Thursday, 14 March 2019

Empowered Women Empower Women

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I  commenced my career in 2003 and after globe-trotting for around a decade in 3 jobs at Tata Motors, Honda Siel Cars India and Ikea of Sweden which enriched me immensely, I decided to tread the entrepreneurial path, while simultaneously embracing the maternal bliss.

Ever since I was tiny, I had passionately accepted and worked on my love for writing and public speaking though I had no clue I will end up making them my profession but with time I realized they were my true calling. I decided to take up my so far a hobby of grooming six to sixty-year-olds especially women in a professional way and co-founded my communication skills academy. Around the same time in 2011, I bought a home for myself on the web, my blog, Truly Your Roma, a place where I can be the voice of the long-oppressed Indian women.

It was a paradigm shift for me from Corporate to the literary and creative world but I enjoyed it every way. Though it didn’t pay me as handsomely as my job, the kind of satisfaction I got what truly out of the world. It got me addicted and I left no stone unturned to better myself in the craft. I not only groomed children and adults in my academy but also in orphanages, women shelters, old age homes or wherever I got the opportunity. Karma has always been high on my mind.

With time I evolved, honed and polished my skills and also authored three different books of three different genres all fundamentally on Women Empowerment, which received genuinely worthy reviews. Two highs of my entrepreneurial journey were being felicitated with Woman of the Year Award in 2015 and Planet’s Pride Awards 2018 which made it sure that I was sailing in the right direction

Of course, I have had my gloomy moments and bad days but I have sailed through sometimes soaking my pain in my writings while on other occasions forgetting it in my back to back sessions with my students.

I love my work, it is my heart, it is my identity, I am so proud being a full-time coach, author, and blogger and touching as many lives as possible means the world to me. Every day I get up to work with the same zeal and enthusiasm and in the process also get to learn so much new, like yesterday I in invited by Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism, Pune for a shoot of a special interview for a purpose. This invite was extra special to me for the discussion was on a topic closest to my heart, a cause with which I deeply associate myself with and which is also one of the major goals of my academy and my 3 books released so far(the video is currently on the editing table, will be sharing it with you all soon). 

How I believe ‘Women Empowerment’ should be the key global agenda of present times. So, what is ‘Women Empowerment’? Let me quickly touch upon it for you. Women Empowerment is enabling women to stand for themselves, be their own voice against what they have suffered for generations and still are. It is about breaking the shackles of patriarchy around them and become financially and emotionally self-reliant. Women empowerment is about uplifting women to the level that they can contribute to all the decisions with equal right. Gender Equality is the eventual goal for Women Empowerment. God didn’t create this inequality it’s we who have created this mess and it’s we who have to clean it. Apart from a revolutionary change desired in the thought process of society, I have always firmly believed that EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN. It's we who can be the face of positive change, think about it women, be the ray of hope to the women in need next to you and it will mean the world to her. To me, it feels the journey has just begun and I have miles to go before I sleep..more on this in my next post on the subject ♥️



Truly Yours Roma





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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

5 Quick Ideas to Aid You Plan A Meaningful Themed Birthday Party at Home

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how to plan Harry Potter Themed Birthday Party

I have always been a meticulous planner of birthday parties at home when the kiddo was tiny and always gave it an edge by bringing out, out of the box ideas to make the party stand out of the rest and is super enjoyable and memorable for everyone. But as the kiddo grew up a bit I started running out of creative ideas. Moreover, this year since he was entering his double digits I wanted to make it extra special and meaningful for him something from which he not only derived memorable happiness but also value add to himself.

Harry Potter Book Series


Normally, I brainstorm with my munchkin to finalize a theme from a few that I shortlist after all it’s his day but this year all the ideas were inclined towards his iPad games superheroes which like you all know won’t go down a mom’s throat. That’s when the idea of A Harry Potter Themed Birthday Party’ struck me and being a Potterhead, my boy jumped in delight. I was delighted at my choice as I have waited for my boy to earn this coveted series from me and so far he has borrowed a few volumes from his college library. But this was the only easy thing when I sat detailing for the party. By the grace of Almighty, the party turned out to be a really great one and since I received many requests here I share with you some hacks how to organize a meaningful themed party without stress.


