Delhi to Pune

Life can change in a moment.

Suddenly I decided to pack my bags and move to a different city. Not that sudden though, since I did have about 20 days to prepare. There was not a day when I did not lament about having to leave my city, Delhi. Delhi is home, and leaving home is never so simple.

I entered Pune while it was raining hard. Rains had delayed my flight was by half and hour, it took even longer at the conveyor belt. Flights are sometimes painful experience for me, since I have a peculiar trouble in flight. So delay was certainly unhappy, coupled it was though by yucky in-flight movie: Chandni Chowk to China! More about that later.

I reached my friend’s place enjoying the view of hills (yes, there are places in Pune where you can have a glimpse of Western Ghats). My friends, Akshay and Rashmi welcomed me with warmth; they were also overjoyed at rains. This joy was not to last for long, since it did not rain for next few days even with overcast sky. That is catastrophic in Pune since entire water supply is dependent on water from dams. Less rains mean water shortage. Rashmi actually threw a party when it rained, you can imagine how much rains mean at Pune. πŸ™‚

So back to Pune, it has pleasant weather, such a huge relief from Delhi heat. Pardon me if you find me comparing Pune to Delhi, home is always point of comparison to a new place.

Pune also has lot of greenery, which Rashmi fervently prays that remains so. (She thinks we should start a tree-plantation campaign in Pune, I agree.) I know Pradeep Kishan wrote a very expensive book called Trees of Delhi, but its hard to spot trees and parks in regular colonies, residential areas and even public roads. (I was lucky to live in a residential colony in Delhi that boasted the presence of most parks, both public and private. ) But in Pune, many roads are lined with trees and some apartments have been built as though they are in lap of nature. And I had the fortune of passing through Pune University’s lush green grounds.

Southern command of army is based in Pune; it has some picturesque places in its well-maintained, immaculate lawns. I have only had few glimpses from auto while going on my way to work. I tried to soak in as many sights I could during these rides.

I stayed with my friends for about 20 days that I hadn’t bargained for. Though I must admit that I had a whale of time with them, watching movies, WWE and debating on few inane issues. πŸ™‚ I had to stay with them because the apartment I had chosen to rent (and my balcony faces a park) was to be handed over to me 20 days later.

I have now moved into my own place, and immensely enjoying my privacy. This is first time I living alone ‘technically’.

I have not yet started visiting tourist places, but I did have occasion to visit some nice restaurants courtesy my hosts. I ate nice Italian food; sampled some great sizzlers. You ask me whats the big deal about it? There is; since usually these cuisine are outta my reach in restaurants as I do not eat onion and garlic. But tell in a Pune restaurant that you want ‘Jain fare’; most likely you will get it unless the dish has a already prepared sauce that has garlic. (Of course that did not save me from Akshay’s good-naturedΒ  jibes about eating Jain sizzler :P) But I had good food, and that’s what matters. I am yet to find good South Indian in Pune, most places I see have sweet-tasting Sambar. 😦 I have found good places for North Indian food though.

Before coming to Pune, I was apprehensive about being an ‘outsider’ in Maharashtra. Outsider in my own country. But I am happy to say that I didn’t have a single bad experience, every such fear was misplaced. I have found Marathis to be very friendly people. Be it coming downstairs to help me with a jammed lock of my house or giving me directions around or helping with my luggage or suggesting me where I can get cheaper, good quality wares, they have been good to me so far.

There are two downsides to Pune. Public transport is not well developed. It certainly doesn’t have a well-connected network of buses as in Delhi; and there is no Metro. I had long ago abandoned buses in Delhi due to rampant eve-teasing (there is no such eve-teasing in Pune, yay) but Metro was important part of my travels. Here, with my own transport, I am at mercy of autorickshaws. Autorickshaws too are more expensive than Delhi since Capital city uses CNG. Every km costs 7 bucks compared to 3.5 bucks a km in Delhi. So larger the distances you travel in Pune, bigger hole in pocket you have. Autorickshaw, as they do everywhere in India, never miss an opportunity to fleece you. It is easy since, unlike in Delhi, meter throws up only kms and not the money. At least once a day, an autorickshawala tries to rob me by quoting wrong amount. Thankfully, I have learnt to calculate fare without the rate card rest of Pune carries. I hold my ground with autowalllahs. We call them Bhau here, its equivalent to our respectful Bhai sahab.

