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50 Ways In Which Pune Has Changed In The Past 15 Years (Part 2)

Posted in Pune by Amit Paranjape on November 20, 2008

 

I would like to thank all the readers for the excellent feedback and new inputs on the first article in this series. Please click here, to check it out if you haven’t already read it. This second part is a continuation of the previous list. My special thanks to the readers who provided detailed comments, new data points and corrections on the first article. Looks like old and new Punekars alike are passionate about this topic. I am continuing here with 50 more ways in which Pune has changed in the past 15 years. Hope you find this list as interesting and nostalgic as the first one.

 

In the introduction article I mentioned about how different folks (people who lived in Pune through these 15 years; people like me who came back to the scene after a long gap; and today’s teenagers who were too young to remember how things were back then) would perceive this list. I could probably add a fourth constituent to this list – people who recently moved into Pune. For them, these articles hopefully will provide an insight into how fast this city has changed (probably faster than any other city in India) and yet how it continues to maintain its underlying dinstinctive character!

 

1.  ‘Laughter Clubs’ were unknown to Punekars in the early nineties. At that time, if someone saw a group of middle-aged and older people laughing and screaming in a crazy manner in the middle of a park, early morning – they would have been extremely perplexed and confounded (to put it mildly!).

On a side note, I wonder what these people would think if someone were to raise an objection about their ‘noise pollution’? I happen to live near a park where such a club assembles every morning. I for one do not fancy being woken up by these weird cacophony of sounds before 7am in the morning. J

 

2.  There were hardly any night clubs/lounge bars/pubs in Pune during the early nineties. I remember how Punekars young and old looked at the opening of ‘10 Downing Street’, amongst Pune’s first night-clubs, with apprehension and excitement (young with excitement; old with apprehension).

 

3.  Venkys near present day Dorabjees in Camp was a popular fast-food joint. Its format was very similar to modern day McDonald and it served a variety of Chicken Sandwiches, Veg Burgers and Other Side Dishes. It also had a separate Beer Bar.

 

4.  It was not very surprising to see a mongoose and other ‘wild’ creatures emerge from the dense vegetation near the old Deccan Gymkhana area bungalows. As a saying goes, ‘where there is a mongoose, there is a snake’! True to this saying, on some rare occasions, these slithering reptiles also made their presence known (experts tell me that they were of the non-poisonous variety).

Chirping Sparrows were extremely common – one really wonders where they disappeared!

   

5.  April pre-seasonal rains (‘Valvacha Paus’) were quite common. One wonders where they have disappeared in the recent years.  Note to the reader – Debating whether this is due to long term cyclic climate pattern changes or global warming is beyond scope of this article –J

 

6.  Pune was very focused on competitive exams. However, there were only a few coaching classes in this area. Majority of the classes at the time concentrated on the conventional SSC and HSC exams. Probably the most well-known ones for competitive exams were:

Sujata Khanna, Dilip Oak (GRE, GMAT, CAT) 

Rahalkar (IIT JEE)

Col Diwan, Jnana Prabodhini (NTS – National Talent Search Exam) 

 

7.  There were very few cars seen in the by-lanes of Deccan Area. It seemed inconceivable at that time to imagine that there will be P1/P2 parking restrictions there. Similarly, these by-lanes were great venues for ‘Galli cricket’. The increase in traffic and parked vehicles meant that this great by-product of the modern cricket game seems to be heading towards extinction in these areas!

 

8.  Many teenagers today would be completely unaware of this drink, but back in the 1980s and early 1990s, a milk based flavored drink ‘Energee’ marketed by Aray Dairy was quite popular. This drink was sold in bottles through various corner stores (wooden shacks) spread over many strategic locations of the city. It was a great favorite, especially amongst students on hot sunny days!

 

9.  Tilak Tank was always very popular, but there was one big difference. Instead of the nice transparent blue waters that you see today, you would have seen a dark green opaque pool of water! Thinking about it, one wonders what kind of unique disease resistance properties those brave swimmers of the yesteryears had!

 

10.  There were no bookstore chains (e.g. Crosswords) around at that time. Amongst the well-known book stores (for general books) were Manneys in Camp, Popular Book House and International Book Service in Deccan Gymkhana. Appa Balwant Chowk area in Pune City was the hub for all education related and Marathi books.

 

11.  In the early nineties, Deccan Gymkhana and PYC were not referred to as ‘Clubs’. They were simply grounds with facilities for cricket, tennis and few other sports. There were no fancy ‘club-house’ buildings. Extremely basic canteens (including the legendary ‘Appa’ Canteen at Deccan Gymkhana Ground) provided basic snacks.

