Posts Tagged ‘ Maharashtra ’


I found this post on Facebook. One of my friends posted it. I’m not sure if all of it’s all true (Pune is not a fashion capital of the east and I would definitely not compare it to Paris). Some of the other facts are interesting. I thought it was cute and thought I would share it.


1. Pune has the impeccable record of highest growth within a span of 20 Years
2. Pune has highest number of pubs in Asia.
3. Pune has highest number of cigarette smokers in India.
4. Pune has the highest number of software companies in India-212, followed by Bangalore – 208, Hydrabad – 97. Hence called the Silicon Valley of Maharashtra
5. Pune has 35 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in a given city. Pune University has 57 Engineering colleges affiliated to it, which is highest in the world.
6. Pune is the only city in the world to have commercial and defense Airport operating from the same strip.
7. Pune has highest number of public sectors and government Organizations in India.
8. Pune university has highest number of students going abroad for higher studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur.
9. Pune has only 38% of local population (i.e.Marathi) .Hence a true cosmopolitan with around 20% North Indians,10% Tamilians, 14% Telugites, 10% Keralites, 8% Europeans(Koregaon Park),5% Africans,2%Bangalis and 6% a mixture of all races.
10. Pune police has the reputation of being second best in India.
11. Pune has the highest density of traffic in India.
12. Pune has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.
13. Pune is considered the fashion capital of east comparable to Paris
15. Pune is 3rd in producing the maximum international sportsmen in India for all sports.
16. Pune has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for many high profile Prize nominations.
17. Pune has produced the highest number of professionals in USA almost 60% of the Indian population abroad is from Pune (except Gulf).
18. Pune is famous for THREE: Software Professionals, Girls and Dogs..
19. Pune is the only city in India where there are seven Universities.
20. I stay in Pune….

Some politics…

After deciding that I was going to stay in India a bit longer I realized that I don’t know much about the political situation here. I mean, I know basics, but when I open a newspaper I immediately turn to the international section. A long time ago, I remember that I used to ostracize expats for living in a country and not paying attention to local politics. I’m trying not to have an opinion, as a part of India I’ve become, I’m not Indian and don’t understand a lot of the background or cultural contexts to where I live. Bal Thakery is one example. He was the founder and leader of the Shiv Sena, a political party in Maharashtra. He died last week and the entire state shut down. It’s pretty amazing how everyone can stop to recognize a political figure, I just wish he was one that I could respect a little more; it makes me wonder how so many people have so much respect for him. Sound familiar…he blamed non-Marathis for the economic woes of Maharashtra, he wanted all of the non-Maharashtrans to leave. He was also almost single handedly responsible for the Mumbai riots in the 90s between the Hindus and the Muslims. Some things he did were positive, like create infrastructure – the highway that connects Pune and Mumbai was his pet project. Mumbai shut down. Pune shut down. If people didn’t shut down, some people from the Shiv Sena paid a visit and told them to shut down; a girl in my salsa class is a dentist and while working on Sunday someone told her to stop and close her office. How do the two relate if you have nothing to do with the guy who died and, if you’re not in mourning? They want to erect statues for him. Two girls were arrested in Bombay for making an offensive statement on facebook which protested the complete shutdown of the city. Her friend ‘liked’ the comment and both were arrested. The police are now being sued and there was quite an outrage about the arrest. The CM is trying to get those police officers suspended and arrested themselves. It’s just very crazy for me to comprehend all of this; Even more surprising for me was the amount of people who expressed so much sadness at his passing.
The second big news event was the hanging of one of the men responsible for the 26/11 terror attacks, Ajmal Kasab. He was secretly transferred to a jail in Pune. The man hanging him didn’t even know who he was. I found it strange that it was kept a secret…from everyone.

Away from politics, things are great. This week begins my after school arts program at one of our schools. I’m nervous. It’s my initiative. We’ll see how it begins. I spoke to my dad today. It’s snowing. Here it gets to the low 50s in the evening, sometimes, but remains in the high 80s during the day. It’s confusing for your body and hard to dress for. Some interesting instances occurred on the road last week, but I can only seem to remember one. I was riding with Sachin, each on our own bikes, and a cop pulled me over. I have all my documents, it wasn’t at a light and I didn’t do anything wrong, it was just a check. As soon as I pulled all the way to the side, he walked over to me and just whisked me forward. Who gets told to move on after being stopped?