Pune shopkeepers are known for their legendary siesta, at least 7-8 people told me about it on the day I arrived at Pune. They open their shops at 11 and close it for siesta from 1 to 4pm. A far cry from business-oriented Delhi where what would they not do to catch more customers. πŸ™‚

Another negative is that Pune is very expensive city. Fruits and vegetables are two times more expensive than in Capital city. A regular samosa costs about 10 bucks in most places around my office! Transport, as I have already mentioned, is expensive, so Puneites don’t like to travel far off distance like we regularly do in Delhi. My grocery bills are inflated, thank God for Sodexos. I made a strange observation here. In Delhi, usually local grocers are cheaper than any mall like Reliance Fresh or Big Bazar. Its opposite here. The local shops in or outside my society sell me everything on MRP; while I can get deals in malls that save me money, I can earn points as member and get gifts. I compared and calculated, malls are cheaper in Pune!!!

Pune stay has been nice and pleasant so far; hope to report interesting things soon. Next time when I write about, I promise there will be pictures. πŸ™‚

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84 Responses to “Delhi to Pune”


  1. 1 Amit July 15, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Hey its nice to know that you are enjoying the new place. I just wrote a mail to you and then saw that you have moved. πŸ™‚
    I thought Pune will be cheaper than Delhi. This is a surprise.
    Enjoy your stay and show us some good pics of Pune darshan!

    • 2 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

      Your email was very poignant, will reply when I get home. I may have something for you.

      Delhi is way cheaper than Pune. πŸ™‚

  2. 3 Smitha July 15, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Wow! That was quite a detailed comparison! And I was surprised too, to hear that Delhi was cheaper than Pune. I have never been to Pune, but have heard that it is very warm hearted place. A lot of my friends and cousins studied there and love it even now..

    • 4 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:22 am

      Pune IS a warm-hearted place. Most of my friends who have come to Pune have decided to make the city their home. They are even buying houses and all. πŸ™‚

  3. 5 Indyeah July 15, 2009 at 12:48 am

    First of all this brought back memories of the talk that we were having that you will miss Delhi and dont worry Pune is beautiful too:) and is even better than Delhi (see?I was right ! πŸ˜› ) and yeah you will adjust there yada yada πŸ˜€

    and I am glad that you have πŸ™‚

    Delhi is home, and leaving home is never so simple.
    I agree.
    (hugs)))

    C2C is yucky!? LOL! yeah it is πŸ˜›
    WHy didnt you sleep? itna torture kyun jhela?:P

    yeah Delhi has very less greenery 😦

    Pune sounds beautiuful!! πŸ™‚

    good you found food places you foodie! πŸ˜›
    and you are fortunate to have such amazing friends:)

    I have found Marathis to be very friendly people.
    (((hugs))) I am so glad:)
    I can understand this coz even though commmon sense tells me otherwise I too remain spprehensive at times..I am so glad that you are feeling so comfy:)

    muah! πŸ™‚

    there is no such eve-teasing in Pune, yay
    PLEASE call me to Pune NOW! πŸ™‚

    Delhi is pathetic ! in this regard! I too have long since stopped travelling in buses. :/

    what?autos tell you the kms and not the money? 😯

    *scratching head* I would be lost in such a scenario what with my legendary maths skills πŸ˜€

    Pune shopkeepers are known for their legendary siesta, at least 7-8 people told me about it on the day I arrived at Pune. They open their shops at 11 and close it for siesta from 1 to 4pm. A far cry from business-oriented Delhi where what would they not do to catch more customers
    thats it!!

    PEOPLE!! I am settling in PUNE after retirement! πŸ˜€

    siesta!!?? wah!! people aftre my own heart πŸ˜€

    haan ! expensive toh I knew..

    waiting for pics and more interesting tales:))

    and yeah I am going to packmy bags and come :D:D

    (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))
    maze karo πŸ˜€

  4. 11 Vee July 15, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Relocation and not a mention!!! BLASPHEMY

  5. 14 Solilo July 15, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Poonam, New place..new life. πŸ™‚ Pune is beautiful..heard from my Dad. Many of defence commands are there and also AFMC where couple of my friends studied.

