Saturday, August 13, 2016

Good Lucknow Indians


Let's take a tour of Lucknow, the largest city in Uttar Pradesh, India, led by a cute little girl, maybe 20 years old.  How "fortunate" ~.

She will show us her family as they weave some fine linen, and then she takes off to the bizarre for a bite of lunch...
her very first bite ever of cooked meat, I'm guessing, 
and on the way, shows off some local points of interest.

Good Lucknow~!

Lucknow,  a major metropolitan city of India, population 2,902,920 Lucknow is the administrative headquarters of the eponymous District and Division and the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the third largest city in north, east and central India after Delhi and Kolkata and the second largest city in north and central India after New Delhi. 
It is also the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry.

"Lucknow" is the anglicised spelling of the local pronunciation "lakhnau". According to one legend, the city is named after Lakshmana, a hero of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana. The legend states that Lakshmana had a palace or an estate in the area, which was called Lakshmanapuri (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मणपुरी, lit. Lakshmana's city). However the Dalit movement believes that Lakhan Pasi a dalit ruler, was the settler of the city and is named after him. The settlement came to be known as Lakhanpur (or Lachhmanpur) by the 11th century, and later, Lucknow. A similar theory states that the city was known as Lakshmanavati (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मणवती) after Lakshmana.
The name changed to Lakhanavati, then Lakhnauti and finally Lakhnau. Yet another theory states that the city's name is connected with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. It was originally known as Lakshmanavati (literally,  "fortunate").

And Fortunate, indeed, you will feel; and secure, too~!  
Because The Lucknow Police, a subsidiary of Uttar Pradesh Police, keeps the citizens under watch through high-technology control rooms and all important streets and intersections are under surveillance with the help of drone cameras. Mob controlling is carried out with the help of pepper spraying drones. The Lucknow Modern Police Control Room is India's biggest 'Dial 100' service centre with 300 communication officers to receive distress calls from all over the state and 200 dispatch officers to rush for police help. It is billed as the India's most hi-tech police control room.' 

Lucknow's official website:
The following is lovingly lifted from that official Lucknow website:

Avadh is claimed to be among the most ancient of Hindu states. According to popular legend, Ramchandra of Ayodhya, the hero of the Ramayana, gifted the territory of Lucknow to his devoted brother Lakshman after he had conquered Sri Lanka and completed his term of exile in the jungle. Therefore, people say that the original name of Lucknow was Lakshmanpur, popularly known as Lakhanpur or Lachmanpur.

The city of Ayodhya itself, forty miles away from Lakshmanpur, was reported to be full of great riches: "Its streets, well arranged, were refreshed with ceaseless streams of water ~ its walls, variously ornamented, resembled the checkered surface of a chess-board. It was filled with merchants, dramatists, elephants, horses and chariots. The cloud of fragrant incense darkened the sun at noonday: but the glowing radiance of the resplendent diamonds and jewels that adorned the persons of the ladies relieved the gloom!.." (Ramayana).

((It's really pretty interesting, Lucknow's long history of Muslim conquest and peaceful domination, then, a British takeover, and all of the predominant Indian caste system, being honestly and forth-rightly proclaimed at their website))

Heyyah, it's just like any Indian casino that you'll visit here in the States~!
... including the working girls ...

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