There is no word in English which can replace the word “tehzeeb” , “Courtesy” comes close, but cannot embody the essence in the same way!
The word is enough! “Hum aa reh hai” As the people from other cities in India tease the Lucknowites , whether you are coming alone or your whole clan is accompanying you, will always be a mystery!
2 Aaiye/Baithiye /Aap
Be it a rickshaw puller at Charbagh railway station or that Chikan shopkeeper at Chowk, they will treat you with immense respect, and you would notice this all the more, if you are a non Lucknowite!
“Aap zara Aukaat me rahiye!”
3 “Ji” instead of “haan” or “yes”
As a mark of respect Lucknowites will always answer as “ji” on the other hand “haan” is considered utterly disrespectful!
4 Minor fights
All of us are aware of the most fabulous traffic sense of the city, if a person happens to bang someone’s car, the conversation, is the most interesting one!
“Dekhiye agar aap hamari baat nahi manenge to hum aap ki walida mohtarma ki shaan mei gustakhana kalimat pesh karienge!”
5 Pehle aap
Two nawabs of Awadh, are about to embark on the same train at the same time, but one of them steps aside and says “pehle aap” but the second one insists “pehle aap” and this courteous impasse carries on, while the train departs!
6 Shayari on the go
All of you have attempted to write/say a shayari at some point in life! Also you would never fail to find the most polite shayaris on trucks/tempo/auto.
7 Muskuraiye, aap Lucknow me hai !
The polite Gesture and words of random people in Lucknow, will amuse you and you can’t help but smile, because even when we threaten people, we do it with tehzeeb!