    So you ditched Delhi heat and loving plush Pune. πŸ™‚

    • 15 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm

      Yes, Pune is beautiful. This post is so inadequate without pictures. I don’t have a nice camera yet. :sigh:

      AFMC Pune that reminds of time when used to lead education. Also those yam-bee-yays too came out of here. πŸ™‚

  6. 16 Vimmuuu July 15, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I have always heard only good things about Pune !!

    Welcome back, so atleast from now on, would you be regular in blogging ? We kinda missed you !! (You see, generally Im not this nice in other blogs. You better be regular with your posts πŸ˜€ )

    • 17 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:27 pm

      Yeah, My lord, I am thankful of all the niceties bestowed on me. I will try to be regular and not be as obsessed as to ask “if you blog” on a first meeting (…text truncated…) πŸ˜›

    • 18 Vimmuuu July 17, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      heyyy, sarcassm from Poonam!! I like that…hehehe…you learned it didnt you ??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  7. 19 Ava July 15, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Welcome to the new householder. It is quite an experience to run the house. I remember when I was a new bride in my own home, I overstocked so much on daals that I wasnt able to consume them in six months – hehe !

    Lekin its fun.. go for it.

  8. 21 hitchwriter July 15, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Very detailed comparison this… and interesting too…

    I m sure home is home and Delhi has its own charm… But Pune should be a cool city… Agree cities like Delhi & Mumbai are cheaper in road side food etc… but cities like pune are also a bit more cleaner and greener na…

    the weather is a plus point… !!

    Biwi is in Pune right now and is praising it and telling meit is so so much better than indore… !!

    • 22 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm

      Your wife is in Pune. Whoa! What part? Pune is certainly better than Indore, I have a colleague of Indore origin who has made Pune home by choice. πŸ™‚

      Weather is a huge plus, you are right the environment and weather make up for it. πŸ™‚

  9. 23 Mahendra July 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Hey Poonam, nice to read a good long post about experiences in Pune as an outsider! Welcome to Pune! πŸ™‚

    I knew restaurants in Pune are more expensive, but didn’t know that it was true for groceries as well. Well, we can share a few money-saving tips on twitter if you like.

    Regarding eve teasing, I think it’s one of the most pleasant experiences for a North Indian girl moving to non-Mumbai Maharashtra. In Mumbai, there is eve teasing but not as bad as Delhi. In Pune, a girl or groups of girls can walk around freely at night.

    Regarding the ‘outsider’ thing: remember, it is only a politically motivated minority group. Even the common ‘Marathi manoos’ whose emotions may be swayed by such rhetoric is too passive for it to reflect in his behavior. After some time you will learn to differentiate between the different Maharashtrians, and that will help you a lot.

    Nice to know that you like the greenery. Another thing is almost every locality in Pune has a nearby hill where you can easily climb on any evening to get a bird’s eye view of the city. The most wonderful aspect is that there are literally dozens of weekend getaway places where you can be far from all urban areas.

    The afternoon siesta era is slowly waning, as Rajasthani ‘wanis’ open up shops everywhere. You’ll always find a wani open any time of the day everywhere, so the siesta thing doesn’t make any difference.

    Take care and all the best. Look forward to meeting you soon!

    • 24 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:43 pm

      Yes, I would appreciate all the money saving tips. πŸ™‚ Yes, away from home a different sort of reality is portrayed in media. For example, all my colleagues think that I have come from ‘rape capital’. I have to tell them it aint like that completely.

      Hopefully, we would have an official trip to hills soon. Do let me know which are the best hills to climb in this season.

      Look forward to meeting you and your family! πŸ™‚

  10. 25 Aathira July 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I have heard that Pune is expensive but I never knew its to the numbers you are talking about here!

    But living away from home and alone is a different feeling all together.

  11. 27 oorja July 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Living alone.. that too in a lush green city.. wow..

    pune sounds very expensive especially the transportation..

  12. 29 Awanish July 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I told you πŸ™‚ Cost of living index in pune is highest. roam around pune and you will be surprised to see the amount of touristy places so close to city. Njoy your stay πŸ™‚

    • 30 Poonam Sharma July 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm

      Sure! I would be looking forward to your expert guide around the city. I love to travel. And really thank you for offering help when I needed most. πŸ™‚

  13. 31 vishesh unni raghunathan July 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Ya when I was Mumbai , I hated the sambar over there as well….and 7 bucks is cheap..come to Chennai , no meter here..just bargain..and on an average it comes to about rs.10-12 per kilometer πŸ™‚

  14. 33 Quirky Indian July 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    It’s a nice city, and like all Maharashtran towns, quite woman-friendly. Enjoy your time there.

