Aundh is an affluent suburb in the north-west of Pune in Maharashtra. In prior years, Aundh was a piece of Pune city nonetheless, not in Pune city. It was in Senapati Bapat road close to Chaturshingi, where a couple of families resided and experienced the spread around Aundh, Baner, Balewadi when the plague hit the city during the British Raj. One of these families was the Gaikwad family.
Hrishikesh Gaikwad, the current age of the Gaikwad family, in talks with 3KM – an initiative of Sakal, shared the historical backdrop of his family that is, the establishing family.
Hrishikesh's great grandfather possessed a land wherein, a piece of land, presently called as Shriram Nagar was named after his grandfather’s senior sibling, Mr. Ramchandra Gaikwad. Another part, presently called as Gaikwad Nagar was named after his grandfather. Gaikwad Nagar was before Hrishikesh's grandfather’s farm which his father and uncles chose selling out to modernize it into making a residential area. The first residential society in Aundh was Madhav Residency where the Gaikwad family lived before they moved to a bungalow. Likewise, what was prior called as the Aundh wada is presently a Girls Hostel for underprivileged young girls where Hrishikesh's grandmother decides to live, given the historical backdrop of the spot.
His grandfather consistently had a tendency towards social work and benefiting some for Aundh – their local. He started his political career too youthful and before long turned into a Sarpanch, the last Sarpanch, and the last person to sign out on Aundh being known as a part of Pune Municpal Corporation (PMC).
His father, subsequent to filling in as a money delivery man worked at Sai Service through which he developed nearer to the Kalmadi family and got an opening in politics. In 1992, he contested in an election for Corporator and got elected. Following 5 years, he challenged once more, this time for Aundh. Everyone from his father's board got elected and he got chosen as Mayor. His father was the principal Mayor in those occasions to serve for two terms and the first elected official that was a native of Aundh gaon.
Hrishikesh shared that everybody, as time changed, picked their own ways clutching his grandfather's legacy.