I am from Azamgarh

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  1. Rajiv Bakshi says:

    I know Parul , you are from Azamgarh . Great write up !

  2. Bipasha says:

    Never let prejudice hold you back! I’m from Ranchi, Jharkhand, so I know what you mean, I used to get a lot of similar comments. But heck, the hometown is always a special place 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bloody people forget that Saint Durvasa, Saint Dattatreya, Writer Rahul Sanskrityan, Writer Ayodhya Prasad Upadhyay, Kaifi Azmi, Shabana Azmi etc etc. these all people belong to AZAMGARH.

  4. Anupriya Rai says:

    Thanks for writing this. I found this blog while searching facts about Azamgarh. Anywhere you go in India and tell that you are from Azamgarh, almost always you get the same look. I left this 100km-from-banaras thing a long back. For me its still the best city. People still are innocent. I do not know of any other place where mixed population has been living so comfortably together and so peacefully for so long. To add to your content, Hari Oudh Singh Upadhyay, the great Hindi poet and writer was also from Azamgarh. I love my city more than any place on earth. Convey my regards to Vinita ma’am, she was my class teacher in Class 6th 🙂

  5. Honestly I would not have learnt so much about Azamgarh if it was not your blog . Thanks for enlightening us .

  6. Anonymous says:

    lovely read 🙂

  7. Manasa says:

    I have never heard of Azamgarh and got to know via your post.

  8. Ab Azamgarh ka bazaar bhi hua Online..

    Azamgarh me kya kaha milta hai iski Jankari Helpline no. 9029 60 2002 se li ja sakti hai..

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  9. فخر ہے مجھ کو اعظمی ہوں میں
    میرا برقی وطن ہے اعظم گڈھ
    A well written informative & commendable article about my home town , Azmgarh, a great centre of learning and a symble of peace full co-existence. & our rich composite Cultural Heritage.
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  10. Vivek Singh says:

    Superb Thoughts. I’m from Azamgarh & will always cherish my city. Obviously it hurts when someone say bad things about my city, but I would advice such people to overcome their ignorance.
    One more thing I would like to share about Azamgarh
    it was one of the most prominent centre of revolts in 1857 & 1942

  11. BADRI NATH says:

    i shared this post to my timeline yesterday. many shares,comments followed and more than 40 likes so far

  12. Sreesha says:

    It was so amazing to read about your city! We definitely need to get rid of all kinds of stereotypes.
    I could relate to this post on another note as well: I belong to this town called Kannur in north Kerala – which, is notorious for bombs. It’s sad, really, because once the people of Kannur were known as the most peaceful people in Kerala, but now everyone looks at us with suspicion and mistrust. I did my engineering in Cochin, where, among a plethora of bad experiences, people often asked me if there was a bomb in my bag, none too good-humouredly. I was more or less new to Kerala at the time, and I could not grasp why there was so much hate against my little hometown. Sure, I knew there were some incidents, but I assumed that happened everywhere. Not that “happening everywhere” normalizes it, but the stereotyping and even the teachers asking if they could check my bag for bombs was, let’s say, unpleasant.
    I envy you though, I don’t know so much history about Kannur, as you know about Azamgarh! *makes a point to learn*
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    • Parul Thakur says:

      Thanks Sreesha. I am glad you stopped by to share your thoughts. Your experience was seriously not a good one. I would have felt super bad. But something that we can do is to share good things about our cities, right? 🙂 I just did that!

  13. Hitesh Rawat says:

    for sec i couldn’t believe that people in Noida wouldn’t know about Azamgarh, but then there are people who doesn’t even know the capital of India.

    But it was good to know more about Azamgarh here. I basically know it as the birth place of Abu Salem. As they, negative publicity sticks with things more than the good things. 🙂

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Yes, negative publicity stays but it’s important to talk about the good things and share that more than the negative ones. That’s the only way to change things that we don’t like.

  14. Thanks for this post. You’re right – many cities and even people for that matter, gain a reputation that they are not able to shake off and it is upto their inhabitants to educate people the way you have done. Didn’t know Benarasi sarees are made in a small town of Azamgarh. Cheers!

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Yes Vibha! Totally up to us to change perception. My Mum has been to weavers in Mubarakpur and she tells me how hard they work and under such tough conditions. But their work is amazing. Thank you for stopping by!

  15. I love your love for your city and I understand it completely since I too am passionate about mine. I’ll let you into a secret – my husband’s side belongs to Azamgarh and I came in for plenty of good-natured ragging from my colleagues. They would say though Azamgarh was home to a lot of anti-social elements they were always good to their wives so I was pretty safe! On a more serious note – no city can be branded good or bad. Each has both kinds of people.
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    • Parul Thakur says:

      I agree to you there! Each city has all kinds of folks.
      And that secret – well, who knows your husband was in the same school as mine? 🙂 Glad to know that! Another connection.