    Cheers,

    Quirky Indian

    • 34 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm

      So can I presume that you too have stayed in Maharashtra and enjoyed it there?

      P.S: I can’t help but remember and laugh at Solilo’s joke about spotting a QI. πŸ˜›

    • 35 ΰ€Έΰ₯ΰ€¦ΰ€°ΰ₯ΰ€Άΰ€¨ July 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm

      @QI
      Yes Mah Towns are very women friendly!! If a women drops something by mistake, 10 guys will run and hand it back to her. If a woman (girl) drops herself then at least 50 will be willing to help πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Sometimes it is too much friendly πŸ˜€

  15. 36 Chittaranjan July 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Ah!!! You’re now a West Indian πŸ˜› [Bad Pun!]

    My Pune memories are fresh-er (been to Pune in 2006 as compared to Delhi in 99) but the stay was too short (2 weeks) to take in everything. One place I was told to visit was something called Junglee Maharaj 😐 but I could’nt visit!

    Cinema is cheaper there tho πŸ˜›

    And I presume with this City shift came a Career shift? (or is it the other way round?)

    Happy relocation πŸ™‚ Hope u njai Pune as much as u did Delhi

    • 37 Poonam July 15, 2009 at 11:37 pm

      Yes, technically I am a West Indian. I asked my colleagues Junglee Maharaj is a road and no touristy place, why did you want to go there? πŸ˜›

      Cinema is expensive too, there are halls where tickets cost upto 400/- bucks. I have heard morning shows are cheaper. πŸ™‚

      You could put it either way, cityshift and careershift came together. 8)

      Yes, I plan to enjoy my stay to hilt.

    • 38 ΰ€Έΰ₯ΰ€¦ΰ€°ΰ₯ΰ€Άΰ€¨ July 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

      @Poonam 400 bucks a movie??? Which Multiplex you are talking about?

    • 39 Reema July 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm

      @Poonam There is actually a Jungli Maharaj mandir and a road named after him. Its a nice quiet place actually. Pataleshwar caves are next to it.

  16. 40 Hypermom July 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    It is a big step you have taken and I hope it is the start of another exciting journey.

    Finally you have good “no onion-garlic” places to eat-guess that is one big bonus for you.

    Enjoy the adventure!

    • 41 Poonam Sharma July 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm

      Hey, its so nice to see YOUR comment here. Thank you, girl, for being there for me. You were such a source of strength that I can’t begin to explain. In fact, you are one of the few I can bare my heart. You are the best friend-cum-mom I know. πŸ™‚

      Come over to Pune with kids and spouse, it would be nice. πŸ™‚

  17. 42 ish July 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    My opinions about Pune are all based on what my cousin told me. He absolutely loved Pune. He’s shifted to Hyderabad now and from what I’ve heard, he’s not adjusting too well. I guess it’s just that Pune is a nice, green, lazy city which would suit most people in our family. Besides he got a good house in there and all.

    Chalo anyway, hope you have fun there!

    • 43 Poonam Sharma July 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

      I can understand what your cousin said. All my friends, including Rashmi and Akshay who were my hosts, have decided to make Pune their home despite the fact city is expensive. Pune must have something. πŸ™‚

  18. 44 Vee July 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Rightly said Vimmuuu, deserve at least a small mention for making it smooth for her.. She was all panicky.

    But btw, what r u doing here.. Full Stop to blogging was just for u wont write and comment or wot???

    • 45 Poonam Sharma July 15, 2009 at 11:23 pm

      Making what smooth? Kya bol rahe ho, mujhe to kuch samjh nahi aa raha πŸ˜›

      Aur yeh Vimmuuu ka bachcha nautanki hai, he is just moving to wordpress. Publicity ke liye log kya kya karte hain. Oh he can be called Rakhi Sawant of blogosphere, I mean it in good way before you two jump on me.

