With just two weeks to go, flight tickets were expensive. Those within budget were at very odd times. Plus, transportation within Pune was also difficult to find - there was only one automatic car available for rent during our time. All research proved that it would be a costly exercise. As I was discussing the same with Nikesh, he gave the idea to do a road trip from Bangalore. It is only 13.5 hrs. This solved both the local transportation problem as well as the BLR - Pune problem. 13.5 hrs was long but doable in a day. So, with this the plan was set.
Day 1 -
We left Bangalore at 4 am on Sat 29th. A day before I had made plans on how to optimize the car time - Watch movies. Borrowed iPad from papa and bought an elastic wire to hang the iPad on the back of car seat. I had tried to order a fancy car accessory for this but somehow the transaction did not go through. Hence, this cheap-o-hack was done and I was very proud of it.
We reached Pune at around 8:30 pm. It took us 2 hrs just to cover the last 30 kms stretch - a perfect welcome by Pune traffic. For dinner, we decided to check out the iconic Dorabjee and sons restaurant - a classic Parsi cuisine. Since we reached quiet late, there was no vegetarian option left except for Salli which is nothing but thin sliced potato chips. Amazing that Parsis call this as a side dish. The Dhansak dal was amazing. Food again was simple but very well made.
The second last act was by Krewella a duo female band and they had very good tracks. They themselves were very energetic and engaged the crowd thoroughly. DJ snake was the highlight of the evening but we found him to be ok. Little mainstream so to say. But still we stuck out for the midnight fireworks
We left little late at 10 am. We had quick breakfast at Kattikarr which serves only Misal - a local Puneri dish. Misal was very spicy and chilly. I was trying to order a high spicy one when the server asked to switch to medium which was also very spicy for my taste buds. We stopped at Kolhapur for a Punjabi lunch and then later at Upadhyay for dinner. I was trying to finish sacred games on the way back but it is still pending.
On the forward journey, I saw Tumbadd on iPad and totally loved it. It is definitely a very unique and stylized film. Would rate it 4/5. We also saw Raazi along the journey which is also a great film. Comicstaan episodes were an easy and perfect watch along the way too.
Sunburn overall was interesting. Definitely some great music and now I know whom to follow in the EDM arena. A good short trip to end this very travel heavy year of 2018!