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Friday, January 28, 2022

Know Your City


Know Your City: Ardeshir's, Pune's own soda drink that's quenching thirst for 137 years

January 23, 2022 8:12 am

Ardeshir’s flavoured soda, now christened Ardy’s, still packs nostalgia along with quality ‘old fashioned goodness’ in its glass bottles.

Know Your City: Inside a Peshwa-era wada in Pune resides memories of a Renaissance man

January 16, 2022 7:37 am

Mujumdar Wada, the oldest building in Pune after Shaniwar Wada, was built by Ayaba Mujumdar’s grandson Naro Neelkanth in 1714. The wada had seven chowks of which three remain today.

Know Your City: Navin Marathi Shala, how a 'feeder school' started in 1899 in Pune became a model institute

January 01, 2022 1:00 pm

Located in Shaniwar Peth, in a grand colonial-era building, was the Navin Marathi Shala that had been founded by a group of stalwarts of the Independence struggle

Know Your City: Pune's first church came about as gratitude gesture from Peshwa to Portuguese soldiers

December 26, 2021 12:37 pm

The land on which the City Church was built in 1792 was gifted by the then Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao II in appreciation of the services of the Portuguese soldiers enlisted in his army.

Know Your City: How badminton was born in Pune as a pastime for bored British officers, their wives

December 19, 2021 8:11 am

The first informal set of rules of badminton — initially called 'Poona' – were formed in India by the British colonists in 1867. Later, as the British officers took the game back home, it acquired the name of Badminton after the country estate of Duke of Beaufort.

Know Your City: Cavansite, a rare turquoise-hued mineral unique to Pune

December 12, 2021 7:49 am

“If you go to any museum in the world and they have Cavansite, it has to be from Pune. It is a greatly prized mineral because it is so rare,” says Muhammad Fasihuddin Makki, a city-based mineral collector.

Know Your City: How a subedar’s transfer opened up Poona to Jewish diaspora

December 04, 2021 12:33 pm

Today, the Jews are less in number, but their synagogues narrate tales of Poona’s Judaic past, the families that remain hold on to their unique traditions, and many even travel back here in search of their roots.

Know Your City: Vasudev Balwant Phadke, the pioneering Indian revolutionary who made Pune the centre of armed struggle

November 28, 2021 8:13 am

🔴Once a 'pampered clerk' in British employment, Phadke got disenchanted with colonial power and dedicated his life to overthrow it. He was also the first non-royal to lead a revolt against the English, paving the way for more such leaders.

Know Your City: Vetal Tekdi, a ‘mini-Sahyadri’ named after a malevolent god

November 21, 2021 8:05 am

A sprawling hill in western Pune, Vetal Tekdi with its dense forest, grassland plateau and unique ecosystem “was a volcano 65 million years ago”. Today, it is a haven of sorts for trekkers, picnickers and those who seek some quiet time.

Know Your City: Pune-Mumbai journey was an arduous three-day affair until Bhor Ghat was conquered

November 14, 2021 10:30 am

In the early 19th century, those travelling between Pune and Mumbai had to journey through the plains using palanquins, carts or horses, then traverse the sea in boats and finally undertake a multi-mile trek along the treacherous Bhor Ghat.