  19. 46 ΰ€Έΰ₯ΰ€¦ΰ€°ΰ₯ΰ€Άΰ€¨ July 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Welcome to Pune. I would have welcomed you with 11 Boys for *Tika and Aarati* if you had told me in advance πŸ˜€

    Pune is city for ‘people who love people’. The ones who want New York type metro city will be disappointed by Pune. Here , night life is not *happening*, buses are too crowded, autowalas too rude (they even tell you to get out of their rickshaw), and blah blah. But you will meet nice people here, you will never get lost, you can find any address very easily, weather is good, many *green* places to visit and you get time to relax πŸ˜‰

    One thing (may be ur friends have already told you) you should remember is that learn to adjust your travelling by public transport so that you will reach (or be very close) to your final destination before 10 PM. Most routes have buses only until 10 PM or 10.30 PM. e.g. if you are at Deccan at 10.30 PM then its very difficult to get a bus to some distant location bcoz most of *last* buses leave Deccan before 10pm-10.30pm.

  20. 47 ΰ€Έΰ₯ΰ€¦ΰ€°ΰ₯ΰ€Άΰ€¨ July 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Also send me your description. Do you have any publicly visible birthmark? Like a horn or two? Some fangs or misplaced ear or something? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It will be easy to identify you if we ever come face to face πŸ˜›

  21. 49 praneshachark July 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Poonam I was thinking what happened to u
    now I know any how congratulations on your move
    welcome to PUNE the cultural capital of maharashtra
    In the short time you r there u have made good survey
    and given a glimpse of the the city.

    All changes are for good and will give u chance for
    exposure on various aspects including food career and
    place, living away from home sweet home etc.,

    once again wish you all the best

    pranesh

  22. 50 dinu July 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    glad to know that you are enjoying the new place πŸ™‚

    very nicely written … πŸ™‚ feeling refreshed … really πŸ™‚

  23. 52 Smita July 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Welcome to my Ilaka πŸ˜€

    Even I have heard good things about Pune but yes as u have said it is costly.

    As I was telling u that day, I have heard that ppl can be quite rude at times!!! May be it is mere generalisation.

    Good u have found some place where u get food to ur taste!!! πŸ™‚

    As I said I envy u for getting to stay alone!!!

    Enjoy ur time dear πŸ™‚

    And come here soon!!!

  24. 53 Dev July 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Moving to a new place could be quite demanding for anybody. Iam glad that you are liking the place and I wish you a nice stay there.:)
    I was in Pune once briefly;I think it must be in 2001-02 when my flight from bangalore to Delhi had an unscheduled stop over at Pune. They asked us to roam around the city for 4-5 hours before our flight took off again. I remember it to be quite open spaced city with lots of greenery around….I think we also stopped over at the famous Osho ashram..
    Quite a few of my friends/cousins from North India have lived in Pune for study/job purpose and general feedback has been quite decent about the city. So, Iam sure you will have fun πŸ™‚

  25. 54 Nita July 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Hmm, you are in Pune, my home town, my favourite city. If you have anything you want to ask about Pune, please email me Poonam. If you want to meet, we can do that too. We go to pune frequently from Mumbai. Yeah, Maharashtrians by nature are friendly and helpful though you may not find them as hospitable as Punjabis. Pune has become very crowded now and public transport is very bad now and there are water and electricity problems but to me it is the very best city in this world. I guess like Delhi is for you.
    Be in touch and best of luck to your new life.

    • 55 Poonam Sharma July 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks, Nita, sure I will email and I would love to meet you when I come to Bombay. Or if you come let me know, I will email you my number. I am yet to meet Mahendra as well. πŸ™‚

      I know what you mean when you said Pune is home. And I can understand that this city was not meant to take overload of so many people, that shows in its traffic troubles.

      But that said, I am still liking it here. However, I haven’t yet had opportunity to explore it. I will keep you posted! Thank you for your generous offer of help.

  26. 56 Nita July 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Oh yes, I must add that when people stay here for a few years they don’t want to leave. You will soon find out why. I could tell you but I will have to write about 100 pages! πŸ˜€

    • 57 Poonam Sharma July 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm

      Ha ha, Nita, why am I not surprised. Some nice Marathis I made friends with did say so. πŸ™‚ And though I have been neutral about it, I must admit I have lost at least three friends to this city. Lost as in, they long back decided to make Pune their home and bought houses.

