A new start...

Citadel - - CITADESK - — Sapna Sar­fare sapna.citadel@gmail.com

look­ing for­ward to some­thing new, au­da­cious and the some­what un­known. Com­ing on board as the edi­tor of Pune’s lead­ing mag­a­zine, it means a re­spon­si­bil­ity of rep­re­sent­ing a city that has been a true rep­re­sen­ta­tive of not just of Ma­ha­rash­tra, but also the as­pi­ra­tions of the mil­lions who have passed through it or call it home. Citadel is truly about be­ing the heart and soul of the city and know­ing what it wants. March is women’s month, they say. But we truly re­joice in Women’s Day ev­ery time we see our sis­ters achieve suc­cess against odds. And Pune has al­ways been a place that saw rev­o­lu­tions change women’s life for bet­ter. Whether it is the fight for women’s ed­u­ca­tion with Ma­hatma Jy­otiba Phule and his wife Sav­it­ribai Phule, to our present day sce­nario of se­ries of women may­ors lead­ing on the po­lit­i­cal front, Pune wants its women to think that sky is the limit. Keep­ing that spirit alive, we have the city’s dy­namic Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Rashmi Shukla, on the cover. Af­ter all, who bet­ter to rep­re­sent the city’s go-get­ting Puneri mahi­las than her? She hap­pens to be the city’s sec­ond woman po­lice com­mis­sioner, af­ter Meeran Bor­wankar. Con­sid­er­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of a metro like Pune, not just in the state but also on a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level, it is an up­beat mes­sage sent to other cities. From the 1988 batch, this rather ap­proach­able but still firm IPS of­fi­cer has been cre­at­ing an im­pact right from the mo­ment she took charge. Right from giv­ing her num­ber to the cit­i­zens to ap­proach her for is­sues, to com­ing up with ini­tia­tives like the Buddy Cop or Po­lice Kaka schemes, Shukla has made sense of the chaos that is ham­per­ing the city’s growth. Her words are mea­sured but speak miles. Her in­ter­view in­spires us to prac­tice what we speak. Well, our tryst to pro­vide some re­mark­able stuff doesn’t stop here. Get in­tro­duced to the tal­ented (and good-look­ing) graphic artist and writer Tejas Modak, who has co-writ­ten the re­cent Marathi hit film Gu­la­b­jaam. Just lis­ten to him speak about be­ing the cre­ative be­ing that he is. We also in­tro­duce to you busi­ness­woman Darshana Ubl, whose ven­ture might in­trigue the travel-savvy Punekar. She pro­vides lux­u­ri­ous hol­i­days in Europe, com­plete with lav­ish cars to ex­clu­sive fun stays and the whole nine yards. Her jour­ney as an en­tre­pre­neur hum­bles and in­spires you. Meet re­cent Pad­mashree Award win­ner Arvind Gupta – the hum­ble toy in­ven­tor and sci­ence ex­pert, who for years, has been mak­ing sci­ence more fun for kids and also teach­ing them about it with toys from waste. His pas­sion for sci­ence has made him some­one worth idol­is­ing. Then there is Shirin Mer­chant, who hap­pens to be one of In­dia’s first ca­nine be­haviourists and train­ers. She us the first one to prop­a­gate the idea of un­der­stand­ing your dog and hav­ing a well-be­haved dog… Read the re­view of the much talked about Kharadi-based bistro Krusty’s. Or check out the fash­ion pages, which might in­ter­est our jewellery fans. Our usual col­umns are also present to make your ex­pe­ri­ence so much more en­hanced. Till next time, au revoir... we will meet you with some other sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences to share.

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