 

12.  Minimum Rickshaw fare was Rs. 4. A ride from Deccan Gymkhana to Pune Station used to cost around Rs 15. An ASIAD Pune-Mumbai bus ticket cost Rs 50. 2nd class railway fare for the same route was around Rs 40. For the privileged few (remember, Punekars were not very ‘affluent’ back then…) the 1st class railway fare was around Rs 150.

 

13.  There were no Baristas/Café Coffee Day chains and the term ‘Espresso’ was foreign! The common places to have tea/coffee were college canteens, popular restaurants like Vaishali/Roopali and corner tea stands. In fact, the first time these ‘espresso bars’ showed up in Pune, many seniors nearly got heart-attacks after looking at their price lists J

 

14.  Back in the early 1990s, Laxmi Road was still a one-way street. The only difference; its traffic direction was directed the other way. Last year, I got completely disoriented when I first encountered this change!

 

15.  Similar to the present sad state of affairs, Pune didn’t have a good cricket stadium. The extremely rare international games were played at the Nehru Stadium and the Ranji matches were often hosted at the Poona Club.

 

16.  In the early 1990s, there was no computerized reservation for railways. One had to stand in painfully long and slow lines to get reservations from the predetermined quotas. And does anyone remember those 19th century like antique cardboard tickets?!

 

17.  During the early 1990s, telecom was modernizing quite fast and for the first time, long distance direct dialing was within the reach of the common man. Given the large student population, literally overnight countless yellow & black STD/ISD/PCO booths popped up out of nowhere! With the mobile phone revolution, these booths have almost become extinct now.

 

18.  On the topic of telecom, Pune was in the process of upgrading many of its phone numbers from 5 digits to 6 digits…how easy it was back then to remember the number! And Pune’s area code used to be: (212) – something it shared in common with New York City.

 

19.  Fergusson College Road, Jangli Maharaj Road, Senapati Bapat Road, Appa Balwant Chowk, Kamala Nehru Park were all referred to by their full names…unlike their ubiquitous acronyms today!

 

20.  Maybe it is just my impression, but it felt that in the early 1990s, the percentage of young adults and college students who smoked was a little lower…especially amongst teenage girls and women. [Before I draw any flak for this statement, here’s a disclaimer – the previous statement is not backed by any systematic data analysis…but just an ‘observation’ –J ]. For ‘old’ folks, who might come back to Pune after a long gap, seeing a group of young women smoke in coffee shops (that too, not in Camp or Koregaon Park, but in Deccan Gymkhana) would be quite shocking –J.

 

21.  Pune had no FM radio channels. Listening to good music (note – In no way I am alluding to any assertion that today’s FM channels air good music –J  ) entailed buying audio cassettes. Early 1990s was an interesting transition period that was seeing the demise of the Gramophone Records, and the rise of the Audio Compact Cassette. Even though the western world had already transitioned to CDs, they were virtually unheard of in Pune.  The well-known places to buy these cassettes back then were, ‘Alurkar Music House’, ‘Pankaj Records’ and few other stores in Camp.

 

22.  For the Marathi theater connoisseurs, there was no theater in the Kothrud area. Yashwantrao Chavan Nattyagriha came much later. Some of the popular comedy plays during that time were, ‘Moruchi Mavshi’ starring Vijay Chavan, ‘Shantecha Karta Chalu Ahe’ starring Laxmikant Berde and Sudhir Joshi, ‘Jave Premachya Gavi’, ‘Tour Tour’.

 

23.  On the topic of Marathi Theater, video cassettes of old Marathi plays were quite uncommon. At that time, if you missed a famous play during its season, you had to wait for a long long time to catch it again! In the early 1990s probably one of the all time best Marathi Theater classics, ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ made a reappearance under a new cast. Abhyankar was quite good in his anchor role of Nana, but to many Punekars, there was only one Nana (even today…) – Mohan Agashe! On a slightly unrelated topic, it is worth mentioning that Punekars of all ages like to reminisce about ‘How things were, during their times!’ Such a statement could be commonly heard from a 60 year old as well as a 10 year old –J. Pu La Deshpande has captured this classic Puneri quality extremely well in his writings!

