As much as we stay home now, the sooner we can step out!
This pandemic, continuous lockdowns and several other restrictions have paused our regular lives and it's been too long since we indulged in our favourite things in the city. Be it going out with family for a dinner buffet or chilling at 'our spots' with friends over a few drinks, we're truly missing the pre-corona period now. Although times are tough, we've gotta be tougher so we're here to remind you of 18 things that we can't wait to do in Lucknow, once this pandemic is gone for good!
Our favourite Ganjing
For us, 'Ganjing' is a mix of retail therapy and indulgence in good food along the streets of Hazratganj, while we roam around here with our friends! Been too long since we went street-shopping and we can't wait to be here once this is all over.
Relish the first bite of Tunday Kababs
It's been sooo looong since we ate to our heart's content at this kebab joint and once this is over, Tunday might just run out of kebabs and paratha because we're gonna be here stuffing our mouths for as long as we can! *hold on dear heart*
Take the 'first' sip of Sharma ki Chai
Chai has always been our constant and starting from our own kitchens to the nearby nook on the street, you'll find tea everywhere in the city. But Sharma ki Chai is something alag- a truly Lucknowite will agree with us! We're just counting our days to step out to savour the first sip of their chai along with samose.
Head over to Prakash ki Kulfi
This was the second of its kind summer in Lucknow, when we didn't crowd at Prakash ki Kulfi to hog on their creamy kulfis and faloodas! But we don't really need summer as an excuse to indulge in the delicious kulfis here so as soon as the pandemic is over, no matter when, you'll find us here as well.
Indulge in Paani ke Batashe with friendsPaani ke batashe with friends
Call 'em paani batashe, golgappe or even phuchkas, the spirit is the same! Paani ke batashe is hands down one of the best street foods ever and when enjoyed with friends, the feeling is unparalleled.
Stroll at Riverfront
One of the prettiest places in Lucknow, Gomti Nagar Riverfront is our hub for everything- meet ups with pals, alone time and even for a photoshoot! Strolling around here, especially during sunsets is one of our favourite hobbies and we're hopeful that it'll be possible soon enough.
Visit our favourite salon
All of us have been grooming ourselves at home but most of us, lack the proper skills. That's how we've ended up with uneven bangs and let's not even talk about the rest. Although salons have opened up, we're still in fear of the worst, which is keeping us from availing the services. We just hope to resume our self-care like we used to before!
Head out for Idrees ki Biryani
We've been waiting to indulge in a plate full of steaming hot BAE-ryani here from Idrees and we can't wait to happily burp away to glory, after finishing the last grain of rice left on it. On a side note- Biryani lovers, have y'all watched the Biryani Anthem on YouTube yet?
Get back to regular gymming sessions
Gyms have shut down because of the obvious reasons but hey, we haven't posted a gym selfie in so long that it is almost killing us from the insides. Also, staying at home has taken a severe toll on our tummies with our flab getting chubbier by the day. We'll probably do a few extra squats when the gyms open up just to compensate for the past times but for now, home-exercise sessions is the key.
No more WFH
Yes, we've frequently cribbed about going to the office, meeting clients, not getting enough rest and so on. But now, we're so done with working from home! We miss our colleagues no matter how annoying they are, our potted plants, the strong WiFi connectivity, our chai sessions and of course, the lunch breaks. But if we follow the rules now, soon it'll be a possibility again.
Pack our bags for school & college
We love vacations but now we're hoping for this vacay to end soon so that we can pack our bags and set off for school/college at the earliest. We're tired of studying digitally, whatever little we are and of course, we miss seeing our friends every day- even the faculty.
Undertake a weekend getaway to Nawabganj or Nainital
Trips seem like a thing of the past but we need one now, more than ever! We miss our occasional weekend getaways to Nainital, Nawabganj and other nearby places to catch a break from the regular humdrum of the city. Let's hope that all of this ends soon so that we can set off with our backpacks once again.
Celebrate occasions & festivals like never before
Festivals and celebrations surely don't feel the same anymore, with so many restrictions at place. But if things go well and in a systematic manner, we'll be celebrating the end of this deadly virus soon with a bang and how!
Hog on Bhuna Gosht at Dastarkhwan
The sheer thought of lapping up spicy bhuna gosht with flaky parathas and juicy onions with a dash of nimbu, makes our mouth water and if it is from Dastarkhwan, of course our hearts all for it! SIMPLY. CANNOT. WAIT.
Indulge in a grand buffet
Every true-blue foodie is a fan of buffet and if you're in Lucknow, you must be aware that The Pirates of the Grill and The Terrace are amidst the best buffet places here in the city. The mere thought of gobbling the delicacies here, after the lockdown is over, is simply keeping us motivated.
Watch a match at the International Cricket Stadium
Hopefully, we'll be able to catch a T20 match at the stadium this year when things settle!
Watch movies in theatres
Honestly, we're now tired of watching movies on our TVs and laptop screens. We really want to go out to the theatres, relish a full-on movie experience with surround sound and this time, we're gonna buy a tub of overpriced popcorn with a cold drink! Promise, no kanjoosi.
Finally celebrate Lucknow Mahotsav
Lucknow's rich culture, vibrant arts, crafts and culinary breakthroughs have also been passed down from one generation to another and now, people from across the world come to savour the delights of Awadh. Lucknow's past has been shaped and moulded by its many-faceted forms of art and craft and that's exactly what the Lucknow Mahotsav celebrates- centuries of this Nawabi culture.
Hopefully, this will all be over soon so that we can go back to the normalcy of our routines like it was before this pandemic took over. We're keeping our fingers crossed. So to enjoy all of these pleasures and perks of being in Lucknow, we all need to follow the rules as directed by the authorities because as much as we stay home now, the sooner we can step out!
Read this article in Hindi here.