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If you’ve been on the roads of Lucknow, you will relate to these 9 things that happen in the city

Hit the brakes and go through these 9 scenarios that spell all that's wrong with riders & drivers on Lucknow roads.

Of all things that Lucknowites can be proud of, 'road sense' surely doesn't make the cut. Besides scenarios of road raging and accidents, there is plenty wrong with Lucknow roads and we are sure, each one can relate to these 9 incidents that occur too frequently here. Sometimes, it churns a good anecdote to tell over dinner but other times, it can be fatal as well! So hit the brakes as you go through this list.

Stopping behind Zebra crossing; what's that?

Well, some drivers in Lucknow do not understand the concept of traffic signals, AT ALL. Let alone stopping at the red light, stopping behind the zebra-crossing is a myth! Lucknow drivers have an unsaid competition, that is to see 'who can stop their vehicles farthest from zebra crossing.' As a prize, sadly, there are only challans. So be careful.

Blocked left turns

Traffic signals in Lucknow usually allow a free-left turn, however, the same can't be said for the traffic here. While vehicles at chaurahas are supposed to leave enough space on the left side to let others pass, this doesn't happen, especially at prominent signals where the traffic flow is abundant.

Toh kya karein hum? Marr jayein?

Roads or Fight Club?

Minor accidents or bumping cars are very common when there's a traffic rush. So there are two ways to go about the situation- either apologise and get going or drift to a side lane to sort the matter out. But the 'Lucknow way' to solve things is slightly different- people step out of cars right at the accident site to start a fight and indulge in power play, while the rushing traffic stands impatiently as spectators.

Stopping vehicles in the middle of the road

'Hum jaha par khade ho jate hai, line wahi se shuru hoti hai' and that's a long line of vehicles that come to a halt just because one car decides to stop in the middle of the road, without any warning. This could be to take a call, to drop off passengers, to spit out their paan-masala or any other reason! So, be cautious and make sure to hit the brakes to avoid any casualties.

​Indicators are an alien concept

There are a lot of drivers in the city that do not believe in indicators and these are the same people who believe in taking sharp turns, whenever they please! Vehicles following behind, simply need to develop telepathy! But that is not it. While you accustom yourself to be on the same road as these people, there comes in others, with level-2 difficulty- giving out a wrong indicator!

​Slowing down on high-speed lanes

This is a special category and primarily includes auto-rickshaws, tempos and buses that will slow down suddenly in a high-speed lane to either pick-up or drop-off a commuter. This often leads to accidents and crashes, as following vehicles cannot process the sudden slowdown and they usually end up hitting or barely escaping by a close call.

​Overtaking from left in a single-lane road

Single lane roads are those that allow traffic on either side and usually do not have a barrier demarcating two-separate lanes. This allows drivers to change lanes frequently while in transit, however, there are these skilled drivers who love to overtake from the left, RIGHT in the face of opposite traffic!

​One way routes are fictional

One way routes are fictional and that is the popular belief among Lucknow drivers, who will speed through any street, one-way who?! And if that's not enough, they will also give you warning looks for driving in your own lane, as if you're on the wrong side. Sometimes, we really wonder what goes on in their heads?!

​Encroachment by vendors and non-authorised parking

So if you think Lucknow is all about narrow snaking lanes and labyrinths, all we'd like to say is NO. The city lanes are not narrow but seem so because half of them are encroached by either street hawkers or non-authorised parking. They eat-up most of the road-space and what is left is a challenge, for the vehicles to trudge through.

Knock Knock

Whoever said that the ABC of driving is control of the accelerator, clutch and brake, clearly has never driven on the roads of Lucknow. Drivers and riders in the city know that the key aspects here are patience, road sense and a whole lot of caution with a side of gangsta attitude! So do let us know of any such or other randomly bizarre things that have happened with you.

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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