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THESE 5 books under ₹500 tell tales of Lucknow's past, present & everything in between!

From which end are you planning to devour this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Haven't you heard that one can travel to distant places, even when curled up in their bed, as they turn the leaves of a book?! So why not spend some time exploring Lucknow through books?! We have saved you the hassle of visiting a library or looking through a clichéd list by cataloguing 5 books, inclusive of different genres, that you can comfortably purchase online. Whether you've spent decades here or relocated recently, your 'pick of the week' will take you across this city in a new manner with every page flip, in under ₹500!


Qissa Qissa Lucknowaa

A collection of short stories by Himanshu Bajpai, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to cherish stories of Lucknow from a Lucknowite, narrated in 'Lucknowaa' style. In an attempt to showcase this city's society and culture, the author has penned down more than 50 stories that focus on the people of Lucknow and not the Nawabs.

Cost: ₹199

Language: Hindi

Publisher: Rajkamal Prakashan

The Lucknow Cookbook

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'Muskuraaiye, aap Lucknow mein hain' is probably an allusion to the happy smiles that adorn the faces of the residents after filling up on the iconic delicacies of Lucknow, among other things. Keeping that in mind, authors Chand Sur and Sunita Kohli have immortalised regional recipes in ink for all culinary enthusiasts, aiming to perfect their quintessential Lakhnawi dishes.

Cost: ₹499

Language: English

Publisher: Aleph Book Company

34 Lalbagh Lucknow

If you enjoy reading a bildungsroman, then this contemporary fiction by Samar will perfectly align with your bibliophilic interests. Apart from telling a painfully honest and unforgetful tale of a four-year-old boy's journey from Uttarakhand to the City of Nawabs, it also traverses through the untold side of Lucknow. Set in the 80s, this book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Cost: ₹299

Language: Hindi

Publisher: Book World

Awadh Symphony

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Authored by Aslam Mahmud, a prolific literary figure of Lucknow and a staunch bookworm, this book is your ticket to revisiting Awadh. Covering the details of everyday life of a bygone era, Awadh Symphony offers a look into all aspects of human activity such as culture, cuisine, craft, bazaars and religion. An exceptional guide about the Lucknow of yore, this book should definitely make to your reading list!

Cost: ₹495

Language: English

Publisher: Rupa Publications India

Hum Fida-E-Lucknow

The 14 stories that make up this book, have been composed by Amritlal Nagar in an attempt to highlight the 'nazakat' and 'nafasat' of Lucknow. Written with a firm belief that the statement 'Lucknow Hum Par Fida, Hum Fida-e Lucknow' aptly describes the culture of this city, these stories entertain the readers and describe several aspects of the public life of Lakhnau.

Cost: ₹185

Language: Hindi

Publisher: Rajpal Publishing

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Escape the banal realities of this pandemic and let loose the book nerd in you with these recommendations by us. While for a true-blue Lucknowite it is difficult to settle on a favourite among these gems, do let us know from which end you are going to devour this list. Happy reading!

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