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Floral exhibition

When was the last time you visited a garden? Even if you did, were you there to just stand and admire it’s beauty? Did you stop by to smell the flowers? Did you notice how the birds flock around particular types of plants and trees? It’s exactly these things that make venues like gardens so peaceful and calming.

If you have read the previous post, I had mentioned that I’d visited a beautiful flower exhibition over the weekend. This was solely to see and admire the blossomy beauty. The entire corporate complex in South Mumbai, was full of over 10,00,000 flowers (no exaggeration) varying in colors, sizes and structures and uses. Little gardens were set up to particular themes ranging from the Rajasthan desert garden , the Portugal garden, St. Nicolas’ garden, to the Victoria Orchid Hunter’s garden etc. Not just that, they even had a sparrow garden, which actually had sparrows happily flying around it.

Flowers

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Up for a climb

There were huge installations which were marvelous. My favorite flower installation was the Tea- set, I mean you have to see it. The quarter plate even had biscuits and sugar cubes! Simply marvelous.

Cuppa anyone

It is impossible to name all the flowers I’d seen but just the names of a few that I recognized are Asters, Carnations, Chrysanthemum, Daisies, Hibiscus, Lilies, Marigold, Orchids, Roses.

water fountain

My tram ride

Navy band

I had pre-decided to take just a few pics at the floral exhibition, but it was challenging to not capture everything. The garden, the water fountains, the navy band, the trams.. everything was spectacular and click worthy! Who wouldn’t be mesmerized, I wonder. I’m glad Nolasco had accompanied me, I didn’t have to bother at all about photography or the quality of my pictures. He’s such a pro, I didn’t even have to tell him what to click or at what angles I want my pictures. He’s fab at what he does. Glancing through the pics, I’m certain you will agree.

This exhibition was beautiful enough to make us feel like we were out of Mumbai on a mini vacation. Sadly this vacation got over quicker than we would have wished for.

Let me know if you enjoyed reading the post or simply liked Nolasco’s photography of my floral experience. We would love to know what you think.

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer,
Franchua D’Souza

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Roses are red my love

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Who wants gola

Roses are red, yellow, orange, pink, black and what not! Flowers are beautiful, there’s no denying. They smell lovely is an added incentive. Frankly I’m not quite a floral person when it comes to gifting them, as it’s disheartening that they last for just a few days. I’m more into practical gifting. However as I mentioned, flowers are beautiful no doubt and even a bunch of them make can make some peoples’ day bright. They have the ability to turn a dull day into a romantic one and a depressing day into a motivating one. Imagine what happens when you see a complex full of flowers everywhere, like literally. That too in Mumbai!

Over the weekend, a few of us accepted an invitation to attend a flower exhibition put up in town. If you’ve lived in Mumbai, you’d know that unfortunately we are not lucky enough to see nature in all it’s glory. So the invite seemed too lucrative to be ignored. The complex that hosted the exhibition had about 35 gardens with different floral set ups, each one-better-than-the-other. The organisers did everything possible to make this event grand. They set up the place like a dream- the flowers were the stars, they got 1853-style trams to take us around all the gardens, and they even got the navy band to perform live. Refreshments were served at a few corners so even the 4pm heat couldn’t do much to bother us. Looking at all this beauty, we completely forgot that we were still in Mumbai and realization only struck after exiting the complex.

Candy floss

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SheepJust chit chatting with the bird inside

My pics are just a glance of the weekend that was. I bet you will have to return to see the actual flower display. It’s going to blow your mind!

In the mean time you can check the previous time I posted about my floral experience.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve even joined Roposo- @franchua  recently, I’m yet to learn it, but join me there too!

Photography credits : Nolasco Alphonso, he’s the best.

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..

The post got it's title from here D

Shoe collection 2

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

Anywhere you go always take the weather with you

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How many people actually stick to their New Year Resolutions? Exercise daily, Quit smoking, complete the 100 days challenge, study everyday? I remember last year I made the resolution of travelling. Travelling to some place new, some where besides the annual trips to Goa. Domestic or International wasn’t important, what was important was just to explore a new place and surrounding. As much as I wanted to complete that resolution, I didn’t. 2014 was undoubtedly the worst year of my life personally.

Like the previous year, this year too, travelling was on my resolution list. But the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t really work towards making it happen. But somehow the resolution found itself on my lap, when I received an invitation to visit Ahmedabad. My cousin’s wife who currently works in Mumbai is from that city and she was visiting her hometown for the long Independence weekend. All I had to do was pack my bag and go along. Of course I accepted the invitation.

Whatever little I knew about Ahmedabad was through my elocution competition in school about Gandhiji and through the popular Taarak Mehta series. With regard to some Gujrati delecacies, as much as I’m aware that Gujrati food is easily available in Mumbai, I’ve never gone out of my way to eat it. Maybe if someone offered something at work, I’d just take a bite and that was it. So here I left no stone unturned and gorged on the khaman, dhokla, khakra, fafda, khandvi, dal wada, jalebis,shrikhand, pedas and so much more! I love reading these typical Gujju delicacies out loud all together, it tickles that funny bone a little.

