Tuesday, 11 December 2018

My Perennial Love Affair With Goa

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I was fifteen when I first went to Goa. It was my first air travel ever and a glimpse of this picturesque breathtakingly beautiful place from the air, stole my heart forever. It was indeed love at first sight for me. It brought many firsts to my life as a young girl, a shy teenager at that time. While my little brother soaked in the waves and my parents enjoyed their together times, I remember sitting by the shore and painting a poetry of words, something which I always love doing, even till today. This trip remained etched on my heart for a very long time and when as newly weds, I was asked if I would love to go to Goa, I jumped in nostalgia and ecstatic joy.
As I landed in Goa for the second time, I realized my love for it is true and is forever and it hasn’t faded an ounce, in fact with the love of my life, I found it prettier and more welcoming as if I am just back home. I weaved a lot of timeless memories during this trip. I befriended sea water holding hands with S, indulged in water sports, tried my hands in Casino and experienced the oh-so-memorable Goa’s special New Year Celebrations extravaganza. Poles apart to the shy teeny me of last time, I was a young adult bubbling with energy, desire, and happiness this time. Luckily, S too grew equally fond of the place and we promised Goa, we were laying a strong foundation of a lifelong friendship with it😊.
(I am a rebel, conventional doesn’t suit me at all and this place just lets me be who I am. It is an escapade for me to a world where no one judges me for being a recluse, a moody paranoid. The way it warmly embraces me in its arms, feels like it is where I was always meant to be).

Well, so my next trip to Goa was as a mommy to little three-year-old A and the young carefree adult was now a little bit more mature and a responsible mum. Instead of partying hard and dancing like crazy overnight, we have graduated to soft and quiet parents who danced in their resort and sang on the karaoke to our hearts’ content. Our kid has inherited the beach love from his parents and in no time he became our third partner in crime who too loves his vacation to Goa more than anything else. Since then we go to Goa twice a year and it’s almost like our second home to an extent that once a blogger friend living in U.S. actually called up to check if they can put up with us in Goa for their next visit.
In fact, my perennial love affair with Goa is growing rock solid with each passing year or should I say our relationship is aging with grace. If I live that long I will surely like to spend my latter years in a cabin near the sea there. I am sure S is listening, for every time he sees I am going down with my energy quotient, he books us a vacation to Goa and I am rejuvenated at the thought of it. I love everything about the place and actually know quite much about it too. For example, we have stayed in some of the best properties Goan beaches offer(well, I will write my recommendations some other day) and know exactly what to eat, what to wear, where to go, where to party and the list is endless.
Undoubtedly, Goa has always offered us the best of family times, lots of soaking in water, sun and sand, live music bands and of course lip-smacking food and drinks but what I love the most are the early morns that I spend on the beach taking long strolls with the waves kissing my feet and the cool breeze caressing my tresses. I watch the sunrise and find a lovely corner to sit back and pen down my candid emotions or just read or glance at the horizon. It is one place where I do nothing and still feels like doing all I ever wanted. This me is much different from all the earlier mes who visited Goa.
My trance is often broken by my two loves joining me as we build sandcastles or just carve our names, smiling and giggling. What more can I ask from God. Touch Wood!
I just came back from Goa yesterday after our wedding anniversary celebrations and I am feeling so light and so wonderful that I am still dwelling out of the memories of the lovely vacations. I practiced forced digital detox during this trip minus a couple of hours each day and it was extremely overwhelming just to stay in your love’s arms at your favorite place and shut the world to you. I was itching to pen this straight from the heart memoir of the place which has stood a custodian to my life for last two decades in its own special way. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I loved penning it💕.
Truly Yours Roma


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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Give Wings To Your Dreams And Fly High

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I meet a lot of women and girls each day through my academy, who are fiercely educated and talented but they lose their sense of direction for their career goals somewhere in the nitty-gritty of life. It feels that their ambition or passion in life, sleeps somewhere in the deep crevices of their hearts but does it ever die? In most of the cases, no. Getting married or rearing kids may have suppressed it but I am glad there is a ray of hope... especially in today’s era where successful entrepreneurship and startups are significantly growing no matter how small and big they are and some extraordinary job opportunities too exist. You should know what you want and have the ability to leave no stone unturned to get it and no goals are unachievable.