  16. Bikram says:

    I have had some lovely time in azamgarh district .. my best friend is from there is he now a ips officer. . And the best thing is if all goes well he will soon be posted to his home district .. and I have promised him I will be there because my beautiful aunty (his mom) makes a wicked Biryani. .

    I am sure I have some old pics somewhere back home in india .. maybe next time I go home I will bring them along..
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  17. rammy says:

    Dear Parul,
    You brought tears in my eyes…I am overwhelmed after reading your post thoroughly and I loved every bit of it. I spent almost 20 odd years there in Azamgarh. You know what I can recall every corner of that city and that happens only If you love something from bottom of your heart.
    I had a very strong sport (cricket) background, so, would like to let the world know that some of the players who do belong to Azamgarh are playing in IPL (Iqbal Abdullah KKR, Kamran Khan, Rajasthan Royal and recently Sarfaraz Khan Royal Challenger B’glore). So people please talk about these when you heard abt Azamgarh name next–)

    Thanks all BTW for all your lovely thoughts -) n parul to u too -)

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Thank you for sharing that post. I was aware of Abdullah but missed it somehow. Great to share these names here.
      I am so glad that you felt good to read the post and I feel honored. Thank you again!

  18. Meera says:

    First time here.. and its nice to read about your hometown. awesome post. 🙂
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  19. Anonymous says:

    Firstly thank you for baring your thoughts of what it is. And it touched me as you wrote from heart but sensibly.

  20. Thanks for sharing this post about Azamgarh, which seems to have a rich cultural heritage but is now known for all wrong reasons.
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  21. Vineeta Srivastava says:

    when i came in this city with my daughter Parul , it was an unknown city for me . even i had not heard its name before marriage . but city welcomed me with warmth . we gave our kids best education and values of life . we all live with a feeling of brotherhood . we still wait for sewaiyya made by Muslims in Eid , cakes in Christmas and they long for Gujhiya made by us in in holi
    In short i love my Azamgarh becoz it has given us ‘ Roti , Kapda and Makan ‘ what else ?

  22. Sulekha says:

    It is sad that we have to defend our roots, your post was very informative. I learned a lot of new facts, thanks for sharing. Be proud of who you are and where you come from…

  23. Thx for sharing facts about Azamgarh. The media always reports stories that are never close to truth. And by this blog one comes to know so much about a beautiful city like yours.

  24. I have heard of Azamgarh and have passed through it too, Parul. We lived in Allahabad and did tours of a lot of places in UP around there. It’s sad when the place you love is wrongly associated with something dark. Thank you for correcting the perception.
    Incidentally, we have a Nizamabad in Telangana too!
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  25. Glad to read more about Azamgarh. Every place has its black sheep and wrong to give a label.

  26. Indrani says:

    So glad to know about this place. As a traveler or as a tourist, both ways I would love to visit and stay in this place.
    Glad you highlighted it for all of us. 🙂
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  27. NJ says:

    Hey Now this was something really appreciative 🙂 I too have heard lot about Azamgarh. I had a classmate in PG from there and he said that possession of gun is common thing out there 🙁 But I happy that you shared some great facts about it 🙂 Never knew Kaifi Azmi was from there 🙂

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Actually no, it’s not easy to get guns at all. May be he knew the people but folks like us (my parents and their work colleagues) never even thought of arms.
      For Kaifi Azmi, that Azmi is from the city. His real name was Sayyid Akhtar Hussein Rizvi. We also have a train to Delhi that’s called Kaifiat Express 🙂 Named after Kaifi Azmi.

  28. Suzy says:

    Thanks for sharing your city and it’s interesting facts. I had not heard of it.
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  29. richa singh says:

    Are madame I am from Muzzafarnagar 😀 😀
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  30. Good to know about this city! I haven’t heard of it and don’t know till now that this place is the source of Benarasi sarees.
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  31. Prajakta says:

    This happens everywhere, right? French people are rude, Sindhis are “kanjoos”, Kerela folks are conservative, British are uptight. We have a tendency to generalize because of a few examples. Sad we judge them by their location rather than the person they are.

  32. bellybytes says:

    Wow! Thanks for giving all the info on Azamgarh. You’re right about it being associated with terrorists because that is the fault of the media that only plays up on the bad things in this world ( after all good news is definitely what people don’t want to hear). Of course every city has its good and bad side and I’m really glad that you chose to only highlight the good points that are tarred black by the media’s constant allusion to Azamgarh being the centre of the UP badlands.
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