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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Quotidian Lucknow

The previous several folders dealt with Lucknow of the past. This one deals with Lucknow of the present. After all, this is a city that has grown from 240,000 in 1920 to over 2.2 million.

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The bridge across the Gomti.

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Plaque and notice on the same bridge.

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The river is used as a laundry.

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A main intersection. The street straight ahead is now Vidhan Sabha Marg; formerly it was Outram Road. Informally, this was Hazratganj, "the street of the respectable." Despite its Urdu name, it was a British-dominated space.

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Another view of the street.

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No longer in business, the Mayfair Theater showed English films.

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Change comes fast.

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A few blocks away is the Sahara Ganj.

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Yes, that would be McDonald's at the far side; there's another one up on the top floor.

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The interior.

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Watch India change.

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Ford, GM...

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...and Suzuki in its Maruti avatar.

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...and Honda. All bunched together.

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Meanwhile, street sleepers.

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Apartments for the prosperous.

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Mansions for the wealthy.

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Suburbs.

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Decked out.

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The competition.

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She was selling sugar...

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...and saw the camera.


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