Pune is the cultural capital of the state of maharashtra. It has History sticking to the very stones of its foundations; seeping through every window of budhwar peth and travellling with every gust of hot wind that blows through its streets.
It won’t be surprising, then, to point out that a city like this would be filled with secrets and interesting fact. Historic deals gone wrong, surprise inventions, humourous events; the city’s history has everything to offer.
Here are some of the most interesting facts about Pune-
1. Badminton: The game Badminton comes from Pune. It is a game invented by British soldiers who were posted there, named in the honour of the official who provided them with the space they required to play it. In fact, the game was originally even called ‘Poona’.
2. The Peths: the seven Peths named after each day of the week, Raviwar (Sunday) Peth, Somwar (Monday) Peth, Mangalwar (Tuesday) Peth, Budhwar Peth (Wednesday), Guruwar (Thursday) Peth, Shukrawar (Friday) Peth, and Shaniwar (Saturday) Peth, are actually named so because of the practices of businesses being open on only one day of the week. The Peths are named so because the business used to be open in those areas on that particular day of the week.
3. Prabhat Studio: Around the time of the early 1930s, Pune was also considered one of the leading film producers of India, as Prabhat Studio, one of the most soophisticated and advanced studios in India at that time, had just shifted its base from Kolhapur to Pune.
4. Railway: During the construction of the Bombay-Pune railway line, the Bhor Ghat ended up being a huge obstacle. thus, for a couple of years between 1858 and and 1863, passengers had to get down halfway through and travel by bullock cart all the way to Khandala, and board a seperate train from there to Pune.
5. Legend has it that, Pune almost ended up becoming the capital of India ! Apparently, in the 1860s, the Britishers had decided to shift the capital from Kolkata to a city that is towards the middle, and a part of the subcontinent. Two cities, Delhi and Pune were shortlisted; Delhi because it was the capital of the Mughals, and Pune because of its proximity to Mumbai and being the capital of the Peshwas. Apparently, Pune only narrowly lost out to Delhi.
Written by: Utkarsh Pathak
Edited by: Tanya Pal