      Though so far I like to believe I will go back to Delhi when my job here is over. πŸ™‚

  27. 58 praneshachark July 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    pune has its own heritage history and culture. u will learn marathi soon. puneities are in general good well cultured non controversial. But when certain issues comes up most of them may opt to keep quiet. I have been there several times and enjoyed my stay. Its unique in a way near to mumbai but not life is not hectic as mumbai. though in the last 2 decades there is a change in pune life due to lot of IT firms and other industries coming. It is also a defence centre leading to NDA and also many units in and around pune.
    Enjoy yes we must hear from your own experiences which may be most relevant for today. of course your analysis will be something very special to read and njoy
    have great great time in PUNE, u r there right befofre the ganesh festival next month u will see some very very special moments there during this festival. more u see more u explore
    pranesh

    • 59 Poonam Sharma July 29, 2009 at 10:55 am

      Yes, I want to learn Marathi soon. I like it because life is not as hectic but it has certainly been overcrowded due to IT firms and others.

      I do hear people practising for Ganpati festival in my society, I am eager to see what unfolds. πŸ™‚

  28. 60 Prerna July 19, 2009 at 7:44 am

    So, we have lost another Dilliwallh to Pune!
    Everybody I know who has lived in Pune has lots of good things to say about the city. Best of luck, enjoy your stay.

  29. 61 Rajkumar July 19, 2009 at 7:15 pm

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    I welcome you to my blog,leave your valuable comments and your link back is welcomed……….

  30. 62 aniruddha pathak July 21, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Compare pune wid mumbai and you will find pune cheaper πŸ˜€
    btw rofl for jain sizzler πŸ˜€

  31. 64 Philip July 21, 2009 at 7:48 am

    good to see u back. had been to pune long back while i was working in India and found it quite a green place. Very similar to the greenery found in Kerala.

    Food is good in Pune, not sure of the prices as the bills were being footed by the company πŸ˜‰

    njoy.

  32. 65 Amrit July 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

    My first comment here even though I have always been a silent reader. This post came after a long long time. Great to see you back! πŸ™‚

    I love Pune. I stayed there for 2 years during my MBA days. This city is always up in its own way..youth crowd, exotic restaurants, ultra chic crowd. This is the only place I found that women can walk on road even at 1 PM all alone..yes..this city is indeed very safe.
    Yes..you found it right..it is expensive, roads are not that great and bus is not a preferred mode to commute!

    Few of the places you should visit :
    Koregaon Park…that Osho Ashram lane…German Bakery..Sweet Chariot..and there is one roadside sandwich-wala opposite Sweet Chariot (they are famous for their chocolate Sandwich)..trust me..you will never get to eat such amazing sandwiches anywhere in India.
    Chaitanya Paranthaa (there are loads of joints across the city)

    If you like hitting discs and pubs..do try Area 51…Thousand Oaks(M.G. Road)..

    Okay..I think..I am getting emotional..so I should stop here…but I have more to share 😦

    By the way….how about Vada-Paav, Missal-Paav ??!! Did you taste them??

    Hold on..one more place you should surely go if you are in M.G. Road…its Marz-o-Rin. πŸ™‚

    There are lovely weekend get-aways..Lonavala..mulshi dam..Khandala..Alibaug!!!

    Dint I just say that I should stop ranting! Okay! I am running πŸ™‚

    • 66 Poonam Sharma July 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      hey Amrit, welcome here, I am glad you wrote your first comment here. And I love long comments.

      I haven’t been to Osho, even though I have heard so much about it. BUt I have been to Sweet Chariot and had samosas and paties that cost 10 bucks each. I have also tasted that chocolate sandwich. Though I found chocolate sandwich to be ok, I really like other sandwiches from that place.