Costume, Deco and Banner are very significant

  • Theme Selection: This must be done at least a fortnight before the birthday to get enough time for detailing. Next, enlist all that you require and make a guest list. Once I decided the Harry Potter theme and the kid finalized his guests, I first shot out an invitation to all. Almost everyone confirmed to I knew exactly for how many people I have to plan.

  • Prioritize customized items: Divide the list of all that you need into two, the ones which required more time and the ones which can be planned later. For e.g. I designed a banner pertaining to the theme and started my search for a flex printer who can print the main banner of the party. If you can’t design yourself don’t worry the flex printer will do it for you. Get two three quotes and give the order to the most reasonable one. The banner will aid to figure out other decoration relevant to the theme. Also, if you are keen on themed return gifts like me pls search online now as a bulk order like that of Harry Potter glasses takes time to be delivered. Decide whether you will buy the birthday kid’s costume based on the theme or if it is just one time you can also take it on rent.
Banner
  • Take decoration packages: Taking decoration packages which include the complete decoration plus all party items and professional photography can ease your burden to a great extent. Don’t hesitate to tell them if you need some customization to their decoration for example for the Harry Potter theme, I had ordered all decorations especially in blue and orange only, which went perfectly with the banner and theme and served my purpose. I just tweaked their package to suit my needs. Remind him a day before what time he must report the next day.
    Birthday Decoration Ideas

  • A perfect cake is mandatory for a themed birthday party: For it, first check on Pinterest which cake your kid would love, then start your hunt for the right baker. Use past experience or ask for references in your friends' groups and again take three to four quotes and give it to the one you find most optimum. I am a perfectionist so I entrusted this job to an acquaintance who surpassed my expectations. Always show them what you are looking for and check the baker’s comfort zone, you can also share some pics of cakes from which she can draw further inspiration.
Harry Potter Birthday Cakes


  • Dinner Menu for the Kids: Suit yourselves in this mums and dads. Outsource it or make preparations in the morn and hire help in the evening to serve hot food to the kids. I used the latter as there were only kids plus I served a lot of snacks in the evening before dinner. No junks or soft drinks were served. All homemade fresh food and snacks only. Planning helps in this as well as I had bought the inventory a week before and kept doing the titbits which also gave me time to plan a weeklong celebration for the kid with one personalized HP gift each day.

Additionally, I planned some games, selfie booth and speeches on the theme to add to the limitless fun.



 So, this was quick, isn’t it so you can plan a themed party now easily keeping these pointers in mind and make your kid’s day really really special for him or her without going too overboard with the expenditure. Much Love...Truly Your Roma ♥️



Truly Yours Roma




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may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever
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If you relate to my writings, you can grab a copy of any of my 3 published books here The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite Child and Dare to Defy The Destiny

Thursday, 7 March 2019

The Rising Era of Barbecues in India: Comparative Review of Barbeque Nation, Absolute Barbecues and the Local Barbecue Restaurants

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Best Barbecue Restaurants In India


So I begin with a confession today, the chubby cheeks that you see in all my pictures are all thanks to my accentuated taste buds. Poor Me! Can’t help it! Early in my life, God gifted me with the best cook in the world, my mom and so I succumbed to the mesmerizing aroma to the exotic delicacies she prepared and satiated the drooling me, her chubby-cheeked baby. 

Fast forward to when I grew up, now this was the time to shed my chubby cheeks and flaunt the jawline (teeth within) as I loved my dimple chin and rosy lips (Remember the nursery rhyme, Chubby cheeks, dimpled chin)...So was on a diet and a strict gym routine and for some months I did look perfect but God you know, I am his most favorite child. He once again gifted me a husband whose culinary skills were at par with my mum and so the chubby cheeks came back with all that super yum food served with so much love. Phew 😅!

Now Mr. Husband ‘S’ not only had the love to cook for you but to also take you on a date to the best restaurants in town. So in Dilli ki Sardi we sat on his bike and traveled far and wide to satiate the foodies in us. We had varied experiences ranging from romantic to hilarious but we also had a lot of surprise finds, which became our favorites for years♥️. 

That was the time the concept of Barbecue has just begun evolving in India and like most Indians, we too loved curries while dining out. There is no denying to the fact that food made in a perfect blend of Indian spices can truly be heaven. But ‘S’ insisted that he would like to host the anniversary dinner at Barbeque Nation and so here were we, discovering our forever favorite Adda for a lifetime.

Earnestly I owe my love for grills and Kebabs to them. So yes Barbeque Nation has been a family for over a decade now and we feel at home there for most of our celebrations and otherwise too. BN was founded in 2006  by Mr. Sajid Dhanani and brought together the concept of good health with great taste coupled with unparalleled hospitality. Yes, of course, I love their food, their Barbeque, their main course, their desserts, and their pan kulfi but what I love the most is the love with which they serve. Such warmth, such customization to your taste, sincere attempts to make your occasions special. all of them have always stolen my heart. So yes I really owe my love for Barbeque to them.


Barbeque Nation Review
A file photo of us at Barbeque Nation


They did such a fantastic job for years that many in the business decided to follow suit and in today’s times, there are so many of them that you may often get confused which one is a hit and which is a miss. So I decided to aid you to make an informed choice through this comparative study based on my own experiences.

I would say, for the barbeque industry in India, old is gold is what serves them right. Barbeque Nation owned by Sayaji group maintains their impeccable standards and undoubtedly they are the most successful multi-city barbeque venture in India. The second chain which comes close in perfection to it and also innovates a little more in terms of the diversity in the menu is Absolute Barbecues again started by an ex-partner of Barbeque Nation - Prosenjit Roy Choudhary.  I like their diverse variety and also the joyful dance which the serving staff performs for you with utmost zeal. In my visits to them over the last 2 years, I can surely say, they have worked on their flaws and upped their game superbly.


Absolute Barbeque Review
Me Happy Happy at Absolute Barbeques

So for me, a barbecue craving is thoroughly satiated by only either of these two only and I let me tell you why? The reason is though there are umpteen other barbecue restaurants like Universal Barbeque, Barbeque Ville etc. which have opened in every corner of the city but somehow they have missed the boat by an inch. I feel a restaurant of this stature should have sufficient homework done right before the launch. I am glad they are generating so much employment but there are things like training of your staff which should not be overlooked. Today when a family books a Saturday dinner with them, they not only look for great food but for the overall package, the ambiance, the service and some entertainment to weave some sweet memories with their loved ones. Tell me if you don’t agree? A simple excuse or a shortage of staff or for any reason not being able to cater to the guests' requirements can ruin their happy moments. So guys, gear up, work on it and up your game until I forget what you did this time and visit you again. 

So this was an earnest take by a foodie customer to various barbeque across several cities, hope it will aid you to make the correct choice.

P.S. This is a justified apple to apple comparison because the price per person in all these restaurants are almost the same. Also, obviously I only attach a happy picture from the two who have appeased my heart :)


Truly Yours Roma




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If you relate to my writings, you can grab a copy of any of my 3 published books here The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite Child and Dare to Defy The Destiny

Friday, 1 March 2019

Happiest 10th My Potterhead, May You Always Shine As the Star Brightest

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Happiest tenth my Potterhead
Here’s mum smearing you with a million kisses turning you red

Sounds weird and I know you have newly learned to shy
When I paint your cheeks with my lip colors bright

Never realized how soon my little cuddly coo has grown out of mamma’s arms
Commencing his journey in the twin-digit years' charm

My heart is overwhelmed with love and warmth
In anticipation of the excitement that comes along

As you grow up in your tweens
My innocent bubble, acquiring all wisdom and maturity

There is so much I wish to say
May you forever shine as the brightest star in every life’s stage

My son, my life, my world
May happy and cheerful you always stay

Remember my precious, all days will not be as bright as today
So when you encounter the rough days

And life throws lemons on you
Don’t forget to make from them your favorite lemonade

Sip that lemonade with a strong heart and a wide smile
And all the sorrows of the world will slowly melt away

Remember always, God helps those who help themselves
So never be scared to take the right steps

Mum will not be there with you always
So be independent and carve your own ways

You are a big boy today, my love
Never forget you get what you give

Always respect all girls and women you come across
Help them, support them like you always do to your mother

Understand life is never a bed of roses
So befriend the thorns

As adaptability is the greatest virtue
That would aid you in roughest seas, to sail through

Once again wishing you happiest tenth my Potterhead
Mum sends you buckets full of loves and hugs on your special day

May all your dreams come true my worthy angel
and you always shine as the star brightest



P.S. All through the last month I merrily wrote my parenting experiences in the #Momology Blog train but I wanted to end this series, which is extremely close to my heart, with a heartfelt love note to the guy who made me experience it all. Thus this micro-poetry for him on his big day,  in a hustle bustle but truly straight from the heart :)


You can read my last three weeks' Momological Posts here, Week1Week2, and Week3:)

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

5 Ways that can save a mom’s day when nothing goes her way

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Parenting is a versatile journey and indeed very precious and very beautiful for every mother in her very own special way. It’s a feeling, all the words of the universe put together would fail me to express. It indeed is divine and extremely enriching. I have never been a perfect mommy albeit a good one, good in the sense that I have learned to learn from my mistakes as a mother and not to repeat them. I have also in some of my posts on the healing power of positivity and the balancing act encapsulated my learning’s and shared it with all of you earlier but the fact is no one can ever fathom all the deep secrets of motherhood.. 

Though mothers are believed to be epitomes of strength and patience and they are so for most days but this may not be true always as we too are human beings. Actually, every mum has her weaknesses and her weak days. Days when she feels a staunch pain in her heart for doing a particular thing that way and not doing it an alternate way. The irony is though we believe that moms are the strongest, their hearts are also the most fragile. So some days when nothing goes our way we freak out. 

Now, since I am a meticulous planner, I have formulated 5 principles for myself to tackle and come out of these situations and now I have trained my mind to work on them, to a great extent. Today, I decided to calibrate my thoughts with all you gorgeous mums as well.

  1. Sometimes just let it be, you can’t control everything that is happening in the world: All’s going well in the family and suddenly you contract viral fever and you pass it in to your little ones who struggle under it because they are small and we start cursing ourselves, getting irritated and unfortunately the little ones bear the brunt again. This happens right? So what should we do? We should rather train our mind not to let negativity engulf us and take it easy please. This is life and we are not Gods, so let’s work to maintain the peace and happiness of our family which begins from us.

  1. Smile and spend time with yourself: If you love nature walking or nature photography or have any other favorite pass time please indulge and smile when you spend time with yourself, you will not only feel rejuvenated but also the happiness hormones will be secreted in your body ridding you of all the guilts. I try to do this as often as possible despite having a hectic schedule 5 days a week I let Mother Nature work her wonders on me. I also keep writing positive notes to self while I do all this.

  1. Music is a healer of the soul: If you are an ardent music lover like me, there is no therapy like plugging in your favorite music and singing out loud with it. Ah! What great peace and satiation it brings to the soul. Also, if you like to shake a leg on it, do your most random and funny steps like no-one’s watching and have fun (it also will act as a workout for the smart momma in you). Some days when I feel down and out I do a karaoke of old soulful melodies and sing to my heart’s content and soon the two boys also join the fun. Doing all this makes me a baby and helps me unnerving and also bring some joy to my family. Technology is a boon sometimes, isn’t it? Try this and you would love it, we don’t need to be a singer for it😛.


  1. Self Dates: This is another weird sounding thing I do. There are some days when we moms experience a void whether we are working or are a SAHM. I call it the void of inspiration. It inspires me to take the leap of faith to better myself. But when I am experiencing this void I sulk, so I plan a date with myself to have my favorite chocolate shake at my favorite mall and I indulge shamelessly with a large grin. I pack the boys to work and school and hire a cab to my this place where I treat myself and heal myself by scribbling on a piece of paper my feelings and the way forward. Since I am my own best friend this venting is therapeutic and makes me the chirpy smiling Roma again. Trust me self-dates can work wonders for us.You may also have a date with your spouse or your child incase any of them are free.

  1. Divert Your Mind and keep the right company: Mind is the most powerful beast to tap and a flood of negativity can wipe off years of positive mentoring. Many times, the negativity can come from your near and dear ones and can take your mental equilibrium for a toss. That is why it is said that you are the company you keep. So make a conscious effort to have positive and supportive friends who can understand your times of turmoil and help you divert your mind away from angst. I have this understanding with my bestie, whenever we feel we need each other, we ping - “Ice Cream Date?”, to the other and within moments the other reaches out to support even if it's just over a phone. Such codes are fun and needed. Be independent but have at least a couple of dependable friends.

Trust me there are days when nothing seems to go our way and clouds of despair and spreading their vicious clutches all around us, those are the days use any of the tips above to save your days, my loves, this is a straight from the heart, #Momology Gyaan from one mom to another. If it doesn’t work I am right here, ping me and I will love to take you through.

You can read my last two weeks' Momological Posts here, Week1, Week2 :)
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