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.

cherry tree
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.


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



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

Two yards of blue printed cotton and half a yard of colourful Indian fabric from Lucknow. Yet to decide on how/where to use it.

Indian cottons from Lucknow

I saw a lovely tutorial at 30 handmade days and fell in love instantly. She shows how to make cute heart coasters with a step by step tutorial. I made one just to try out the tutorial and it turned out pretty. Maybe a little too early for Valentine’s but then…


A lazy Sunday afternoon when the family ident need you much is the best time to sit down and do some toddler activity for yourself with strips of coloured fabric and glue with simple band aids!!


Before evening a full set of lovely coloured band aids are ready!

Jar of band aids

Hoping the kid never has to use them…I display them in a jar


Unputdownable and gripping ! Just two words to describe the book which has been on the bestseller list.

I moved from the sofa to the chair to the bed…through breakfast, lunch and dinner, I just read it through to the end. An amazing story line with the right degree of suspense and horror(if I may say so!). I don’t like horror stories as such but I like Dean Koontz and sci-fi, the way he writes them and this book is Koontz all the way; the way he describes Jim Ironheart’s blue eyes to the way he explains the failed career of Holly Thorne, just raring to take on an adventure! This is one of the finest stories in his repertoire.

For the love of a ten-year old for his parents and grandparents, his guilt, his denial and ultimate catharsis, this book is definitely worth a read.

Its the week of giveaways at sewmamasew and I am giving away a set of 4 bright zippers and 4 matching machine sewing threads. A picture of the loot is as below. All you have to do is write me a comment below stating what you can make with zippers(other than a simple pouch). Following my blog is completely optional but I will be gald if you did.


I will ship internationally so just go ahead and write me a note :)
The giveaway is open until 12th of Dec.

Sew Mama Sew giveawayimage

Discovered a new shop ‘Dhaga ghar’ near the local train station at Lowel Parel-Mumbai and bought some lovely thread along with fusible interfacing for pouches/bags I intend to sew as gifts.

Some of the swaps I have received had this lovely thread used for quilting and I had always wondered where people got it from. Now I have added them to my stash.

Sunday Stash 24 Aug'14

Just love the neons.

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