Pune signboards (Puneri Patya)
The world abounds with wierd, funny and hilarious signboards and these ones are from Pune. They are a collection of boards (Patya) from the Puneri Patya site and reproduced here with the kind permission of the owner of the site. He has a huge collection and I am showing just a few here. Those who understand Marathi need no further explanation but wherever necessary I have translated.
This first one is a sign outside a restaurant. The Marathi line above the English one actually says that this is where you get food prepared by the Maharashtrian method, and it sounds perfect in Marathi…
Misal is a popular Maharashtrian snack. The sign below says that two people cannot eat one Misal, and if they do then they will be charged Rs 10/- extra! I have heard of more than one person being prevented from eating an unlimited buffet meal or a thali, but never heard of any restaurant which stop its patrons from sharing one dish!
Shortage of change has driven many of us up the wall and we see signs demanding change everywhere! From local buses to ticket counters to toll booths. Hotels are generally kinder. Not this one though!
The next photograph, of a pot holed Pune road was first published in a Marathi newspaper. We are all used to bad roads but Pune residents could not take it and expressed their anger by putting up a sign saying that this is the site of a 100 m motorcross race organised by the Pune municipal corporation!
The next sign is to designate different queues. This board says: 2T Mix Petrol. Rickshaws and Ladies!
This is a weird one. Outside a public toilet, below the sign that says “restroom” there is a line in red which says “place to burst firecrackers.” I am still figuring this one out!
No Parking signs often come with their own brand of humor, such as this one! The sign says: Parking is available on the left side through the lane in the front of the side of the building. No way I am going to try finding that parking spot!
And this one says: I am a donkey. I have parked in front of the gate. No Parking.