After Lucknow’s dusty story I stepped out to the main shopping area, or maybe I should say the erstwhile main shopping area, Hazaratganj and Wow what a pleasant surprise. It is indeed new and oh so improved. Cleared of vehicles the roads look like a runway, shops have uniform sign boards, green patches, tiny fountains, awesome. There’s hope still. Lucknow will always be special.
Given that almost a month has passed since I got back I find it easier to let these pictures do the talking.
Bear with the longish captions please..
|STUNTMAN: If you haven’t guessed already.. that’s from
the torturous train journey.
Hrit provided edge-of-the-seat excitement with stunts
such as this one and was the nightmare for all tea/snack-vendors
|TWO’S COMPANY: When Naisha refused juice he sorted it out for us by having both of them, simultaneously|
|BREAKFAST AT LUCKNOW: Ever tried bread-jam and mangoes for breakfast?|
|TRIAL ROOM: Chaniya Choli gifted by nanima being tried on|
|HAND ART: Naisha’s first proper mehendi ever|
|SARTORIAL WONDER: If Nanima got new clothes for Naisha
she couldn’t leave out Shanti, could she?
Here she is cornered by Naisha into stitching up new clothes for her doll. Of course Mowgli got new clothes too.
|CARD GAMES: Then it was Dadima’s turn to keep Naisha occupied with a card game.|
|FURSAT KE RAAT DIN: Though the husband was there for just a few days he made the most of them. Here he is chopping up some watermelon while the older nephew bites in|
|BONDING: Hrit, Naisha play the hoop with their cousin|
|MORE BONDING: Apparently that’s how boys bond.|
|MASI GYAN: This is something I could never do and so the masi took up the task of imparting
this crucial skill to Naisha. Take a guess..
|… that’s right.. she’s teaching Naisha to whistle.
Now you know why masi is such a hit with the kids