Please don’t stop the music

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It’s no surprise that I enjoy music. Right from my “About me” page to giving every new post a title using lyrics, it may be very clear. If not all of this, the fact that my blog name is The Silent Hummer should give this fact away! How else can I express it?
Last evening I received my first blogger invitation, a proper formal email invite, to attend a #Blogadda event. An invite I gladly accepted.

“I am blogging to share my experience of the #YSS2 i-genius Young Singing Stars Season II in association with Blogadda.”

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Today Max Life insurance’s I-Genius Young Singing Talent (Season 2) had it’s Grand Finale. It was held at Taj Vivanta, Mumbai. The event was scheduled to begin at 11:00am, and the punctuality freak that I am, I made sure to reach on time. After a couple of calls to the organizers, a cup of coffee and introducing myself, I got a seat just behind the judges, In the second row. Psst..I had this little *proud moment dance* in my head when I saw “Reserved” on my seat as those seats were for the media and bloggers..
Blogger Life- wohooo!

There were 5 junior contestants and 5 senior.
Juniors : Kirtana, Chelsy, Tannishtha (Junior category winner), Pranjali & Harmanpreet
Seniors: Arth, Maithili (Senior category winner), Chirag, Chahat & Sonakshi

 

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Tannishtha Puri- Junior category winner

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I know in today’s world kids are talented, but I honestly did not expect this level of talent here. However one by one as they took to the stage, they were such a surprise!! All of them were disciplined, not only in behavior but also their singing. In fact, one of the contestants Pranjali not only sang a song well but later revealed she was the composer of her song “Maayere” too. Truly one better than the other. I’m sure their gurus and parents are extremely proud of them.

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Maithili Thakur- Senior category winner

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It’s easy to say the judges Salim Merchant, Shraddha Sharma & Devraj Sanyal had such a lovely time judging this finale. Their smiles, the foot tapping, the recording on their phones said it all. Shraddha sang beautifully for the audience and when Salim went on stage, his very voice took over the mood there! He sang his popular songs like “Khudaya Ve” , ” Ishqwala Love” and the audience enjoyed every bit of it!

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The Jury and the winners

Also, as I mentioned earlier, I had reached the venue on time and saw Salim Merchant rehearsing with the band. During his little break I got him to pose with me for a pic, here check this! Reward for punctuality!

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Thank you @Blogadda for this wonderful experience. It’s obvious I enjoyed myself and had a great day!

You may check the i-genius website to know about the wonderful things they do.

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Lots Of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

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Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want

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We all know this peppy Spice girls song from the nineties, don’t we? Well, yesterday I went for lunch to this place called SpiceKlub at Lower Parel with college friends. Hence this special Spice Girls title for this post.

I’m glad a few of us college pals have managed to stay in touch despite us having moved onto different walks of life. Lately we’ve even been successful in planning a meet at least once a month, which is super great.

Franchua at Spice Klub

Franchua at Spice Klub

SpiceKlub, a Veg-only restaurant in Lower Parel boasts of modern Indian cuisine. While planning our monthly meets, we girls usually opt for restaurants that serve both veg and non veg food. It is safe to say that I love meat in my meals. So when SpiceKlub was decided, the restaurant per se didn’t get me all excited, even though I had heard great reviews of the place. We made a reservation 3 days prior as we were informed it’s really difficult getting a table. However, On reaching there at 12 noon (our reservation was at that time), there were many tables available. So I’m not sure if this reservation thing is just a strategy or it’s really that difficult!

Table set up

Table set up

Spice Klub pics

Spice Klub pics

As I reached before my friends, I had enough time to check the restaurant, the menu, the washroom, the ambience and few other things. I noticed couples walking in, families with children and college going crowd. The instrumental classical music played in the background seemed to be in sync with the overall arrangement at the restaurant. Waiting for others to join me even gave me the chance to look at the steeply priced items in the menu. To be honest, I rolled my eyes when I read the price of ‘Dahi chaat’. I mean close to 400 bucks, like really!!

Okay now the actual food bit. We called for some ‘Pav bhaji fondue’, something that I’m not very fond of usually. But my my.. was I surprised! This pav bhaji fondue was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The whole presentation with the bhaji in a pot and a tea-light candle keeping the fondue hot was interesting. Even the bread was crisp and cut into small cubes to be dipped in the pot. Keeping presentation aside, just the taste of this Pav bhaji fondue was simply scrumptious

Pav Bhaji Fondue

Pav Bhaji Fondue

We then called for ‘Kesari Paneer Tikka’ and again, oh my! The paneer was beautifully barbecued, it was soft, tender and melted in the mouth. I’m not over exaggerating. Even adding those little cutely kept sauce dips on the table added to the dish’s flavours.

Kesari Paneer Tikka

Kesari Paneer Tikka

With these 2 appetizers , the 3 of us were so stuffed that we decided instead of ordering main course, we’d get just another appetizer and then keep space for dessert (which by the way was excellent!) Appetizer number 3 was Naanza. This dish looks like mini pizza slices topped with lots of cheese and spices. Each mini slice was extremely heavy and rich. It was a challenge for the 3 of us to finish 8 pieces! Had I not known that these were made with naan (Over baked flat bread), I’d easily believe these were pizza slices. In case I did not mention, this dish too was a hit.

Naanza

Naanza

I’m not biased in this review at all, it’s not even a sponsored post! Trust me, I did not miss meat at all in this meal. Every dish is worth the amount and can definitely fill at least 2 people’s tummies.

My favorite part of any meal- dessert was the best. Experience wise, Presentation and Plating wise as well as taste wise. I love chocolate is a well known fact to many. Among all those interesting options we ordered for ‘Soap Cake’.

Soap Cake!

Soap Cake!

Soap cake is actually cake in the form of a soap bar. It is placed on a dish that resembles a soap dish and even has dairy foam on it to make it look like soapy lather!! Super innovating I tell you. They serve it with a towel so that you can use it to wipe your hand after messing your hands (although it’s not all that messy). It tasted great, but full marks for the presentation.

As waiters took food to the other tables we saw some greatdishes there too. Dishes like Test-tube pani puri, de constructed dhokla and paan kulfi with liquid nitrogen looked extremely enticing.

Ambience and service was upto the mark, we didn’t have any reason to complain.

This meal made the pocket light by Rs 2000/- for 3, but the experience and food was totally worth it.

Oh I’ll even share with you my little embarrassment here at Spice Klub:
Due to being the first one to arrive, I didn’t want to look like I’ve been stood up on a date, so I decided to wait at the entrance for a while instead of sitting alone at a table. Just then 2 women walked in and mistook me for a hostess and were like “Hi, a table for 2”. Has that ever happened to you? I kindly told them they’ve got the wrong person and moved aside. I swear I wasn’t dressed like a hostess 🙂

Franchua- At Spice Klub

Franchua- At Spice Klub

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what you think. I love hearing back from you. Also, add and follow me on: Twitter , Instagram and Bloglovin

Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

Heal the world, make it a better place

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In August this year, I had the opportunity to visit Ahmedabad. It was such a marvellous experience, I had mentioned quite a lot about it in my previous post. Here I’d like to share my experience in relation to India celebrating Gandhi Jayanti today.

Gandhi's house

At Gandhiji’s home

Sabarmati Ashram and Gandhiji's home

Sabarmati Ashram and Gandhiji’s home

Even before reaching Ahmedabad, I had made a “To go to” list, on which the Sabarmati/ Gandhi ashram was at the top. Although the temperatures soared then, we made it to this ashram. Visiting this place is an experience by itself. As soon as you enter the ashram, you instantly get this calming, soothing like feeling. Everything is so quiet and peaceful, even though there are ample visitors present. It’s like entering a church or any holy place for that matter. People automatically know this is a place of respect, not a picnic spot.

Collages

Collages at the ashram

Gandhi wants his house this way

Frames

Charkha

Gandhiji’s Charkha

Beautiful work

Demonstration of the Dandi March

Close up of the Dandi march

Close up of the Dandi march

Such simple thoughts

Such simple thoughts

The ashram was full of collages, frames of Gandhi’s quotes, frames of his letters and signatures, there were black and white pictures of Indira Gandhi as a child with him, of Gandhi with children. There was plenty information about his and his family’s lives, the principles he believed in, about peace and simple living. I remember reading on one of those frames, Gandhi said there’s nothing about this life that the world doesn’t know.

At Gandhiji's home

At Gandhiji’s home

Gandhiji's room

Gandhiji’s room

Mahatma Gandhi lived here

Mahatma Gandhi lived here

I’m glad the authorities have maintained the place as it was. Gandhiji’s house is simple, not cluttered at all. It shows, that besides a man of principles, he was a man who lived a very basic life. Just the thought of me standing in the place where he decided and planned the well known Dandi march to revolt against the salt tax gave me goosebumps and all those History chapters came back to mind.

Charkha

The Charkha I bought

The Sabarmati Ashram even has a bookshop that sells books and momentos. As soon as I spotted the mini charkha (which isn’t really mini ) I knew it would make a great momento and I had to buy it. While choosing a right momento, it had to be between this, a monkey or salt. And the charkha it was. 🙂
What’s awesome is that it actually works and spins cotton into thread. I was excited as a child on seeing how it worked.

