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What is BM ?
BM is the short form of Blogging Marathon , where a group of bloggers have come together and post thrice a week for 4 weeks . April and September are Mega Marathons , where we post every day except Sundays . You can read more on this here! BM is the brainchild of Srivalli , who runs Cooking for all seasons and Spice up your life !

What is a BM Meet ?
BM Meet is an event to celebrate ! Our first meet took place in 2013 to mark celebration of completing 25 editions of blogging ! After that these meets have become a regular feature . We had a meet to celebrate 50 th , 75 th and now the 100 th edition !

A glimpse into previous meets
BM #25 Meet – Ahemedabad with just 9 participants ! Read here, here & here.
BM # 50 Meet – Chennai with 10 participants.Read hereand here.

BM #75 Meet – Delhi with 10 participants ..Read here, here and here.

We have been having a meet with just 9 or 10 , but during BM #100 Meet which was in Hyderabad the participants were 20 +! We had friends coming in from USA , Europe and Middle East .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Meet
Venue : Hyderabad
Dates : 17 – 21 st July
Participants :
Archana
Amaara
Gayathri
Harini
Kalyani
Pavani
Pradnya
Preeti
Priya Srinivasan
Priya Suresh
Ritu
Ruchi
Shermila
Sandhya
Sowmya
Srivalli
Shrividhya
Usha
Varada
Veena
Me !

The meet was planned almost a year ago and most tickets were done almost 3-4 months prior . We booked a villa through Airbnb , which was pretty spacious .They had a big kitchen and we decided to cook couple of meals there .

Since we planned to cook we decided to cook one North Indian meal and a South Indian meal . We decided on some chats & breads too . Accordingly an ingredient list was made . This list was handed over to Amaara who is a local and a warm , affectionate and soft person .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Since I like to be organised , Valli and I started our planning few months prior . I ordered the aprons , got them embroidered with BM # 100 . We decided on a souvenir , a Thali ! We ordered the thalis directly from the manufacturer, which saved us a lot of money .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

My Preps for BM Meet
I decided on a personalized gift for my friends and decided to paint on napkins . I packed these with donut shaped travel soaps .
My next gift were spices – Kala Chat Masala , Peeli Mirch , both being  Delhi Special spices along with Methia Masala , a Gujrati Spice . Along with this I packed the spices I required for the North Indian Thali and the Chaats .
Since The baggage allowance is just 15 kgs , I sent them all by courier at Amaara ‘s .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Color Codes
From the very first BM meet we have been having a Color of the Day . We all wear the same colour , but the shades vary . With all in the same colour the pictures look fantastic ! Also it gets easier to spot when going out . ( Does it really ? Ehe he )
We have a mandatory white for the official photo shoot accompanied by aprons . It sure is a task getting the girls into the right colours .

Itinerary
Deciding the itinerary was a task as we had some members coming in for just a day . We kept 18 th as our special day where all the major events took place .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

 

17 th July Day 1
Colour of the Day – Yellow
The Day began early , I was ready in my yellow tunic , my bags were open on the sofa – for the last minute packing ! Vaishali – how come ? I know many would wonder ! I had made the pani poori water pastes and frozen them . I had fried the Aanis for the North Indian Thali , all that had to be put in the check in baggage !

Since my friend Ruchi was travelling with me she came to my place and we left for the airport . As soon as we reached the airport we burst out laughing – we spotted the porters who were in Yellow ! While waiting for the boarding we had some fruits and grilled sandwiches .

Landing at Hyderabad !

And we look for friends in yellow and what we see the whole world is in yellow ! Finally we meet Archana who is all covered in black ! The Princi gets into form only to discover the kids like to play pranks ! Hugs exchanged and we meet some new faces !

Giving the charge to Archana to get all friends to the Villa after lunch and sightseeing , Valli , Amaara and I left for the Villa which we had booked six months back !

At the Villa we quickly unpacked the groceries Amaara had got . I arranged the gifts and my wardrobe with help of these girls and then had a delicious lunch . Yes it was the famous Biryani from Paradise ! In between Usha joined us ! And she walks in with big boxes of the famous Andhra snack and biscuits !

