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As promised in my last post, I’m here to share my experience of the IPL Match I witnessed live. Mumbai Indians v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore on 10th May ’15 at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.
Being Mumbaikars, Nol and me obviously rooted for MI. We went geared up for this match, it was our second time, the first being 2 years back. With our stomachs full after our heavy meal we braved the heat, did a little brisk walk from the nearest railway station to the stadium and made it for the 4pm match. The stadium was packed as expected. Cricket is really loved in India, in all forms.

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As RCB batted first, we witnessed Chris Gale’s powerful sixes, Virat Kohli’s expressive reactions, and AB De Villier’s century like it was a cake walk.  The crowd kept cheering- for some reason Malinga was the most audible cheer, the Mexican wave at the stadium was beautiful to look at, and people’s phone cameras captured it all (since cameras weren’t allowed in) . The Cheer leaders danced with all their moves synchronized, and the crowd dressed in Blue did too. Nol looked cute with his blue Malinga wig, while I had my blue devil horns and blue illuminated specs.

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Big Bat
MI didn’t manage to make the required runs, no matter the effort by Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma or the very tall Pollard.
It’s bad luck that the previous time we saw the same teams play, even then RCB beat MI. None the less, it’s all about sportsmanship and it was definitely worth the experience watching the match with thousands of people around you! May the best team win the series.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

Lots of love,
Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

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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.

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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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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

Paint my love

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Here my hair is my love. When it comes to pampering myself, I always look up to these- Hair style and a massage. This time I went with Hairstyle to celebrate.

Celebrate what you ask? Well, come 2nd May and I complete 4 years of working at the same International company. It’s quite a big deal looking at how many faces I’ve seen come and go.

In order to celebrate, I decided to treat myself to a haircut and hair color at the very stylish B Blunt at Bandra. I was pretty excited knowing what I was going in for and knowing I was in safe hands. I climbed the stairs to the Salon like a gleeful child after making sure there were no cameras around watching me. I looked with awe at the beautiful models in the frames put up at the reception. I even watched the fashionista-like male and female stylists parade up and down thinking – oh these guys must love their job. I grabbed a mint placed at the desk, so that the stylist wouldn’t know I ate prawns for lunch. And then I waited patiently for 40 mins.

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As the senior stylist Gayatri was discussing my hair texture and volume with another stylist, I overheard the other one say, “Great, She’s got Virgin hair”. Seriously that’s the term for hair that’s never been coloured before!

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As Gayatri explained to me what look she thought would suit me, using all those typical “professional hair stylist words” I just replied with “I trust you”. Sure she knew she had some responsibility there.

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After a quick hair wash including a little massage, it went chop chop from there. I wanted to go with Mahogany brown, but she suggested some blonde streaks. Oh also, what most of us call highlights, they call it hair painting (that’s why my post title). After the painting was over, I waited for a little more than half an hour, and sipped on some coffee.

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After the final wash here’s what my hair looked like.

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I never imagined blonde on myself before, but now I know it isn’t a big no no for the future. I’m happy with it as of now, I’ve been told it will get brighter with time.. Let’s see.. Not many have seen it yet so I’m still anxious about people’s reactions. Let me know what you guys think.

And that’s how my hair lost it’s virginity. 😉

Lots of love,

Thesilenthummer

Franchua D’Souza

Sugar, Oh Honey honey!

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Karen and I had been dilly dallying our churros plan for almost 3 months! It’s actually ever since she gifted me my Esbeda bag for my Birthday. I have this thing where in I feel this bag is just too good to be worn and torn by taking it to office! It deserves better places and occasions. Every single time she asked me if I used the bag or what people said about it, I’d be guilty of not even taking off the tag and papers pushed in it to make it look stuffy. Something had to be done about it. Karen's Aldo bagMy Bag

