At this time of year as the winter bids adieu and spring comes knocking at the door, all the streets, roundabouts, public parks and landscaped and home gardens are a riot of color with spring blossoms.
Flower Girl Delhi opened its doors to the 26th Annual Garden Tourism Festival last Friday even though the chill of winter made a sudden comeback with all its fanfare of rain and thunder. I was sure my plans will be washed away but the scent of spring was too potent to drown in the winter rain. On Saturday, the second day of fest, I decided to venture out hoping the universe will support and it did.
A nip in the air and slight drizzle continued all through my visit to the sprawling lawns of Garden of Five Senses spread over 25 acres of peaceful and tranquil greens. The whole place was alive with multitudes of gorgeous seasonal flowers like exquisite Dahlias, Petunias, Gazanias, Carnations, Roses, Cinerarias, Candytufts(Iberis), Sweet Williams, Poppies, Pansies, etc. There were beautiful bonsai, cacti and succulents of all kinds on display and for sale.
A section was entirely devoted to garden enthusiasts who wanted to buy saplings, bulbs and seeds apart from all kinds of garden tools and equipment.
Even with slight rain large number of people including children had come to watch the uniquely arranged flowers.
Joyfully wet and our senses filled with the exquisite colors and delicate fragrances we spent an entire day taking in the amazing beauty of Delhi’s floral treasures. As the evening sun smiled for a while from behind the gray clouds we left this oasis of serenity to head again into the hustle bustle of city life. Here is a slide show of the event.
Sunday 10th June saw two mega back to back events at The Park, Delhi. An all women’s Indiblogger meet sponsored by Dove #hairaware attended by 100+ bloggers from Delhi/ NCR was the first one. A few bloggers specially came from gustation to be part of the grand event.
I had mixed feelings about the meet but the excitement to meet old friends and new was overpowering. It also meant relaxed fun time which I needed badly. My elder one, an indiblogger himself, accompanied me as we had to attend the second meet by Spice Mobiles too. A whole Sunday devoted to just sheer pampering.
The stage was already set when we registered and soon the introductions began.
As the introductions began I realized how large the women blogger community had become. Food, art, personal musings, poetry, fiction, technology, photography, fashion, you name it and there were women passionately blogging about it in the capital. A proud feeling to see women finding their voice and expressing themselves.
The Dove Girls
Lights Camera Action
After 60 seconds of fame the gorgeous bloggers talked about hair problems, real beauty and other things.
We wrote about how meets can be made better. Exchanged views from other bloggers and discussed it.
I loved the spunk, the confidence, the spirit of life and the love for what she is, in this young blogger. “What is real Beauty?” They asked. ”I am” , she said. Without make up, designer wear and any of the beauty products and accessories. .. Real beauty is with in. YES . It Is. .. Proud of you girl. Would love to connect with her. Shout out for you dear girl..
Happy smiling faces .. It is all about being oneself .
Friendships are made here .
Lights camera Action
Love Dove smile :p
The gorgeous Inditeam with Dove T shirts. These girls worked hard to make it all a grand event. Cheers to all the team members. You rock.
The kids had a blast. Yes, they were all there , from toddlers to big boys :p
The big kid who along with his mom won a gift voucher of 5,000 bucks. Proud moment for me. Adi has been a pillar of strength to me in all those difficult years. Love you my boy.
Engrossed in one thing or the other. I met some of my twitter friends here. What a joy it is to meet people who were just names some time ago.
How can we have better blogger meet? Some very interesting suggestions came up and I hope they will be implemented. Blogger meets MUST have discussion on various topics that people write about, their experiences, tips to new bloggers, any other topics related to blogging , personal experiences and much more .
Indian by Birth . Blogger by choice .
The gift hamper we all got.
And the Tea/ coffee and lunch was on the house
The stand up comedy act which was a tad boring for some of us.
Anoop , a gracious compare . He never left an opportunity to make us laugh.
And who had the longest most beautiful hair ? Rapunzel ?
Loveliness all around
Am waiting for the official picture to be released. The group photographs of all the gorgeous women bloggers.
The credits for All these pictures goes to IHM and Aabha Midha . Thank you ladies for sharing them.
Still longing for more .. Hop over to IHM’s blog .. There is more in store for you there
‘beauty is as beauty does’ :D
I hope there will be more official and unofficial meet now. More women will step out of their cocoon and share their views with the world. It changed my course of life, changed me as a woman, as a person. It helped me unfold my resilient petals. Hope it does the same for many others.
Thank you Indiblogger team for standing by me. Means a lot.
The biggest ever Blogger meet took place just an hour after this one .. check out the Spice Mobiles #secureandroid Meet Here
This Thursday the theme is Empty (House, Room, Playground, Glass, Container, Chair,…)
This is known to be the last enclosed garden tomb and was built in 1753-54 as the mausoleum of Safdarjang, the viceroy of Awadh, (a place near Lucknow). A lesser known landmark of Delhi , it is made in the same style as the Humayun’s Tomb though it’s not that impressive .
The tomb is made of buff-colored sandstone with the intermittent use of red sandstone and marble. The central structure has double-storeyed minarets in the corners and a bulbous dome made of marble.
According to one account the arches and domes, were brought to India from Turkey and Persia.
Delhi has a rich heritage of these ancient monuments. It is awe-inspiring to watch these structures as they serve as testaments to Delhi’s illustrious past.