A homesick Puneite…that’s me!
It’s been long since I visited home. I’m from Pune and it’s simply the best place on earth. Its where I grew up, went to school, made my first friends…and the most memorable memories of my life! Pune today is very different from the little city I call home. Decades ago, Pune was a hill station, a little town nestled in the Sahyadri Hills, that attracted hot-shot crowd from Bombay (now Mumbai, but always ‘the city that never ever sleeps’) to come and cool their heels. Rich in culture and filled with the mystical stories of the Peshwas and the exploits of Shivaji Maharaj, Pune was almost frozen in time. Then I went to college, got a new hair do and a new boyfriend and my little hometown got an attitude . You could dunk a beer at the ‘Black Cadillac’, shake a leg at ‘Ten Downing Street’, shop the brandz on Main Street and be cool at the Swiss Cheese Garden!
Today, going back home is a mixed bag. I love to go back to the places I know and love, and then stand and stare in awe at everything that’s brand-new. I look forward to meeting my family and friends, gorge on mom-made goodies (can’t afford to skip those!) and then get out, visit Pune… my Pune, the city I grew up in…..
Getting down to business.. top eating adventures in Pune; butter chicken at Sarovar, methi mutter malai at Portico, the pav bhaji from Anand Juice Bar, cheese pizza from local pizza joint – Supreme, cold coffee and chicken burgers from Marz-o-rin, and many more.
No more food-ostalgia! I’ve been cooking up all those delicious memories right here in my kitchen. Blast your taste buds with food from the past!