Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city I know

People have often asked me – What is Pune like? I have fumbled for an answer, always. It is really so difficult to describe the city.

Pune is like a late teenager – kept awake late into the night in the eager anticipation that something is big is about to happen. Who wakes up at departing dawn, with panic thudding in the heart and the unshakeable feeling that she had missed something while she slept.

Pune does not know where to belong. Whether her place is up there, where the lights shine so bright that stars pale in comparison, almost afraid to display their meager show of twinkling light? Where the sky changes robes to an unseeing audience, just because the show must go on! Where laughter rankles like chains on youth who crave for a freedom they didn’t know existed, but believe the illusion they live to be the real freedom instead.

Or maybe she belongs to places where cloudless skies house an open night? Where parrots were not pets but a part of a natural wilderness. Where nights meant lazy stretches after a day of sweating toil. Where mankind nestled into the bosom of nature ignorant and oblivious to the opportunity of technology.

Little does Pune know, that it carves for itself a unique place. She does not belong anywhere, nothing defines her variations. She is an identity by herself. Just like that teenager who walks confused, but determined, on the road which weathers her into a unique existence.

That my friends, is Pune...


Ricky said...

Nice description of the city. I have been there once and really liked the young night life of the city :-)

marvin the paranoid android said...

that's not what i know of pune!!! :P

but that does sound so much like someone i know..

me in love said...

ok mmmuaahh for this post! this is really awecome.

you described thecity in best suitable words, using totally new ways - no cliches at all! baby, u shud put this up as sum intro in an uptown city guide book - actually no, they prefer cliches.. :P

but i loved this, it was a delight to read, and a mesmersing visual to behold (yes, it seemed you just painted it on a canvas with softest pastels) ...

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Ricky

Thanks! You should visit it NOW, its beautiful!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ marvin

Look at it through my eyes, it is just like that!!

And I hope this person, the post reminds you of is not a particular 'buddy'

Beauty and the BEast said...

@me in love

Does it tempt you enough to come over and spend a couple of days with me???

Thanks for all the wonderful words!!


Standbymind said...

Now that is an awesome description. I have been waiting to read somethin like this about pune..
here you are!

Ricky said...

Yea, my best friend moved there, so who knows on my next trip, I may land up there :-)

Beauty and the BEast said...


And THAT was a really flattering comment

Thank you!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Ricky

Anytime's the best time

marvin the paranoid android said...

it is a particular "buddy", but not the one you might be thinking of... :P

Pollyannaish said...

its just how i see pune...perfect description :-)
I wish i cud visit it now !!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ marvin

Oh no :o

You have more than one 'buddy' (especially the kinds I am talking about??)

DO I have to duck and hide?

Beauty and the BEast said...


You can come anytime.. you always know you have a home here :)

marvin the paranoid android said...

duck and hide if you want to, but do not carry a mirror!!!

Mavron said...

hey thanx..im about to leave for Pune in a while.Though I have been there for a week, it was all work.I am going to spend d next two years there.SO,it is nice to get a picture.the words are descriptive...form a collage.Only i guess one needs to be there to have a picture for themselves.