The Closing Note
My Pictures Of Lucknow
|People of Lucknow through my eyes
Picture taken by Katyayani
My Version Of Lucknow life
Lucknow is the city of nawabs,
with chicken biryani and kababs.
But my favourite is Pani-puri and dushehri faluda,
its elegant clothing sense
with embroidered shadow work
is centre of attraction for one and all.
The beautiful charming evenings
the calm banks of Gomti
mesmerizes youthful hearts,
gazals,couplets poetry are essence
of awadh's being.
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Lucknow Of My Dreams
What Lucknow is potrayed in the outside world is very different from what it is in reality?
The splendour,engimaand the craze of this city is more than the Kababs,Nawabs and Chikankari.
It has history of revolt and revolution it is the city of blood and sweat,
The city has seen the magnificence of the Nawabs ,The British Royals ,There is something in the city that it is called The Constantinople Of The East ,The dusk at Hanuman setu on the banks of gomti,The smell of its cuisine and the vicinity of Chowk are gems in its crown . Be it the elegant Chikan sarees or the rush of aminabaad everything gets desolved in it .
Pollution encroachments and deforestation may affect its glory but cannot hamper its pride even today Lucknow wakes up by the voice of the Azaan and sleeps with the enchantment of aarti
A poet once wrote
Wahin kahien dil ke do taar base’
( How do we forget our Lucknow where our heart dwells
The Progressive Lucknow
No city-except Bombay, the queen of all-was more beautiful in her garish style than Lucknow," wrote Rudyard Kipling in Kim. Located on the banks of the Gomti River, Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. From ancient times, the city is known for its silks, perfumes, jewellery, mouth-watering cuisines, and nawabi etiquettes. In fact, Lucknow could be termed the cultural centre of northern India where people are so polite that anyone would feel at home. The classic example of 'pehle aap' (after you) shows how etiquette or tehjib runs in the blood of the people of Lucknow. But the city is very much able in accommodating the modernity, keeping the tradition and culture alive altogether.
Nawabi Splendor of Lucknow
Located on the banks of river Gomti, Lucknow is the most beautiful city with the charming culture and traditions. With its palaces, gardens, mansions and imposing architecture you can see the grandeur of the city and imagine what it would have been at the time of Nawabs. Lucknow has never let its traditions go wayward and even today is known as the center of culture in Northern India. The city has patronized artists from the fields of music and dance and Delhi was only its rival at that time. Lucknow is also associated with the legendary hospitality, leisurely moods, etiquette's and mannerism and most of all its Awadhi cuisine. All these dimensions of the city flourished during the golden era of Nawabs.
The Nawabs where actually the governors appointed by the Mughals for Lucknow. Later the Nawabs declared there independence and became the rulers of the city. It was only during this era that the city flourished in culture and traditions, economically and politically. The monuments of the city are testimony to the fact that whatever royalty is left in the city it belongs to the Nawabs. Be it the Bada Imambara or the Awadhi cuisines, the impression of Nawabs is engraved deep inside the heart of the city. The Rumi Darwaaza, The Residency, Chota Immambara are the masterpieces to be seen by one and all when visiting to Lucknow. The lavish lifestyle of the Nawabs is well mirrored by the huge havelis and kothis where they lived the life of royalty. When most of the havelis are turned to ruins, few have managed to preserve their grandeur. Dilkusha or heart's delight, Bibipur Kothi haveli recently turned to Carlton hotel and Chattar Manzil are some of the pleasure palaces of Nawabs where the luxury amidst the sprawling wealth was the lifestyle of Nawabs.