Of course there had to be Gandhiji’s 3 monkeys 🙂

Gandhiji's 3 monkeys

Gandhiji ke teen bandar

I’m not sure if wishing everyone a Happy Gandhi Jayanti is a thing, but here’s hoping we inculcate some of those tough values in our day-to-day lives, especially in these days of war and violence. If nothing else, wishing everyone Peace.
Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

All I need is a miracle, All I need is You!

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Working as a Front desk executive taught me some things that I will keep in mind always.You may call these things the basics. The obvious points in my role would be looking presentable and professional, always maintaining a smiling and approachable appearance, making sure the reception area is tidy and of course being efficient in the other admin jobs given. I’ve come to realise that this is one role that may be neglected most of the time. In this role, there are high chances that you may be the last one to know if it’s someone’s birthday or if someone is promoted. You may even not get to be a part of certain office events, well because “If you don’t take those client calls, then who will?”

Like other jobs, this role has it’s own positives and advantages as well. For one, mostly it’s not a stressful job (which means your hair won’t gray as soon as others) and you will have suitable fixed timings . Also, you will be far away from office banter, office gossip and negative vibes. And then if you’re lucky with not too many walk-ins, you can click some selfies with no one watching (but first make sure you don’t have office cameras).

Office employees and colleagues will be busy with their work and their teams. But remember, whenever they need anything for office use, they will first think of approaching you. Generally in offices, you will have things kept in specific storage spaces like cabinets and drawers. But to save you some time, energy and effort, I’ve compiled a list of things that you can always keep handy in your drawer. After all, all they need is a miracle, all they need is you. Here it is:

Stationary Items

Stationary Items

1. Basic stationary: This is the most basic thing your desk should have besides your desktop, keyboard and mouse. Stationary will include pens, pencils, erasers, white ink, stapler, punch, pins, scissors, post it etc. Keep in mind, since it’s not your house, you will require a simple and professional looking pen stand to keep these things in order. I can assure you that even though every employee is given stationary, they will keep coming to your desk to grab a pen/ pencil before rushing to that meeting they are getting late for. It’s obvious that you need to have pens that work!

Tissue box

Tissue box

2. Tissue Box: Again, this is a staple. You never know when your cup of tea spills all around your desk and keyboard making you a nervous wreck. Also, you will have colleagues who even though they vist the fresh room before leaving office for a meeting, they will grab some tissues from your desk on their way out.

Band- aid

Band- aid

3. Band-aid: It’s not possible to keep an entire first-aid box with you at your desk, but whenever someone approaches you with that sad boo-boo look, pull out your band-aid and hand it over. Look at that face turn into a smile as though you’ve just saved their life. If you’re not as petrified as me, you can offer to help if possible.
Also, with women and new shoes, blisters are nothing new. Band-aid always to the rescue.

Needle-thread and pins

Needle-thread and safety pins

4. Needle and thread / Safety Pins: I swear I’ve seen instances where employees are strutting out for a meeting and suddenly the slit on their skirt goes farrrrr (roll the rrrr to get the sound I’m making). It can be the most embarassing situation for the employee and she may just not know how to fix the issue. Here’s where you pull these out and save their day. I assure you, you will be thanked profusely, and maybe you may even get a treat.

Handmade Flowers

Handmade Flowers

Teddy snowball

Teddy snowball

5. Some personal touch to your desk: A colleague made these little flowers for me. The pink one is out of stocking and the green one is out of a wasted courier envelope.Adding these personal little things help me remember there are days when you are appreciated for who you are and what you do. Also, while you may have colleagues waiting for someone at the reception or while waiting for that band-aid, these will initiate conversation. One of my colleagues, even keeps all post-it notes, even though none of those are reminders.

It’s also a great idea to have a folder containing all near-by restaurant menus, have some sanitary pads, and some loose change for someone when they desperately need it.
I also suggest, since these are the very few occasions that people may come up to you, be approachable and warm. Make conversation with them so the next time they see you around, they will acknowledge your presence. It’s equally important to dress right and have your hair and make-up in place, as professionally talking “You are the face of the organization”.

I’ve summed up all that I could think of. If you would like to add any points or give me your comments, I’d love to hear back from you.

Also for quick updates, you can now follow my Twitter handle @Thesilenthummer and follow me on Instagram, my username is franchuadsouza

Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

5, 6, 7, 8!

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The Silent Hummer Turns one today!

Exactly this day last year I started The Silent Hummer, and I am super thrilled for myself that I actually stuck to blogging. Evidently, it wasn’t just some random phase. I can’t wait for this blog to turn 5,6,7,8! Thank you for all the likes, comments, follows and appreciation. You may also congratulate me in the comment box and show some love.. Haha!

What else I’m excited about in life? Getting to be Bridesmaid once again!! Being a Bridesmaid is so much fun with the dress, shoes, the make up, hair do, the attention you receive etc. There are responsibilities too, but who’s complaining about them?

