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Stories from Pune. Meet the people, live the history and discover not just a city, but a whole way of life.
21 Episodes
Satish Khade, a civil engineer, has been a water activist and has been working in the field of water conservation for more than a decade. He is the editor of the monthly 'Jalsanvad' publication running from last 17 years & dedicated to Water issues only. A true Punekar at heart, he's been guiding several govt and non govt organizations to create awareness and actionable steps in this domain. His contribution as a member and president of the Rotary club has been exemplary. He is a core Team member of Jalbiradari, Maharashtra and is the district director for water and sanitation for 2021-22. He's also the author of the book 'Abhinav Jalnayak'.
Dr. Kaustubh Radkar a 27 time Ironman finisher across all continents, the Only Indian to do so; with the vision of creating a healthy platform for Indians but rest of the world to train for different sports.  A Johns Hopkins trained rehabilitation specialist Dr Radkar moved to India in December 2013, and has worked selflessly in motivating people across all age groups, walks of life to take up an active lifestyle. He was the only Indian to finish Ironman World Championship at Kona in 2017. A former Indian national swimming champion for 1995-2000, Kaustubh was also the fastest Indian at the Comrades Ultra marathon in 2016; and holds the record for the Fastest Debut for an Indian at Ultraman Florida. The Ultraman Triathlon is a 3 day event which consists of 10 km swimming, 423 km cycling and 84.4 km running spread over 3 days with a hard cut off of 12 hours each day. Kaustubh Radkar has also been selected as one of the Fit India Ambassador, which is part of the Fit India Movement, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Ar. Avinash Nawathe approaches design like a poet, for him it all starts with the words, the underlying concept that is to be put to meter in form of a 'sketch'. His ability to connect architecture with the essence of life, i.e. human emotion, is what made him the stalwart he is today. There were many who influenced him, not just with his career but in every sphere of life that gave him the vast reservoir from where his ideas manifest. Afterall life and architecture are inseparable, both are interdependent and influence each other greatly. As a master in his craft, working tirelessly in the stubborn Pune market, he understands that the major challenge in architectural creations, is maintaining your architectural intent without any compromise in the midst of multiple demands of different disciplines including the local byelaws. The seed for "AvinashNawathe Architects", was sowed in the year 1985, it burst open in Pune's real estate scenario with dynamism and creativity, strengthening its roots in a market that has a reputation for being demanding and having an uncompromising attitude towards quality.  Today it stands tall and proud with 1000+ completed projects, over 300+ number of ongoing project. ANA now has a robust team of 75 highly qualified personnel, working cohesively in a progressive, rigorous & challenging environment.
Having the urge and inquisitiveness to learn and explore, Shivkumar Javdekar earned his Civil Engineering degree from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Pune. Getting the perfect head start, Shivkumar started his career as a Junior Engineer with the esteemed Shapoorji Pallonji at their Mercedes Benz (c/o Tata Motors) plant in Pimpri, Pune. Discovering his interests in construction, he went on to work with eminent names in the real-estate industry. He then co-founded Pandit Javdekar with Rahul Pandit, who shared his vision and passion for excellence and achievement. A stickler for perfection, Shivkumar personally scrutinizes every aspect of the construction and business at large to make sure that as the business grows, the fineness and innovations are enhanced to suit the scale. Through his perseverance and actions he attests, ‘We are in this business not just because it is lucrative, we are here for the joy of creation.’ Shivkumar is a fountain of innovative business ideas and often takes on the role as a leader of the business – assuming full responsibility for its performance, success, or failure. An avid reader, Shivkumar is also an enthusiastic traveler. He loves to explore and takes the time to travel across the world to appreciate prominent structures and buildings.
Shrirang Godbole

Shrirang Godbole


Meet the man behind films like Harishchandra chi factory and Chintoo. In 1979, he Shrirang started his career as a stage actor when he joined Theatre Academy, Pune. He acted in Jabbar Patel's Ghashiram Kotwal, Padgham and Satish Alekar's Mahanirvan, Pralay, Bhint, Atireki. In 1986, he started writing his own plays. He started writing for Grips Theatre Movement in India. Godbole has directed many TV serials and films. Many events including Award Ceremonies, Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, The PIFF Bazar are coordinated by him. Working as a Producer, Writer, Director for Films, Television, Theatre, Children's Theatre & Theatre in Education, Innovative Educational Solutions and Online Educational Content.  He has received many awards including National as well as Maharashtra State Awards for Feature Films and Theatre, Zee Marathi Awards, Zee Talkies Awards, Maharashtra Times Ma.Ta. Sanman awards and many more.
Rahul Solapurkar is an actor par excellence and has contributed as an actor in marathi cinema with the films like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Rajmata Jijau, Dhumakool, Jai Hind and Natha Pure Aata. Also v.well know for his portrayal of Taklya Haiwan in Thartharat (1987). For the last 40 years he has been working as a professional actor on stage, television & films. Being part of more than 100 marathi films, 6 hindi films & many television serials & programs, he has also delivered lectures on different subjects all over the world. Being a true Punekar at heart, he is also active in a lot of social causes. Credits: Amit Dharma - interview host Vardhan Deshpande - sound engineer
Meet Punekar Praful Chandawarkar, Founder and Managing Director, Chiranjeev Restaurant and Foods Pvt Ltd (Malaka Spice Group). Praful's career spans more than 32 years post his Hospitality Management and Business Management academia. For the last 23 years he has owned and operated the brand that is Malaka Spice which still sounds as if it started yesterday. He has conceptualized and operated successful concepts in hospitality. The group has expanded into several brands and home delivery businesses with 3 cloud kitchens, a full fledged training academy that is currently undertaking projects to help fellow hoteliers in operating successful businesses and a beautiful farm called Cherish Farm which is the agricultural project of the group. Cherish Farm is where organic fruits and vegetables are grown to be used in Malaka Spice. The group has also launched 4 new brands in their home delivery business namely Won China (Chinese Cuisine), Tvum (Indian Cuisine), Rap N Roll (for quick bites, wraps and rolls) and Top Hat. The latest development is the launch of Healyam which will focus on spiritual, physical, mental and intellectual well being of corporate organizations, institutions and individuals alike. Credits: Amit Dharma - interview host Vardhan Deshpande - sound engineer
A nutritionist with over 20 years of experience, Avanti advises and guides clients about not just weight loss, but also healthy living. In addition to this, she's an author and also has her own line of food products.  How does she do so much? What motivates her? And does she have any food and healthy living tips for us? Listen in to find out. Remember to subscribe to us wherever you are listening to the show. Follow Avanti on Instagram or visit her website for more info.
