Monday, January 18, 2010

Another classic from streets of Pune

Here's another one in the long and (always growing) list of queer signs in Pune. I saw this outside a shop and as has often been the case, could not resist posting it here.

For the unfortunate souls who do not understand Marathi - I can only make a weak attempt at translation. I say so because the classic Puneri expression of काढून मिळेल (Kadhun milel) has no parallel in English.
Nevertheless, the notice proclaims two services available at the shop. One - you can sell scrap newspaper (colloquially called 'Raddi') and Two - you can get a PAN card here !!!

Wow, now I have to admit that this is entrepreneurship of a different level. No matter how much I racked my brain, I could not see the connection between these two business propositions. So I presume that this guy truly believes in diversified business interests. But being a Puneri, he had no qualms in proclaiming both COMPLETELY unrelated matters in one single desultory flick.
On second thoughts, I see that both these businesses have a common link, in that both have something to do with paper. I now sincerely hope that the two businesses are really distinct !


Vinay said...

Well, Pune is famous for all such out-of-the-way stuff! Guess, this "different" mentality is what makes Pune so special

Pushkaraj said...

@ Anonymous - I had to delete an Anonymous comment from my earlier post as it was pure SPAM. So I would appreciate if you can reveal who you are as I have decided not to entertain any anon comments here. Although your comment here is harmless, I will be deleting your comment by tomorrow, unless I know who you are.
@ Susan Deborah - Thanks for the comment. Ever wondered what 'Horn OK Please' means anyway? By itself it doesn't make any sense at all. But we all accept it as a perfectly OK phrase. The most memorable warning sign I have seen in Sikkim Himalay is 'On my curves, watch your nerves.' Try beating that...
@ Vinay - Thanks. I agree with you. Just that Pune would be better off if it is a little more open to the world outside.

Sumita Kale said...

That's a great should add it to the puneripatya website..

On the road signs..heres a guy who actually has a book out on this

Horn OK Please...
can mean...'you please horn, OK?' so I know you plan to overtake me.
Having written that..I thought I would google this and guess what! I found a wiki entry on this!


Pushkaraj said...

@ Sumita Kale - Thanks for the comment. The wiki page on Horn OK Please made interesting reading too. Actually that article can now also include the fact the there is a eating joint called Horn OK Please!
The puneripatya website doesn't show up. Unless I am trying the wrong url.

Sumita Kale said...

This works for puneripatya
This one for submission of new paati..