Portals of Pune Camp

Portals of Pune Camp

Stories by the doors and windows of Pune Camp

Doors and windows of Pune cantonment are a clue to its cosmopolitan culture.

New immigrant trader groups came to Pune in early 19 th century to cater to the British military when they set up Pune cantonment or Camp as it is now commonly called. As a result a more cosmopolitan culture developed here.

CLUES

TILES

The tiles embedded in the wall above the doors and windows point to a catholic home.
The iron grill door in front of the wooden door is a later addition. An added protection to the ground floor home that opens onto the road. It also helps beat the heat as the inner doors can be then left open to catch some breeze.
The vaccination dates marked on the walls by government agencies also point to a home that has children.

WINDOW DRESSING

The little church propped up in the window leaves no doubt as to which ethnic group the homeowners belong to.

SYMBOLS

This is a Zoroastrian home. One can identify it by the yellow Asho Farohar ( half man half bird symbol) welded onto the iron grill door. The floral stencil prints stamped in white lime powder in front of the gate is another feature of a Parsi/ Irani home.

The haphazard parking problem in this area has them use the “No Parking” sign repeatedly as a deterrent.

QUIRKS OF PUNE CAMP

SIGNAGE

The quirkiness of these camp residents is quite evident with “No parking in front of door “ painted all over their door, Two white arrows point to the door just in case someone did not get what door the signs were talking about.

The standee repeats the warning in front of the door dispensing with “of” and announces “No parking in front door” just so that the words would fit on it.

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