Pune's rich history of cycling had taken a hit over the years. But thanks to groups and initiatives like Speaking Wheels, cycling is being reintroduced to Punekars as a leisure activity. We speak with Amit Gadgil and Rahul Nene of Speaking Wheels who are on a mission to take cycling back to those who had forgotten about it.  Don't forget to subscribe and share!
Welcome to Season 2 of The Punekar Podcast. As a part of a large family run business, Amit Paranjape of PSCL has worked hard to find his niche and make a mark for himself. An engineer, MBA and almost an IPL cricketer, Amit's story is an inspirational one that all youngsters must listen to. Remember to subscribe and follow us to stay updated about the upcoming episodes.
Mukta Chaitanya has completed Psychological First Aid course at Johns Hopkins University and worked as a member on the Cyber ​​Committee of the Women’s Commission. Mukta has received the Arun Sadhu Fellowship for 2019-20. Studies and research are being conducted under the Fellowship on 'Use and Consequences of Gaming and Porn Sites: Ages 8 to 18'. Also, a book called 'Screen Time' has been published for children and parents. She shares her views with Punekars on positively managing screen time. Mukta has been in journalism since 1999. She was working as the Chief Deputy Editor with Lokmat. Since 2013 she is working as a freelance journalist. To date, she has written in various newspapers like Lokmat, Loksatta, Maharashtra Times, Divya Marathi, Mahanagar, Saamana and web portals such as The Wire Marathi, Just Right Cinema, Bigul etc. She has also written extensively for various magazines and Diwali issues. She has published two books with Samakalin Prakashan and Mehta Prakashan. She has also acted as a content editor for Think Bank - YouTube channel Her blog
Saurabh Patvardhan is not a first-generation businessperson, but he's writing up a lot of firsts against his name. Founder of Kimaya Brewing Co. that's affectionately known as #PunyachiBeer (and rightly so!), he has blazed a trail that the traditional Punekar wouldn't have always thought of doing. The unique flavours of his beers and the ambitions and dreams he harbours for this space are truly unparalleled. Listen in as we talk to him about everything from what a craft beer is to what's the best pairing with a beer. (Hint: everything!)
Meet Padmashri Arvind Gupta, the man who revolutionized turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves while learning basic principles of science and design. He gave one of the most loved TED Talks of all times. Considered as one of Top50 innovators in the world, UNESCO advisor for science teaching, Arvind Gupta tells us why his provocative statement holds good - "The best thing that a child can do with a Toy is to Break it". He speaks to us about Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) as a brilliant initiative of the present government. Also tells right parenting techniques to develop a scientific mindset amongst children. Amongst the several awards for his lifelong efforts to popularize science, he shares which one is closest to his heart and why. Author of 27 books, he has also translated more than 300 books to other languages, conducted science workshops in 3000+ schools.  His books, toys and experiments are available, copyright-free, on his website -
Electrical engineer, PhD., gypsy driver and robot cleaner. Meet Dr. Umesh Krishna, the wildlife activist who now works for tribal welfare. If ever there was a rollercoaster life story this is it! This Punekar has pretty much seen it and done it all. Tune in and listen to him in conversation with Siddharth Rahalkar about how an established engineer chose to follow his passion and is now working on making a “Strategy for Wildlife” about their conservation and improvement.
As a fourth generation leader of one of India's legendary businesses - Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale - Indraneel Chitale is responsible for navigating the business through its next phase of growth, while at the same time retaining its core values and connect with what gave it legendary status. We speak with him about how he is bringing about growth through new store formats, automation at the factory level and how the company navigated the tricky pandemic period and managed a positive outcome. And yes, he does tell us about what makes the Bakarwadi legendary and the story of its birth!
One of Pune's most-respected IT professionals, Deepak Shikarpur has spent a lifetime setting up, growing and nurturing businesses. An author of 41 books, his insight into IT and related fields is second to none. Having played a pivotal role in the growth of the IT industry in Pune, he is now dedicated to the growth of professionals and entrepreneurs in Pune through his latest venture - IT Career Counselling. In a freewheeling chat with The Punekar, Deepak shares his life's journey, his inspirations and what he thinks can turn Maharashtra into "Cyber-rashtra".
A Punekar himself, he shares how India is tackling the epidemic, status of vaccine manufacturing, the personal story of a researcher and why we should not let our guard down.
A businessman and philanthropist, Sudhir Mehta is a multi-faceted man leading a large business and working to revitalise the city's business.
At a time when farmers' incomes were ravaged by lockdowns, Gorakh dada set up farmers' marketplaces and a complete ecosystem around it to secure their livelihoods.
A true-blue Punekar, Sameer Belvalkar is one of the best known photographers in Pune. A career spanning nearly two decades has seen him shoot for such films as Jodhaa Akbar, My Name is Khan and many more marquee projects. On this candid chat with...
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