Lucknow is the chikankari capital of India and I have been wanting to visit the city for a very long time.Family moving to Lucknow just gave me the right opportunity to pay the seat of nawabs a visit.So last Saturday, the kid and I set off on a journey to discover nawabi culture and tehjeeb. We boarded the flight from mumbai and en-route ordered all that there was in the menu to order, and then, some more…People around must have thought it was our first interaction with airline food, but then people don’t know the amount of kiddie fun that mom and kiddo can have on a flight.

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Welcomed by the local cherry tree…ha ha nah! just lovely flowers in the backyard.

Once in Lucknow, we just spent time lazying around, playing, chatting with mom and sis and enjoying the hospitality. On the first day didi(elder sister) took us to Dastarkhwan for dinner, a Lonely Planet suggestion and a restaurant of repute in the city. The little munchkin never stopped mentioning it all through the trip(and later)…and wanted to go there for dinner everyday. Now, what can make a mom happier than a place where the kid enjoys the food( kebabs and roomali roti included), is taken care of(so I get some leisure time) and is pampered by his grandmom. So we went to Dastarkhwan as often as possible (read that as’Everyday’ 🙂 ), with a trip to Ameenabad and Tundey Kebab as well.

Dastarkhwan

Tundey Kababi

The crew at Tundey kabab when asked to click a snap was more comfortable with the advanced iphones than we were:)
India going digital!

But it was not just a food trail, we discovered nawabi culture at the Bara and Chota Imambara, the Bhool Bhulaiya(labyrinth), the remnants at Residency-a living tale of The Revolt of 1857, the chowk where traditional chikankari workers hand embroider and sell their wares and other places…That, of which we had read in school books came alive. Some pictures below:

Bara imambara and the walls of the labyrinth

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Chota Imambara

Chota Imambara

I loved the Hazratganj area and the way all shops are standardized in black and white. The eye keeps searching for familiar colours in the logos one is so used to—say the banks or retail stores and multiple shopping options for the wonderful chikankari.

Banks with standardized B&W Logo

Banks with standardized B&W Logo

No holiday is complete without some fabric shopping and quilt inspiration. Got some fabric from ccccccccc, hand embroideery inspiration from this beautiful bedspread and hand quilted kasuthi quilt on a fence somewhere in Lucknow.

Makhan lal Ganeriwal

Makhan lal Ganeriwal

Hand embroidery

Hand embroidery


hand quilting

hand quilting

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