Today is Day 21 and I am writing on alphabet U for University/University Road under the theme, ‘College Memories. The post is written as part of Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
University of Pune, the old and state-of-the-art building where Amir Khan’s Mangal Pandey was extensively shot which made it a truly ‘Bollywood’ affair. Pune, a city labelled as ‘Oxford of the East’ for its huge student population, I made it my home as an under grad student for three magical years. I love strolling during the night at the University to seek inner peace and serenity, as the tranquil trees bestow a certain calm on the soul soul and soothes the nerves.
in University is one place bustling with activities during the day and love having Sheera and teathe open space canteen, frequented by MA students, teachers and visitors. There are days when the mood is on to just hail the rickshaw and hop straight to Pune University for a heart felt lunch or gulp the awesome tea or Sheera at the canteen, opposite the Psychology department. Mind you! The canteen serves one of the best Sheera in town and the sweet dish is my favorite, any day.
I love the solo walk at the campus in the afternoons and nights where I am surrounded by the friends we call trees or sitting by the lake where I am with myself and talk to the inner self. It is a rejuvenating experience sitting at the University, surrounded by lush greenery, flower and Banyan trees as well as breathing fresh air.
Riding on bike at the University Road at night is a thrilling experience that one must experience once in a life time. I would always always make it a point to drive my Kinetic Scooter past the busy street at Chaturshringi Temple, end of Senapati Bapat (SB) Road where one can spot the very popular food joint, teeming with people, hunting for Chinese food and South Indian dishes, off Bank of Baroda. Cherry on the cake, University Road leads to Aundh Road and Pashan, two of my favorite hang outs. I love the bike rides and once, you off University Road, converging to Pashan and Aundh which is smooth ride.
During the last year in college, I stayed at Sus Road, Pashan and, at that time, traffic was very less and not as crazy as it is those days. I enjoyed the drive from Pashan to University Road, which you could reach in less than 10 minutes. A peaceful ride, to and fro, as one is surrounded by trees and flowers, makes it a romantic affair and soothes the atmosphere. Once, you reach college, the drive makes you rejuvenated and unlimited energy to unleash during the day.