Wednesday, May 13, 2015

At the Residency - a bit of history for kids

It's been over two decades since I moved out of my hometown, Lucknow. Each summer I come back here with the kids to renew my bonds with the city. I am extremely proud of its rich culture and history, the language of its people, their subtle sense of humour and of course its culinary treats. That's not to say I haven't bonded with all the cities I've lived in but nothing really does compare with home.

To the kids, it often doesn't quite compare with the city of their birth, being smaller and more laid-back. For this one month I try to show them my city through my eyes, to share with them what I find special about it. 

This week we decided on a historical tryst with the Residency. It dates back to the time of British rule in India and was witness to the first war of Indian Independence way back in 1857. This is where some British families were held under siege while the Indian rebels waged war against them. It's a majestic building, even in its ruins and has stood steadfast for over 200 years.

H and N wanted to know why we played cricket with the 'British' despite having been at war with them. They asked whether there were women and children in the British homes who were hurt in the fight. It was a great time to reinforce how History evolves and how things change over time, how we forget enmity and learn to live in peace. As also the sad effects of war - how innocents are always hurt no matter who is in the right.

Once there, they were too excited running around in the ruins with their cousins to really worry about the history. Sharing some pictures here.



The ruins stand amidst lots of greenery

Signs of the struggle - musket and cannon marks



That, in the backdrop, is a British banquet hall - we had a great time imagining what it would have been like before the place was destroyed.

Doors within doors - amazing symmetry

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Linking to ABC Wednesday for the letter R with thanks to Mrs Nesbitt for coming up with this wonderful concept. 



34 comments:

  1. Thank you for this piece of history and thank you for your wise words about war. The losers are always women and children and men who don't want to fight. There are no winners.
    How clever you are to built Goldberg's contraptions!
    Have a great time in Lucknow!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    1. Thanks Wil. The holidays are almost ending and we did have a wonderful time this year.

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  2. Wow! Beautiful pics and wonderful architecture of the building! They may not show it but they have absorbed your words! It's great that you are teaching them while having fun!

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    1. Thanks Roshni. I wasn't looking at teaching them anything so whatever they do absorb is a bonus :-).

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  3. I get back to my hometown of Binghamton, NY about once a year.
    ROG, ABCW

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    1. It's nice to revisit old memories, isn't it?

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  4. That is so great Tulika - it is so fun to do trips like this with he kids , and most fun to make those historical places come to life again! Looks like a wonderful place - and you sure have fun with them! Enjoy dear! Love the pics

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    1. Thanks Eli. We all look forward to this one month each year.

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  5. Sounds like you make the best of your time there in Lucknow, reconnecting, making learning fun for kids, giving valuable lessons to the kids without opening textbooks... Sounds great! Have fun. And thanks for sharing some wonderful pictures of this historical site.

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    1. Glad you liked them Beloo. I am fortunate to come from a hometown brimming with history.

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  6. Love Lucknow for all that you have mentioned and also for some amazing friends and memories we had during our year long stay there! Looks like you had a great time re-living and refreshing the history of this lovely place with kids. The last pic is simply WOW!

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    1. Good to know you've been here Shilpa. It's beautiful, ins't it?

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  7. Great shots of ancient architecture. A lesson for interested kids in our history is a must

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    1. Sure is Rajesh as long as we don't force it on them.

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  8. Lucknow, me & nostalgia! Great clicks and a great way of showing your kiddos what the place and its history mean to you!

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  9. Beautifully captured. Pertinent questions asked by children. Wish more and more parents today took their children to such historical sites and gave them a deeper insight apart from the textbooks of the freedom struggle.

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    1. It's not always possible Deepak. Sometimes the distances are prohibitive and sometimes the weather isn't conducive. It all just came together this time round.

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    2. Tulika one can take the kids to historic sites in the city one is living in as almost every city in our country has a lot of history! That is the beauty of our country!

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  10. Beautiful thought and pictures speak volumes. What are the metal boxes in the picture 'doors within doors'? It is a good way of learning with fun.

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    1. Not sure Inderpreet. But Earlier they used to have a light and sound show, I'm guessing they're something to do with that.

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  11. I feel like being in your city for long. Your kids might want to come home often too.

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    1. I hope they do. And you're welcome to come by for a trip.

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  12. I can understand your feelings towards Lucknow. I also come from far east UP and though I moved out to study when I was 17, I feel my roots are still there. :)
    Coming over to get away to Residency, I loved those pictures. I went to Lucknow for an educational tour when I was in standard 7 and I remember seeing this place. But other than those cannon shots, I remember a cool underground hall as well. Am I right on that? :) :)
    Great post! You look me back to my childhood and school days!

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    1. That's wonderful Parul. One never does stop 'being' from their home two, right. You are right, there were rooms on many levels except they're pretty dilapidated now.

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  13. Wait, the girl in the green tee is you? Wut??

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    1. Ha ha CC - if only! That's my lovely niece.

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    2. Ahh, what if only? You look like that only in your profile picture okay

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  14. not just for your kids .. it is for the likes of ME too.. Now i also know a bit of history :)

    lovely pics and god bless the kids :)

    Bikram's

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  15. Lucknow is my favorite city. I am originally from UP and that was the last city I lived in before moving to Mumbai. Haven't been back since 2 decades now. Whew! Your tales brought back some lovely memories. We had gone to the Residency from school, I remember. I am sure your kids would have loved it there. Someday, I hope to go back too.

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    1. You must go back sometime Rachna. It is fairly well maintained and that came as a pleasant surprise to us.

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  16. Yes, you are right tulika sing. The present generation children are not having interest to learn about the history of their country. The main reason is because the present generation children are get addicted to social websites such as facebook, twitter, whatsapp and all. Because of this, they are all approaching the online custom research paper service website to get all types of their writing works to be get completed and so, they are unable to develop any knowledge both in subject and also for their life. So, it is now up to the parents to teach them about the history and all other important things which are all needed for their life.

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