ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Parveen Talha belongs to an old family of Awadh. She was the first Muslim woman to join the civil services through the IAS examinations. After retiring as Member of the Union Public Service Commission in 2009, she lives in Lucknow and spends time writing about the city she loves. Her writings bring alive the history, folklore, and composite culture of Lucknow. She also works for animal rights and has adopted many strays.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This collection is steeped in the flavours and textures of life in Lucknow. Woven through these stories is the history of its Ganga-Jamuni culture and the changes which came over the city and its people in the post-Independence period. The true hero in these stories is the Lucknow-wala whose affection and loyalty are not restricted to relationships between equals, and religion never comes in the way. Fida-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©-Lucknow is also the story of LucknowÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s women. Be it Qudsia Begum, Zulekha, Amina or GhengaranÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âall of them are liberated in the truest sense of the word. A beautiful blend of history, relationships and vignettes of city life, it will interest all those who enjoy the variety and colour of this and many such cities.