      I have been to MG road but didnt dine, or drink there. I will certainly check out the restaurant. Let me know more of Pune places that you may have up on your sleeve. πŸ™‚

  33. 67 Reema July 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t know if you read this or not..but u may find these places interesting.
    http://opinionsandexpressions.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/summer-vacation-trip-part-2/

  34. 69 Arpit July 28, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    finally i am back from dead! πŸ˜› hehe……………
    i guess you must be utterly shocked with my comment after 2 long months!
    withering told me about you shifting base from delhi to pune!
    look i was still tracking about your whereabouts! hehe
    in fact life has been like a roller coaster ride for me too in these past 2 months! will talk about that later in a post !
    hope to get back more feeds on pune !
    bbye! πŸ˜›

  35. 70 Amrit July 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Hey Poonam..thanks so much for visiting my blogspace and also dropping comments there!!! I can’t tell you how elated I was to see your comments. I mean for blogger like us, its an amazing sense of feel-good-factor when we receive comments from bloggers like you! It was so unexpected..no I am saying the truth!! πŸ™‚

    Also, what is amazing that you respond to every single comments..something which I have witnessed only you and Abhi (Indyeah) doing it time and time again!! BTW..liked the post Indy wrote on you! πŸ™‚

    BTW..you have stayed in all the places I love..Ranchi, Delhi and then Pune πŸ™‚

    Okay..Pune has a format of restaurant which I have not seen anywhere else..atleast I have not seen. If you cross Koregaon Park towards Kalyani Nagar..the straight road leads to number of dining places like 7 Bamboos, Bashos, Carnival! Bashos is a lovely place.
    If you are not apprehensive of eating road-side food..then try the egg-bhurji at the station (We all use to frequent there)! πŸ™‚

    How can I forget Vaishali on FC Road..I am sure you would have heard about Vaishali.

    Okay..there are more…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  36. 71 baghishehzada July 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Have fun Poonam.Missing you here:-)

  37. 72 scorpria August 5, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Good descriptive post! And pune costlier than Delhi! News!

  38. 73 Nimmy August 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Perfect post that tells us your current statusco.. I read it with atmost interest..Nice to know that you are settled..I have no wonder why small city like Pune is more expensive than Delhi..When we moved from Dubai to Doha,Doha was very much expensive when compared to the former,as Dubai being a big,very big city and doha being a small one..I guess its due to wider market and competition that prices are low in big cities..

    Good luck Poonam πŸ™‚

  39. 74 Kiran August 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Very informative and detailed comparison of Delhi and Pune πŸ™‚ Hope you would put up some photos soon. Like other, I am finding it difficult to digest the fact that Delhi is cheaper compare to Pune. Enjoy your new home and good luck!

    ps: BTW, I have moved to my new website πŸ™‚

  40. 75 Alice August 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

    i have traveled to both the places and somewhere i prefer Delhi to Pune. Not because it is cheaper or a cosmo or something but because there is an age old charm to it… it breeds mystery and valour… and somewhere the city truly enchants me…

  41. 76 Chikki August 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Errr… You gotta be kidding me! I was in fergusson college..No other city sucks like Pune does..I hated it and shifted to Bangalore, even though I have a bunch of relatives in Pune and no one in Bangalore

  42. 77 Debby December 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Very interesting post.
    I too am a Delhi to Pune ‘mover’ and find myself comparing at every point. To Pune’s credit, I have settled in well.
    I so agree about the public transport. Though I admit it may have something to do with me not being too interested in which-bus-do-I-take discussions. And the auto walas are masters of their own will.
    Expensive though it is but so far I haven’t found it too pocket pinching.

  43. 79 Raj January 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Poonam, I happened to see your blog and it’s really interesting to read it. I just wanted to tell you that if you want to explore the real Pune or Pune’s some outstanding but not so familiar (particularly to new comers) food junctions. Here are few of them….. One should try Mastani Icecream shake at Sujata Mastani located at Nimbalkar talim off Laxmi Road – something really special and unique. Pavbhaji, pizza at Supreme on J.M. road. good veg,non veg restaurants at Chandni chowk at Bavdhan.

  44. 80 Yogesh April 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I have been in Bangalore, and Pune both. I felt Blore is better city (Climate wise & more opportunities in IT). Everything else is better in Pune to be named as “Most Livable City in India”…Greetings from me.

  45. 81 Anand September 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Why this blog is not updated ……. I was expecting to read more about observation about Pune by Poonam.

    • 82 Poonam Sharma September 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Hey, thanks for writing. I no longer live in Pune; I have now moved to Bangalore.

    • 83 Anand September 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Good to know you are now in Silicon Valley of India. But just wanted to know your opinion after living in all these cities which city you prefer most and found livable with regard to conditions and people , city’s outlook etc.. Kindly give your view


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