We together then came up with a plan of specially going to some place just so that we can get the bag out. Oh also, I’m not the only one who didn’t use a new gifted bag. Karen was equally guilty with her striking red Aldo bag! Can you imagine how we giggled and giggled on meeting with our respective new bags. Choco Tapas Strawberry Banana Split As both of us are biggggg chocolate lovers, we decided on trying Chocolateria San Churro, at Waterfield Road, Bandra. It had great reviews online, plus their menu boasted of chocolate this, chocolate that and everything chocolaty. The place was remarkably good, big and spacious. Having gone on a weekday, the place wasn’t too crowded or noisy, though I can totally imagine it being packed after college hours or on weekends. In my head I even imagined girls drooling and squealing over that amount of sugar and chocolate. The desserts on display looked oh-so-tempting. The gooey melted chocolate that accompanied the choco tapas platter was heavenly, we actually got the kind staff to add some more 😉 The presentation of their famous strawberry banana split was amazing and it tasted just as yum!! Oh also, special points to the café as I had forgotten my phone on the table and left the place, and before I could reach them back, the steward was already on his way out to return it. Numbered lollypops Display At the counter Karen and me Thanks to our new bags, we managed to have a wonderful evening after such a long time. We’ve been the best of friends since school really, and nothing has changed in that regard. We can go on talking, bitching, gossiping, and laughing for hours. It just made me realize we need to have more of these girly outings, they’re super fun. I’m already looking forward to the coming weekend with Karen’s family at a farm house!

Wishing you all a happy weekend too!

Yours Truly,
Thesilenthummer.
Franchua D’Souza.

Just another Manic Monday

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Hola!

As much as I hate Mondays (trust me I really do), there’s something that helps me get through it. It’s dressing up for work- oh and food off late, but let’s keep this post fashion oriented. I am not sure how the men will find this helpful, because they’ve got few options, especially in the corporate environment. But we women thankfully have a lot to choose from in the dressing department.

Though it may not help shaking off the grumpy/cranky/pissed off Monday mood totally, dressing up will actually make you feel a tad bit better. And this I say with experience. Here in Mumbai, with the current climate (heat + humidity), I find it easier to pick a dress/ skirt compared to trousers. If the dress is chosen correctly, it’s easy to make an impression, that of a serious-no-nonsense-smart-business-person. And no other colour does it better than black. Agreed black and the heat is a complete no- no, but the air conditioner at work does make it manageable.

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Here is one of my black dresses that makes me feel all corporate and confident. It’s not one of those LBDs but is definitely a must have in any corporate woman’s wardrobe. A coat/blazer can conveniently be added onto it to give it a different look. Also those shoes are my staple shoes at work, they’re really comfortable. I haven’t accessorized much except for the black belt and a wrist watch. Make up is minimal with just an eye liner, some lipstick and nail paint (nail paint was really from the weekend before) 🙂 Black dress 3 Hope you liked the post, would love to hear from you. Would like to know how do you guys dress up to work on Manic Mondays, I’ll certainly give it a try.

Yours Truly,

Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

That’s the way it is

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Do you personally know any man who is wonderful and clean at heart, very talented, presents himself just fine, very committed to the things he takes up, religious and dedicated, earns decently well and yet isn’t able to find a partner for marriage? Well, I have a friend who’s facing exactly that issue.

I always thought the path he was on was that by choice, however recently I figured it wasn’t so. I wouldn’t call him old, but let’s put it as he puts it.. He says, most people his age are married years back and have 5 year old kids now. It’s not like he’s never dated or been in relationships before, it’s just that things haven’t worked out and he’s still not found his better half.

After having my little discussion with him, I pondered over a few things. This guy certainly doesn’t deserve this kind of life. And I’m not just saying this because he’s a friend.
One relationship has already been hard on him and facing further rejection is doing no good to his attitude towards life. If I had to list any negatives, I wouldn’t be able to find a single one, of course it’s a different story that he loves annoying me and arguing with me to the point I feel like pulling his hair!! But he really is a super great guy.

If this was someone just plain lazy, non focused, not serious, someone with a care a damn attitude, a womanizer, a gambler, a boozard.. you get the drill..  I would’ve thought the person as non deserving of marriage. However, thinking of his case makes me wonder why is he in this position, it’s somehow unfair.

Anyway, it isn’t like I can offer any advice to him on how to lead his life and find a partner, I ain’t some love guru. The least I can do is pray things go well for him and leave it to destiny. Best wishes are always there!

Celine Dion’s words may provide him with some comfort.

