Pune is a city of two-wheelers and the larger number of these are women, mostly girls, all togged up to protect their faces from pollution. And it’s not uncommon to see these girls with a male friend riding pillion.
Pune is, in general, very horizontal, socially speaking. The word “Bai” is used for any lady, be it the one who cooks and cleans for you or her employer. The working Bai is always well dressed and commands great respect.
Women and food is an easy connection. Though most Pune eateries are run by men, women are beginning to make their mark, slowly but surely. We have a Vietnamese eatery, Smiley House, run by the smiling Hoa Be and IDDOS, for example.
This young lady runs an ice cream parlour, famous for some unusual flavours
To cap it all, you have a strong woman labour force in town. Mostly migrant, these ladies do some pretty hefty hefting all clad in colourful saris.
Migrants face hassles all over the world. A grand salute to the girls from the North-East who work hard and give their best, though they undergo all manner of troubles from narrow minded idiots.
The Malls employ a lot of smart young women. Efficient and pretty as a picture, these girls bring various skills and a pleasant manner to all their tasks.
Women from all walks of life people the roads of Pune. Commuting, chauffeuring family to school or for medical care or just for an outing, on foot or behind the wheel, women here are on the move!
Women are flowers. They surely need no added raison d’etre. Pune flower sellers are often ladies.
Though the average Pune lady is quite serious, it is not infrequent to spot playfulness.
Women maybe flowers but we can be fierce too. The gentle ladies of Pune can give you what for if you try any funny stuff.
Being a woman can be hard work and an occasional game is very restorative. All work and no play can make Jyoti a dull devi.
Pune is one of the best cities in India for women. Girls cruise the city long after dark, on work, for a night out on the town, as cops, or just for enjoying the cool of dusk.