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The pohawalas who satiate Nagpur’s craving for ‘Tarri-Poha’

Keshav Mankar serving hot poha to his customers at his shop in Deo Nagar, Nagpur (Photo: Safalya Hole)

Nagpur fetish for Tarri-Poha? knows no bounds! And it surely won’t be an exaggeration to claim that the yummiest pohas served by Nagpur pohawalas. It’s hard to decipher whether demand is driving the quality of supply or vice-versa. Nation Next introduces you to the most popular pohawalas in Nagpur.

Jai Seva Pohewala @ Ramdaspeth

How old: 22 years

Time to visit: 9 am to 10 pm

Things to know: This joint was started by Lalit Tumdam in 1994, when he was 12 years old. Lalit mainly manages the joint but his family, which comprises more than 20 members, also help him.  Lalit’s 23-year-old nephew, Lokesh, who’s pursuing M.Com from Ambedkar College, Nagpur, can also be seen assisting his uncle here. More than 300 plates of poha are sold every day at this joint. The curry served by Lalit consists of more than 15 spices carefully added by him.

Kasturchand Park ka Poha @ Kasturchand Park

How old: 43 years

Time to visit: 8 am to 6 pm

Things to know: There are a lot of pohawalas carts at Kasturchand Park, but none match the popularity that Rupam Sakhare enjoys. In fact, this one is famous as KP ka poha. Over the years, the stories that you’ve been hearing about a Nagpur pohawala going on yearly foreign trips along with his family are about Rupam only.  And these stories are true! Rupam sells close to 1000 plates of poha in a day; one can attribute this high turnover to the joints proximity to Nagpur railway station

Shankar Nagar ka Poha @ Shankar Nagar

How old: 32 years

Time to visit: 4 am to 10 pm

Things to know: There are two poha joints at Shankar Nagar. One of them has his stall at the beginning of Cement Road, and the other one stands beside the Titan showroom. Both the joints are extremely popular but the one at the Cement Road has been drawing the poha lovers for years. Joggers and students throng this joint in the early morning for tea and a delicious plate of poha. Poha, at this joint, is served along with onions, lemon and thick spicy curry. One can also have jalebi in the winters here.

Keshav ka Poha @ Deo Nagar

How old: 42 years

Time to visit: 6:15 am to 7:45 am

Things to know: Don’t be late if you want to savour the poha made by Keshav Mankar. In just one and half hours in the morning, Keshavs cartful of poha is sold out, after which many customers have to return empty handed. The poha made by Keshav has a homely taste to it. Don’t make the curry too spicy, add Kabuli Chana  (white chickpeas) to it and add less water while cooking poha ? That’s Keshavs guide to a perfect plate of poha!

Chandu ka Poha @ IT Park

How old: 22 years

Time to visit: 9:30 pm to 1:30 am

Things to know: Chandu used to operate from Ramdaspeth, until two years back along with his brothers Rupesh and Raja. While his brothers continue to operate from Ramdaspeth, Chandu has moved to IT Park area catering to ?good business here due to an influx of the young professionals in the area. Irrespective of the quality, which is quite mediocre, customers still throng Chandus kiosk. Chandu serves ?Ánda Poha? (mixture of poha and egg bhurji), which, Rupesh claims, is a dish Chandu accidentally made while trying to do something new and voila, it worked!

Aunty ka Poha @ Ravi Nagar Square, Near Agrasen Hostel

How old: 18 years

Time to visit: 3 am to 12 noon

Things to know: A little spice alert, if you plan to have poha and curry at this joint! The curry is super spicy here and is a treat for those who like it extra spicy. Situated just besides the famous Agrasen hostel, this joint by Sunita Thakre aka ?Áunty? is very popular among students.

Saoji Pohewala @ Mate Square

How old: 8 years

Time to visit: 7:30 am to 6 pm

Things to know: In a short span of just eight years, this joint has become extremely popular and in contrast to other pohawalas, where students are seen in abundance, here families are seen at large. The owner, Rajkumar Mangru Saroj is basically from Uttar Pradesh, but has been in Nagpur for 17 years now. As the name suggest, the curry served here is on the lines of Nagpur’s famous saoji cuisine.

