Oxygen machine in Pune city

Pune is blessed with a terrain which is surrounded by the Sahyadri ranges and decorated with a few dozen hillocks. (Tekadi) Punekars, for years with the help of a few NGO’s have jointly protected the tekadis from concrete development and a lot of them are now under the forest department and a paradise for morning-walkers and fitness enthusiasts.

The tekadi behind ARAI, also known as Vetal Tekali, is one very close to my heart as I have been here since school days with my father. It is hard to believe that a natural landscape like this exists right in the middle of the city. This tekadi connects Kothrud, Erandwane, Pashan and can be accessed to come on top from all sides.

What I admire about the culture of tekadi in Pune is that almost everyone adheres by the unsaid nature’s law and contributes towards the well being of the place. I have seen so many grandpa’s carrying water all the way from a tank to water the newly planted saplings on the tekadi.

The tekadi is beautiful in all seasons but mesmerizing beyond words in the monsoons. The pond in the stone quarry in the middle of the tekadi is filled with flora and fauna and witnessing a peacock or two is a casual thing for everyday walkers here!

I sincerely and genuinely wish it stays as it is in the future and continues to bless us with the immense oxygen and serenity that it has in abundance.

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Musical Green Space in the Pune city

This new public park was inaugurated recently in my area and I visited it the first time last weekend. It is hard to see such dense trees in the middle of the city and when they make the designated areas into beautiful green spaces, my heart is full of gratitude for all the people who work to make this happen.

Acupressure walking-path

Late Balasaheb Thakare Udyan is a public park in Kothrud. It hosts a pretty walking track covered by dense trees and a huge number of gazebos for people to rest, sit or exercise. The acupressure walk-way also adds to its charm. But, the main attraction of this space is the art installation of a bunch of musical instruments. The tabla-dagga, harmonium, tanpura, sitar to name a few stand tall in this green pocket and make the experience more memorable for music lovers like you and me.

This is one of the newer public parks by PMC and I am blessed to be living in a city where we have such green pockets for the citizens. Our responsibility remains to keep them as they are and not be a nuisance to such spaces!

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Late Balasaheb Thakrey Garden