[I know you’ll start hating me after reading this post because I don’t adhere to social norms. I’m not bad-mouthing; just writing what I experienced. And, for your kind information, I’ve stopped pleasing people.]
Unfortunately, I could not adopt myself to the heaven in Maharashtra – Pune. Ever since I first visited Pune back in 2003; all our earlier migrants had hyped almost everything – from FC Road to MG Road to Ganesh Bhel (I don’t remember whether it existed in 2003). So when I first visited the city, purely because “the JOBS are there!” I knew I’d get the best(est) of the food and bestests of everything. My friend took us to what was then known as “one very good place to hang out in the evening” – The FC Road. I had this larger than life picture of it in my mind and I was grossly disappointed to see overcrowded street. I wonder what’s so fascinating about the place and I’ve not found any answer after visiting the place about 100 times.
Second big disappointment was the food joints. I can safely say I’ve tried most of them : From Durga Coffee to Shreyas/Durvankur to Ganesh Bhel to Vaishali to <name it>. I’m not naming the bigger brands because they serve almost the same taste everywhere. I didn’t experience ‘out of the world’ taste anywhere. I realized that most of my friends had this habit of naming any damn food joint and then attaching following words, “Have you tried <dish name> @ <food joint name>. Mannnnn…..its…sooooo…OOSSSSUMMM (while gently closing their eyes as if they were lost in the taste)”. I think the taste I got everywhere was just OK and just the same as you’ll find in any other restaurant.
What disappointed me further was overcrowded streets and arrogant people. There were numerous times I : 1. Got stuck on the ‘Law College Road’ , 2. Saved “aajoba” (old man) from collision with my vehicle, 3. Honked endlessly to get rid of girls on scooty who’d ride exactly in the middle of road 4. Saved myself from ST buses and Cars giving me a ‘cut’ from back 5. Got caught by traffic cop for taking the not-permitted-only-in-pune the left turn/U-tern & parking my vehicle at what otherwise seemed like an authentic parking space. Well, I’ve mentioned how I got ill treatment from the shopkeepers and there are several others who’ve commented on it about similar experience. The auto-wallas just took my anger to newer limits by looting me 80% of the times.
People usually migrate to Pune in search of (IT) jobs and the over-hyped education institutions. There are thousands of students who believe they’ll get ‘better’ education in Pune. Well, I believed it for long until I was invited to deliver a guest talk at a renowned engineering college in Pune. I was so disappointed to see the ‘level’ of students that I began thinking “Is this the college students die to get admitted to?”. Come on, give me a break!
Those who’ve migrated to Pune leave no stone unturned to praise the city and looking down at city (or region) they originally belonged to. That is because they never use their own brain and believe anything that other people tell them. For them, everything in Pune glitters like gold, even the gutters!
Pune is just like any other city. The only differentiator is that the city’s got plenty of IT companies to accommodate every tom, dick and harry.
I must clarify that I do not hate the city; nor I love it. I’m just pissed off by the things people glorify about it. But no matter what I feel and think; I have a feeling that I’ll end up settling in the city. In that case, I’ll try to setup offices in different cities and spend more time traveling around various parts of the world than getting stuck on Law College Road or dying in a bomb blast at some over crowded place.
–The Big K–