 

24.  Before the Expressway, the old Bombay-Pune Highway had some star attractions for the foodies along the highway, especially at Lonavala/Khandala and Khopoli. Kamat, El Taj and Diamond were quite popular on the Khandala side….And how can anyone forget the ‘Batate Wada’ of Ramakant!

 

25.  Pune didn’t have any private banks at that time…no HDFC…no ICICI. The only banking option was nationalized and cooperative banks. There were no ATMs anywhere in Pune. HDFC loan applicants had to often head to Mumbai!

 

26.  There were no Visa Processing Centers in Pune. To apply for any Visa to a foreign country, one had to head to the respective Mumbai consulates.

  

27.  Bicycles were everywhere…students and industrial workers, the young and the old, men and women were all seen riding bicycles. Today many of these riders have graduated to motorized 2-Wheelers. To serve these bicycles, the ‘Cycle-Repair-Wala’ was omnipresent. Literally every corner, under every large tree you could find one. Whether it was simply refilling the air in the tires, or getting rid of a tire puncture – a visit to this place was quite common.

 

28.  In the early 1990s, the nice residential neighborhood of Prabhat Road was significantly better. The number of apartments was significantly lower as many bungalows still dotted the scene. And what’s more you could buy a nice apartment for between Rs 800 to Rs 1000 per sq feet!

 

29.  Distances in Pune were quite short. Most places were within ‘walking distance’ and people routinely walked around. Of course, in those days, the pollution levels were substantially lower and the risk of being run over by a vehicle was quite remote as well!

 

30.  On the topic of pedestrians, I have good memories of traffic signals at the Good Luck Chowk and Nataraj Chowk in the Deccan Gymkhana Area. Vehicles used to stop before the pedestrian crossings (even when no police were around!) and crossing the road was an easy task. Back then, the left turn signal opposite Popular Book House was respected! Unlike today, when all vehicles conveniently assume it as a ‘flashing yellow’ – virtually making it impossible for anyone to cross that road. Same was the case at the Nataraj Chowk (opposite the Bata Showroom).

 

31.  The most popular 2-Wheeler was still the ‘Bajaj Scooter’. Motor-cycles were on the rise, but in much smaller numbers. Mopeds like the ‘Luna’ and ‘TVS 50’ were quite common, and so were those weird looking two wheelers that cannot be classified into any category – M50 and M80 J

The scooter had it’s unique characteristics – kick-starter, peculiar lift-up stand, that irritating horn, rear spare wheel and last but not the least that unique ‘reserve petrol system’. Along with the reserve tank valve this lead to certain unique workarounds. For example, do you remember, how a Scooter driver would ‘tilt’ it at an angle when it was running low on fuel and wouldn’t start?!

 

32.  In the early 1990s, international consumer electronics goods from various world-leaders (such as Sony, Panasonic, etc.) were not available in regular stores. The only way to get those were bringing them with you on international flights or visiting some of the few ‘Custom Clearance Stores’. These stores sold consumer electronics goods that were impounded by customs. One such popular store back then was ‘Gharonda’ in a by-lane of Laxmi Road.

   

33.  Video Cassettes Libraries were there everywhere! While few of them have been converted to DVD/VCD libraries now, many of them have gone extinct – the same way as those STD/ISD booths! Lack of any cable TV until 1991 meant that the Video Cassette was an extremely popular form of entertainment. VCRs were quite expensive and in those days, it was a common practice for many to not only rent cassettes, but the VCR as well.

 

34.  Some how in those days in Pune, it felt like people didn’t have many joint replacement surgeries or cosmetic surgeries. Either these procedures were not available back then, or maybe most of the people were physically well-off and very beautiful –J

 

35.  Unlike today where the Jewelers have set shops in all the Pune areas, at that time, the primary place to buy Jewellery and Indian Wedding Apparel was Laxmi Road.

  

36.  Bata was the primary place for shoes store in Pune with branches in Deccan Gymkhana, Camp and Kothrud. No foreign brand sports or formal shoes were easily available and Bata ‘Power’ was probably the most popular sports shoes. Well, to be absolutely accurate, quite a few Adidas, Reebok and Nike imitations were in fact commonly available in small stores.

 

37.  Super-Markets concept was quite alien to most people in Pune; however one store on FC Road was trying to be a path-breaker. In 1990 a store called ‘Super Shoppe’ opened on FC Road (right opposite Roopali, near the present Subway restaurant…). It was probably Pune’s first modern self-service super-market. I was a big fan of that place, and was sad to see it go away in a few years. Maybe it was too far ahead of it’s time. Note – In the early 1980s a supermarket like store ‘Parijat’ was opened on Tilak Road (near Tilak Smarak Mandir). Have vague memories of it…no idea what happened to it.

