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Lucknow Diary

The beautiful Imambaras of Lucknow are also in a state of genteel decay, the golden spires on each dome tarnished and unrecognisable

Lucknow Diary
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Lucknow Diary
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2016-03-04T23:13:01+05:30
Green room grouse

The Lucknow Literature Carnival, founded by the elegant and visionary Kanak Chauhan, is in its third year and my book on Sindh formed a fairly respectable sideshow. The Aut­hors’ Lou­nge at the festival was a place to rec­onnect with old friends and make new ones. We enjo­yed Ashok Vajpeyi’s jokes and stories, and were so char­med by Keki Daruwalla that it was impossible to resist buying a copy of his new novel, Ances­tral Affairs. We learned about Manish Gupta’s online initiative to promote Hindi poe­try and see some of its high-quality clips on the festival screens. It was also interesting to be a small-town outsider from the insular world of the opinionated Delhi journalist. “The rural voter is so intelligent!” said one with a faraway look of enchantment in her eyes. “It was the urban youth who voted this government to power,” declared another with...

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