How to get Indians to kick ass at the next Olympics

Relax, view Thrive, Experience, and Change. No, that’s not a fancy corporate tagline. But if you’re a Puneite or someone who has visited Pune, you’ll know what I mean. Often misunderstood as the underdog of Maharashtra, lurking in the shadows of Big Brother Mumbai’s popularity, Pune has surprises that can change your perspectives. A weekend getaway, an educational hub and a land of opportunities, Pune deserves much more credit.


Not impressed? Here are 10 reasons that will convince you that Pune is one of the best cities to live in!

SAFETY FIRST
Want to take a midnight stroll? Feel free and feel safe, because Pune has one of the lowest crime rates amongst the big cities in India.
Safety_women


OXFORD OF THE EAST
National Defence Academy, Fergusson College, The Deccan College, Symbiosis International College and on and on it goes, as Pune stands with its head held high housing some of the world class educational institutions in the country. No wonder it’s known as the Oxford Of The East.

fergussan college pune


BREATHE IN THAT FRESH AIR
Pollution? Ha! Pune lets you breathe in peace.

fresh air pune


OM!
Osho’s mystic meditational ideas still flourish fantastically in this city, attracting those seeking peace from all over the world. The city only gets better and better.

osho pune


ALL HAIL VADA PAV!
Despite the common belief that Bombay is the native of this delicious on-the-go snack, Pune is definitely home to the best vada pavs. Period.

Vada PavCRADLED BY MOTHER NATURE
Snuggly nestled between the majesty and beauty of the Western Ghats, Pune has no limits when it comes to mesmerising trekking trails!

pune nature


A CITY THAT HASN’T FORGOTTEN HER PAST
History is etched all over the city to humble every visitor, and to draw a proud smile on a Puneites face.

lohagad fort pune


A CITY THAT EMBRACES THE FUTURE
Second only to Bangalore, Pune has an astounding boom in the IT industry. It has even begun to grow as a startup-friendly city, rolling a red carpet to employment opportunities. Way to go Pune!

infosys dome pune


PUNE KEEPS YOUR WALLET HAPPY
Meet all your shopping cravings and eat all you want without burning a hole in your pockets. Ranked as the 7th most expensive city in India, it offers everything a metro or other big cities offer you at a cheaper price.

pune shopping


THE PEOPLE
Phules, Tilaks, Gokhales, Raos and on and on it goes! Pune gave India renowned freedom fighters, and those that didn’t make it to your textbooks aren’t any less chivalrous. Welcoming, loving, and ready to help, Puneites ensure her brand shines brightly.

people pune


Is it the best? You decide. But is it one of the most fun, comfortable and feel-good cities to be in? We say yes!

Relax, view Thrive, Experience, and Change. No, that’s not a fancy corporate tagline. But if you’re a Puneite or someone who has visited Pune, you’ll know what I mean. Often misunderstood as the underdog of Maharashtra, lurking in the shadows of Big Brother Mumbai’s popularity, Pune has surprises that can change your perspectives. A weekend getaway, an educational hub and a land of opportunities, Pune deserves much more credit.


Not impressed? Here are 10 reasons that will convince you that Pune is one of the best cities to live in!

SAFETY FIRST
Want to take a midnight stroll? Feel free and feel safe, because Pune has one of the lowest crime rates amongst the big cities in India.
Safety_women


OXFORD OF THE EAST
National Defence Academy, Fergusson College, The Deccan College, Symbiosis International College and on and on it goes, as Pune stands with its head held high housing some of the world class educational institutions in the country. No wonder it’s known as the Oxford Of The East.

fergussan college pune


BREATHE IN THAT FRESH AIR
Pollution? Ha! Pune lets you breathe in peace.

fresh air pune


OM!
Osho’s mystic meditational ideas still flourish fantastically in this city, attracting those seeking peace from all over the world. The city only gets better and better.

osho pune


ALL HAIL VADA PAV!
Despite the common belief that Bombay is the native of this delicious on-the-go snack, Pune is definitely home to the best vada pavs. Period.