 

38.  The only software technology park was a small facility in Bhosari (Pimpri Chinchwad Area). Many Pune based IT icons made a humble beginning in less than 1000 sq feet offices at this park. (E.g. Persistent Systems)

 

39.  Even back then, Pune was an extremely popular destination for international students. One catalyst in this process was the Symbiosis International Hostel. In the early nineties, the original Symbiosis building (the one with the flags painted on it…) was the only one around in that campus.

 

40.  Not sure about today, but back then who could forget a Sunday morning without the hot and fresh Veg Patties! Hindustan Bakery and Santosh Bakery were amongst the popular ones making this delicacy.

 

41.  Pune was a big manufacturing hub in the early 1990s as well. ISO 9000 and Total Quality Management were the latest management fads in vogue. Management Consultants in Pune were making a fast buck ‘helping’ companies in these areas.

 

42.  The annual Pune International Marathon was quite popular; the only difference between the one today –  It was not as commercial as it is today. On the same lines, another India first that started in Pune was the annual ‘Motocross’ event. It started around late 1980s/early 1990s and quite popular back then. Its detractors blame this event for the destruction of any cricketing future that was there in the Nehru Stadium.

 

43.  Italian/Thai/Mexican and other world cuisine were ‘Greek’ to most of the people! [I guess so was Greek cuisine]. In those days, many fancy restaurants’ continental menus were highly limited and revolved around Vegetable Augratin, Russian Salad and Fried Fish & Chips.

 

44.  Senapati Bapat Road had only one traffic signal! Ganeshkind Road had a few more giant old banyan trees, than present. Pune didn’t have any concrete roads. The railway over-bridge near Sancheti Hospital though was as congested as present –J. Somehow this is one traffic bottleneck that refuses to be addressed. And while talking about traffic density, can you imagine finding a comfortable parking spot on M.G. Road today?! It was fairly easy at that time.

 

45.  The popular venue for Circus and other similar events was the open ground (Sanas Ground) right next to Saras Bag. The bridge and the surrounding area behind the PMPML Bus Stand at Deccan Gymkhana were not built at that time.

 

46.  An old, small Causeway stood where the S.M. Joshi bridge is today (right by Abasaheb Garware College). This Causeway was popular place for Ganesh idol immersion ceremony during the Ganpati Festival.

 

47.  These popular snacks restaurants in the early 1990s are not that quite well known today. Ask a teenager or a college student today, and see if they know any of these places below. [Note – I am not including places like ‘Vaishali’ in this list, since they continue to be as popular today. I am sure there are more restaurants in this category. Readers are welcome to add to the list.]

Deccan Gymkhana: Koo-Cuch-Ka-Cu (this crazy name was that of a small joint near Nataraj theater, famous for it’s chicken), Appa’s Canteen, Darshan

Camp/Dhole-Patil Road: Marz-o-rin, Jaws Burger, Mona Foods

City: Sweet Home, Janaseva, Jayashree Pav Bhaji

 

48.  Similar to Prabhat Road/Bhandarkar Road areas, back in the early 1990s, there were many grand bungalows, with huge yards on Apte Road. Many of them were constructed in between 1930s – 1950s. Today many of them have given way to commercial buildings, hotels and banks. Jangli Maharaj was not that crowded and as a result no one used Apte Road as a diversion to beat traffic. And in the Deccan/Jangli Maharaj Road Area there were at least two more famous Iranian Restaurants – Lucky and Café Sunrise.

 

49.  The shores of the Khadakwasala backwater had yet to be converted into a ‘Chowpati’. Panshet backwaters were pristine and there were plans in place to start ‘water sports’ activity there. Heading on Sinhagad Road, past Vithalwadi, it felt like you had left the city limits!

 

50.  Sugarcane Juice was lot more popular back then, than it is today. And I can bet that there were more juice centers in Pune serving a much smaller population. One extremely popular sugarcane juice center was the college-run store, in the Agricultural College campus (right by the main-gate). This was the best sugarcane juice I have had! Wonder if this place is still around today.

 

 

 

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  1. Nilesh Sane said, on November 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Being young doesn’t help while commenting on articles related to “history”🙂 though I do miss one aspect from the god old days, and that’s the luxury of sleeping under the starry sky at night. I grew up in camp (block houses) and during the summer when the heat used to be unbearable I and my father used to take the charpoy out and sleep. And we were not the only ones. The other day I was speaking to someone who used to live in Rasta Peth and he had a similar tale, where his neighbors from his “chaal” used to gang out at night during summers.

