Pune limps backs to normalcy after blast

Pune is where I live. And I have lived here for nearly a quarter century. The main reasons for my late wife and I choosing to move here was its climate and its very laid back attitude to life. Compared to Mumbai where we had spent the maximum time together and Bengaluru where we were living before we moved here, Pune was a paradise.

So, when I caught sight of this headline, I was stumped.

The Pune that I knew does not run or even walk. Its usual pace is a limp. Its next faster pace is to simply saunter along at a leisurely pace. In fact, where I live and quite a few localities of the city, life goes on at a limpy leisurely pace bar the rush hours due to school/office/factory timings. The Punekar is not to be hurried to do anything. He will take his time.

Take my mentee who for the purpose of this post will remain unnamed though will receive a link to it via email. She has just got engaged to be married and wanted to come and give me the invitation card and to personally invite me to attend the marriage function and the reception in the evening. She rang me up at 11.30 am yesterday to announce her arrival and readily accepted my invitation to have lunch with me. She promptly asked if I needed anything from the city where she was shopping and I gave her the task of getting a couple of things that you get only in that part of the city. She said that she would be at my place at 1.00 pm. That is my usual lunch time. At 1.30 I rang her up and she said that she would be reaching in 20 minutes. I said that I won’t wait for lunch for her and she could have lunch whenever she came. She eventually came at 3.00 pm profusely apologising for delaying but insisting that I skip my siesta and spend the afternoon chatting with her. Thankfully, she got what I wanted instead of forgetting that and as a peace offering brought something extra as well. Incidentally forgetting to do chores is another Punekari trait.

That is the typical Punekar’s attitude towards life. Punekars don’t limp back to normalcy. They are already limping around. And look at the nitwit who planted the bomb. He could not even cause sufficient damage because he did not expect the bomb to explode vertically! I would not be surprised if s/he turns out to be a Punekar.

I am an oddball in this beautiful city because I am always on time and the other people involved are stumped by my punctuality. My hosts particularly can usually be expected to be in their house coats when I land up at their place at the announced time.

I would not like to live in any other city.

17 thoughts on “Pune limps backs to normalcy after blast”

  1. Pune does not limp. Pune just does not care enough. Usually go by a NIMBY approach. Me as well on occasion. I plead guilty 🙁 and most of Pune did not even react to the blast, quite a few laugh about the location and how it happened – i a vehicle confiscated by the cops!

  2. Every morning, when I go for a walk, one person in a white scooter waves at me and I wave back at him. Till date, I do not know who it is,since he wears a helmet with full front visor.

  3. I know several people who live in the same timeline as Punekars – and I am punctual as you are. As to the waver Arvind mentiobned, why find it odd that someone you see at the same time every day waves?m Perhaps it’s simply an acknowledgement of the daily meetingt? When I used to run or workout it was not unusual to wave or nod to folks whose only contact with me was during that daily workout ritual. I took and exchanged the action as a harmless pleasantry.

    1. Arvind lives in a large gated community and by and large knows every resident there. This is just someone he knows but is unable to identify because of the helmet with visor.

  4. An IED planted on a stolen motorbike exploded. ‘Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, who visited the blast spot last night, announced the blast as SUSPICIOUS.” 😀

  5. There seems to be nowhere we can live and escape violence, Rummy. Still, when I recall the posts you have written of Pune it’s a great place to live. I wouldn’t think twice if I had the chance to pay you a visit. Blessings.

  6. I can’t really figure out if you are bragging or complaining…although it becomes more clear in your comments. I am sorry for the violence, happy that you live in a wonderful laid back city, and am impressed the way you handled your late visitor…by going on with your day. I’m sure this comes from experience.
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