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Book Review | Urban and Regional Planning | India | Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023
A Comprehensive Review and Analysis of Pune: Queen of the Deccan - An Exploration of Urban Transformation
Bageshree Yeolekar - Kadam
Abstract: Pune: Queen of the Deccan' isa prodigious book, accoladed by many, including architects, urban designers, planners, historians and citizens at large, as a piece of work which is by far the only one which gives a 'satisfactory' account of the city's urban history. The authors Dr. Jaymala Diddee and late Dr. Samita Gupta attempt to give the readers an insight into how Pune as a city underwent numerous cultural and morphological transformations throughout its history to become the city of the modern day. Amidst weaving a timeline of the history of Pune city, the authors take readers on an illustrative journey that, without doubt, proves the authenticity of their extensive research. Nevertheless, this book is an outcome of a research project sponsored by Bajaj Auto Ltd., Forbes Marshall Ltd. and Kirloskar Group of companies, designed and first published by Elephant Design Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2000. The authors discovered that although there were scholarly works dealing with "specific periods or aspects of the city from the point of view of a historian, a geographer or even a social scientist"' there was no documentation of the multifaceted story of the city of Pune's evolution from being small village to becoming one of India's 'gateway cities' (Diddee & Gupta, 2000). They felt the need for a book that would "construct Pune's urban personality, as it evolved and changed through time and in space". This book stitches together some earmarking events through its evolution, touching upon Pune's modern - day urban form.
Keywords: Pune, Urban History, Morphological transformations, Contemporary urban form, Metropolis
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023,
Pages: 56 - 61