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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057

Banging & Swinging:

Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057
Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057

On the morning of 8th of December 2013, when I read the news - Kapil Dev inaugurates new golf course in Pune - I decided to visit Blue Ridge Golf Club at Hinjewadi (www.pscl.in)

The news said that this 1 lakh sq.ft. nine hole golf course includes 250 yard 'golf academy' with practice facilities and target greens - bunkers at 100, 150 and 200 yards - 2,000 meters of 'cart path' to connect each hole - and three lakes!

Though I didn't understand what it all mean - suddenly, I found playing golf a fascinating idea.

All the time, I knew well that successful and rich people like me play golf. But I never thought of playing it.

Thanks to Kapil Dev! Because of him, today - for the first time in my life, I understood the true benefit of playing golf. Playing golf is the best way to kill time.

Yes. All my life, I was trying to find an answer to only one question - How to pass the time?

Today, here comes Kapil and shows me the way. Not blogging but playing golf is the best 'time pass'.

Playing golf would be better than blogging. In an instant - I realized. Walking on well maintained green meadows - would be more enjoyable than walking kacha roads to visit the sites on the day of launch. Moving around in a golf cart would be more comfortable than traveling in a PMPML bus.

Most important - The game of golf is about honesty, honor and respect, not just hitting a ball around a grassy park. Whereas blogging Pune real estate market has become nothing but writing (or not writing) about how this criminal enterprise is systematically threatening, exploiting, extorting & looting Pune property buyers.

"Ravi Karandeekar. Stop banging your head against a brick wall. Stop blogging. Start swinging golf club," I told myself and visited Blue Ridge Golf Club at Hinjewadi.

Thalipeeth & Red Wine:

Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057
Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057

A flea market welcomed me at the entrance of Blue Ridge Golf Club.

"Ravi Karandeekar! Welcome to The Tee Party! Join the celebration - play the game - and feel free to enjoy all the nice things that go with golf!," the one who welcomed me said.

"Nice things means - honesty - honor - respect?," I asked.

"No. French wine. Scandinavian beer. Arabic meat!," said the one who welcomed me.

"What do you recommend?," I asked.

"Try Kothimbir wadi with Beer and Thalipeeth with Red Wine!," said the one who welcomed me.

"Fusion! I am sure it must be tempting!! But, first I would like to try to swing and walk the course," I said and walked away - resisting the temptation to reveal my true identity.

Because I am known as Ravi Karandeekar, you assume that I am Chitpavan Kokanastha Brahmin. But, the truth is, I am Vincent Federico Gonsalves. I don't eat Kothimbir wadi. Shashank Paranjape, the builder of Blue Ridge Hinjewadi, is not my 'Mama' - maternal uncle.

OMG! Golf has already started growing on me. I have started valuing honesty, honor & respect!

Balls & Holes:

Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057
Visit Blue Ridge Golf Club, Hinjewadi, Pune 411 057

Instead of waiting for my turn to try to swing the golf club, I decided to wander around and get the feel of life I am going to enjoy for the rest of my life.

Yes, the golf course was more fascinating than I had imagined. Unknowingly, I started visualizing myself in place of the players. Habitually, I took out my camera and started clicking photographs - assuming that I was shooting me.

Some player came and requested me to show the photos. While showing him the photos, I realized that in every frame some highrise tower was prominently present.

"A hill would have been better than these damn towers - don't you think so?," I said.

"Certainly! These buildings remind me of my days in China," said the player.

"Are you refereeing to China's Ghost Cities?," I asked him.

"Yes!," said the player.

"But I saw some people staying in these buildings. There is a drive way for them - right from the main road to the basement parking of their building - along with a lift - to take them up to their flat - I saw a few cars coming and going - if you don't believe - have a look from my camera - you can see clothes drying in balcony. There are no ghosts - a few - but real human beings - stay in these towers!," I said.

"Human beings....that's more frightening! Isn't it?," said the player.

"I don't know what you are talking about. I am interested in balls & holes - not in people. Sorry!," I said.

"You misunderstood me. We share common interests. I am also talking about balls & holes! Forgot to introduce - I am..," extending his hand, the player said.

"Whatever!," I said and started running away. Shouting loudly - I am Vincent Federico Gonsalves. I am Vincent Federico Gonsalves.

View Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge, 138 Acre Integrated Township, Hinjewadi Phase 1, Pune in a larger map

Contact Blue Ridge Hinjewadi:


Near Cognizant, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase-I,
Hinjewadi, Pune - 411 057.
Tel.: +91 - 20 - 3980 3980

E-mail : info@pscl.in

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  1. nice post..ended suddenly :) could not get wat u exactly wanted to say..

    1. I agree with you, Niranjan. Couldn't find the right words to say what I wanted to say (!)

  2. Very well written Ravi, as always, you should try your hand at journalism, right? ;)

  3. FSI of this golf club was used to stack too many floors in the towers and residents can't use this land. All they are left with is narrow space around the towers with cramped amenities.