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December 09, 2015
Welcome to Pune – First Impressions
By: Anna

Welcome to follow our International Young Professional (IYP) blog! I am Anna, a graduate from the University of Jyväskylä and one of the four Finnish IYP participants for 2015-2016. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences and now work on a pension industry client project in Pune, India.

Our IYP group: Kalle, Jonatan, Anna and Liisa

We arrived in India four weeks ago and started our lives in Pune. Pune is a city in the Western side of India, about 150 km southeast of Mumbai. By population, Pune is the ninth-most populated city in India with its about 5 million inhabitants.

Our neighbourhood however feels like living in a small, quiet city – we live in a community called Magarpatta city where the traffic is minimal, streets are lined with trees and a few people take a leisurely stroll.

Nice thing is that the area is mainly inhabited by Indian families and young IT professionals (there is an IT park inside Magarpatta city where also two out of four Accenture Pune offices are located) – so we have a chance to take a peek to Indian lifestyle in our own surroundings.

It is very peaceful by the Magarpatta main roundabout

Some spicy Indian curry for Diwali

Our first weeks have been full of spicy dishes, getting to know our colleagues and settling in our new routines. Every day we see something that surprises us – India truly is a land of so many cultures, celebrations, colours, people and traditions. We have joined the fitness center close by, celebrated Diwali and currently we take part in Analyst School in Bangalore. Stay tooned to hear more about all this and more. We will definitely have an interesting six months ahead of us!

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