Lucknow Book Club (LBC) is a vibrant community of Lucknowphiles and literature enthusiasts – authors, readers, and aspirants alike. We meet on fourth Sunday of each month to discuss a book, author, theme, genre, or just to share a common love for Lucknow, literature and more! We equally delve into discussions and activities related to theater, films, photography, food, and allied fine arts. Therefore, no two meetings at LBC are ever the same – there could be a book reading, an invited author, a writing session, a film screening, or just a coffee with thoughts floating around.
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LBC started in 2006 as a virtual community, and a legal entity under Societies Act was registered in 2008. The core group is motley of activists, artists, journalists, and professionals; and is always open to new ideas, feedback, and suggestions. Many among the core group, in fact, are based away from Lucknow but most of us went to school in Lucknow, lived in different neighborhoods, and never met each other before our first meeting. Evidently, we found our common thread in our love for Lucknow.

Over the years, LBC has evolved into a virtual-yet-real hangout, where occasional visitors to ardent followers, all are equally welcome to share their thoughts (the book you like or the food-walk you took or the reading culture in Lucknow), ask a question (why should you read that book or how to find way in old Lucknow streets or where to find the best story-tellers of the times), and raise a concern (the price of kebabs at Tundey’s or the literary scene of the city or political problems of the world).
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The baseline is to retain freedom of expression, respect others’ opinions, and remain a fluid community with Lucknawi etiquette.

Book Suggestions


“Tiger Hills” a Novel by Sarita Mandanna

“Tiger Hills” a Novel by Sarita Mandanna (Rs. 399) Chosen for the Channel 4 TV Book Club, this lavish saga may help dispel the winter gloom. A love triangle set in the lush hills of Coorg in southern India underlies a similarly undulating narrative that moves between 1878 and 1936. The up-and-down intrigue that binds the longed-for [...]

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Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz - A Journey of Love, Hope and Nationalism

THE year was 1935. The union hall of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was brimming with students and the atmosphere was electric. A young man in sherwani stands up. He runs his hand through his long locks, and recites his poem ‘Inquilab’ in his own inimitable style – “KohsaaroN ki taraf se surkh aandhi aayegi Ja-baja [...]

Impromptu Year-End Picnic of LBC

I was on a short visit to Lucknow during the last week of December 2013, and I had a chance to personally meet many of the LBC members, and that too in a picnic coordinated single-handedly by Missy!! The venue was Friends Rosery (Nursery), near Itaunja, Sitapur Road, The date was 26th December 2013, time [...]

Events->Monthly Meets


Fourth Sunday Meet Again - August'13

“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” -The whole world is one single family Masto might have quoted this phrase to close the session but it surely was the theme of the day. The month of Freedom and with the celebration of Independence, it was the time for the fourth Sunday meet again and Lucknow Book Club could find no [...]

मुझे भी कुछ कहना है! or January 2013 LBC Meet

In the first LBC Meet of 2013, we wanted to know more about each other through our writings. So the Author of the month was decided to be US. One of the best meets LBC has ever had! I never knew our members were so talented writers. Puja, you amazed me, I knew you just [...]

Events


Workers-Literature Writing Competition by Lucknow Book Club

Ever find yourself looking at photos and thinking about stories? here’s a chance to write them and maybe even win a prize! Enter the LBC Workers Literature Writing Competition and email a 150 word poem/short story/dialogue in English/Hindi to lbc.lucknow@gmail.com quoting the code in your subject line..all entries will be published on www.lucknowbookclub.com and you [...]

Impromptu Year-End Picnic of LBC

I was on a short visit to Lucknow during the last week of December 2013, and I had a chance to personally meet many of the LBC members, and that too in a picnic coordinated single-handedly by Missy!! The venue was Friends Rosery (Nursery), near Itaunja, Sitapur Road, The date was 26th December 2013, time [...]

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Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz - A Journey of Love, Hope and Nationalism

THE year was 1935. The union hall of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was brimming with students and the atmosphere was electric. A young man in sherwani stands up. He runs his hand through his long locks, and recites his poem ‘Inquilab’ in his own inimitable style – “KohsaaroN ki taraf se surkh aandhi aayegi Ja-baja [...]

HAUNTINGS IN LUCKNOW: FACT OF FICTION? Part III

This article was published in The Lucknow Tribune (19th – 25th October 2013), unfortunately titled: THE GHOST WHO WALKS IN LA MARTINIERE GIRLS’ COLLEGE. Satyajit Ray in The Duel of Lucknow describes how an Indian bachelor living alone in Lucknow (during colonial times) comes across a pair of dueling pistols at an auction, and fascinated [...]