Wednesday, 21 February 2007

In the Streets of Lucknow

In my previous two posts I have shown some specific historical complexes from Lucknow. But here is a few impressions from walking the streets of Lucknow, pointing the camera at whatever happened to look interesting.

As I hinted in my first post from Lucknow, the city and indeed the entire state Uttar Pradesh, of which it is capital, has acquired a reputation for dirty and corrupt politics, with violence being a relatively common political tool. Thus it seems appropriate that Lucknow should have a "gun district". In Asia it is common to put numerous stores selling the exact same products right next each other. In Lucknow they have filled up an entire (and long) street with gun stores.

On a more peaceful note, Lucknow is also very famous for it's cuisine including wonderful beef kebabs, which are otherwise very hard to get in India. A famous kebab place called Tundy's became our favourite restaurant in Lucknow, especially because we could get delicious beef kebabs for12 rupees (DKK 1.55 or USD 0.27). The kitchen is out in the street as you see above, but there is a dine-in section for customers to sit down.

A holy cow seemingly on it's way into a store. It turned out that the cow receives a snack at this store every day, and was standing there patiently waiting for this day's ration. Quite a contrast - she is fed like a pet while her cousin is being eaten at Tundy's.

Lucknow is another of those North Indian cities that seems to have almost as many monkeys as people. In the picture above a couple of them are occupying a beautiful but decaying old house.

More monkeys. Eating peanuts. Peanuts flying everywhere. No table manners.

I earlier showed the Bara (Big) Imambara in Hussainabad. This is a much smaller but more richly decorated Imambara. Some people might think it's a bit over the top, especially those who have grown up with Scandinavian minimalism in their interior decorating. I, however, find it quite funky. I might decorate my next home this way...

"No alloued for the shoes were in the imambara". Well, you get the idea!

A tomb. Allegedly built as a replica of another very sacred tomb in Iraq.

A very old watch tower which was never finished. It was supposed to be 7 stories tall. Now it is used as the neighbourhood's garbage dump.

Local old fashioned cinema hall, showing only old, classic Bollywood movies.

Susanna tries out a Lucknowi bicycle rickshaw.


oreneta said...

That is one well fed looking cow...don't they usually look more gaunt?

I think that interior design would create quite an impression in Denmark.

Esben said...

Hi oreneta!

Actually many of the street cows are very bloated, to a great extent because they eat plastic bags that people throw everywhere. But yeah many of the cows also do look exceptionally gaunt. Of course they are considered holy, but often it is more in a live-and-let-die kind of sense. Of course this particular cow seems to have her benefactors, so she must be doing okay.

As for the interior design I have very much grown up with Scandinavian minimalism. And I have designed that I actually like something a little more decorated and filled with stuff. Perhaps not this extreme, but still...

The Egalitarian Brahmin said...

"No allowed for the shoes were in the imambara"

I think they meant 'wear'. :-)

They ought to have said footwear. Still doesn't fix the sentence but makes a lot more sense.