The sky is the limit for you girls and I mean it so much when I say this, I am there to act as a medium between you and your dreams, always, to the best of my abilities. You just have to keep the fire in you burning and have a purpose in your life to carve your identity in the field closest to your heart. Remember it is not about money, it is about fulfilling your dreams, money would come as a by-process but the satisfaction that you achieve is beyond compare. Slogging in the corporate world in different parts of the world rendered me this wisdom that there is nothing like working in the field you are most passionate about.

A friend, Nandini is an MBA in finance, she had a fantastic career before she got married and had a son due to which she took a break from her career. But the problem is she has no clue how long this break would continue, though her son is already four now. She is directionless and this makes her sulk and embrace a lot of negativity about the things around her. She is often brooding and this void in her heart has made her lose the charisma in her personality. It was heart-breaking to see her like that until some time ago but now eventually she has decided to go full throttle with her dreams embedding positivity and goals in her life.

My experience teaches me that, though you have it in you, sometimes you just need a wise stranger or a coach, a guru, a neutral third person who is free from all bias, doesn’t judge you and reintroduces you to yourself. I got one at the right time and the rest is history. With the same aim, I began this academy for many more like me to carve out their own path of success and I am glad I can help you all today. It can be any vocation dears, you just have to overcome your inner demons and inertia.

 For e.g. it is extremely heartening to see how numerous women have embraced blogging to give a voice to their thoughts and to showcase their talents, working from home and achieved due appreciation along with their financial goals. Similarly, there are numerous other fields all you got to do is make the first step, opportunities hang on every door. Spread your wings and fly high, I will be the happiest to see you all soar higher and higher and if you need any support write to me at Roma.shobhit.sinha@gmail.com or call me at 8806666355 for personalized sessions both online and offline.


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Sunday, 18 November 2018

I Have To Say This....Today, Now, Here ❤️

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How have you been friends? Writing after a brief hiatus and need I say I really missed you. I always knew this place(my blog) was special but never knew all of you, your support, your kindness, your appreciation, and your vehement love will become my heart and soul to such an extent. Yes, I never knew you will become my driving force. 

The festive lethargy still lingers on but I felt a severe urge to get back to all of you here. No wonder you have kept me sane, focused and composed and today I am in all moods to express my gratitude to all of you from the bottom of my heart. I admit it today, I am nothing without you.



award


The feeling is 'happy happy' today and is that of overwhelming indebtedness, this moment is special for me, I have been conferred with Planet’s Pride Award 2018 by the Women Planet Foundation and the gorgeous trophy just arrived. I could not attend the event due to some pressing reasons but that doesn’t reduce the value of this noble national honor.



In fact to be nominated among the seven hundred women chosen from different walks of life from different parts of our country meant the world to me and I congratulate each one of them who is doing such a fantastic job in her own arena to the best of her abilities and being the face of positive change to the Indian Society. Awards and recognitions like these are a beautiful endorsement to the fact that we are sailing in the right direction and no matter how difficult the lonely path sometimes seems, we will keep taking firm steps in the right direction gradually and firmly.



Here’s a little video I did for you my dears. Words indeed fail me to express my gratitude to all of you, you are an inspirational bunch of friends and readers, anyone would ever crave for. Thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. 

I Have To Say This....Today, Now, Here...'I owe it all to all of you, undoubtedly and thus I dedicate it to you!'
Truly Yours Roma

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

OkCupid, Find Me My Kinda Intellectual, Please!

