Blogging from a Train, PUNE & Solapur!

I did not get time to write about my Pune visit – Actually there was nothing much to write about. It was like any other site of urban India – partly city-city and partly small-townish.

Two observations which warrant a mention:

  1. Public transport in Pune is waaaaaaa (..aa..) aaay too expensive! – Auto-rickshaw drivers have an ABSOLUTE monopoly. They can quote something like “Ek Sau Challis” (Rupees One hundred and forty) for a distance no more than than that from IIT Powai to Kanjur Marg Railway Station! – So if you’re ever planning to settle in Pune, either get your own vehicle or shell out more in a year on conveyance than you plan to spend on  your wedding!
  2. It’s a student city. There are students and colleges (.. and students and colleges) everywhere!

The best part of my Pune visit was our visit to the German Bakery – The most amazing croissants, pastries, sandwiches and oh.. eggs – Sunny Side up! .. and the best part – DIRT CHEAP! – A HUGE cream-full piece of chocolate-coated pastry would cost something like Rs. 35. Ditto for a double Sunny Side up served with garlic bread!

German bakery is in the Koregaon Park area and is located near the famous Osho Ashram. We stopped by the place on our way back from Pune beecause my flat-mate thought there was no way we could leave Pune without paying a visit! Here’s a picture of the place – typically inundated by students and a lot of visitors / travelers from foreign countries.:

German Bakery, Pune - Picture Courtsey -


Anyway, I’m tired now and in a train.. on my way to Solapur .. In fact, I was pleasently surprised to find this completely updated and theme-enabled website on Solapur.

—->  2 things to see at Solapur:

  1. Akkalkot Temple (located 35 KM by road form Solapur);
  2. The famous PULGAM TEXTILES Showroom – Picture below. Pulgam apparently has the most amazing collection of bedsheets and “Solapuri Chadders” that this place is famous for.
A view of the Pulgam showroom - Source:

Guest Lecture on Entrepreneurship @ SVNIT

Along with a friend-colleague from work, I was recently at the Sardar VallabhBhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat to take a presentation  / Guest Lecture for engineeirng students. It was a part of their annual ENtrepreneurship-centric fest – Entru-Meet 2008. The session was followed by a Q & A Session and we had a nice time wriggling our way through – I don’t think we did too bad a job int he end.

I have visited quite a number of engineering colleges in these last few months – all for different reasons and all in different regions – I went to

It was my first visit to the State of Gujarat and following were the “Learning Outcomes”:

  • On this “maiden” visit to Gujarat, I realized that people need to be sensitized about the use of helmets in the region. I did not see a SINGLE (really.. not even ONE!) person riding a two-wheeler with a helmet on – Of course, no one catches them! 😛
  • Also, thanks to buying some stuff for mom from the famous Surat Saree Market, I now know the difference between the following types of Sarees – Chiffon, Georgette and Silk. Further, I figured that women who want to “look slim” can go in for Georgette Sarees, while those who want to “show-off” an hour-glass figure would rather opt for lighter synthetic sarees – I now realize that I know a little more about Sarees.. 😉
  • My “junkie” friend (a resident of Baroda) told me that Baroda has the most “in” crowd so we concluded that Baroda has the highest “Dude” Quotient (DQ) among all cities in Gujarat! :mrgreen:

On a more serious note, here’s the presentation that accompanied Shrey and myself during the talk – It has been edited to remove contact details but by and large this was it –>

Herez to all the SQL scripts I have to dish out every day..!


From xkcd.

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