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‘This place has a mysterious charm’

education Updated: Jul 02, 2013 16:46 IST
Rahat Bano
Rahat Bano
Hindustan Times
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Paromita Ghosh of West Bengal chose an education hub in west India to pursue her master’s from the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre, University of Pune. Currently working as an intern in a non-governmental organisation at Gurgaon, Ghosh shares her experience

Tell us something about your academic and family background.
I was born and brought up in Siliguri. Growing up in a joint family of 18 members dining together has taught me unity, love and service that comes not just from one individual but from a cluster of people, the benevolence evolved more with my convent schooling in St Joseph’s High School.

After my boards I opted for sociology with my vision to serve society that can be fulfilled only with understanding society and knowing about it. I pursued my education from (North Bengal) St Xavier’s College, Rajganj.

Why did you choose to study in Pune and why at the University of Pune? Why did you choose this course (MA in gender, culture and development studies?) How did you get to know about this course?
During my bachelor’s, my professors talked about Pune University’s gender, cultural and development studies course. The will to always go out of the city brought in colours of hope with this news. Growing up in a small and multicultural city didn’t ever obstruct my growth. However, to broaden my horizon and due to the urge of seeing the world, this was necessary and thus I applied to the university and the course worked out really interesting.

Pune has made me grow up as an individual, matured my thoughts and gave me a different perspective to see society. The two years of master’s have made me stand up with confidence and face the world.

Where did you go on your first outing in Pune?
I still remember the rainy day when we classmates had gone to the FC (Fergusson College Road) - our first hang-out at Viashali over cheese uthappa.

What are the five things you love about the city of Pune?
The city has a mysterious charm with a good morning vada-pav and poha that makes it so close to me.

What are the five things you dislike about it?
Other than the paralysed public transport and the exorbitant auto fare, I have no grudge against this special city of mine.

What are the five places/things that a student must visit/do in Pune?
The city has awesome weekend escapes. A quick ride of an hour can mesmerise one with lush green lands, the Sinhagad Fort, Mulshi, Tamini Ghat, Lonawala, Bhatgar Dam. These are just a few places to visit. Memories of Pune as a city of youthfulness and energy, my education, friends and Adarsh Canteen are a precious part of me.

Love

* There is something special about it: The city has a mysterious charm with a good morning vada-pav and poha that makes it so close to me

* The city has an effect on your personality: Pune has made me grow up as an individual, matured my thoughts and gave me a different perspective to see society

* Great places to visit: It has awesome weekend escapes. A quick ride of an hour can mesmerise one with lush green lands, the Sinhagad Fort, Mulshi, Tamini Ghat, Lonawala, and Bhatgar Dam

Don’t like

* Travelling around: I do not like the paralysed public transport

* Auto fare: The autorickshaw fare are exorbitant