Hi, I’m Vallarie Upteh and I’m 15 years old, from Dr Kalmadi Shamrao High School. And I love my school very much because it’s made me what I am.
Right now, I’m off to Laxmi Road to buy a lady’s sari, a very traditional one, so I’m just hiring now a rickshaw, so …
it’s an auto rickshaw, and you get them every day, if you want to go anywhere. You just hop into one rickshaw and you just pray that the rickshaw would take you there. All rickshaws have these special characteristics, you know, like there are guys who keep on honking their horns, there are guys who pretend not to hear, and there are guys who, though you tell them where you want to go, they’ll choose their own route and take you there by a longer way, so you just need to get used to that.
Right now I’m in the most traditional part of the city. This is called Laxmi Road and you’ve got roads going out from here which are named after the seven days of the week; they’re called Peths, and you’ve got things like Budhwar Peth, Shaniwar Peth, Somwar Peth, and it’s all the days of the week. And it’s like the most traditional part, and the oldest part of Pune city, and you can really get the best bargains out here.
Yeah, I guess we’ll … I think this shop looks good because I see lots of saris and maybe I can find one here.
[IN SARI SHOP]
All around you’ll see all shelves of saris, so I think saris, saris, saris everywhere. So definitely there are too many saris; I think more than a thousand, easily.
This is nice. Now I’m just thinking maybe I could buy a sari for my mom or even my grandmom you know, because I don’t really wear saris but they do, so … you know, I’m thinking maybe she could wear this, it’d look nice.
Basically what you call these Pune saris are obviously… you make them in Pune, and you know these borders are, like, very traditional and that’s why… and then this is the typical characteristic of these saris.
[TRYING ON SARI]
You know, anyone can look beautiful in a sari; you look graceful when you’re in a sari. Just a plain piece of cloth, but then it can add beauty to anyone’s length, you know.
We got a discount and we’re … we got a discount!
How much did you get it for?
We got it for 20 rupees this one, that’s extremely good.
[IN STREET MARKET]
I think I could buy some earrings to go along with my sari that I just bought, so I can see one stall here, I’ll just go there.
I like one of these traditional ones but then there’s these funky kind, so I think it’s good.
He said 25 for those small little triangles which, I guess, is too much so I go to the next shop, you know. If you don’t want to get, I mean, completely pestered by shopkeepers you really need to keep to the centre of the road.
I’m looking for a tiny, pretty pink to purple pair of earrings.
I’m in this place where you get this amazing thing called a Mastani. It is this ice cream and you get it in a glass of milk shake. It comes in any number of varieties, flavours, smells. It’s thick, gooey, syrupy, sweet, but nice and all.
The thing I most like about Pune is everyone seems to know everyone around here; it’s like there’s not one place where you don’t feel at home. It’s a really happening place.