Friday, 20 July 2018

New Age Parenting Mantra of 2018 ~ Empowering your child with 21st Century Skill Set

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It is extremely heartening that with changing times and each passing day parenting too was evolved by leaps and bounds and parents today widely accept the fact that apart from academic excellence, the little precious pieces of our hearts must also be trained early on, on several vital 21st century skills like Public Speaking, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Creative Arts, Collaboration etc.

This is in line with the fact that most Indians generally have an above average intellect but when it comes to expression they often fail to shun their inhibitions. This is exactly what was on my mind when I went full throttle in my academy aiding six to sixty year olds in bridging the gap between their intellect and expression.

 The modus operandi is simple, access the gap between their current and desired skill set and design special modules specific to each one's needs and the earlier we are able to do this assessment the better it is. Courses such as Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Elocution, Grammar Grip etc hone their fundamentals impeccably and rid them of all fears and we know it because many of us still battle stage fear because we could not get rid of them in our earlier years.


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Another principle I live by in grooming the tiny tots both as a parent as well as a coach is that they their foundation is much stronger and deeper if the values or skills are embedded in their brains through multiple fun games in a pseudo stage setup on professional microphones rather than the monotonous study schedule. Thus, gradually, over a period of time through constant practice it becomes a habit for them, boosts their confidence several fold and shapes their over all personality.

Lately, I have joined Cedarwood Afterschool Program and I really value this association for our visions for the little angels are perfectly aligned and thus we together aim to expand our horizons through this collaboration and groom as many tiny buds bloom into wonderfully expressive flowers as possible.



I can't emphasize enough how vital these 21st Century skills are both as a teacher and as a parent. Cedarwood conducts a lot of first free trial classes for your peanuts, for different courses across different centers in Pune and other cities before enrolling them into their vivid gamut of courses. You can visit their website at Cedarwood.co.in and alternatively call them at 9595131000.

Truly Yours Roma is proud to be associated with Cedarwood Afterschool Program with the promise that we undoubtedly will leave no stone unturnd in adding great value to your little heart's skills.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Weekend Getaways near #Mumbai #Pune: 5 Reasons Why You Must Go on a Long Drive to #Lonavala ( #Travel #Tales of Truly Yours Roma)

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Lonavala

I am a die-hard romantic and monsoon every year makes me freak out in utter delight. Especially the places around Mumbai-Pune come to life like never before as if God has just sprinkled the golden dust of lush green beauty to them and this beauty is only getting enhanced further by the constant drizzle. Oh! I love it, the smell of rains, getting soaked to skin and then savor a hot cup of coffee with something yum, listening to my favorite songs and life is heaven ♥️.

Monsoon is also the time I love to go on long drives to the weekend getaways near Pune and also Mumbai to make the most of the lovely weather. In this weekend getaways series I have already written to you about Lavasa, Diveagar, Kashid Beach in Alibagh and Imagica (check them out if you are planning a trip) and today I wish to share with you why you must not miss going on a long drive to Lonavala or for that matter any of the above weekend getaways, this rainy season.

First reason why I insist you drive down to Lonavala is the charm of the majestic mountains capped by lush green forests en route from where originate umpteen water falls making it a perfect picnic spot after every few hundred meters. Yes, you only have to see them to believe the marvel they transform into in the monsoons.

Two, around most of these waterfalls you will find a lip-smacking corn, bhajiya or a vada pav seller serving piping hot food in the cool weather, ready to serve you.Take frequent stops wherever you wish to, grab some tit-bits to eat and drink, let the cool breeze and drizzle caress your tresses and cheeks and soak yourself in mother nature’s utmost glory. 


I know you have already started imagining it and I can relate to the feeling, the travel freak in me has it everyday!

Last Saturday we decided to drive down to Lonavala, enjoying Kamshet and Bhaje Waterfalls and Caves and it really turned out to be a super weekend. From Pune City they are around sixty kilometers but from Hinjewadi where I stay they were nearer. It was raining heavily throughout and while we enjoyed the long drive S had to drive very carefully (something we have to be very vigilant about in monsoons).

Three, if you love trekking this is the best time to enjoy and discover new places. Park your car suitably and take a short trek before continuing your journey. We three, me, S and little A climbed the high peak upwards towards the beautiful Bhaje falls, the one you can see in the background of our below pic though it was extremely slippery but reaching the top and clicking in the pure white streams of water gushing down thunderously gave us a different kind of high. It was a wonderful workout for that day. 



Bhaje Waterfall


We sat in the waterfalls for sometime, water was cold but refreshing. However one needs to be very cautious at such places especially with small kids as the waterfall flows down with tremendous power, it almost took me away twice 😊. You may add the Bhaje/Bhaja caves nearby to your itinerary too, if you love historical places.



Lonavala Bhaje waterfalls


Four, you get some most gorgeous locations to capture in your camera if you are a photography wizard like me and yeah some priceless selfies too. This is probably to capture precious memories of a lifetime in your heart as well as your camera. A word of caution here, please either use water proof mobile phones or use them in waterproof covers so that water does not seeps in, I had to get my iPhone’s genuine parts replaced because I used it too liberally in water.



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Fifth reason is Lonavala itself, which gives you plenty of places to visits like the Bhushi Dam, the Wax Museum, the Wet n Joy water park, Karla Caves etc. Lonavala is one such place where your destination is as lovely as the journey. If you wish to make a night stay, book your hotel/resort well in advance as monsoon in this small picturesque town are peak seasons, hence the prices are exorbitant and most good resorts are full in weekends. I am yet to try a Home-stay in Lonavala though, will add the #review here once I do. Otherwise, even a day trip can suffice the purpose, you can come back the same day, sip some hot beverage and doze off in your cozy bed after getting drenched in the rain multiple times during the day..getting your bed back is a heavenly feeling.


Sunny Da Dhabha and Tony da Dhabha are two great restaurants on this route, the Pune Mumbai Highway, where you get super yum food and can have some great family time with your loved ones.  I have eaten in both and can give them a straight nine on ten. Do remember to carry umbrellas and raincoats if you are not as wild as we are and would like to shower in rain and waterfalls. It is also advisable to keep a change for all of you in the car.

Do plan your next weekend, enjoy the long drive and unlimited weekend fun, monsoon is the time to hit it ♥️.


Truly Yours Roma sends loads of love your way to give you warmth during the cool monsoon!

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

#Review of #Movie #Soorma : Testimony of a Brother's Love to make his Sibling a Legend

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Review of Movie Soorma

Over the years we have gradually graduated from the newly weds who every Friday flocked the theater to watch the first day first show of most movies, to considerate parents who wisely scrutinize what would be best for their nine year old's impressionable young mind and accordingly decide which movie to watch though on a broader spectrum we wish him to be exposed to everything. Nevertheless, movies based on sports or sports personalities are always the first choices of both the sports buff boys ~ daddy and sonny.

Thus, no points for guessing, as we packed our bags to a weekend getaway to have some monsoon nature fun, we decided to watch the movie, #Soorma on the way and it really turned out to be a very nice, clean and worth a watch movie. Pure unadulterated Bollywood flick with multiple emotions and every character, every relation beautifully and mostly positively weaved.

The film is based on the real life comeback story of hockey legend Sandeep Singh who gets paralyzed waist down when a bullet hits him accidentally in a train. Actor, singer Diljit Dosanjh I felt is the most befitting fit for the innocent Sardar that Sandeep Singh is from his childhood. That innocence was vital to be kept alive to justify the cuteness of the character and to keep the audience enthralled and enticed as he played class hockey for India and got the nickname 'Soorma'. Diljit no doubt was good as a vulnerable lover as well as an impulsive yet profound player.

But if you ask me what I loved most about the movie, it was a pure testimony of an elder brother's love who himself has trained for years to be in Indian Hockey Team when his younger brother opts out in childhood itself. Though he himself doesn't get picked up for the national squad, he goes out of the way in discovering and getting honed his brother's unique talent. Also, he stands like a wall for his brother in every single need of his and was a treat to watch. Angad Bedi you sure nailed this buddy and you remained my favorite for most of the film.

Tapsee Pannu played Sandeep Sharma's love interest and did a fair job as was envisioned for a character which narrates the tale in the movie. Vijay Raaz as Sandeep's Coach definitely deserves a mention for impeccably essaying any role that he is ever given to him...I really love them all. Every other character of the movie was wonderful and relatable.

What I also loved about the movie was that Shaad Ali has kept the biopic simple and straight from the heart and has steered clear of unnecessary bollywood drama and masala to it. Of course the hockey fans were left wanting to know more about the ace player's thought process and strategies when on field but for a commoner like me, the movie did the job and made my weekend pleasant.

Truly Yours Roma's verdict on this movie is no matter what is your favorite genre, this movie is a must one time watch for every Indian because it is not always about cricket. Hockey is our national sport and I wish and pray it reclaims its lost glory soon. 

A huge round of applause for the Soorma Team ! I also wish more such movies are made are we inspire more and more children pick up sports and make themselves and their country proud :)



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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Kashmir, A Piece Of My Heart : A Travelogue, A Memoir, Straight From The Heart

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I first went to Kashmir when I was in my tweens and was so enthralled by its unparalleled beauty that I left a piece of my heart there forever. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen in my life and was ecstatic to witness this precious heaven on earth. I loved everything about it, the Dal Lake, the Shikaras, the Majestic Shalimar and Nishat Baghs, the floating market where I met a little boy probably six years old selling mesmerizing water lilies and who only knew three Hindi words - ‘ Ek Ka Do’.



Dal Lake

He was sailing a tiny wooden boat with loads of flowers and his image stayed with me for a long long time. Thus when I got married and ‘S’ asked me where would I like to go, I told him I wanted to stay in a houseboat in Srinagar. This was 2008 and I was once again here after about more than a decade but nothing has marred its pristine beauty. Though people’s souls were charred by multiple attacks of terrorism but their love for their primary source of income, that is we tourists, remained the same. They love you and take care of you like no one else.



 I stayed in Latif Bhai and his wife’s houseboat, "Qutub Minar' and ten years later today I still remember them for how they took awesome care of us more like their own family. His wife waited for us to wake up in the morn and made fresh kahwa for us. She also cooked yummy Kashmiri delicacies to our taste in lunch and dinner piping hot, made and served with extreme love and finesse. Their artistic sense was revealed by the way they have done up their houseboat and it is by far my most memorable stay ever. They made us feel like a king and queen in palace and pampered us every bit.




In the nights Latif Bhai used to take us on a stroll in his shikara to witness the charming Dal lake glittering with the reflection of all the lights in water. It used to be biting cold and we sat cuddled in the blankets his wife used to give us before we started. I am yet to witness something as heart-warming and picturesque as this in my life.



He also arranged for our day trips to Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam etc. and we found our cab drivers equally affectionate and caring though each one had a heart wrenching tale to tell. I often chatted with them for long. While returning from one such trip, I saw a young lad selling flowers in his small boat in Dal Lake and I felt he is the same small boy I met when I came here with my parents. I bought flowers from him without fail, both times.



Every single part, every nook and corner of Kashmir was more beautiful than any words of the universe could describe but each day we were happy to return back to Latif Bhai and his wife as if our family was waiting for us for dinner. For several years he even called us and we had promised him to return and again stay in his houseboat.


We still often remember them fondly as I conceived little ‘A’ within a month of my return from Kashmir and we really plan to go to Latif Bhai’s houseboat one day with our little sunshine.



Latif Bhai with my husband

I almost reached them this summer when I went for a Vaishno Devi Trip followed by a wonderful vacation at Patni Top. It was an extended family trip with safety being the prime concern and it was decided that this side of Kashmir was a bit safer. My heart felt shattered that I missed the opportunity closely. Though Patni Top and adjacent Sanasar had the same air and were as pristine and adorable, they made me nostalgic of my earlier visits to Kashmir, which still occupy the softest corner of my heart.





It is difficult for me to explain my bond with it in words. It is a strange connection I feel to this place. My heart cries remembering all the people staying their have gone through especially hearing it from their own mouth. I have cried with them as they told me how all their children and spouse and parents were all killed in one go by terrorists posing as Indian army, there are some tales I don’t even have the guts to narrate hear. They don't really know now whom to trust. Nevertheless, they still have the heart to smile and welcome us with open arms though the tourism industry there is constantly diminishing. 


I salute to their spirit and their love for their motherland. I wish and pray to the Almighty to please bless this most beautiful state of India with peace, forever and yes Latif Bhai I will surely come very soon and stay no where else but in your houseboat, I promise ♥️.





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My Perennial Love Affair With High Heels

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Where to buy best Block Heels

Even since I was tiny, I loved wearing heels .This was strange as my mum neither wore heels nor had any distant affinity to get on her toes to look a bit taller. But I loved them as much as I loved dressing up. Not because I any which way was aware or conscious that I was very short in height but because it completed my look and to this day my perennial love affair with donning the most hot and sizzling pair of heels continues, sometimes to an extent that I am recognized by my pair of heels.




It was decades later that I came to know the real reason of why I have embraced and adapted to wearing heels early on. It was perhaps because the man with whom I would walk my entire life is six feet three inches tall 😛. 


Thus, I never have to really worry before falling in love with him and eventually marrying him 😊. 

For my wedding too,  I got the most gorgeous pair of six inches high silver block heels matching with my wedding trousseau to enjoy the whole day’s fun and frolic and dancing without getting tired.




Yes, I admit I am more of a platform and block heels person for I equally love comfort which for me must accompany style and oomph. Whether to work or for a client meeting or for a date night I prefer flaunting white block heeled pumps a lot. They empower me with morn to night comfort styled to perfection!





When it comes to footwear fashion, I love to stay up-to-date with Global fashion trends and am always on a look out to add a new and unique pair which is in at the moment and thus have heaped up a priceless collection of heels for myself which I am so proud of. My husband and my friends call me crazy and mock that I keep my strong block heels ready to hit back strongly in case I smell a danger and I only smile back. Nothing on this earth can end my perennial love affair with high heels.


What are your footwear preferences ? Do you have a go to brand while purchasing shoes for you and your family?




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Friday, 6 July 2018

The 5 Places That Will Make You Fall In Love With Malaysia

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You all know I can do anything for my love of traveling and go freaking crazy preparing for a trip which I love to keep ardently well planned to the tee but this one just tipped me off my feet when I came to know that I had to go backpacking immediately for a training in Malaysia just the coming week. I was making a mental map of what all places I must not miss and squeeze in my Professional trip for I knew the beautiful country had a plethora to offer. Since I landed in Kaula Lumpur, it obviously became my first destination and yeah it is a wonder-town, you may not like it miss it and other attractions of Malaysia for the following reasons.

1.    Kaula Lumpur: Places such as the Petronas Towers, the Perdana Lake Gardens, and Menara KL Tower make the capital city a wonderful tourist destination apart for the culinary delights it has to offer on account of the mixed Malay, Chinese and Indian inhabitants here. It is also a wonderful shopping destination and the currency used is Malaysian Ringgit which is about seventeen Indian Rupees so if your aren’t a spendthrift like me, you better do some cost benefit analysis before indulging. I went for a crazy bargain in Petaling Street and it made me nostalgic of my shopping sprees in my own motherland. I loved Batu Caves and Aquaria KLCC the most among the numerous other attractions the city and its neighborhood offered. Earnestly, the city offered great delights to a traveler and has several other marvels that will absolutely make you fall in love with it.




2.   Malacca: Pronounced locally as Melaka, this ancient town with hold your heart captive forever not only for the numerous museums, churches, temples and other attractions it offers but also for the calmness and serenity in its air which shall de-stress and refresh you like never before. UNESCO declared Malacca has a world heritage site in 2008 for its historical and cultural significance. Based on how much you love ancient history you may prolong or limit your stay here... It indeed is one of it’s kind in Asia.


3.   Langkawi: If you are as much an absolute beach freak and sea lover like me, head to Langkawi also known as The Jewel of Kedah. It is an admirable archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of north-west Malaysia and something which would make you fall in love with Malaysia. I loved its variety of adorable beaches ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. This place possesses a duty free status and one can enjoy any indulge here to his or her heart’s content.



4.   Cameron Highlands: If you ask me my most favorite part of a Malaysian escapade, it was a visit to the heartwarming, mesmerizing and an absolute visual treat Cameron Highlands. I shall never forget this cool place in my life. I loved its breeze, it’s lush green tea plantations that soothed one’s eyes like nothing else in this universe, Strawberry farms where I plucked some yummiest strawberries, the so adorable butterfly gardens, and flower greenhouses which filled my heart with so much ecstatic pleasure. I was so smitten by its charm that I had to book a hotel in Cameron Highlands and extend my day trip for a night stay at this heavenly place.


5.   The Genting Highlands: When in Malaysia you can’t afford to miss our very own Asian Las Vegas, yes that’s what Genting Highlands are known as. Yes, Genting is Malaysia’s most exotic hill station, this Kuala Lumpur mountain peak getaway is Malaysia’s Asian-style Las Vegas. We loved it for its casino, nightlife and luxury hotels. I was stunned to discover that it is the First World Hotel, which was listed as the world's largest hotel in 2006 by the Guinness World Book of Records for having 6118 rooms.




There are several other heart stealing attractions of Malaysia like the Penang, Malaysian Borneo, Perhentian Islands, Tiamon Islands etc. that you would like to weave in your Malaysian trip. 

Truly Yours Roma wishes you bon voyage for your Malaysian Trip. 

Trust you enjoyed the read and found it worthy in picking up your destinations as you plan a Malaysian Vacation. Do gift yourself and your family one♥️.


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Monday, 2 July 2018

Review of Bay 15, Cabanas by the Bay Dona Paula, Goa : #MyTravelDiaries

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If you are a beach addict like me this post in undoubtedly for you, take a dip, soak yourself, enjoy the read and may be you end up weaving another super amazing vacation for yourself... 


Yeah, I am a sucker of beach vacations and have my dedicated addas(read beaches) where I somehow run away to, at least twice a year and one of them is Goa by all means. I am found there so much that one of my blogger friends presumed we live there😃.



I love waking up to a sunrise on a beach and enjoy my breakfast by the shore watching the waves trying to come near me and receding away. I can sit there the whole day writing or reading on and on. No I don’t care about the tans, I never did, tans are too less a cost for all that fun and frolic in water and sand and then collapsing on the beach pads for a drink as you get sun-kissed. A sunset by the beach can’t be missed either. So for me a beach holiday always translates into a beach resort, the nearer to sea the better, the more personal the space is, the better. I eventually wish to have my own cabin on a secluded beach in Goa, I am a wild child you see 😛.

So till I have one of my own, one of our most favorite properties in Goa to stay is the Cabanas at Bay 15 situated at Odxel Beach at Dona Paula. It is a lush-green heart-warming huge property closest to the sea. It has 16 Cabanas or Swiss inspired wooden cottages or chalets, located between palm trees, having all modern amenities. We had booked a sea facing cabana and the overall stay experience was phenomenal. We just loved the place and will love to stay there over and over again. Let me quickly enumerate to you why 😊.


We drove there from Pune after a totally packed and stress-fully busy March this year and this sinfully quiet place gave us everything we desired to relax our nerves.

While the staff instantaneously transferred us to our cabana with welcome drinks waiting for us, lip smacking lunch was served at the sea side. The chef took great care that the spices were adjusted to kiddo’s taste at such a short notice while me and hubby just chilled grabbing a drink each. 





The beach was just a small flight of stairs down and since we were a tad bit tired after a small stroll we settled on the beach pads to hear the mesmerizing sounds of the waves hitting the rocky shore and witness a gorgeous sunset. Yes, the resort offered a perfect view to the same.





We had our evening tit-bits in the tiny balcony of our cabana and then hit the swimming pool. A small one but clean and having wonderful surroundings. A dip is water rid us of our lethargy and we hit the pool table for a round of snooker followed by a wonderful beach side dinner with live music. It was like magical and we danced till late. The staff took great care of us and we loved their hospitality, a point we consider foremost while we rate or recommend a property.




Morning was even more beautiful as we went for a long stroll in their huge property meant to accommodate as many as a thousand people for large events and musical nights, they host there. They have maintained mother nature in her purest form and are blessed with the beautiful beach right at their feet. The little one and daddy darling played a lot of games like frisbee, football etc while mommy was curled up with her favorite book under her comforter in her cabana of course when not in water. It was the exact kind of vacation our heart yearned for and our cozy cottage by the beach at Bay 15 just so delightfully offered us that.





My phone somehow didn’t connect to their WiFi despite of repeated trying which in fact was good for a digital detox to me and we were not very comfortable with some stray dogs inside their premises. But these two points we will safely ignore in front of the wonderfully good experience we had there. Rest from our check in to check out it was a perfect experience and I recommend it to everyone from honeymooning couples, to families, to bunch of friends, you world enjoy every ounce of it.



Pro tip from Truly Yours Roma: The cost of stay there is absolutely not humongous but still there are always some or the other offer running of the travel booking portals. Take the best bet but don’t forget to ask for a sea facing cabana.


P.S. This is not a sponsored post but I loved it to the core as much as I love you all and thus thought of sharing it with you all. Hope you found the review worthy :)