Languid Lucknow-Following the Fish

It is surprising that despite being completely landlocked, the city of Lucknow chose the twin fish as its defining motif. You can see this piscine symbol everywhere; on gates and doorways, precious memorabilia and beautifully designed artefacts. The story goes that when Sheikh Abdur Rahim, the Governor of Avadh was returning to Lucknow, he crossed the river Ganga where … Continue reading Languid Lucknow-Following the Fish

Languid Lucknow-Do as the Nawabs Do

.................................................................................................................................... BUY: CENTURIES OF CRAFT PATRONAGE ...................................................................................................................... Lucknow's swish commercial areas like Janpath and Hazratganj offer you no-fuss shopping, but wandering through Lucknow's local markets and negotiating at whole sale `gaddi's' can be quite an experience. Here are a few must-buy's that simply have to make it into your suitcase before you leave town. The ephemeral Lucknow Chikankari: Craft doyenne Laila Tyabji writes … Continue reading Languid Lucknow-Do as the Nawabs Do

Languid Lucknow-Do as the Nawabs do

............................................................................................................................... EAT: A LEGACY OF GASTRONOMIC DECADENCE ………………………………………………………………………………………......................... There’s no way to describe just how state-of-the-art food can be in Lucknow sheher. The subject is treated with reverence all the way from palace kitchens to stalls on the street. Gastronomic traditions here also insisted that every part of the process became a specialised activity. They were controlled by experts … Continue reading Languid Lucknow-Do as the Nawabs do

Languid Lucknow- Do as the Nawabs do.

........................................................................................................................................... SEE: A CITY OF GARDENS AND PALACES . ........................................................................................................................................... I will always remember the Lucknow of my childhood as a sensory mix of pulaos, kababs, quarma-salan and syrupy sweets, cycle rickshaw rides, narrow old city lanes and crowded markets filled with brocades, bangles, slippers and chikan shops. Poets gathered at dusk for mushairas in private courtyards belonging to polite sherwani-topi … Continue reading Languid Lucknow- Do as the Nawabs do.