I can read your mind and I know your story
I see what you’re going through
It’s an uphill climb, and I’m feeling sorry
But I know it will come to you

Don’t surrender ’cause you can win
In this thing called love

When you want it the most there’s no easy way out
When you’re ready to go and your heart’s left in doubt
Don’t give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that’s the way it is

When you question me for a simple answer
I don’t know what to say, no
But it’s plain to see, if you stick together
You’re gonna find a way, yeah

So don’t surrender ’cause you can win
In this thing called love

When you want it the most there’s no easy way out
When you’re ready to go and your heart’s left in doubt
Don’t give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that’s the way it is

Yours Truly,
Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

Main Toh Raste se Ja Rahi Thi

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Remember this song? It’s the first thing that came to my head while deciding a title for this post.

I’ll be honest. The only thing that keeps me ticking in the week is the fact that the weekend is getting closer. And until the weekend doesn’t arrive, I bask in the happiness of my previous weekends, especially if they went well. Remember that Saturday lunch at Candies?

I really, really believe that the best things happen when they’re unplanned and random. I apply this unplanned funda to weekends too.
I happened to meet a friend/neighbor on my building terrace early on a Sunday evening. We got talking about our lives and suddenly came up with a random plan of going street hopping to relish some street food delicacies. Being a Mumbaikar that’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never did.
Anyway, In 20 mins we were decently dressed from our regular home clothes and off we were on the bike.

When we started out, we only knew we were going to have ragda pyaali at Bhendi bazaar. The place we went to was a simple street cart, somewhere in one of those similar looking bylanes, close to an intersection. The only landmark I remember as of now is Ezee Farsan which apparently is well known.

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I won’t deny, had I come unprepared to this place with someone, I would’ve been put off immediately looking at the area, the cart, the people around etc. But here I knew what I was up for. I knew Mumbai street food means..arr.. forget it, we’ll focus on the good things.

So the pyaali was pretty good, and was typically street food happiness. There’s a reason they say chaat food is better on the street than in hotels.
While ordering the pyaali we did mention we didn’t want it spicy, clearly that didn’t help because we needed to have something sweet soon after the dish. Also, the little maaza bottle we got from a nearby shop didn’t do the trick.

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As we were sitting back onto the bike, we decided we’ll have some water melon sharbat from this place in Grant road. Apparently this is famous too. Now while we were on our way, there was this place Sickanagar which had quite a few carts of street food too. We decided to go in for Khicia at Bajrangi Papad corner. As per my friend’s explanation, Khicia is something like an Indian veg pizza which has papad at the base instead of pizza bread. I did not quite relate to the pizza bit, but I understood it as something like sev puri, just that instead of the puris there’s this big papad as the base. Toppings are the same. Lime and cheese add to the flavor totally. We chose the masala khichia, and must admit it’s interesting, and very filling.

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Not forgetting out Watermelon sharbat plan, we continued our mini food excursion. This particular stall is very close to Navjeevan Society. We had to choose between the sharbat with water or milk. My pal chose water, while I took a chance with milk. It was sweet, refreshing and mine being with milk was quite heavy too. Even the water melon pieces put in were sweet.

To have all of this in the span of an hour is a great deal for me, so obviously by now my tummy was stuffed completely. But what about pleasing my sweet tooth?? There’s  always place for dessert right? Tee- hee 🙂

Now we needed something sweet (read chocolaty) and light, enough to end this mini food excursion on a happy note. What better way than the very rich and famous “Muchhar  Paanwalla” at the posh Breach Candy? In approximately 5 minutes we were there on the bike. The paanwallas here have competition to the core. We hadn’t even stopped our bike when they started approaching us and asking us what we’d like to have from their respective little paan shops. We chose chocolate paan, and it was awesome! With the chocolate oozing out from it, just yum!

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That was it for our early evening dinner and we finally decided to head back home.
But we did make one more stop at Lucknowee Tunday Kebab, but that was only to get some packed kebabs for my sister back home, and my pal’s folks. We share food, sometimes 😛

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And that’s a selfie with my food pal!

I’m sure people have had crazy experiences like this, do let me know!

Yours Truly,
Thesilenthummer.
Franchua D’Souza