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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Pune

Pune (Poona during the British period) has had several lives. It was for a time the home of Shivaji and later the seat of the Peshwas, or Maratha leaders. During the British period, it was (as it remains today) a military center. Recently, it has become a major industrial and high-tech center.

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Government House, during the monsoon the residence of the British Governor of Bombay. In the early 1950s it was put to a new use as the home of the then-new Poona University. At the time the photo was taken in 2008, it was being restored.

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Rear view.

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Vice-chancellor's lodge, a classic British-era home.

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A classic of a different sort, a university information office that politely asks to be left alone.

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Another Pune educational center, the College of Engineering.

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The interior of the main hall is very grand.

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A cathedral of learning.

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Theodore Cooke, M.A., principal from 1865 to 1893.

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Perhaps in the internet age an old-fashioned library is less essential than it once was.

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Campus relaxation.

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Another college, that of Nowrosjee Wadia.

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"Sitting an exam."

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The city's Sassoon Hospital.

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Tower of the hospital.

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The Sassoon family originated in Iraq but became prominent elsewhere in Asia, including China.

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A trilingual plaque. Henry Wilkins, who attained the rank of general, was an architect on the side. Among other projects, he renovated the famous Aden tanks, q.v. under Yemen.

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A recycled British government guest house.

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Post office.

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The remarkably churchlike synagogue, another Wilkins production.

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Tower clock, made by John Bennett, Cheapside, London.

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Sassoon's tomb on the synagogue grounds were also designed by Wilkins.

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St. Mary's Church, in the cantonment area.

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Interior.

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An unusual last name and perhaps related to the Cecil Le Mesurier who worked in the Ceylon Civil Service and established the village there known as Lemesuriergama.

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Monument with tarboosh or fez.

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Monument with truncated palm.

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Tablet to a junior officer on the Great Trigonometrical Survey.

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A metaphor gone wrong.

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A popular spot, the Empress Botanical Garden.

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Queen's Garden.

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A new shopping center.

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High-rise suburb with a farfetched name.

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The location adjoins a major highway.

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The same road, running south to Bangalore.

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One of many car dealerships along the highway.

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Farther north, the road drops down to the coast.

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The section of the highway between Pune and Bombay is about the most modern one in India.

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Along its entire length there seem to be no bullock carts or loose animals.

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Back near Pune, an office building has sprouted in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, adjoining the village of Chinchwad.


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