated next to a Dargah on a lane adjacent to the hostel is worth one’s attention. Also, it is a home to hornbills, kites, mynahs and many more birds. If one is lucky, he or she could also treat himself or herself to a spectacular horse race at the racecourse situated 900 metres away.
#Punelesson3: Friends become family. But give it time. Not everybody embraces the term hospitality the way you would. To some, it is about making the other feel part of them. To the others, it is about respecting the one another and giving each person space and the freedom that they deserve. It is easier to live and let live instead of analysing behavioural patterns. After all, no two prides are alike!