This was my third visit to Pune (and my fourth time in India) but the first time I had the opportunity to see the city and take some photos. With only the weekend to explore I packed my x100 and National Geographic pouch for protection against the dust and heat.
Pune has a number of Temples and although photography is generally not permitted inside there are usually flower sellers nearby offering blessings to leave in the temples. This lady outside Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati (temple to the Hindu god Ganesh) at Budhvar Peth was happy to pose for a photo when I asked and I like the way she offers the flower towards the camera.
Further south near Parvati hill is Saras Garden. The garden has fountains and lawns with an 18th century temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the centre. Outside the main entrance there are stalls and a fair at the main entrance which offer further photo opportunities. Outside the side entrance nearest the temple there are more flower sellers preparing and selling a wide range of colourful offerings.
Our walk continued at the Western end of Laxmi road, one of the longest (and busiest) commercial streets in Pune and headed east towards MG road. Every couple of hundred yards or so the purpose of the shops change. Starting with jewellery and clothes you wander past food stalls, general stores and on to car and bike spares and repairs to name a few.
Street photography as a westerner can be quite difficult even in the busy shopping area of Laxmi road as you stand out even before you pull your camera to your eye but most people are more than happy for you to take a street portrait of them and its not unusual to be asked to join locals in one of their family photos.
At first I thought these guys were selling potatoes but it was some sort of fruit on their cart.