You might not see yourself that way but according to people who know you, you’re courteous and polite.
No matter how many branches they open in India and even abroad, you’d only go to the Tunday Kababi in Aminabad.
At some point or the other (probably on a boring day), you have bemoaned the fact that the historic maze is no longer open to the public.
You met the kind of ladies who, when they learn you’re from Lucknow, ask you to buy chikan salwar kameez for them.
For you, calling some ‘tu’ is worse than calling them a motherfucker. No greater insult has ever existed in any language than ‘tu’.
I know, I know, when she was in charge we hated her guts, but now, with the Yadavs in power, we are kind of like, “Man, I miss behen.”
If you’ve lived in Lucknow, you have had a tonga ride. Yes, you’ve parked your car or scooter and taken one round on the tonga.
You could be fat or thin, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, it doesn’t matter. You know where to get the good chaat, kebabs, biryani, etc.
While you have gone with your loved one to malls and movie halls, you’ve also taken them to places like Residency, where young couples take refuge.
If you ever hear someone spouting shayari, you feel a little nostalgic. You’ve also definitely attempted to write shayari at some point in life.
When you first step out of Lucknow, you are shocked at how loud-mouthed, aggressive, brash and impolite people can be.
All right, it’s not the real Marine Drive, but it is still an awesome place to drive around at night with a bunch of your friends.
When you give some poor newbie directions to a chikan shop in Aminabad and are told that they got lost, you realize how daunting Aminabad must be for newcomers.
It’s weird that people keep asking you to get them revri. You live in Lucknow and you only eat that hard stuff if someone has put it in front of you.
You know the different varieties and when is the best time to buy which variety of mangoes. Let other city-dwellers treat all mangoes the same, but not you.
You see the tour guides taking them to an outlet in Chowk, telling them that they will get the best designs and prices, and you feel sorry for them.
Lucknow is a city where historical buildings are still in use; history isn’t a far-away thing, it’s part of your present. So you have to know some city history.
Vishal, Vineet, Vinay and Vikram are not the names of people here but rather area names.
For outsiders, Hazrat Ganj might look strange with all the signs being in black and white, but for you there’s no novelty in the fact.
The sprawling and beautifully sculpted and maintained Ambedkar Park draws people to it again and again. You’ve spent time there too.
This has almost become a slogan for Lucknowites. And why wouldn’t you smile when Lucknow welcomes you back with open arms again and again?