Down The Lane

Sitting under the French lamp post, I was walking down the memory lane and wondering about the colossal change that the nucleus of the city went through! Yes! I am talking about the Hazratganj. The majestic grandeur and the simplicity of architecture of Hazratganj have complimented the city of Nawabs, like cherry compliments a cake …

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Angna Phool Khilenge With Irshad Kamil : Curtain Raiser for Lucknow Literature Festival 2017

Proceeding with the Curtain Raiser for Lucknow Literature Festival 2017, there was yet another enthusiastic as well as intellectual evening, with one of most celebrated contemporary lyricist, Irshad Kamil. "Lyricist is half story-teller. He has the responsibility of entertaining the audience for thirty minutes out of three hours." He has a rich knowledge of language, and …

The Heritage Talk

Everything in the present and everything in the future, is interconnected with everything in the past. This is why, everything can be explained by going back far enough in history, zooming in for exploration. History, uninterestingly viewed as a series of past events connected with a particular person or thing, has a more extensive purpose …

A Morning At Charbagh!

Kya kahe ahl-e-dil ke liye kya hai Lucknow, Har sheher har dayaar se acha hai Lucknow, Tehzeeb koi meri nigaah mein jachegi kya, Meri nigahe shauk ne dekha hai Lucknow!

Qawalli: Under Oblivion’s Curse

The harmonies of the instruments and claps of the proud presenters of Qawalli on the stage of Lucknow Literature Festival 2016, compelled me to open to the echoes of wisdom. I had lost my conscience to the roots of my own existence. There was something ironic in the goosebumps I felt sitting there in the mainstream …

Heart of Lucknow: Aminabaad

Being born into a family that dwells in the heart of this city is something that has given me memories for life. Whenever I am driving my two wheeler into those pencil thin lanes, a smile spreads on my face. I am actually taking a reverse gear into my childhood. A three storeyed ancestral house …

Evenings by your side….

There is something unusual in this capital. Famous as 'Shan-e-Awadh', the capital has preserved a rich heritage of Indian culture in the form of royal etiquette, lofty gardens, sensational poetry, soulful music and fine traditional cuisine. Apart from this, evenings by the side of river Gomti, are delightful romantic classics. It is the aroma of 'Sham-e-Awadh' that dominates …

Our Culture.

Walking by the side of road, I heard someone greeting me with 'Aadab'.  It was the spectacular memories of Roomi Gate, initiating a conversation with me. I suppose, this ancient door had tales to narrate. After all, it had witnessed centuries roll over. Quiet overwhelmed, the door continued it's silent talk. It took me back into …