Monday, July 12, 2010

Puneri Patya

What fascinates me about every culture is its uniqueness and individuality. Culture always remained pride of its belonging Place. But hang on…. What is culture??... It can be anything that represents the set of shared attitudes, values, and goals. It is an integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behaviour that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning…. Errr in easiest form…culture is any place’s local identity….

Example… Puneri Pati…. Well, it’s unofficial but hard hitting famous culture of PUNE. Puneri Pati mean, Boards displaying or addressing some messages in Pune. like Shop name board or some Notice Board…. Every board’s speciality is its unique way of message delivery…. Kinda sarcastic…. N more taunting…. Myth behind these Patis (Boards) is…. Creativity of Kokanasth Brahmins. They are famous for being Khadooos!!!! (No offence please…) The writing style of board is actually their style of speaking… fun to hear that. To be frank till date I couldn’t get chance to see these board in Real but I have met several Kokanastha Brahmin and Punekar also…. Their way of speaking is somewhat matching with the style of Puneri Pati… lol…. I enjoyed it…….

Lets have a look at some of the Puneri Pati, biggest hurdle is, these Patis are non translatable. I mean of course it is possible to translate into English but with real tone of Punekar and exact taunt can hardly be achieved. If I translate any board message, it will be like having chocolate along with its wrapper…. So I am avoiding it. I am just making you aware that there is such culture (unofficial)….& to enjoy it one need to learn Marathi!!!


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