Sunday, October 28, 2007

Nightwatch in a dead city II

Till a few years back, Pune was a city with the old world charm. It was a city of pensioners, students and factory workers. And the city would go to sleep as early as eight o'clock. And the nighshifts were for the factory workers.
Now, the city of the pensioners has graduated to the city of the BPOs, where the line between day and night has just dissolved.
And as the city matures, so is its night life. No, we are not talk-ing about the BPO employees going to work at 12 midnight. There are a host of other people for whom their day starts at night - Be it the anda-bhurji vendor at Shivajinagar station or the autorikshaw driver at Pune station, or the massage-walla at Appa Balwant Chowk or the ice-cream vendor in Fergusson College road, there are business opportunities at the dead of the night as well. And what about the revellers?

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