Know Your City: A 1793 rhinoplasty performed in Pune that became a milestone in plastic surgery

A letter to the editor published in ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’ in October 1794 proved to be a watershed moment in the history of plastic surgery and especially in the field of corrective rhinoplasty. The letter, appearing under the heading ‘Curious Chirurgical Operation’, gave a brief account of a nasal reconstruction surgery carried out in Pune … Read more

Know Your City: Pune’s Tambat Ali is home to a vanishing Peshwa-era tradition

The first sign in Kasba Peth that one is near Tambat Ali reverberates through the air — the sound of hammers striking metal with force and without pause. Individual beats merge and undulate in an improvised chorus, the sound growing louder as one enters the workshops where a 400-year-old community of coppersmiths has been working … Read more