I had to wake up quite early on the 13th of March 2015, to rush to the nearest train station from the hotel– De Casa Business Hotel, Pune. I stayed for one night at this hotel and I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone who would wish to spend one comfortable night in Pune. The train station was overly crowded. I walked quickly to the counter to purchase my ticket for Mumbai. The ticket office was packed tight with people, tables and even some dogs. The queue was long in front of the booking window. It was a long wait but I made the most of the last moments I had in Pune. I gazed attentively at everything around me. I saw some children staring curiously at the flickering platform light, some were joyfully playing around while some were crying for a morsel of bread. I saw an old man; the wrinkles on his forehead tell his stories loudly. He was sitting cross-legged and asking for alms.
In the distance, I heard the whistle of a train and as it gradually approached the platform, the rats would run rapidly to their underground shelters. I saw coolies carrying heavy baggage on their shoulders. I saw different emotions on different faces – ecstasy, remorse, bliss, anger, grief and much more. I saw much more and I’m convinced that words may not suffice to do justice to the glories of Pune. I shall keep writing though, to bring my version of the world at your doorstep.