    Also worth mentioning is the white lines which used to be prominently drawn on the roads, where boys could play “atya patya” at night because the traffic was so low back then. Try doing that now, forget playing even drawing would be impossible; ask the people who paint the zebra crossings🙂

    Thanks for the lovely moments, its nice to relive the old Pune.

  2. tulshi said, on November 20, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I remember… Water in the Tilak tank in those days was jokingly referred to as आळूची भाजी

  3. […]   Note – Please do checkout the second part of this article: 50 Ways In Which Pune Has Changed In Past 15 Years (PART 2) […]

  4. Girish Agashe said, on November 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Boy, if so many things have changed in my lifetime then I must really old now! 😉

    To overcome that feeling, how about listing some things that have NOT changed? 😉

    I could think of the following:

    1. Traffic indiscipline (only difference is earlier Punekars used to cut lanes, break traffic lights, etc. w/ cyclces, mopeds. Now they have latest cars to carry out these activities.)

    2. Location of ‘Native’ versus cosmoplitan areas: Camp, Khadaki, Koregaon Park, Salunke vihar are still more cosmo compared to western side of the city.

    3. Pune’s reputation as educational / industrial hub

    4. Quintessential Puneri signboards (patya)

  5. Satish Talim said, on November 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    If any of the readers can contribute their old black and white photos (digital) of Pune; maybe you could post them here along with this blog post.

  6. Manjiri said, on November 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Quite fascinating. I would like to add:

    1) Imitation jewelry and diamonds are highly in fashion now. I remember only wearing gold.

    2) Designer sarees are popular too (seen lot in functions unlike paithanees back then).

  7. Amit Paranjape said, on November 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Satish, Thanks for following up on the photos. I had put a similar request in with my first post. Would be great to add the photos next to these items.

    Girish, Thanks for the feedback and additions. Can you add some of these great ‘Puneri Patyas’ from your memory?

    Amit

  8. ravi karandeekar said, on November 21, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Thanks Amit! I went into the “flashback” even relived some romantic moment with my ex-girl friends!

  9. gabhijit said, on November 21, 2008 at 8:47 am

    You couldn’t pay your PMC Property Tax online through net banking back then!!🙂 Just a pleasant surprise, thought I should spread the word….

  10. Sam said, on November 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Great list of things – brings back the memories.

    Just like Ganeshkhind road had banyan trees, Fergusson colleage road also had banyan trees on both sides forming a great canopy. I remember taking a swing or two with its “paranbya”s regularly on the way to Rahul talkies (which used to host mostly english movies just like Alka talkies).

    BTW add Alka talkies to the list of things that have not changed in 50 yrs! Happened to see a movie yesterday and it hasn’t changed a bit – same old tickets, same old sound system, same old oily samosas…

  11. Mandar Vaze said, on November 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Amit,
    Under NTS you have mentioned Dyan Prabodhini. It is officially spelt as Jnana Prabodhini. (I happen to be alumni)

  12. Yogesh said, on December 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    For those who like to read this kind of stuff (chronicling of Pune over the decades), there’s an interesting book I once came across. Its in Marathi. Title: Adhich Pune Guljar. You’ll probably get it in any of the Marathi book exhibitions.

  13. Anupam Saraph said, on March 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    – In the early nineties Kothrud and Aundh were new, Warje, Baner, Viman Nagar, Sinhagad, Vadgao, Dhairi, Magarpatta etc. (add to the list) were almost non existent. Ever wonder why we could not plan the New Pune?

    – The population of Pune has more than doubled over this period. Guess what? When you write this 15 year hence there could well be 15-20 million Punekars! Ever wonder if we are planning or prepared for the Next Pune?

    – Almost all roads were lined with more than 100 year old Banyan trees- Satara Road, Solapur Road, Mumbai-Pune Road, University (Ganeshkhind) road, FC Road, Sinhagad Road…. Could we not have progressed with them around?

    – The river was still a river. There were no roads in the river. Can we not be mobile without them and with a river flowing?

    – Pune was still the best place to retire to! Is it still? Will we retire in Pune?

    – Oh- there were very few IT companies. No Hijewadi, Magarpatta or any IT park besides the Bhosari STP. Persistent was still there at the STP. Infosys came to Pune on Shankarshet Road in- was it 1995? Will they still be the major component in Pune’s GDP and employment 15 years hence?

