Lucknow: A home that no longer is

The one thing that amuses and comforts me in equal measure in Lucknow is the language. The हम and the आप, the lilt and the singsong; the subtle goading and the open dismissal all done with love and brotherhood. I wonder if I spoke like this too (some people say I still speak like that) …

An Eid in Lucknow

I grew up a vegetarian in Lucknow. Okay, I will repeat if it doesn't register. Yes, I did grow up a vegetarian in a city that is celebrated all over the world for its kebabs and biriyani. And until 24 years of age, I hadn't even seen what the kebabs or biriyani here looked like. …

Books, Cities, and Stories.

Sixteen years before man landed on Moon, Tintin had already shown us what the moon looked like. Julius Verne took us Around The World In Eighty Days at a time when people hardly ever left their homes; closer home The Ramayana and Mahabharata showed us not only parts of India but also foreign lands. Books …

Lebua Lucknow: changing the way the city eats – and lives.

The Lucknow I left behind in 2001 was a sleepy town. The youth, like me, would call it 'best if both the worlds' perhaps to cover up for its small townness and lack of any fun things. The only nightlife I'd heard of were parties that Akhilesh Yadav threw - he was a young man …

Lebua, Lucknow — A Poetry in Brick and Mortar

Lucknow is known world over for its cuisine and culture, but not many know that until not very long ago, the city was also known for its architectural finesse and design sensibilities. Thanks to the newly opened lebua Lucknow, a heritage property, the world is waking up to Lucknow’s lost architectural splendour – one courtyard …

Mother’s Recipe – Not Half as Effective as Mother’s Cooking

घुइयां की सब्जी और रोटी। I grew up a vegetarian and still remain primarily a vegetarian. This means good food isn't limited to or comprises only of meat for me. In fact, all things close to my heart are simple vegetarian dishes which I grew up eating. Like most of us, I reckon. I started …

What Lucknow Wakes Up To (No, it is not Jalebi).

At 6:30 in the morning you’d expect the business district of any town to be quiet and sleepy. With the offices yet to open and public yet to trickle in, it is only an appropriate assumption to be made. Until you have seen this little shop in the middle of the capital city of Lucknow, …

Ramzaan in the City of Wajid Ali Shah – Lucknow

Being in Lucknow during Ramzaan is a treat for all your senses -- touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. It is nothing like anything anywhere else. From the Korma and Kebab at Tundey, to the Biriyani and Nihari at Chowk, to the sheermaals, ulte tave ke parathe, seviyan, kheer, kulfi, everything is a sensory overload. …