Ramji Shyamji Pohewala @ Sita Nagar, Near Radisson Blu

How old: 22 years

Time to visit: 5 am to 2 pm

Things to know: Laxminarayan Pande, the head of Pande family, is a graduate from GS College. He, along with his four sons, wakes up every day at 2:30 am for preparing poha and curry. Among his four sons, two sons – Ramji and Shyamji – are twins and are very popular among customers. The curry available with poha at this joint has khada Masala, kala chana and big pieces of tomato in it.

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With 7000 luxury cars, gold fitted private jets, Sultan of Brunei has everything money can buy




Radhika Dhawad | Brunei
The Sultan of Brunei (Photo source: EPA)

With a personal wealth of £15 billion (approx rupees one lakh crore) Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (76) has been the king for over 54 years now. Sultans huge fortune is said to increase by £80 (₹7000) per second from just oil assets that he possesses. The Sultan is the second wealthiest monarch in the world after the King of Thailand

 Flew his hairdresser via private jet for a £19,000 haircut!

Such has been the Sultans lifestyle that he once flew his barber in his private jet for a single haircut, which cost him a total of £19,000 (approx ₹16.5 lakh) Not just this but hes also known to have his polo shoes flown by his helicopter for a match.

Once court papers in 2012 revealed that he paid £1.26 million (approx. ₹10.92 crore) to his badminton coach, £1.25million (approx. ₹10 crore) for acupuncture, massage and spent £50,000 (approx. ₹ 43 lakh) on guards for his exotic birds.

The Sultan, who spends around £17million (approx. ₹147 crore) on just jewellery as presents for his family members, paid two of his housekeepers £7million (approx. ₹60 crore) each! Once, the Royal Family spent so much at London jewellers Asprey that, in 1995, he decided to buy the entire company at a cost of £320million (approx. ₹2700 crore)!

Sultan Hassanal Bolkia and second wife Queen Hajah Mariam sit on the throne during an investiture ceremony for the Sultan’s 50th birthday celebrations (Photo source: AFP)

Multiple marriages, divorces

In 1965, the Sultan married his cousin Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, with whom he has six children, including Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee. 

The Sultan remarried, but Raja still remains his wife and the Queen Consort. He married Hajah Mariam in 1982 a year before first wife Queen Saleha gave birth to their sixth child. He met her while she was working as an airhostess on a national airline.

He divorced Hajah (who was the mother of four children) in 2003 and stripped her off her royal titles. He then married TV presenter Azrinaz Mazhar, with whom he had two children before they divorced in 2010.

Micheal Jackson performed for Sultan’s 6000 subjects on his birthday

Father of 12, Sultan celebrated the weddings of his five children for a week by spending millions on each wedding. When Sultans eldest son Crown Prince, married a teenager Sarah Salleh (17), she wore jewel-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and pure gold anklet. His daughter, Princess Azemah, 38, married her first cousin in week-long wedding on January 25, 2023. 

For his oldest daughter’s wedding, Princess Rashidah, American singer Whitney Houston was flown in to sing at the reception and the Sultan paid her £5.5million (approx. ₹47 crore).

Sultans 50th birthday in 1996 was celebrated for over 15 days that cost him over £20 million (₹173 crore). The extravagant celebrations comprised a polo match, gala dinner for 3,000 at the opulent Palace where caviar from the endangered beluga was served.

Apart from this, the guests enjoyed free-flow of champagne. Not just this, the Sultan paid Micheal Jackson £14 million (approx ₹120 crore), for which the pop singer performed at three concerts – one for Sultans 6000 subjects and two for his private guests. The Sultan as a token presented every guest of his a solid gold medal!

Sultan’s Palace with 1788 rooms 

1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, air-conditioned stable for ponies

The Sultan resides at the Instana Nurul Iman Palace, which is the largest Royal residence in the world. The residence that was built over two years costs over £1billion (approx. ₹8600 crore) that includes 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.

With a personal wealth of £15 billion, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has been king for over 50 years now. Check out his crazy lifestyle!
One of the five pools inside the Brunei Palace (Photo source: The Sun)

Inside Brunei Palace (Photo source: The Sun)

With gold and diamond all over, the residence has five huge swimming pools, a banquet hall that can accommodate over 5000 guests and a mosque with a capacity of 1500 people. Apart from all this, there’s also a fully air-conditioned stable for Sultans 200 polo ponies (small horses)!

Inside Sultan’s Palace

Most expensive private house in UK

The Sultan owns a lavish house in Londons most expensive area Regent Park, St Johns Lodge that consists of three linked properties. The same property in London was bought for £40million in 1994 (estimated to be worth £110 million [approx. ₹953 crore]) by making it the most expensive private house in the United Kingdom!

