GENERAL INFORMATION • PUNE on the map • Geography and climate • As a metropolitan city • Business • Education • Culture
Pune on the map • 8th most populous metropolitan areas in India (5.5 million). • 180 kms south-east of Mumbai. • Area 700 sq. Km. Elevation 500 m. • Cultural capital of Maharashtra • Oxford of the east, Detroit of the east.
Geography and Climate • Pune is located on the western margin of the Deccan plateau. It is a relatively hilly city. • June to September: a lot of rain, and humid weather. • November to February: winter; relatively mild; no central heating • Average temperatures in Centigrades and precipitation in cms.
Metropolitan Pune • Industrial city • Tata motors, Bajaj, BMW etc. • major small scale industrial area • IT hub (Hinjewadi) • Third largest in India • Software firms • Call centers, BPOs • Biotech
Metropolitan Pune • Pune University • 41 graduate departments on campus • 265 affiliated colleges in Pune and around • 135 institutes • Humanities, sciences, business, medical, engineering, professional courses. • Over a 100, 000 students enrolled. • 10 other universities in the city.
Metropolitan Pune • Largest defence academy in India (NDA) • Huge population of students and young professionals. • More than 20 national level research institutes.
GETTING AROUND • Public transport • Traffic • Communication and media
Public Transport • PMPML: • Buses connect all parts of the city. • Trips can be planned on line or using the bus guide. • Can buy daily/weekly/monthly passes at any major bus depot • No transfers! • Usually very crowded. People touch each other! • http://www.pmpml.org/
Transport System • Auto Rickshaws are like cabs (3 or 6 person autos). • No call ahead service; one has to walk to a rickshaw stand or just yell “RICKSHAW”.
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Traffic • Right Hand Drive. Takes time to change the orientation! • Lane discipline is usually absent. Traffic jam is a common thing. • Pedestrian signals usually do not work. Need some practice to walk and cross busy streets. • Two wheelers are more than 4 wheelers. • Fun to ride a bike!! With caution, of course!
Communication • Widely spoken language is MARATHI • Everyone understands HINDI • People understand English, also a lot of people speak passable English. • Most signs are in English.
Communication • Prepaid cell phones: most unlocked GSM world cell phones work in India. • Buy a prepaid plan in Pune. It is very easy! • Major service providers: Reliance, Airtel, • Incoming calls are free! • Telephone booths. • Internet Cafes available. Wireless not so common; advisable to carry your own network cable. • Canada to India: www.keepcalling.com
LIVING • Money matters • Sample price guide • Clothing • General • Season-wise • Electricity • Media
Money Matters • Indian currency Rupees (1 CAD = 46 Rs.) • Various on line portals available to transfer money in an Indian bank account. e.g. Money2india, remit2india etc. • Traveler's checks, Thomas cook, American express. • Credit cards : cash advances
Money Matters • Money exchange • V K C Credit And Forex Services (P) Ltd (Vighnahar Chambers, Karve Road, Erandwana) • Centrum Forex Ltd (Sassoon Road, Opposite Jehangir Nursing Home) • Nucleus Securities Ltd (Aurora Tower (East Wing), Moledina Road) • State Bank of India
Money Matters • Cash transactions in most places. • Avoid ripped / grubby notes – check when accepting • Always count your change; this is not considered disrespectful. • Try not to carry too much cash on you; Rs. 500 in your wallet is good enough for everyday needs.
Sample Price Guide • Milk : Rs. 35 / liter, bread : Rs. 25 • Minimum bus / rickshaw fare : Rs. 8 (rickshaws have a meter; remember to check this when you take one) • Breakfast : Rs. 10 – 35 • Coffee : Rs. 10 – 35 • Lunch / dinner : Rs. 30 – 100 • Fruits & vegetables : usually cheap in a local market. • Net Cafe : Rs 10 / hour.
Clothing - Generalities • Cosmopolitan city: no specific dress code. • Being well-dressed is appreciated • Avoid skimpy or revealing dressing, especially if traveling alone
Clothing - Seasonwise • July - September: • heavy rains - better to have waterproof jackets, umbrellas and some warm clothes • Hot and humid when not raining • October: usually warm • November - February: • Cool – not as much as Canada • No central heating – warm clothes needed • March - June: Hot, hot, hot!
Electricity • Lot of power cuts (or load-shedding). • Voltage 240 volts, alternating at 50 cycles / second. • Need a voltage adapter • Also a plug adapter. 2 round pins or 3 round pins arranged in a triangle.
Media • English Daily : Times of India, Indian Express, Pune Herald, The Hindu, Economic Times, Pioneer. • Magazines : Outlook, Frontline, • A range of satellite channels
FOOD - Enjoy! • Puneites are known for fondness for food. • Cuisine ranging from Indian to Chinese to Italian to Continental. • Vegetarian food easily available; even 'pure vegetarian' restaurants! • No vegan. • Food is relatively cheap – from Rs. 5 for a snack to Rs. 60 for a meal.
FOOD - caution! • Indian food is SPICY! - ask for less hot curries • Avoid street food • Warm weather implies food spoils faster; avoid stale food • Carry your own water at all times – invest in a water bottle • Extra care during Monsoon.
