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Chikankari: From Persian Art to A Lucknowi Delight

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Lucknow , the city of Nawabs and Nawabi architecture has transcended into modern-day infrastructure. Nazakat and tehzeeb may not have remained the cornerstone of the city, it has in its core essence the art of its own. Unlike many ancient arts, Lucknow has preserved its identity in Chikankari . What is Chikan?  The art of Chikankari is exquisite and acuminous needlework. The aesthetic and gorgeous artwork of detailed embroidery of a white motif on transparent fabric has left people awestruck and captivated with its charm. Chikankari has witnessed many cultural crusades, be its commercialization of the artwork or a threat of getting extinct in the crowd of glitz and glam. However, the elegance and glamor that it has, made it survive every perilous phase.  The Lucknow Collection  This survival phase of Chikankari has its heart in the artisans of Lucknow. Had it been part of another culture, it may have met its fate, but faith in the tradition, love for the ar

The Love Travel: From Delhi to Down South

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Veni Vidi Amavi  We Came. We Saw. We Loved Mumbai - 40s, 60s, or era of Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan - The Classic Love Story of Mumbai has never changed Delhi - Doesn't matter the chill, neither the fog...the chirping around malls in Delhi is all time high during the winters Jaipur - Subtle and sophisticated - the mushy-mushy syndrome instantly becomes mature here and finds a suitable nest during winters Lucknow - A few hearts know how to beat in each other’s comfort during winters Agra - All you need is faith and bravery - no not to fall in love but to be with love on a chilling evening for a fun ride Varanasi - The city of Sanskar does not find a couple hand-in-hand an alteration, but nurtures the social sanity throughout the winters Thiruvananthapuram - God’s own country sustains a strong footprint of pre-nuptial love stories that surface during winters. For More Picture Stories Check Out The Speaking Eye

SLOW - The Transformation

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Homecoming for a traveler is always a wonderful experience. Why? Because it is after I return from my travel escapade, I realize what a wonderful time I had during my last trip. Also what made me chose this picture as the #SLOW; Spotlight Of The Week , was the extensive transformation Lucknow has gone through in the past decade. The development of the infrastructure, the roads, and the budding entertainment culture in the city made me ardent to go on a street walk one fine day. I did not set any theme in my mind before stepping out from my house, what I usually do. I took my camera and kick-started my journey to capture some beautiful moments and frames. I went form Old Lucknow to the new one. Definitely the archaeological wonders of Lucknow left me spellbound like any traveler and I was happy to capture certain frames, which were unknown to me before. Glad I wet on this street walk journey! Later in the night when I came by this view of Marine Drive on my way to home. The co

The British Residency -The Ruins of The Archaeological Wonder

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"Poetry and Flamboyant Words won’t ever be enough to Admire the Beauty Of A monument" Time Travel For Her Becomes So Easy Witnessing The Ruins Of The Monument .  Location: British Residency The lives, the conditions, and the state of the people are far from the reality told or better known to us.  Is it just a door? Or an Escape. A connector? Or a Buffoon Trap. The surrounding of the British Residency is an area with lush greenery and pleasant views.  The marks of the Bullets and the Canon Balls, along with the ruins of the archaeological wonder gives way to so many unsaid stories. The Serene walk way in the British Residency is no less than a bliss.  Check out the other The Speaking Eye here!

SLOW - Capturing The Streets

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Non-residents of Lucknow are having lunch in a much better fashion than many of us hanging around the Puri-Sabjhi hawkers across the city. Does this speak of our culture and importance of healthy meal and decent style?   Well, I happened to capture this artistic steel in which 3 women, (actually, I should call them business women) are having their lunch outside their makeshift store in Charbagh. Indeed, the image belongs to Tibetan Market of winter wear in Charbagh , Lucknow.   Sheer hard work, sweating struggle in convincing the Lucknowites for their products, and amazingly logical selling pitch, all was jaw-dropping and truly transforming for me. “Ilahi mera jee aaye aaye” (The desires of my heart lie, my God) was playing in the back of my mind when I got my bike out to indulge in some street photography gig. When I returned, my mind was playing, “Robaroooo roshani...hai…!!! (I'm face to face with light).   To each his own. Wondering how the beholder in you would percei

