The haunted Mansion
In the vicinity of Pune’s most eminent Parvati Hill is a hillock called Taljai which is a favourite with walkers during the morning hours but becomes absolutely desolate post the evening hours. This is due to the presence of a crumbling house which was built as a place of pleasure in the 19th century by the Peshwas and gifted to one of their most loyal administrators, Sardar Thuve. Later, the Thuves fell on black days, and their wealth dwindled so that only this edifice remained, where the last of them drowned himself in women and wine. An emotional fellow, he marked the end of their lineage when, after a dancing girl spurned his love, he chopped her up in little pieces and then hung himself in the hallway. Those who stay in the vicinity say that they have often heard the sound of ‘ghungroos’ during the night.
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