In one of the busiest neighborhoods of Pune, India in a public square, an obelisk rises from the midst of a circle of trees. For most of the residents passing by, the stone structure is a common sight.
The white stone monument was erected in memory of the soldiers who fought during World War I from the city and district of Pune (known at the time as Poona).
An emblem of a shield and two crossed swords is etched on the structure at the bottom near the inscription, which honors their bravery.
The monument is an island of peace and calm in the heart of the bustling square. One often finds curious souls gazing at it in wonder, while waiting at the traffic signal or crossing the street.