The first duty assigned to me as a bridesmaid was to shortlist dress patterns from the internet. I thought I’d do a great job considering there are like a million pictures available online. However directly googling pictures and patterns wasn’t worthwhile leading me to nothing but those trite patterns. I knew Pinterest would not disappoint. Let’s say, I wasn’t very pleased with my search, but none the less I managed to shortlist a few patterns. Duty one : ✔

Next I got a text stating we need to go for dress measurements. Not that we’ve selected the pattern but just y’know- measurements. Immediately panic struck! I’ve put on 6 kgs in the last 3-4 months and I don’t want to be a fat bridesmaid. Luckily there are still 4 months to go so I’ve requested for a months’s time to lose a little weight here and there. Kellogs Cornflake diet started. Duty two: ✔

Yesterday was the coolest part so far. Shoes shopping. Yay! The bride already shortlisted a few pairs and we just needed to go with the comfiest. So after I finished work last evening we planned to meet at one of the shoe shops at Bandra and after some major debating on color, pattern, size, what looked lose but felt comfortable against what looked perfect but was uncomfortable, whether to use the half insole or whole, we bought our pairs of shoes. Duty three: ✔

Remembering Cinderella

This reminded me of Cinderella.

Reaching Bandra before the others gave me enough of time to glance, and try on a variety of shoes at the different shops.It’s difficult to not give into temptation and buy some pairs for office wear/ casual wear or whatever occasion. I thought my will power was awesome yesterday. But now on second thoughts I should’ve gotten those flats that were on sale. Anyway..

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Looking at the collection of shoes in all these shops, makes you want to have them all, isn’t it?

Here’s a little thing I’d like to share. While trying on different pairs of shoes, there was this one particular pair I saw and wished was the one we settled for, given the fact that there are going to be long standing hours, some last minute running about, and lots of dancing to be done. Good news? The bride agreed that those were the ones we’d be wearing on her D- Day! I cannot share the image of that pair now obviously, but when the time is right you will get to see them.

Shoes

Bride and her maid

Vellena, the bride to be! Wishing her love and luck!

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

Ah.. I work out!

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No not really. Actually not at all. I just chose the title from the lyrics of “I’m sexy and I know it”.

Okay, let’s just say I’m a liiiiiiiiiitle motivated to do a little routine here and there, all thanks to this cute fitness hamper from Fitternity. I actually won it through this contest by Damselindestress. The hamper consisted of A t-shirt that reads “Know Pain Know Gain”, a blue sipper for the gym, a pack of blended roasted almonds and sesame seeds and a pack of Tetley’s Green tea. Also, the hamper clearly promotes fitness without making it seem tedious, hence I approve of it.

Here are some pictures (Apologies for the bad lighting and quality):

Fitternity hamper

Nourish Organics

Sipper

Tetley green tea
You may go check the damselindestress’s blog, as it’s a great way to find out cool stuff about Mumbai, food, books, fitness and salon updates from what I’ve seen last.
A big thank you to Damselindestress And Fitternity for choosing me as their winner. I’ve already started using the sipper and roasted almond pack which is great.

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

Lots of love,

Thesilenthummer.
Franchua D’Souza

You know I like my Chicken Fried

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On Friday, my friends and me met up for early dinner. We chose Busago- the BKC outlet (in Mumbai) since we’d get to have some Burmese food for a change.

Outside Busago

Busago is well known for their Kaukswe. I had never been to any of their outlets before, but I knew what the food’s like, as people often call for it at work and I’ve tasted it a couple of times. Since it’s located just opposite Sofitel, behind the popular Starbucks and just beside Masala Library I expected Busago to be a big place with wide spacing between tables and all. But really it’s like a little.. I mean little cafe.Momos

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Chocolate mousse

Foodwise, I relished their Tibetan chicken momos with their red original chibs sauce. However we had to wait for over 20 mins for them to arrive. Realising service could take time we immediately called for our main course which consisted of 2 Chicken Kaukswes, Cambodian Curry Chicken and Chicken in Basil. Peach iced tea is what we all went for from the beverages section. Since I am not a food expert and the fact that the food certainly cannot be compared to the chinese (Indian chinese)/ mughlai food we are used to eating, I may not be able to judge how good the food was. All I can say is I don’t have much to complain about which is a good enough thing.
My favorite part of any meal has be dessert. We had ordered chocolate mousse and it was just about alright. Let’s say I’ve had beter chocolate mousse in the past.
According to me Busago is decent enough for a first time visit or just to try Burmese food out. You won’t be disappointed with the food, but I’m not sure about how soon you will want to go there the next time.

Happy after food

Posing

As I usually do for all my posts, I did manage to get a few pics clicked. Hope you liked them.

Lots of Love,

Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza