From Pune


Amit Paranjape's Blog

12 July 1961 – this fateful day will remain forever etched in Pune’s history. A day that changed the history and geography of this great city. Call it a bad coincidence – but two events that happened almost exactly 200 years apart have played a critical role in Pune’s history – to the extent that they have been added to the local Marathi lexicon.  The first one was the 3rd Battle of Panipat in 1761 and the second one: the Panshet flood. “पानिपत झालं” (Panipat zala) and “पानशेत झालं” (Panshet zala) are commonly used terms today to refer to a big disaster.

Half a century ago, the new under-construction Panshet dam had started developing some problems, even before it was complete. Against some recommendations, the dam was being filled up during the 1961 monsoon season. Cracks started developing and yet there was lot of debate on whether the dam was…

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From Pune


ImageThalipeet is a northern Karnataka, Maharashtra breakfast dish.

This works somewhere along the lines of sandwiches, and chaats where the cook can go berserk with imagination.


½ kg.        Raagi flour(millet)

2              onions

4-5           green chillies finely chopped.

1-2 tbsp    coconut scraping.

1 fist full of bay leaves

½ bunch coriander leaves

Salt to taste

Raagi is mixed with water and salt to create a think batter. To this the other ingredients are added.

Heat a skillet, oil it with a tsp. On oil.

Pour a ladle of the batter spread thin and cover.

Uncover in 1=2mnts, flip over and roast.

The next roti does not need oiling drop the batter, then lace it with oil/ghee whatever.

Serve as breakfast, or evening snack with chutney, pickle ,curd.

If the dough is made slightly stiff, then the rotis come out a bit harder, this can be served as accompaniment…

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We the people..

a. Raja gets release on bail. After supposedly meticulous ferreting by CBI for three long years, Kannimolzh, A. Raja and some others were found guilty and taken to custody. Making history, the man gets released almost unconditionally, free to intimidate witness or liquidate them, if that has not already been done by UPA. His release …