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With open arms, I welcome the changing times and am bowled over in sheer admiration to how we, the otherwise old-fashioned conservative Indians, are breaking free from the clutches of forever concealing our thoughts deep in our hearts and seeking right companionship. Our evolution undoubtedly has been phenomenal. From just about a decade ago where most Indians only studied to either become and engineer or a doctor, today we embrace entrepreneurship and have the guts to convert our passion to our profession. We are clear with our goals and the risks associated with them and are ready to leave no stone unturned to make our dreams come true. The same paradigm shift is witnessed in our personal relationships too where we the educated, urban professionals, are pretty clear on what kind of a partner we desire. It has risen beyond looks for us, we look for substance, for intellectual for a certain skill set that makes him or her an ideal match for us. OkCupid is one such very successful, Newyork based, international online dating App which aids us make meaningful connections all over the world for over a decade, actually for 14 years now. It’s an absolutely delightful fun dating app whose sophisticated algorithms find the best match for you.
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Don’t believe me? Well, I didn’t either. Until I signed up and discovered its unique features which sets it apart. No wonder at the moment, this dating App, facilitates over 2 million connections in 113 countries every week, yes, every week. I can really understand why 57,000,000 daters have used #OkCupid since its inception in 2004. When I signed up it has literally asked me umpteen questions to enrich its machine based but deep and profound algorithms to get further refined in their search to recommend me a companion, a date, nearest to the traits I desire.
It’s sorted and exhaustive questions with respect to your acceptances, desires and choices were so fun and quirky to answer; I discovered several hidden layers to myself as we Indian girls are always taught to keep them suppressed, so we actually forget that they even exist. Though OkCupid Dating App India has been there for quite a few years now, its growth has mostly been organic so far, but now having refreshingly tweaked itself, to suit Indian needs further, it is seeking expansion which indeed is a blessing in disguise for us, shy Indians, who further retrieve into their shells when it comes to finding true love. Coming back to the questions, I really loved answering quite a few of them like are you seeking a normal or a weird companion? Well, I have been a weirdo for most of my life but I had never realised I would actually like my partner to be weird too (Grin!) apart from he being an intellectual, which is mandatory for me. So you see how many ifs and buts I have but now all I have to say is,
“OkCupid, find me, my kinda intellectual please!”
And like a genie it grants my wish with most compatible options. Voila, it not only grants my wish..but does that with so many options!


On a more serious note, it is this feature that gives this app an intellectual quality and its tag line #SubstanceOverSelfies which is exactly what most sorted individuals these days desire- a meaningful long term relationship not standing on the foundation of external beauty. What’s in a face?
Another significant feature of OkCupid, for all you women and even men out there, which I really want you to know, is their Safety and Privacy Options. Though OkCupid is an inclusive, diverse, non-judgemental and welcoming community of users, it has zero tolerance to any kind of abuse no matter how small. We can hide profile from a person who messaged us or even block him by a simple click and the flagged users get reviewed by a robust moderation team. A wow factor for me also is that all users take a pledge to be respectful before using this App. You can also stay in Incognito Mode to keep your active profile concealed from those whom you haven’t liked or messaged. Though this is not a matrimony App, you never know, if this is how the first step gets taken. For e.g. take a sneak peek into how Dhwani and Tushar met on OkCupid, in the screen shots below.




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Another fact I like about this App is that it keeps away unwanted creatures from signing up simply because of the long process of answering multiple questions to sign up which only someone seeking a worthy partner would invest his precious time and energy for, thus weeding off unnecessary requests and attention.
Well, these were some of the impressive features of this App, I wished to outline to you my precious readers. Earnestly, if you are a modern, fun loving and a quirky person who is looking for someone who shares some common beliefs, interests, likes and dreams like you and is ready for a meaningful worthy relationship and serious dating, to know each other better, OkCupid might just help you strike the Cupid. You can download it for free on web, ios or android with optional premium features available as “A List”. You may as well love to follow them on instagram here or download them on your phone here: iOS and playstore.
Truly Yours Roma

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