Story Title: Gaming and amusement parks

By Akshay Sharma
Word Count: 540

Adlabs Imagica

Most children love amusement parks. Whether it is a water park or a gaming park, it allows children of all age groups to get away and enjoy a fun fillled time. The most famous Gaming and Amusement parks in Pune are -:

Imagica: This is probably the most famous amusement park around Pune. This park is located on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near the town of Khopoli which is close to both Pune and Mumbai. The park can accommodate up-to 20,000 visitors at a time. Owned by the multiplex chain, Adlabs, the park has 21 attractions and rides along with 5 themed restaurants. Aquamagica is a new water park located alongside Imagica. If you haven't visited Imagica, you must!

Appu Ghar: is the oldest amusement park in Pune and is also known as the Indira Gandhi Udyan. It is located in Nigdi and offers rides like Appu Columbus, My Fair Lady, Roller Coaster. There are also Merry Cups, Guided Car and Striking Car. Other attractions include Bhoot Bangla, Bhool Bhulaiyya and Go-karting as well.

Amoeba: is gaming zone is located in the Amanora Town Centre, near Hadapsar in Pune. This gaming zone includes video games, air hockey, a bowling alley, Dark House, kiddie rides, racing games, redemption games, Multi-D and a party area as well. Fun Adda: is located in Seasons Mall near Magarpatta city. They offer semi virtual games like laser tag, archery tag, shooting, mini golf and bull ride. But the main attraction here is Paintball, the game played with paint and guns!

Diamond Water Park: is also known as Splash Mountain Water Park, it is located in Lohegaon. There is a wave pool with 8 different types of artificial waves and an artificial beach. The water rides include Octopus and Kiddies pool. Other exciting setups in water include Multilane, Cyclone and the family pool. Panshet Water Park: is located in the beautiful area around the Panshet There are facilities for kayaking, swimming and wind surfing. The park also offers water scooters and speedboats. Krushnai Water Park: is located near Khadakwasla dam and Panshet dam. Sentosa Water Park: is on the Bangalore by-pass road, near Ravet. There are the numerous slides, a waterdance floor and the wave pool with artificial waves and an artificial beach.

Blu-O: Blu-O is a bowling arena in Phoenix Market City mall, Viman Nagar with a 24-alley facility for bowling. There is also an X Box 360 lounge, private karaoke lounges, tattoo studio, etc. Fun City: Fun City is a gaming zone that is located in Phoenix Market City. Timezone: is located at Inorbit Mall as well as in Kumar Pacific Mall. They offer a large variety of video games and rides. They also have a bowling alley. High-Octane: is located at Seasons Mall in Magarpatta City, Hadapsar. They have Go-karting, bowling and even an F1 (formula 1 racing) simulator.

Sanskruti: is a Gujarati cultural garden restaurant located on the Pune-Solapur highway. A popular picnic spot, you can catch puppet shows, folk dances and magic shows. Chokhi Dhani: is a Rajasthani themed park located in Wagholi and replicates a typical Rajasthani village.

So, kids, you've never had it so good. The vast number of children entertainment parks can keep you busy!!


Story Title: Pune’s Newspaper

Word Count: 456

Sakal Newspaper

Pune has a long history of newspapers. Bal Gangadhar Tilak started two newspapers more than one hundred years ago, including Kesari, which is still published. The Times of India group even has a newspaper that is specially published for the schools in a program called Newspaper in Education.

Pune's leading English language newspapers are the Times of India, Indian Express, Pune Mirror and Sakal Times. These are all daily newspapers. Until recently DNA (Daily News and Analysis) was published from Pune but the newspaper has recently shut down.

The largest circulated English newspaper in Pune is the Times of India. The newspaper is owned by Bennett Coleman & Company Limited. The Times of India is a very old newspaper in India, established in 1838 and came to Pune in the late 1990s. The newspaper is a daily and comes accompanied by a pull-out called Pune Times, which is an advertising pull-out.

The Indian Express came to Pune in the early 1990s. The newspaper is a daily and comes accompanied by a pull-out which covers local Pune news, called Pune Newsline. Pune Mirror is a relatively new newspaper in Pune. The size and shape (dimensions) of this newspaper is different from the usual, it is called a tabloid. Sakal Times is also a relatively new newspaper, though in its earlier avatar (form) it was known as the Maharashtra Herald, which had been in Pune for decades.

In Pune there are quite a few Hindi and Marathi newspapers. The most widely read Marathi newspaper is Sakal. It is also the newspaper with the largest circulation (number of copies sold) in Pune across all languages. The Sakal group is headquartered in Pune. It is published in the cities of Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nanded. The Sakal was founded on 1st January, 1932. Sakal is a daily newspaper and comes with a pull-out called 'Today'.

The Times of India

Lokmat is the fifth largest Indian daily newspaper and in Marathi, it is the largest selling daily. The newspaper is headquartered in Mumbai. The founder of Lokmat was Mr. Jawaharlal Darda.

Other newspapers that are sold in Pune include Saamana, a Marathi-language newspaper owned by the Shiv Sena, a political party in Maharashtra. The paper was launched in 1988 by Bal Thackeray. A Hindi version of the paper 'Dopahar Ka Saamana' was launched in 1993.

Loksatta is also a popular newspaper in Pune as are Kesari, Prabhat, Pune Nagari, Pudhari, Maharasthra Times in Marathi; and Hindi newspapers like Aaj Ka Anand, Nav Bharat Times, Naiduniya etc.

Once, not so long ago, all Pune's newspapers were published in black and white. Today, most of them are colourful. Some, like the Times of India are even embracing the internet, with a new concept called e-papers.