FOOD – Places to visit • On Fergusson college & J. M. road: • Vaishali, Rupali • Wadeshwar, Chaitanya • Kamat • Pune University campus • Camp area
FOOD – Marathi cuisine • Marathi thali: Shreyas, Krishna dining hall, Aashirwad, Badshahi • Marathi breakfast: Sharvari, Janaseva, Sweet home • Snacks and sweets: Chitale bandhu, Kaka halwai, Budhani, Kayani's. • Misal: Bedekar, Raamnath, Bapat, Shree
HEALTH CARE • Some common ailments: • Common cold, cough • stomach problems • eye burning due to smog. • Prefer mineral water, fresh food. • Private health care is better than the public. • Many walk-in clinics.
HEALTH CARE • Keep your medical history and other related information handy. • Gymnasiums are everywhere; not expensive; Solaris has good swimming pools. • Running along streets is not suggested; too much traffic, lack of sidewalks, smoke.
PERSONAL HYGIENE • Washrooms are hard to find; clean public washrooms are a rarity • Toilets: • 2 styles: western and squat • Carry your own toilet paper • Good idea to relieve yourself before leaving home, college etc.
COLLEGE LIFE • What to expect • College culture • Learning/Teaching culture
WHAT (NOT) TO EXPECT • Expect: • Bureaucracy – things take time, be aware of stuff you need to do and do it early • Strike! • Don't expect: • Full functional gym • Wireless internet • Online information, registration, library etc. • Bookstore
COLLEGE CULTURE • Friendly classmates • Very competitive • Enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere
HOW TEACHING WORKS • Classes: • No homework (usually) – self-study is expected • No weekly quizzes (in most cases) • Exams: • Two (usually): midterm and final • harder than what you may be used to • Be sure to work on old exams
HOW TEACHING WORKS • Lecture-style teaching • What to expect (and not be bogged down by)- • IST – INDIAN STRETCHABLE TIME • Lack of email correspondence • No office hours / problem solving sessions; meet by appointment • Classes can be canceled
TIPS – ACADEMIC SUCCESS • Self-study; self-appraisal • Memorize! • Pitfalls: • falling behind class • No quizzes – no continuous assessment
IN YOUR FREE TIME • Excursions • Hang-outs • Cultural events • Shopping
Excursions • Hikes in Sahyadris- • Yuvashakti • Trekdi • Forts around Pune- • Sinhagad, Purandar, Rajgad, Torna, Lohagad, Visapur, Koraigad, Tung, Tikona ... • Protected forests • Maldhok ...
Click to add an outline • India is a heterogenous mix of 1.2 billion people • Largely conservative-minded: clothing, behaviour; not very friendly towards strangers • Easy to befriend; helpful as friends..sometimes people will go out of their way to help • Very competitive • Huge population = less discipline • Naïve = easily cheated; be street smart. • Click to add an outline • Click to add an outline
Excursions • Hill stations (summer/rain) • Lonavala • Mahabaleshwar • Matheran • Dams and back waters (summer/rain) • Bhor, Koyna, Malshej • Buddhist caves: Karla, Bhaaje • Beaches in Konkan : Alibag, Murud etc.
Hang-outs • Multiplex : E square, City pride, Inox, Ad labs, Mangala. information available online. • More than 30 single screen theaters. • Music concerts, plays, talk shows, sporting events etc. • Coffee shops, restaurants, pubs. • Parks : University gardens, Sarasbaug, Peshwe park, K. N. park, Katraj park etc.
Shopping • Major shopping attractions: Laxmi road, M G road, East street, J M road, A B C, Fashion street, Tulsi Baag. • Malls : Nucleus, Pyramid, Wonder funkey, K K bazar, Big bazar etc. Detailed info available on line, yellow pages, pune diary etc. • Large network of convenient stores, local grocery shops etc.
Cultural Pune • National festivals and cultural events through out the year. Arts, literature, music, spiritualism and food. • Western/rock music concerts and discos. • Major attractions (not to miss) • Ganesh festival • Dahi handi • One of the most secular cities in India
Personal safety • Do not venture in secluded areas after dark. If you are going out at night, move around in groups. • Do not trust your Rickshaw driver too much. • Do not get too friendly with strangers. At the same time, avoid taking any eatables from them. • Do not wear too revealing clothes, especially when visiting some religious place.
Personal safety • Always keep a photocopy of all the important documents, especially your visa and ID card. It will help in case the original get stolen or misplaced. • Do not take too much cash out of an ATM at one time; also do not carry too much cash on your person (upto Rs.1500 is okay and sufficient). • Be aware and responsible for yourself and your stuff at all times.
Personal safety • Beware of pickpockets. • Always count your change; this is not considered an insult, its the smart thing to do. • In case of any trouble, contact the nearest police station. • Emergency number 100 or Vaishali's cell number ;)
On line resources • Wikipedia, wiki travel guide • www.pune.org.uk • www.virtualpune.com • www.punecity.com • www.unipune.ernet.in • www.punecitymag.com • www.puneyellowpages.com • www.aroundpune.com • www.punepolice.com • www.pune.in • www.discoverpune.com • http://pune.clickindia.com/
Pune Videos • Traffic video 1 • Traffic video 2 • Traffic Video 3 • Around Pune 1 • Sinhagad 1 • Dahi Handi • Ganesh Festival 1 • Ganesh Festival 2