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A Shadow of the Past: A Short Biography of Lucknow

Mehru Jaffer (Author)

Over the centuries, Indo-Islamic and European ideas merged with Hindu traditions to make Lucknow a powerhouse of creativity and the centre of what was known as Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, the evocative Awadhi phrase for Hindu–Muslim syncretism. A city known for its art and artisans, the courts of the nineteenth–century rulers of Lucknow swarmed with people from all over the subcontinent as well as European painters and photographers. In the third quarter of the eighteenth century, poets from Delhi’s Mughal court migrated to Lucknow in the hope of better emoluments. Lucknow’s legendary status as a city of culture waxed with every new influx of creative geniuses. A Shadow of the Past celebrates the people responsible for the city’s fame—its nawabs, painters, writers, revolutionaries, and freedom fighters. At a time when Uttar Pradesh has been reduced to one of the most backward states of the country, Mehru Jaffer shows us how Lucknow’s glorious cultural heritage ensures that it remains a city of substance.

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About the author

Mehru Jaffer

Mehru Jaffer was born and brought up in Lucknow, a certain space in India that is not just a city but a state of being. After graduating in English literature from Lucknow University, a career in journalism was launched with a job at the Pioneer newspaper. She continues to write and this is her first book.

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Title A Shadow of the Past: A Short Biography of Lucknow
Author Mehru Jaffer
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.06.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Language: English
isbn 9789390652488
length 144p.