And for a Friday in my childhood city – Pune, some nostalgia….. some thoughts…..

The changed landscape – modern, multi-storied and competing with Mumbai…..

At core, I am a Punekar and enjoy showing off my knowledge of Marathi – having spent my childhood and adolescent years in this lovely city, then known as Poona and now localised as Pune. Base of the Peshawas and the Maratha Empire from 1674 to 1820, Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. This is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the country. Beautiful cool climate – almost comparable to Bangalore, very cosmopolitan, close to Mumbai yet at a distance, vibrant student population and young people from all over the country pursuing education and career opportunities in any and every field – Law, Engineering, Management, IT, Arts, Sciences – a happening city.

Pune is one of the fastest growing regions in the Country, uniquely combining the brick and mortar industry with the New Age Industries. If Hinjewadi is the IT capital of Maharashtra with almost all major IT companies with huge establishments, Chakan, Rajnangaon and Pimpri-Chinchwad are the Auto hubs of the country. Not only the biggies like TATAs, Mahindras, Mercedes etc., but more than 4000 Auto and component manufacturers, not to mention the strides in Biotechnology, Agriculture and Poultry. The city is home to some outstanding National Institutes and Research centres such as National Insurance Academy, Reserve Bank – College of Agricultural Banking, NCL, IISER and most topical, combating the COVID19, the National Institute of Virology, previously known as Virus Research Institute. Founded in Collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, it is designated as a WHO H5 reference Laboratory. This institute is now at the forefront of India’s campaign in combating the deadly Coronavirus.

India’s strength is it’s diversity, it’s huge reservoir of talent and capacity to fight every challenge. Let us all support this fight, the cooperative way, the optimistic way, the SEEGOS way.