Vada PavCRADLED BY MOTHER NATURE
Snuggly nestled between the majesty and beauty of the Western Ghats, Pune has no limits when it comes to mesmerising trekking trails!

pune nature


A CITY THAT HASN’T FORGOTTEN HER PAST
History is etched all over the city to humble every visitor, and to draw a proud smile on a Puneites face.

lohagad fort pune


A CITY THAT EMBRACES THE FUTURE
Second only to Bangalore, Pune has an astounding boom in the IT industry. It has even begun to grow as a startup-friendly city, rolling a red carpet to employment opportunities. Way to go Pune!

infosys dome pune


PUNE KEEPS YOUR WALLET HAPPY
Meet all your shopping cravings and eat all you want without burning a hole in your pockets. Ranked as the 7th most expensive city in India, it offers everything a metro or other big cities offer you at a cheaper price.

pune shopping


THE PEOPLE
Phules, Tilaks, Gokhales, Raos and on and on it goes! Pune gave India renowned freedom fighters, and those that didn’t make it to your textbooks aren’t any less chivalrous. Welcoming, loving, and ready to help, Puneites ensure her brand shines brightly.

people pune


Is it the best? You decide. But is it one of the most fun, comfortable and feel-good cities to be in? We say yes!

 

The Summer Olympics 2016, click held in Rio, website like this turned out to be a spectacle of outstanding sporting spirit and remarkable feats. India marked her place in the medal list with a silver and bronze and we couldn’t be more proud of PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for raising the tricolour at Rio.

 

But as always, we HAD to criticise the athletes who tried all they could, and comment on their performances (not pointing fingers, but ‘De’s are for real). So we decided to list out a few “sports” that, if included in the Olympics, would get our medal tally soaring.

TRAFFIC RACE

Gold for the one who can squeeze through the never ending bottleneck traffic multiple times and still manage to be sane by the end of the race. Sounds pretty easy since we do it every single day, doesn’t it? Be it a dreaded Monday morning or a lazy Thursday noon, or an exciting Saturday night, we have fought hour long traffic jams to be entitled as champions.

Traffic pile up at Residency Road in downtown in Bangalore, India, on Friday, June 22, 2012. Photographer: Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg News

 

LITTER THE ROAD

He crumples it. He scrunches it. He aims. The paper is in the air. It hits the road. HE SCORES!! Now this game is totally ours to nail. But the sport gets better. Litter anything you want. Flyers offering to help you get that perfect shape, cigarettes, diapers, your grandmother’s teapot! The choice is yours, and the road is your goal post. The only rule is that whatever you do, you can not throw anything in the dustbins. Let’s see how America wins this against us! HA!

Littering Olympics

 

STARING CONTEST

Staring is our major forte, and it is high time we bring the old school game to a whole new level. Ogling at anyone that aren’t biologically male long enough to creep them out wins you a point. Extra points if they are of a different colour. Extra-extra points if their clothing somehow manages to fall under your definition of “Indecent”.

staring olympics

 

HONKING

See a man trying to cross the road hundred meters away from you? Honk! In a red signal for 2 seconds? Honk! Announce your presence and destroy the peace of mind of your fellow motorists as humanly possible. Because you can. Besides, noise pollution is something a school kid came up with to get an extra mark in his essay exams anyway. There’s definitely no harm in showing off that you own a honk.

honking olympics

 

 

JUMP THE SIGNAL

When the nation looks up to you for that big gold medal, you don’t have time to wait for the signal to turn green. Yellow is the new green. But you wouldn’t even wait at red if it weren’t for the losers in front of you following the rules. You’d be cruising through the roads if not for them. Causing traffic jams and running over some pedestrians is a very small price to pay when you can win that medal!

 

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With these games included in the next Olympics, perhaps India can top the medal tally.

 

Balashankar T P

Wanderer, Reader and Learner.