Sweet surprise for Punekars as Chitale Bandhu decided to keep shop open during afternoon hours

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Pune city is the subject of numerous myths. One of the most prevalent is that Pune’s shopkeepers enjoy taking their afternoon siestas between 1 and 4 in the afternoon. About Pune’s well-known sweets store Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, one of Maharashtra’s most well-known writers, P L Deshpande once stated: “Even if Pune’s favorite deity, Dagdusheth Ganpati, came to the Chitale shop around 2 pm, the owners will ask the god to come back around 4 when the shop reopens.”

The Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale has now decided to keep the shop open seven days a week, from 9 am to 8.30 pm, so this will now become folklore.

As per further information from the X handle of user Shilpa Godbole, posting a photo for the Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale branch of the Deccan area “And my dear Punekars. Adhicha (Earlier) Pune is over as we speak. Now what will people (outside of Pune) joke about?”

Several netizens have sarcastically commented on the post:

An X user says “Chitale Bandhu now finally changing to accommodate new-age Punekars and non-Punekars who are increasing in number by the day. But it was fun to have the 12-4 dukaan band (shop closed).”

Another X user said, “It must be a cultural shock for employees working as they cannot have a nap in the afternoon.”

Another X user tweets “Not what else is left for Punekars to have ‘जाज्वल्य अभिमान’ (utmost pride) about!?!”

Another X user tweeted “What!! Sacrilege in Pune. 7 day week is tolerable. But open between 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm isn’t Pune anymore.”

Shreyas Vange

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