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The Last Nawab

      It was exactly on this day – 13th March 1856, that the last Nawab of Avadh, Wajid Ali Shah, left Lucknow, after the wrongful annexation of his kingdom by the East India Company. The English were afraid … Continue reading

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Chikan Embroidery

  Chutki also spoke about Chikan in her blog the other day. Chikan is a type of embroidery for which Lucknow is famous the world over. Traditionally, Chikankari was done with white threads on white muslin cloth.     But … Continue reading

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Power begets…

  Yesterday Chutki spoke about how her mother had to work late into the night, in spite of having a job in the Nawab’s palace. In 1855, exploitation was taking place at two levels in kingdoms like Avadh. While the … Continue reading

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Cricket in the 19th Century

  Wishing all of you a very Happy Dusehra. Did you read Nayansukh’s blog yesterday? He was playing cricket on this very day, exactly 150 years ago. But back then, cricket wasn’t exactly how we know it today. For instance, … Continue reading

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Zenana

  Chutki spoke about the zenana yesterday. Zenana is basically that part of the house or palace that is reserved for women, sometimes referred to as the inner apartments or the inner courtyard. Men were usually forbidden from entering the … Continue reading

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