We were waiting for the girls in the bus to arrive , but the bus driver just couldn’t find the location and after a lot of communication finally the bus arrived . While waiting we decided to welcome them with a Rajasthani welcome song and with Aarti and Teeka . Dance to enter the villa was mandatory ! The girls were shy , but we definitely have supportive ones too , like Sandhya , Sowmya , Varada ! Once every one was in it was only chitter chatter ! Ritu , Pradnya joined later . Preeti and I ordered the dinner from a nearby dhabba , the food was good but the portions were very big .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

After dinner the party began ! We had a lovely dance by Srividhya and Sharmila , then a solo dance by Sowmya . The bakers were busy preparing the BM cake .

18 th July
5 : 30 am
I woke up with the aroma of the Daal Makhani ! Ritu woke up really early and was literally running in the kitchen to complete her dish. A North Indian Thali was planned and the team had Preeti , Pradnya , Ritu , Ruchi , Varada and me . We planned a menu picking complete North literally ! Here is the menu –

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

While we were preparing we had a super surprise ! Kalyani who was down with virus and cancelled her plan , walks in ! It was indeed a pleasure . Harini joined in soon and it was great meeting her too .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

18 th was a hectic day , we had to change from greens to whites for the Photo Shoot . We had a professional photographer who was a real sweet person – he made sure to arrange the group so that all could be seen ! And his eyes would sparkle when he made a smile action ! At times it was hard to stop laughing !

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Before the cake cutting ceremony we took some team pics , the naughty girls put the caption for Valli and me as Stick & Sound . Me the stick and Valli the sound ! Wait girls for the next meet ! You will surely see the stick and sound in action ! Ehe he ! Lots of pics were taken ,in whites and in greens ! After that the meal followed .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Before the meal , Valli had planned a surprise cake for me ! It surely was one of the most beautiful surprises I could have ever got , my 60 th birthday celebrations with my BM family ! It surely makes me feel emotional . Thank you Valli ! Thank you girls !

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Post lunch we distributed the gifts . All were exhausted and most of them seriously followed the itinerary where Valli had put the word Nap , yes they actually napped ! Amaara , Valli and I went out to pick some stuff that we required for the next day and then all of us got ready to leave for the formal dinner at Vivah Bhojanam . In between Srividhya , Sharmila and Kalyani left .

After getting ready we booked cabs , Ritu , Sowmya , Preeti and I were in one cab . On the way I was talking to my hubby who wanted me to buy some flowers – the Veni or gajra as we call in Hindi . I asked the cab guy to stop wherever he could see a flower vendor . And then suddenly I realised that I was not carrying any cash ! Can you believe none of the girls in the cab were carrying cash ! Glad that one group had reached before us , Pradnya paid for us ! Thanks Pradnya !

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Vivah Bjojanam is a restaurant where they serve a wedding spread . The ambiance of the place was interesting so we all took loads of pics . When the food was served , I was expecting a authentic spread , but with the changing trends the restaurant served pretty modern snacks . Due to my disappointment, Priya Sri scared the poor stewards and they tried their best to make the Princi happy ! On the whole the food was good , I loved the Ragi Mudde , something I would love to try for the family . The Dessert was quite a unique one it had cake , custard and jamun . Hey wait ! These are not the Gulab jamuns , but the purple fruit jamuns ! I ordered one without cake and extra jamuns and simply loved the combination .

BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2

Back to Villa ! We had a sugar crafting session with Ruchi , where the class was super drowsy , but not to be blamed as all were tiered !

So off to bed ! Valli and I were sharing the room so both of us were talking – perhaps it was 4 am when we slept !

Now I need some rest will come back tomorrow with the details of Day 3 & 4 !

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4 thoughts on “BM #100 Celebrations -Hyderabad Day 1 & 2”

  1. Such a beautiful write up Vaishali. And love your pics!! My daughter has snatched the soaps from me insisting she would be the only one using it.
    And my family couldn’t believe that none of us in a cab carried any cash. We were lucky that day

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