Lucknow

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Apurva_N Apurva_N
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City of historical glory Jul 28, 2013
This was the city I grew up in and lived in for a good two decades ... can give you loads of tips ... tell me if you want ... sadly, our lovely house, surrounded by gardens, is no more there, and all of us have moved to New Delhi... else could have offered you a stay there too as many have indeed stayed ... litterateurs, artists and so many others .... and even though none of the culture and grandeur and charm of the city remains now (for it is now a choking, criminalised, congested, characterless hotbed of ugly North Indian politics) ... if you do go there, do try and salvage the ruins of whatever little lingers on ... whatever version of the famous Kakori or Galauti kebabs you can lay your hands on, the Islamic heritage of Chowk, the crowds of Aminabad, the Imam Baras, the bookshop of Mr Ram Advani, a stroll down Hazratganj, the dilapidated boredom of the Residency, La Martiniere College (now a school, my school too for all a decade, but began as a fort built by Frenchman Claude Martin during British rule in India - he is buried under its impressive structure... he built two other sister schools in Calcutta, India, and Lyon, France, but they're nowhere as impressive), and whatever little courtesy and refinement you come across ... leave the rest to memory or imagination ... and let not any sight or sound or smell of malls, slums, shops, cars or other urban aspirations seizing the city (like so many other cities of India and the world) distract you so ...
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An honest account of the the city with a sombre nostalgic undertone.

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