November has come to an end. And what a memorable month it has turned out to be! 🙂
Starting off the month annoyed with the severe cold and my inability to even speak in a normal tone. Thank you *people who had to listen to my terrible voice* for tolerating my rough, high pitched “noise”. Meeting friends before I leave for Pune. Followed by Diwali celebrations. Celebrated with happiness and fireworks after many years! After which came my move to Pune. This is an update for November – events after my parents left Pune. Planning to do one every month.
November, a month of many firsts. I am glad I decided to move in here. Argh. There is so much to put in! Cutting down a lot to keep this short enough for me to complete. Its 2 AM and I am sleepy.
There are a lot of positive stuff mentioned here. Forgive me for being an optimist here. Another first! 🙂
The number of birds I see/listen to in a day here is equal to the number of birds I see/listen to in a month in Bangalore. Some I find perched on the window sills of my room in the morning, many of them at my office campus and a lot many perched on electric wires and atop a building near my PG. Every time I bend in to view a bird closely it flies away I won’t hurt you little birdy. Why you no stay still for me? *
I paid a visit to Pagoda, at Hanuman Tekdi, for which I hailed a cab (On another note Avoid going here alone or on secluded afternoons, go for early morning visit and in a group). I am not the kind of person who ever engages in small talks. Never. Ever. It’s me blabbering all over or silence. There is no middle ground. I try to break character and start speaking to the cab driver. Asking trivial questions about Pune. It turned out to be extremely informative for someone who is new to the city. Also he was extremely kind. I always imagine cab drivers to be horrible humans because one or two bad experiences I had. I should absolutely shun believes of mine without collecting proper sample space for analysis. The ride was almost an hour long so we had quite lot of topics covered. The mystery of traffic signals being one of them. He explained that each set of traffic lights were meant for each lane. I told him the same job could be done with a single traffic light and he informed me that a single traffic light would not be efficient in informing the crowd about the course of traffic. Something along the lines of the road being too broad for a single traffic light to fall in the angle of vision of all drivers. This includes a dedicated traffic light for the PMPML buses as they have seperate section allocated to them. Only PMPML buses are allowed to ride through these sections, with exceptions of ambulances. They make for a great corridor for quick transport of patients. No traffic, no honks, no delays. Couldn’t agree more on it. However, these sections for buses are built only for the extended city. As far as I have seen, old Pune doesn’t have these special road sections. So the problem isn’t solved, yet worked on to a great extent.
I needed to buy a coffee mug. I looked around quite a few places for a specific kind of mug, but was unable to find one to my satisfaction. Until I saw a gift shop with few coffee mugs kept on the display. I entered and asked a representative to direct me to the coffee mug section. I chose one and placed the mug on the counter and asked the representative to bill it. She asked me which colour of gift wrapper I would like. I informed her that the mug was for me and that I didn’t want it gift wrapped. She was trying to cajole me into getting the gift wrap done while preparing the bill. Something else in the store caught my eye and I went to a different section of the store. On my return the coffee mug was gift wrapped and the representative said that it’s a gift from her to me*. It was a pleasant gesture. It made my day. Small things matter 🙂
Visited Dagaduseth Halwai Ganapathi Temple. Twice! The most famous temple here. A must visit if you ever set foot in Pune. After making your way through the long winding queue head over to Veg Restaurant calm down your growling stomach. A tiny restaurant with quality, tasty and hygienic food at a very reasonable and affordable price. I am so used to being charged exorbitant prizes at restaurants the carryout quality service that I was shocked to see such a low value on my bill.
The restaurant is on a busy shopping street near the temple. Great place for street shopping and books*! Got myself started on a shopping spree when my companion duly and literally pulled me away and put an end to my instinctive purchases. 😛
Ahh.. Saw these while street shopping… Just when you thought you had seen it all… Emoji earrings. Never heard that coming, huh?
The buses here are different from the ones in Bangalore*. Allow me to list out the differences:-
|Two doors||Three doors|
|Two one side of the bus||Two on one side of the bus. One on the opposite side.|
|Doors on either end of the bus or in the middle||Doors on the either ends of bus and in the middle|
|Platform for stepping into the bus too high||Low platform for ease of|
|Restricted seating for male and female – Excluding Volvo buses||Unrestricted seating|
|Whistling or variations of “Right! Right!” for signalling bus halt or start 😛||Bell at the entrance of bus used for signalling bus halt or start|
|Cushioned seats||Plastic seats (As far as I have seen)|
Some autos have their rear view mirrors facing inwards. I have no idea why. My friend suggested it might be cause there are lesser chances of the mirrors breaking off due to collision with other vehicles. I am not sure. Should have spoken to the auto driver. Dumb me. Dammit! It takes time to break character!
I got a chance to attend a hindustani classical recital and a JAM session at a music school. Which were amazing! Looking forward to attend some more of these sessions.
In the middle of all this chaos I got to spend time with my mom. Every night leading to my move to PG she would pat me and put me to sleep. She knows exactly what I would do without supervision. She advised me on a number of things, some I was happy to hear from her, some I wasn’t. I nodded my head in agreement for both. I knew her worry for me was justified. Beneath all this worry was love, my well being and affection. Stay well and be happy, those were my mother’s parting words. And seriously what else do mother’s ask for? There is no one in this world who will love you more than your mother. Keep her happy if you can’t make her proud. Small goals.
Sing Street has a wonderful sound track. Please go out and check the album. Go now is a specific favourite of mine. The lyrics are great and so is the composition.
We enter the month of December – the last month of the year. What adventures will it bring?
* I am sorry I don’t have a pic for this. Camera is probably the least used app on my phone. I should start clicking photos. I will keep it in mind.
Go now! Shoo!
You’re never gonna go if you don’t go now…