Pune is a city close to my heart for many reasons. One, I spent the four years of my engineering here, and second, it allowed me to develop my taste for travel, as I went around venturing the destinations nearby. This trip is one of my recent visit to Pune; much seems to have changed since a decade, but the city still maintains its distinct charm of the contemporary streets. Rediscovering Pune as I take a trip down the memory lane.
Now, I visit Pune for many reasons, work and leisure. No matter what it is, the feeling remains the same. Pune always had something distinct to express, always warm and forthcoming, and it was always easy to connect with it. One of my favourite hang-out places in Pune was MG Road and the adjoining East Street. I had spent several night-outs on these lanes to recover from the last-minute examination adrenaline rushes, which I would suppress with the exquisite brewed coffee at the Barista Cafe` which used to stay open late nights too, in the ground floor of the Jani Mansion, one of the oldest properties here. So, when I revisited Pune, I couldn’t stop my feet from getting dragged to those nostalgic lanes again.
Today, the mansion still stands at its place, but the Barista Cafe` seems to have moved out. Which went off to clearly shows the temporary nature of life, and how it continues to move at its own pace, the only constant thing in life being the change!!
The New Looks
It was a Sunday and the streets were generally gloomy in the morning. At the corner of the street was an unfamiliar statue, one I had not noticed that distinctly before. But, this dome shaped tower with Dr. Ambedkar’s statue added to the beauty and charm of the street. Far ahead, I could notice the hoarding of the West End Theater, which was famous because of its location and crowd.
I entered into the market to walk down the now waking up streets and could recollect the times I had enjoyed here. Today, the faces were new, but the spirit was the same. I passed by the lanes of the famous Marz-O-Rin, which still continues to serve the finest sandwiches and wraps on the street. It was a good feeling to know some things stay deep-rooted to the place and remain unaffected by the wheels of time.
Around the other corner of the MG Road is the ISCKON Temple, an inescapable place for me while I am here. There is no place as peaceful and serene around as this temple. I have always wondered how this temple defies the chaos of the neighborhood streets. Every time that I have been here, it has been a peaceful experience. Walk around the place and you can sense the surroundings filled up with the soothing aroma of incense which instantly enlightens your spirits, and rejuvenated your mind. Add to it, the gentle vibrations of the chanting monks and the light music inside the temple, and what you get is pure bliss!!
My short trip here was about to end, but Pune had always been a place where I could keep coming again and again..No matter how many times I come here, the memories still seem afresh.
So, which is the most nostalgic place for you???