Posted On Sunday, July 01, 2012 at 08:16:46 AM
People from all over India come to Pune and fall in love with the city, and the one thing which they always end up talking about are the Punekars whose idosyncrasies are quite famous. Many have spoken about it and a few have penned it.
The latest to join the Puneri bandwagon is a 73-year-old Sriram Sathe who has come out with his second book — Aamhi Punekar or We Punekar.
The book is about the city, its people, the nooks and corners and what makes the city tick. Sathe’s first book was Anand Yatra where he spoke of his journeys to various places like Raigad, Sinhagad and so on.
“I wrote amusing stories — 20 in all — and I got loads of calls, appreciating my books and its writing. Then I thought that I should write something on Punekars, something amusing and interesting. I am a Punekar and I love being one.
I have loads of stories and experiences to share. For example, we are foodies, since the time of Peshwas and it has been written about in this new book,” Sathe reveals. The fact that he has travelled a lot, espcially to Himalayas and has met many Punekars through his journeys. This too is written in the book.
The stories in the book are of varying nature and through his experience he speaks of the city. One of the stories is of the time when he almost accidentally fell down near a red light area. He questioned himself — what if he had fallen there? “Even though they (prostitutes) are doing business there, we should be considerate towards them.
The story is called Champa and I have written it from the point of view of the prostitutes.” Another interesting story is of a person who gets up early in the morning and wears traditional garb to recite Geeta shloks and then explain them in English. Sathe moves over to the fact that to write such stories, you need to be sensitive.
He rues the fact that not many are going to the arts faculty and that arts is for the artist. Only if you do not get admission to other faculties, then it is the subject of choice. Talking about the book again, Sathe has received many calls regarding the book and all of them have been positive.
“Many have said that it is a nice book on a different topic.” He is happy about the fact that Pune has become like Mumbai in many positive ways. “What is wrong if it becomes like Mumbai? Well, you can say it has become better, though not totally.”