Ahmedabad special

At the Vastrapur Lake

The beautiful River Front Garden

As a tourist I was shown around the famous places in the city. Although public transport is easily accessible with Auto rickshaws, regular buses and BRT buses around, the best way to commute was the 2 wheeler. It was convenient in so many ways. We covered the Kankaria Lake, Vastrapur Lake, the Ellis Bridge, the beautiful River Front, some temples and mosques, the church in Mani nagar, Alpha 1 mall, Himalya mall, the famous Manek Chowk that starts serving their delicacies only late evenings and my favorite- the Sabarmati Museum and Ashram (Gandhiji’s ashram). Doing this much in just 4 days was awesome and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

A post specially dedicated to the Sabarmati Ashram will definitely make it on my blog soon. Enjoy the pics and Stay tuned.

Vastrapur Lake

River Front

River Front Garden

A big Thank you to Ro and her wonderful  family members for being such good hosts. It made my stay memorable and I’d definitely love to come visit you all again.

Roanna

With Roanna and Wilona

Lots of love,

Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

You are beautiful, no matter what they say.

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Pathway We all love when there’s a parcel with our name on it, isn’t it? Even on knowing what’s in, it’s still exciting none the less. Yesterday when I got back home after work, mom said there was a courier for me. I was expecting some credit card correspondence from the bank so I decided to ignore it. Later however on realising I haven’t yet bothered to check it, mom brought the couriered envelope to me. It wasn’t from my bank, and was from an NGO called IMFPA- Indian Mouth and Foot Painting artists. As I opened the envelope, I expected to find a letter asking for donation. However when I actually opened it, I found such a beautiful little kit, which consisted of greeting cards, bookmarks, gift tags and even envelopes all done by mouth and foot painting . Their art was actually amazing. And mind you, I’m just not saying this out of pity for those unfortunate individuals who do not have their hands, it’s simply cuz they’re truly mind blowing. You have to see their work to believe, hence I’m putting up pics of all that I received. Sunrise Flower card Bookmarks Envelopes Letter I’m sure you admire their skills just as much as I did. I remember telling my mom, even though we have our hands we can’t do anything close to that. Looking at this kit compelled me to contribute in some way to this NGO. Even their motto is “Self-help,not charity”. I’d like if you can try reading the last picture which is actually a letter from them. You can even check their website for more details or if you’d like to help them in any way.

I really wish they get all the support they require to continue doing this fab work. Good wishes to the IMFPA team. “You are beautiful, no matter what they say, words can’t bring you down.”

Lots of love,

Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

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Firstly wishing all our Beautiful mothers A very Happy Mother’s day. Though I somewhere believe these special days are over rated and are business making rackets for Hallmark and Archies, making your mother feel special is never a bad idea. We all will agree to the fact that no matter how expensive our gift for her is or that dinner you’ve surprised her with, nothing is close to the amount of how much more mommy dearest deserves.

My sister decided to take mom and me to lunch at TGIF. As the planning was still on, we spoke to friends and we called them and their families too. By the end of it, we were 10 of us. It was one big happy jing bang with lots of food and drinks.

TGIG

Fish Fingers

Portugues Fish

Chicken Thai Noodles

Chicken Penne Pasta

TGIF Review: I decided to reach early and make a reservation since they didn’t take my phone reservation.On trying to push the glass door, the hostess from inside scribbled on a notebook “12” indicating they open at 12pm. I looked at my phone, knocked on the glass door again, showed her my phone, the time stated it was “12:01” pm.She checked her watch and apologetically said they need 5 more mins.
Now TGIF came up with a new menu so we decided to give it a try. For appetizers We enjoyed the fish fingers with mashed potato and the dip, the onion rings which reminded me of “kaanda bhajia” from those vada pav stalls, the potato wedges were just right,and the salads were good too. For main course we relished the Portuguese blackened fish, Kung pao chicken, Some chicken Thai noodles and Newyork chicken. I doubt the penne pasta will be on my list the next time I go there. Anyway the desserts- Peanut Brownie and Mini Sundae were satisfactory, nothing over the top.
Ambiance was great,the place by itself makes you feel alive and vibrant. Service could be much better but the place was crowded so it was understandable.

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TGIF 2

What I wore: Knowing Mumbai heat this summer, (remember my last post?) And keeping in mind that after lunch I was directly going for the IPL match *was excited about it*, I wore a plain Black tank top and my comfy blue jeans. To make it a little dressy I accessorized with mommy’s heavy necklace.

In my next post, I will tell you about the IPL cricket match I attended:)

Let me know what did you do this mother’s day? Or how did you spend your time this weekend?

Yours Truly,

Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza