Lucknow is a city that is advancing rapidly but continues to keep its rich cultural heritage intact. The city is known for its cultural heritage, Nawabs, Cuisine and most importantly its people. Lucknowites have a charm of their own, and the fluency in our Hindi makes us stand out in the crowd. But being a Lucknowite also means you get to face a lot of annoying questions, which make no sense at all.

Here is a list of 9 questions that every Lucknowite has been asked at least once!

Lucknow ke log gali bhi dete hai?

Lucknow is sure known as a city of adab, but that doesn't mean we don't do things like normal people. Of course, we have respect and love for things and people, but we also are like any other being who gets fired up and starts shooting bad-words in their own accent.

Lucknow wale Bhojpuri gaane toh sunte honge!

Many people, mostly down south do not understand that UP and Bihar are two different states, with a lot of difference between the two. For them Lucknow or Patna, probably makes no difference, cause to them it is all just North India. That is why they automatically believe that Bhojpuri is the official language of UP and Bihar and strike us with questions like, Lucknow mei toh Bhojpuri gaane sunte honge!

Pani ke batashe matlab panipuri?

Golgappas are loved all over India, and is called by different names in different states. For some it is pani puri, for some it puchka but for us Lucknowites, it is called pani ke batashe. So yes, pani ke batashe matlab panipuri.

Aapke chacha toh vidhayak honge?

That's a very common line, which people do tend to use here sometimes. But believe it or not, we Lucknowites are so good at bonding and making chachas and mamas, that we all somehow know a vidhayak chacha, along with a lot of other people. So, do not ever ask that question again.

Aap toh humesha Chikan ke kapde pehente honge?

Lucknow is famous for chikan work and has a huge export business. Tourists who come to Lucknow are really fond of Chikankari and we Lucknowites love it too, however, we don't always wear the same attire and dress up normally like every other person.

Do you all say 'Tu Janta Hai Mai Kaun Hu'?

Not really, Lucknowites use that phrase sometimes, but without a 'tu'. We absolutely hate the tu-tadak language and prefer using subtle pronouns like- hum and aap.

Tum toh Lucknow ke Nawab/Begum ho?

Lucknow is known as the city of Nawabs, because of the history this place has. It is funny when someone calls you a nawab too, but that question gets irritating when repeatedly asked. So, next time you meet a Lucknowite, dare not ask him this question.

Oh, You’re a Lucknowite, you must be eating Tundey Ke Kabab regularly then!

Lol no! Kebabs at Tundey are amazing, but no one really has got the time to eat at Tundey everyday. In fact, not all Lucknowites are non-vegetarians. So, make sure you put up your curious questions carefully.

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For people who like Chicken Biryani , Hyderabad wins hands down but For Mutton lovers and an unparalleled pure Mughlai experience there is nothing more satisfying to the taste buds than a plate of Lakhnavi Mutton Biryani along with Tari and Raita. Read more about the big biryani battle here.

LU faculty records Audio Capsules for visually challenged pupils; over 1500 books available!

Textbooks of arts, science and commerce prescribed by UP Board, ISC, CBSE, NCERT and other universities have been converted into audiobooks covering syllabi from class 1 to post-graduation.

The Head of English department at Lucknow University's National PG College, Rakesh Jain, has entered the lives of visually-impaired pupils as nothing less than messiah. Jain and his team of 20 volunteers, have recorded audio capsules of textbook knowledge for the students who are differently abled and have a keen interest in studies. Rakesh himself is visually challenged and he is surely setting a stellar example of sheer grit and determination.

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It all started back in 2015, when Abhinav Misra got a call from his mother, asking him to urgently come back to Lucknow from Kolkata. Fast forward to 24 hours later, Abhinav was shocked to see his mother, Rajul Misra at the gate- she had lost 20kgs in just 3 months which was nothing less than alarming. After multiple doctor visits, it was then found that Rajul was suffering from Metastatic Breast Cancer and just last year, her PET-Scan revealed that she had a brain lesion, which required immediate surgery. Her operation and radiation costs were marked at 5 lakhs, along with the expenses of continuous Targeted Drugs and Chemotherapy.

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Lucknow's Munick Bistro has us clean-bowled with their offers this IPL season! Get 2+2 on drinks

We honestly cannot wait to be here with our buddies, just like the good ol' times!

Munick Bistro & Bar has always been on our list of favourite chill spots in Lucknow and it's always a moment of sheer joy whenever we step in here! Exclusively for the IPL Season, Munick has announced offers which will have you calling your friends right after you finish reading this. So if you're looking for a place to let loose with your folks while eating good food and watching the IPL, this is where you've gotta be.

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Lucknow becomes the launchpad for Uttar Pradesh's integrated COVID-19 portal & mobile app

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350km from Lucknow, 'Bhagwati Van' to be the spiritual tourism hub in UP

A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted at Bhagwati Van!

The Uttar Pradesh government plans to develop an eco-tourism spot that could provide a perfect place for people looking for a spiritual sojourn. The government has decided to develop the Bhagwati Van along the Ganga, in Kasganj district, as a centre for spiritual tourism.

The Bhagwati Van is a man-made forest which is unique in more ways than one. The forest has been raised over 316 hectares of land, which has been reclaimed by the state government from encroachers. A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted here.

Divisional forest officer (DFO), Kasganj, Diwaker Kumar Vashisht said, "We had been meeting villagers and convincing them since October last year to remove the encroachments. After the villagers agreed to vacate the land, we formed a local 'samiti' of villagers. It was all done without any public agitation."

The forest, which has its base in Puranic scriptures, is at Datlana Khaam village and has been declared as a Ganga 'gram'."It has Soronji 'teerth' and devotees from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other states come to this shrine," said Vashisht.

The entire reclaimed land is divided into three parts. The forest raised at the spot has trees planted in specific formations to create 'vatikas' (gardens) mentioned in religious scriptures.

"We planted over two lakh trees in Mahavan forest, which is one of the three parts and has species like Sheesham and Khair that are naturally found along the Ganga. The other part is 'Shreevan', which has connection with 'Arth Ganga' under the central government's Namami Gange project. This has species which will be economically beneficial to farmers. We had promised farmers that we would help them increase their income through this plantation," he said.

The third is 'Tapovan' which has 51,000 trees and Vyas and Vidur 'kutirs'. At present, the forest is being managed by the forest department but later local groups of villagers may look after it.

The 'Dhanvantari Vatika' has 75 types of medicinal plants and herbs. The 'Nakshatra Vatika' has 27 tree varieties, planted in specific positions to represent 27 'nakshatras' (planets).

The 'Navgrah Vatika', planted to manage planetary influences, is also a part of it. 'Harishankari', has trees like 'peepal, pakad and bargad' planted together. The three tree varieties represent the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 'Panchvati', the garden of five tree varieties mentioned in the Ramayana, also finds place here.

- With inputs from IANS

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