Chilling or Chill'in - On-Street Winter Fashion in Lucknow

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" Before the thought of ditching the blanket turn into dilemma, let us fill our wardrobe with style of warmth and fashion " The Year Went By Saying "Winter Is Coming", Finally! Location: Tibetan Market Stress Or Confusion? Location: Tibetan Market Bargaining Is The Key Location: Charbagh Setting Up - Always Customer Ready  Location: Charbagh Colors Of The City: What Age Are You? Location: Aminabad Find Your Pick Amidst The Chaos Location: Aminabad  "Pick The Correct Option" Seems To Be A Difficult Question Location: Hazaratganj Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth Location: Hazaratganj  It's Time To Be Fashion Ready Location: Patrakarpuram Here Or There? Location: Patrakarpuram

Luminosity of Lucknow

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"Find Me Detour - The City Is Getting Freezed As It Feels Chilly Breeze" November Winds Flowing With Full Fulcrum To Jam The Streets to Built The Heat Location: Lohia Park Flyover, Lucknow Hazy sightedness, Lazy functionality, yet accelerated speeds. Location: Lohia Park Crossroads, Lucknow Fly Me High, While As Commuters Rushes To Their Bodes. Location: Women Power Crossroads, Lucknow Roadside Smoke Puffs, Tightened Arms, and Warm Words About Chilly Weather. Location: Sheroes Cafe Two Souls, One Ride, One Destination - Warmth to be nurtured in a chilly night. Location: Fun Republic Mall, Lucknow Walk the Warm Talks Amid Shivering Wind and Mild Splashes in the Gorgeous Backdrop Location: Marine Drive, Lucknow Slow Paced Lucknow- Goes into the "Sleeping Mode", Really? Location: Polytechnic Crossroad, Lucknow Tradition, Restraints, or Circumstances! The decision's on you. Location: Behind Wa

Old Lucknow Young Eyes - Not So Cliche Photo Blog

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"The beauty of the journey could best be defined by you, the manipulation or the reality; choice is yours!" Direction - The only way a traveler can reach to her destination. This direction tree at the huge opening of the Bada Imambada, Lucknow leads to all the fascinating aspects and the towards the beauty of the monument. The journey begins: With the first step she builds a strong belief in her own self. A grand entrance and climbing, a few steps lead you to the entrance of the grand architecture of Bada Imambada, Lucknow. Discovery or the self-discovery? Her inner beauty murmurs as her journey to the gorgeousness begins. Before entering the Bada Imambada, Lucknow, you see this beautiful architecture of the historic times before which everyone looks tiny. Getting lost in directions, finding her way out - On her way she follows none but her heart The design, the engineering, the celature - Bada Imambada, Lucknow represents that times of high

Blessed And Blissful - Road Trip To Ahi-Kshetra Jain Temple

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Serendipity, serenity, and self - three magical words that solely defines this journey that redirects you from our-worldly illusions to inner peace and self-discovery. We all were remotely taught a word called “Almighty” but were never taught about how to find that being. Well, turn inwards. It's in you, or it's you. Travel to Calmness A place of faith and travel, a combination that is guaranteed to attain a goal one set for. A few months back, during a long weekend that encountered our busy lives, my family and I thought of missing Lucknow's peace and discover our own away from Lucknow. We decided not to waste time here in Lucknow visiting the same old shopping malls and engaging in a meaningful traffic jam caused by sane Lucknowite, we arranged our own journey as I had already cleared about this “travel bug” biting each one in my family.  And if you think finding a sensible place around Lucknow is a cakewalk, you should have it daily. We looked and search