Saturday, January 24, 2009

INVISIBLE GATES OF PUNE

THE INVISIBLE GATES OF PUNE

By

VIKRAM KARVE


Every city has its “Gates” – especially historical cities with Forts and Heritage structures. While some actual physical gates are visible, a few are not. Here are a few “Gates” of Pune that are not visible and exist in parlance only. If you find the actual physical “Gate” do let us know.

Peru Gate [maybe derives its name from the guava orchards that may have existed in the vicinity or is it a corrupted Indianized pronunciation of the name Perron, a British Officer after whom the gate was named as I read somewhere?]. Located in the heart of the city surrounded by the best authentic food joints and near Bharat Natya Mandir and Tilak Smarak Mandir.

Pool Gate or Pul Gate [Is there a Bridge or Pool nearby?]. In Pune camp.

Swar Gate [is it named after swari - where one begins one’s travel?]. At the junction of Satara Road and Solapur Road, housing the main State Transport and PMT Bus Terminus.

Quarter Gate [Was the Quarter Guard of a military unit housed here? I will not even risk mentioning the other more popular meaning of the word “quarter” in local lingo!]

Mhasoba Gate [Named after a temple of the same name in the vicinity].

Mariaaee Gate [Is it the Marathi version of Mother Mary (aaee – mother, Maria – Mary) and named after the church nearby?]

Ramoshi Gate. I’m totally clueless and I just can’t figure out!

Body Gate – This one is near Aundh, on the way to Mumbai past Bremen Chowk, and has cute heritage buildings which house police offices. Probably Body Gate housed a body of cavalry outside the Aundh Military Camp across the Mula river.

Dear Reader: Do you know of any more such invisible “Gates” in Pune?

And if you have more information on the gates mentioned above, do comment and let us know.


VIKRAM KARVE


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1 comment:

Trust in India said...

It is interesting to know about the invisible gates in the cosmopolitan city of Pune. I shall surely take a note of these gates when I visit Pune this time...