måndag 30 november 2015

Week 4 23rd of November till 30th of November

Salaam my friends!

I have not been updating my blog as often as I should since I have a LOT of work to do here in Lucknow with my thesis and Urdu studies! However I hace decided that I should update the blog weekly but also in detail, which means I will describe events that are happening and what we are doing in our studies, as a part of my own development and also for sharing with others!

The Monday till Wednesday that was this week was full of studies. Basically we had to write on our Bachelor's thesis and also on our Urdu assignments and also we have Urdu homework everyday.
We also did plan a tour of Lucknow Nawabi parts of town, basically the Small and Large Imambara, the Rumi Darwaza and The Hussainabad clock tower.
This was all done in Hindi, the tour and also the preparations. Our classes are also in Hindi which shows our level of the language. We are actually quite remarkable if I can say it myself.

When our teachers from Varanasi, Roquiya and Reba ji arrived we guided them through the town. The spectacular Imambaras, which are places of worhsip for Shia Muslims who have a significant population here in Lucknow. They were both built by the Nawabs as projects for Hindu-Muslim unity, which Lucknow is famous for. These places are however also open for the public as well as any religious groups. That is a key concept with Shia Islam in India.
It has been a haven for intercommunal relations and networks. It is called in Hindustani, "tehzib" or composite culture. After showing the large Imambara we went to the Rumi Darwaza or "Rumi Door" which is named after the great Persian poet Rumi. A true masterpiece.

After that we experienced some other composite culture, the clocktower of Hussainabad. It is however not a mixture between Hindu-Muslim culture but rather Hindu, Nawabi style mixed with British Victorian and Gothic styles. However much one can despise the British colonialism in this part of the world, it has a significant importance in Indian contemporary history. This is supposed to be an imitation of the Big Ben in India. A fusion between the British empire and the Nawabi culture.

After that we arrived at the Small Imambara, or Hussainabad Imambara. Another spectacular masterpiece of architecture of the Nawabs. Ruling such a short time, but creating such a huge impact which lingers on today. The smaller "Taj Mahal" looking buildings are the Nawabs daughter and her husband's graves. A family grave, multicultural, multireligious and composite place.

After that we had some delicious south Indian food at and south Indian restaurant! Can't wait till I get there after all these months of Urdu studies! I love south Indian food and would like to see all aspects of this great nation!

The day after we had outdoor conversation assignments which was about Urdu in media and newspapers. So we interviewed people at bookstores and also at news stands! A truly rewarding assignment! We must however travel to Aminabad to find the Urdu, editors, Urdu bookstores etc.

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