I’ve lived in Kanpur for the most part of my life, and it has been quite an experience. I moved to Delhi over two years ago to pursue my Bachelors’ and one thing that has been common in my interactions with anyone new I’ve met is the question, “Really? But you don’t look or behave like you’re from Kanpur.” Now, I’ll quickly explain the actual implication of that question, it simply is a way of asking, how can you be from Kanpur if you don’t always chew tobacco and are civil in general. It was almost frustrating to see the stereotypical image of the city I grew up in and that of someone from Kanpur. So, here’s my way of trying to redefine Kanpur, beyond all the stereotypes.
Kanpur with its rich history is far more than just a tobacco chewing and spewing city, it was a major center during the Revolt of 1857, with important luminaries like Nana Sahib and Tatiya Tope hailing from the city. It was also deemed as the ‘Manchester of India’ at a point of time when the textile industry of the city was at its peak. So, what I'm trying to say is that, Kanpur has its fair share of everything and I'll tell you how.
A rich history and heritage