Legends Of My Hometown

I shall introduce some remarkable people living and late from my home town Pune here.  There are many more, but these are people who have left deep impressions on me for having achieved much during their lifetime.  And rather than reinvent the wheel, I shall, where possible, give links to Wikipedia or other sources for details about them.

To start with, two remarkable women who were corporate icons.

Lila Poonawalla lilapoonawalla

Anu Aga Anu Aga.

DhanrajPillay_Reuters Dhanraj Pillay.

Gen Vaidya General Vaidya.

Bhimsen Joshi Bhimsen Joshi.

Tilak Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

GokhaleGopal Krishna Gokhale

AND I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHERE TO STOP. THERE ARE MANY MORE LEGENDS AND WHAT I HAVE GIVEN ABOVE ARE JUST A FEW THAT I READILY RECALLED. IF I SAT DOWN FOR ANOTHER HOUR, I CAN COME UP WITH AT LEAST TEN IF NOT MORE.

THIS IS MY TOWN. I WOULD NOT LIKE TO LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE.

This topic was suggested by me, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

18 thoughts on “Legends Of My Hometown”

  1. When I find time I’ll read about these people.
    It’s wonderful to love the place you live. I do too.

  2. this is an amazing post rummy! to have so many really esteemed and generous and involved people from your hometown.
    i couldn’t count so many from my own!
    i read of lila … so vibrant and modern!
    and anu aga… oh my. to have lost her husband and her son all in such a short period of time… and to not be bitter… but to soar.
    i will be reading all the others tomorrow my friend!
    i think you did well on the friday subject!
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  3. We have some remarkable people here too, but that’s not why I love this town so much. Tops on the list is the lack of hot humid summers and mosquitoes, plus all the sunshine in winter. I still savor that after over 40 years of living here. 🙂
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  4. good grief rummy… little pillay at the age of 11 going off on a train by himself to find a teacher!
    and tilak… rather disruptive but still a favorite. if for no other reason than he tried to help little girls that had no business being BRIDES to old men… ANY man at the age of 10. good lord.
    you have to admire him. a man of his ideals and only wanting the best for india. i truly think one united language would have helped.
    i’ve often wondered if tamil is a whole other language or a dialect or accent… like our southern accents here… and hindi… a whole other language? it’s all very complicated and confusing! but wonderful.
    thanks for this post of further indian knowledge.
    of course… will i remember it tomorrow???? LOL.
    i’ll have this post to refresh any lapses. 😀
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    1. Maxi, come to India and every town will have a legend or two who were involved in the freedom struggle and one or more roads will be named after them.

  • May I write LBC of tomorrow? Perhaps over the weekend? Just asking, can not commit on being regular on that, as I have to write on the theme of my blog regularly (generally happens over the weekend) and LBC will be a big commitment [you know various reason :)]
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