St John’s House in Regent’s Park is the most expensive private house in the UK (Photo source: Alamy)

Known for being generous in gifting huge properties to his family members, the Sultan also owns plush properties on the Gold Coast of Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, to name a few.

The Sultan in 1997 gifted his playboy brother Prince Jefri a mansion worth £45 million (approx. ₹390 crore) in Las Vegas that has 92 rooms, 29 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a tennis court, three swimming pools and a huge garage that houses 11 cars.

 7000 cars worth £5billion

With almost 7000 cars, the Sultan possess the world’s largest car collection that include over 600 Rolls Royce, 500 Mercedes, 450 Ferraris, 380 Bentleys, over 100 Koenigsegg, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, 179 Jaguars and 209 BMWs. His £5billion (approx ₹43000 crore) collection also includes a 24-carat gold-plated silver Spur Limo used for Royal weddings.

Sultan’s fleet of cars
With a personal wealth of £15 billion, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has been king for over 50 years now. Check out his crazy lifestyle!
The Prince with a custom-built six door Rolls in 1984 (Photo source: Rex Features)

The custom-built Rolls Royce is gold-plated and is used for Royal weddings (Photo source: Rex Features)

Sultan’s car

Private jets decorated in gold

Not just cars, the Sultan is the proud owner of the £233 million (approx. ₹2000 crore) customised Boeing 747, with a living room and bedroom decorated in gold and crystals and washbasins of solid gold.

Inside Sultan’s private jet

With a personal wealth of £15 billion, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has been king for over 50 years now. Check out his crazy lifestyle!
Inside Sultan’s private jet

Apart from this, he also owns a customised Airbus worth £75m (approx. ₹649 crore) and a Boeing 767 worth £136m (approx. ₹1200 crore).

Sultan’s private jet

(PS: The figures are an approximate value calculated as per the current market price, which have been sourced from The Sun)

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17-year-old girl gang-raped in car at Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Nagpur Police arrested two men on Wednesday for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a car on Monday…

2 arrested after gang raping 17-yr-old in car | Nagpur

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Nagpur Police arrested two men on Wednesday for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a car in Saoner (40 kms from Nagpur city) on Monday. The cops, initiated an extensive search immediately after receiving a complaint and arrested the two. 
The two accused convinced the teenage girl to travel with them in car by offering her to drop her at her destination. The survivor, who was clueless about the accused’s intentions, helped them by giving directions for the destination.
Cops said the two, however, took a detour on the way and took her to an isolated place, parked the car and allegedly gang-raped her. The duo has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, among other charges.

Also read: Nagpur: 3 men gang rape woman, stab her to death with axe, again rape her dead body

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Nagpur citizens walk to celebrate city’s heritage ahead of Republic Day | In Pictures




Avani Arya | Nagpur
On the account of arriving Republic Day festival, a heritage dialogue was held on January 22, 2023. The aim was to celebrate the buildings that are living witnesses of the spirit of power centres belonging to today’s Indian democracy and the era of 1903 when Nagpur was the capital of the Central Provinces.
The walk included a brief narrative from 1861, where after the mutiny, the detached position of Nagpur District and territories of Saugor and Nerbudda led to the formation of a new province termed “Central Province.”
The walk covered the architecture of the structures that were the centre of British rule in the central provinces. Various public buildings of that era, such as the old secretariat, the old High Court building, and the General Post Office, which are eminent examples of British colonial architecture, were covered. Materials like sandstone, basalt, and brick masonry are used to craft the elements of the building’s architecture.
During the walk, the stickers designed by team Sakha were distributed to participants as a souvenir, which was one of the key attractions for the participants and a reason for enthusiasm too.
The walk was followed by snacks and tea, over which dialogues on improving the condition of heritage structures were held. The citizens sharing their independent opinions was the true celebration of Indian democracy.
The walk was organised under the leadership of Ar Sandeep Pathe by team Sakha, which includes Ar Mayuri Deodhar, Ar Amruta Gangakhedkar, Ar Renuka Marotkar, Ar Yashwardhan Pincha, Ar Asmita Korpenwar, Ms Anjali Karpate, Ms Sakshi Mishra, Ms Shruti Beohar and Ms Vrushal Gurbaxani
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