    -The view from Chandani Chowk and Garden Court was still free of a concrete jungle. Khadakwasla was a retreat to nature and not a chowpatty! Will we have to travel longer than an hour to get to nature?

    – Go back 30 years and you may spot the tonga, few autorickshaws. No flats on Prabhat road or Bhandarkar road, only bunglows. 15 years hence will we have any bunglows in Pune?

    – Winters where you wore thick sweaters. 15 years hence will our kids know what are sweaters till they go to the US?

    – Almost no english around- It was snobbish to use that! Will it be fashion to speak Marathi 15 years from now?

    – Pune had lots of breathing spaces, open grounds, unfenced spaces. Trekking up Parvati was possible. Trekking past the water works through the wilds to Sinhagad was doable. Will we need to travel to destinations an hour by air before finding open spaces?

    – Is Pune changing faster than before? Will we see as many familiar things in 15 years as we do now?

    – People used to live more as if they could not ever be elsewhere except for a holiday. Are we living any more as if we are residents or as if we were just tourists, passing through?

    – How many things we liked have vanished- just gone forever while we watched helplessly? Will we be any more prepared to preserve what we value over the next 15 years?

    btw- Great post Amit, raising a lot of questions about the way Pune has changed!

  14. Amit Paranjape said, on March 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Anupam – Thanks for your detailed comments. You have raised some very interesting questions. I am not sure if I have the answers, but might add some contributions to it a little later. In the mean time, would really like some other readers of this post to contribute their thoughts on this.

    Thanks
    Amit

  15. Sri said, on March 23, 2009 at 1:05 am

    As an ‘outsider’ (ouch that hurts!),I surely gauge and understand what many nostalgic punekars feel.
    For others like me, Its a Catch-22 situation.You feel great to be a part of Pune and also feel other’s retribution.
    – A Hyderabadi & Punekar or rather a Punebadi😉

    Sidenote : If you change the noun’s,this is a ditto story of Hyderabad.

  16. G said, on November 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Amit, I landed on your blog looking for HRC Pune. The trivias that you have written about Pune are fascinating. It is nice to read all of such info about the city at one place, without having to google about it everytime you hear something.
    Me, a Mumbaikar, now in Pune since the last two years(and more…) am hooked on to your blog. Subscribing to the feeds right away!🙂 Cheers.

  17. Swapnil said, on March 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Pune has been always a subject amongst Marathi writers. Study of Marathi literature where the plot is based in Pune gives a through insight in Pune’s nature.

    I am not from Pune but have lived there for five years after 2005. I have seen Pune changing in this period. Bunglows were present on Deccan Corner-Nal stop road in 2005. They vanished. Pashan circle to Abhinav college – no proper road was present. Pohe were available for 6 rupees not they are for 14. MIT college had only two buildings and mess was newly constructed in 2004. Today the area is full of institutions and students. E-square and INOX were new entrants and Fame/IndiaBulls were not even heard. ICC on S.B. road was being constructed and we used to wonder what will be coming here. Education and housing was cheap. Sadly, its no more.

    The only thing which kept it as it is the Model colony area. Till this date we will find the best houses here.

  18. Amit Paranjape said, on March 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Swapnil – Thanks for your comments.

  19. Meenal said, on March 15, 2011 at 4:13 am

    And Satara road! Does anyone remember it? Trees on both sides, with shahaLa and limbu sarbat stalls everywhere! I just loved coming back home, tired cycling, enjoying limbu sarbat under a tree…

  20. Amod Natu said, on March 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Point 8..just the best one for me…I miss ‘Energy’!!!:)

    Good Read!

  21. Amit Paranjape said, on March 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Meenal – thanks for the comments. Yes, Satara road was SO MUCH different (and better), in those days!

  22. aba said, on January 18, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Does any one remember,there used to b double Decker buses in Pune and most of the times these buses used to have accidents on lakadi pul,the masjid near lakdi pul was a very small place at that time .Our grandmothers used to wear nauwari sarees which is quite rare nowadays,on Sunday evening v used to visit Pune university garden I think its not allowed to go there easily nowadays.

  23. aba said, on January 18, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Footpaths used to b wider and walking on them was quite pleasant experience

  24. Pinakin said, on July 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    There was 24/7 ( may be with some abberations) electricity and corporation water supply in those days🙂

    Nobody among the young had grey hair, it was very odd that one would have


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