Love and Life in Lucknow: An Imaginary Biography of a City

Paper Type: | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
Black and white; 200 pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 9386906228 | ISBN-13: 9789386906229

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Love and Life in Lucknow is a tribute to the colourful citizens of the city. The soul of this volume of stories from Lucknow is the voice of ordinary citizens. A poetry-spouting vegetable vendor is the protagonist in one chapter. In another chapter Naresh the rickshaw man struggles to follow his dream of playing Laila on stage. There is a midnight journey into the abode of the Baba of the Bottles, after which Bano Bua takes to the road on a citywide search for the elusive Tamboli Begum.

Bano Bua is free-spirited and lives on her own terms. And because she is indomitable, she is able to hold together all the other characters in this enchanting collection full of history and imagination.

Mehru Jaffer
Mehru Jaffer

Mehru Jaffer is a Lucknow-based journalist. She is an editor-at-large for The Citizen, an independent online daily news portal, and the author of The Book of Muhammad, The Book of Muinuddin Chishti and The Book of Nizamuddin Auliya. At the University of Vienna, she has taught Islam in South Asia at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and Gender and Religion in India at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.