Each time I visit Pune, I follow a tradition. It begins with my boarding the 7.00 am Shivneri bus from Vashi highway at Navi Mumbai.
I reach Pune station by 10.00 am. Then I hop into an auto rickshaw and head straight to Kayani Bakery at East Street in the Camp area.
I always enter Kayani with a prayer on my lips, and rightly so, as I have often had to go back empty-handed because their products have been sold out.
I love Kayani’s cakes (sponge cake, mawa cake), biscuits (Shrewsbury, ginger and wine), and bread and make sure to fill up my backpack.
My next stop is Marz-o-Rin on Main Street or M.G. Road, a 5-minute walk from Kayani Bakery.
In my opinion, Marz-o-Rin has the best sandwiches in the world. And this makes it perfect place for me to unwind after the 3-hour bus journey. I usually have some chutney or vegetable or egg sandwiches along with chocolate milk or coffee milk here.
By 11.00 am, I am well fed and my bag is stocked with my favourite cakes and biscuits and all is well with the world.
It is now time to get down to the ‘real’ reason for coming to Pune—visiting friends, or family, or sometimes work. 😀
This tradition was followed yet again, when I went to Pune last week. It was a wonderful trip where I met a friend after 20 years and had lunches and teas and dinners with more friends. In between all these engagements, I went ‘site’-seeting in Pune. But for more details on that, do read my forthcoming posts on the Pataleshwar Caves, Vishrambaug Wada, Tulsi Baug, and more.