Desert Rose

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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

I never promised you a Rose Garden

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But here it is! Haha.

On Saturday I had an online exam to attend, and since the internet in my area is gone for a toss with some fire being caught in a neighboring building, I went to a friend’s place to give the exam. In fact it’s for the same reason I haven’t been able to post much here.
The paper was an hour long and it went quite well, so it kind of made my day.
May be it was even because I had worn my daddy’s shirt, it worked as a good luck charm. A good 20+ year old shirt that I don’t think will ever go out of fashion.

Since I wore it a few days back, I knew I’d be putting up a post on it. Wearing boyfriend shirts/jeans/anything isn’t my thing. It took me a while to feel confident in it but now it’s one of my favorite pieces.

Anyway once I got done with my exam, I wanted to go out and do something. Couldn’t think of anything better than a visit to a near by garden, it’d been ages since I last went there. It turned out to be a fantastic evening with the weather being pleasant, the sun at about just the right angle for pictures and the beauty was to admire.

Here are a few of those many many pics we took.

Feeling Refreshed
Feeling Refreshed

Red checkered me

Red checkered me

Floral Beauty

Floral beauty

Floral beauty

Flower power

Flower Power

Flower Power

Rose Garden

These tiny budding Roses

These tiny budding Roses

At the park

At the park

At the park

After the sunset

After sunset

After sunset

All relaxed

Relaxed

Relaxed

Oversized shirt: Dad’s closet, Black tank top: Bandra Hill Road, Black Slacks: Thrift shopping- Mahim, Wristwatch: Fashion & you. Chain with Trebble Clef pendant: Gift from Dubai Shopping Fest ’15.
Photography by : Nolasco Alphonso

Don’t have a boyfriend? Perfectly fine! Ransack Daddy’s closet. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post. If you did, please leave your comments, I’d love to know what you think.

Have a great week ahead.

Yours Truly,
Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza