Monday, 16 October 2017

I don't believe I did this: My not so #CleanUpCashOut Hilarious Tale before I knew about

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I am an absolute gadget freak and I guess my infinite love for them only gets deeper and more profound with time. I am as well a meticulous researcher of technology and an unparalleled collector of the most advanced gadgets which also means I have to get rid of the old ones which are still in a perfect state but just that I have acquired a newer version.

The first bait naturally always is to my family members(grin!!) whom I can make shelve out a good amount of cash on account of my bang on proposal to them of how my device will be just what they have desired in their dreams. Quite ironically the truth of the matter however is that most of them take the device promising to pay tomorrow and as you know tomorrow never comes. Well, sometimes they do but that's rare enough and it's bad manners to ask for money in family. Tears!!

Thus, about a couple of years ago, I decided to act smart and put the advertisement of my recent mobile phone on my social media handles requesting a share to my friends. This wasn't quite a trend back then but the pictha of my well maintained device at a steal deal price did turn certain eyeballs and I got a couple of calls. 

While the first one wanted to negotiate the price which I was quite adamant on not contemplating, the second call I got was from a young man who told me politely how he desperately wanted to but this cell phone for his wife and requested if they could come over. My heart melted at his soft plea and I agreed.

Late that evening the couple knocked at my door. They were fairly young and looked very newly wed. They greeted me with the most beautiful heartfelt smiles and a namaste. They looked at the mobile and caressed it fondly for minutes while whispering in each other's ears in between. The new wifey was adorably pretty and the two seemed deeply in love with each other. Though personally I don't entertain strangers I found them totally harmless and we struck a conversation. 

I found their tone quite familiar and they turned out to be from Banaras while we are from Allahabad. Knowing that we belonged to the same region they eased a little. I quite liked them too.

When the money matters began, I have mentally already decided to give them the device for 4K instead of 6K which I have quoted, just out of my goodness and I shared it with them upfront. Suddenly their faces turned grim and they became quiet. Restlessly I asked them the reason and they said while they needed the cell phone more than their life to talk to each other as the man was mostly touring, all they had was 1300 rupees, hence they would not be able to buy the device. They thanked me for my time and were about to take leave when I stopped them.

"Please take the mobile phone from me as your wedding gift my dears. You are like my own brother and sister as you belong to our place and I shall be happy not to charge you even a single penny for this", I gave a content smile to them as they reluctantly took the device and left. I didn't regret my decision a single bit and slept happily that night. 

Next morn I spoke about this lovely couple and my kind gesture to my bffs in the Zumba class and was aghast to know what I heard next. This couple has duped many online sellers this way after studying thoroughly their social media profiles. Phew!! This shattered my heart into a million pieces. They have clearly played with my emotions and robbed me of my feelings to ever being kind to anyone.

After this incident, I didn't sell my used gadgets for a long time, until I registered on where I get the most worthy value for my devices whenever I decide to clean up the #CleanUpCashOut way❤️ and because my cashify journey so far has been truly amazing I thought of bringing this hilarious tale as well as my love for cashify to the esteemed readers of Truly Yours Roma here along with an exclusive coupon code CLEANCASH which fetches you an extra Rs250 for the sale of your gadgets! All you get to do is get on this website/App on your device.

We wish all of you a very very Happy and Prosperous Diwali! It's high time we clean out all the old gadgets and make out some good cash out of them the Cashify way :D :D

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

I am an October Baby and I love It

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I am an October Baby. This month has an infallible charm for me that amazes me every year. No matter what turmoil I undergo for the period before this, October brings in peace, tranquillity and immense joy and I am glad it is my birthday month.

Like a little girl I love my birthdays
and this year it was on a Saturday 

The day began with a surprise from the man 
Within moments we packed up and to our chosen destination we checked in 

This surprise mini vacation is now almost a ritual 
which each year, I wholeheartedly wait for 

With him holding my hand and the little one around my neck 
I feel so blessed no words can aid me express

This day every year, I utter very few words
letting the love and happiness sink into my soul

Like a small child I sit smiling coiled up on the bed 
Absorbing the warmth and silently sending across my gratitude to God

October for me becomes all the more special as my most favorite festival Karvachauth lies in it too and as I fast for the love of my life without a drop of water whole day and clad myself in my wedding attire and jewellery,  I dwell in some priceless fond memories of the past this day as I weave some more. I love the feeling immensely and Karvachauths have been really really special for the two of us.I feel bad when sometimes people fall into a debate with such festivals and all I wish to tell them is,  it is all a matter of belief my dears, you keep yours and let me follow mine :)

Mostly my birthday and Karvachauth fall together each year and on both these days I am pampered by the husband like a princess (well I can't say on other days I really am not). While it's a outdoor personalised celebration on the birthday on KC he always prepares super yum dinner for me with his own hands and it is a known fact in family and friends what an awesome chef he is.  But on these two days he is only mine. He reads out the vrat katha to me and after I see both the moons (though this year the moon in the sky ditched me, my moon was quite the contrary), he serves me with his own hands and we enjoy the dinner together like on our wedding day. 

Gradually the happiness sinks in... The overwhelming emotions and a deep sense of gratefulness drowns me in extreme remorse of how could I ever make a complaint from life and keep ranting my dissatisfactions and grudges when things don't happen and the stars ditch me. For this one man, I should take all the tough times in my stride without an iota of complaint. So you see how this month October is therapeutic to me. A lot of worthy realisations engulf me and aid me become a better person.

Once I enter this happy zone, magic begins to happen, all my reluctance go away and I am often at my best in terms of embarking of new projects. I envision wonderful ideas and start scripting them in my notes whenever and wherever possible. Since October holds a lot of travel too in terms of travelling home for Diwali, these heartfelt musings in my notes  see the dawn of the day on my blog once I am back. So my baby, my blog does get a step motherly treatment in October but my  thoughts for its betterment don't drift from the subject even for a moment. 

Despite of writing or rather publishing less, this is the month my friends, family, colleagues and readers globally, too shower a lot of love on me and words fail me to express how indebted I am to all of you for keeping my spirits high and making me smile a million times and this time you also gifted me a million hits on my blog in the awesome October.️

You have rendered me speechless 
My near and dear ones 

The strings of my heart
Resonate in immense gratitude for you 

My heart is so overwhelmed 
Words fail me how to express my thanks 

I feel so elated and blessed 
Thank you for all your love to this October child

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

TrulyYoursRoma Reviews Canvas of a Mind by Purba Chakraborty

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One lifetime is not enough to fathom the depth of True Love. The magnanimous dimensions it can assume is sometimes beyond the comprehension limits of a human mind. Yet love is love, the most serine, the most intense emotion a person can ever  experience. It makes your world most beautiful overnight and you are the most elated soul with your heart doing a happy dance in style. Sleep eludes you as you don't want to let go the thoughts of your beloved even for a second and if you do manage to sleep, you want to spend time with him or her in the dreams too.Though love enters your heart unnoticed in softest steps yet once it does you can't stay without taking notice that how it has changed your world completely. Love is love, there is nothing like it.

Purba Chakraborty's Canvas of a Mind is an intriguing psychological suspense thriller based on this premise. It is a tale of two adorable sisters Akashi and Ipsha who lost their parents in an accident some years ago. Thus Akashi has adopted the role of a  most doting parent to her teenaged sister Ipsha and they merrily lived in a picturesque hill station Kalimpong until a stalker enters Ipsha's life. While she initially despises him and even feel scared on his ways, gradually she starts falling in the trap of his silhouette. The hatted man played a melodious tune on harmonica which haunted as well as attracted the young and impressionable Ipsha.

The Author Herself With Her Book
After a lot of ruckus, finally Ipsha meets her stalker cum ardent lover Arjun and falls irreversibly in love with him. What happens when Akashi finds out that her little sis has fallen prey to a drug trafficker and a criminal Arjun, unfolds creatively. The circumstances make Ipsha loathe Akashi vehemently. While Akashi feels that that her little princess has been misbehaving with her under Arjun's spell who has vanished but she fathoms there are many other layers to her sister's personality and that she has been lying to her for a long time. The unbelievable and weaved to precision circumstances never let you put down the book for a moment and I really loved it to the core. There is another wonderful character Vihaan who plays the dark horse. To find out more do read our this must read  thriller from Purba.

The title of the book 'Canvas of a Mind' is apt because the protagonist Ipsha more often than not painted the infinite thoughts that flooded her mind on the canvas. It gave her immense peace and perspective.What I loved most about the book was the vivid description of the hill station Kalimpong and the strong character building. I could feel the loneliness that engulfed the two girls after the demise of their parents though they never spoke about it. It was fascinating it read has the author has beautifully conceived and weaved different forms of love and how they can make and break your life. I also found the beginning perfect however I did feel the ending was a little abrupt though absolutely in sync with the plot. Could have been more impact fully built across a few added chapters but that's purely my viewpoint.

I rate this book a 4.5/5 and recommend it to everyone for a light pleasant read. It goes without saying, I thoroughly enjoyed the read and wish the author Purba lots of success and happiness. Trust she keeps writing such masterpieces on and on and drape us in the charm of her weaved fiction forever. You can grab a copy of her book here.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Million Hits Gratitude Post : A Journey from Nobody to Somebody

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By nature I am a recluse and a rebel but voicing my opinion comes strongly to me. Routine and mediocrity subjects me to boredom and while I challenge myself to new goals always to keep the zeal alive, at any point of time, I have to speak my mind which I blatantly do on my blog ~ Truly Yours Roma. Yes, the very space that you are reading now and because I love speaking about everything under the sun, it is a diverse multi-niche blog. 

Three years ago, when I began this enriching journey professionally, every one recommended that I should carve out my identity in a particular niche because that gives a more dedicated readership and multiple awards but the rebel in me did quite the otherwise, like always. Phew! This was because I primarily wrote to satiate my own heart and that's why my writings resonated with your hearts too. Their were always quite a few straight from the heart musings to touch and tinkle umpteen hearts and stay in them forever which I penned with a lot of love. I am so glad you received the same with equal love too and that's when our eternal love affair began irrespective on what subject our hearts chose to connect. The result though was far beyond my imagination!

Thus, today I reach the coveted milestone of crossing 1 million footprints (page views) on my blog and this is truly gratifying. Thank you so much my friends, fellow bloggers and my precious readers. There can't be a better advance birthday gift you would have given me and all the words of the universe put together will fail me to express my gratitude to you. Thank you for stopping by, reading me, appreciating me and keeping me on my toes to serve you nothing less than the best. Your vehement support has already made me an author of two published books again in two diametrically opposite genres- non fiction and fiction. It's you who made me the Woman of the Year 2015. You have made Truly Yours Roma adorn with multiple Pan India writing contests wins. So it's absolutely you whom I owe all my writing credentials. Thank you for making me a somebody who matters to you from nobody. Thanks for pushing me hard when I shared my passion for starting my own Communication Skills Academy and making my dream come true. Thank you for embracing Truly Yours Roma with open arms and showering buckets of your love uninterrupted on me. I am nothing sans your support. I owe my heart to all of you so here I take a bow. A billion thanks guys!

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Art of living in Serenity the Royale Atmos Way #CleanAirBeautiful Homes

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With a mind possessed with a billion new  notions 

With an heart impregnated with enthusiasm

Having sleepless nights and still rejoicing 

Working round the clock converting to reality my dreams of years umpteen

Despite of it being just a humble beginning 
It still leaves my senses with a ticklish feeling 
The extrovert in me wants to shout it aloud to the world 
I have taken my passion a step forward

Hola my precious readers, last week I bared my heart to you about my long cherished dream of starting my own communication skills academy and yes I did start it and my Almighty's grace all the three adult and kiddies batches are running good and the appreciation and adulation I am receiving is running in my blood making me leave no stone unturned to bring nothing less than the best to them. 

The infrastructure I have chosen for the same is the warmth and calmness of my home sweet home so that I can appease my heart's desire to groom them in a fun away and the not in the monotonous four walls of a routine classroom and I am redoing my home for the same. I have an ardent desire to give the kiddies and the adults who come to me nothing short of the best of course including serene fresh air free of any microorganisms who spread infections and grooming which lasts for a lifetime. 

But I see quite a few of them cough and often their allergies are triggered which makes them miss classes and this not only breaks the wonderful continuity of their learning with me but also of their lives. Well the reasons could have been several including the bus ride they took to school, their school premises or their own respective or my home. I decided to dig further and a thorough research revealed much to my disbelief that the inside our home sweet home air, that we breathe can be 5X more polluted than outdoor air. Not only that the paint on our walls and even on Furniture emanates a lot of toxicities in our immediate environment.

Often not ventilating our homes can be disastrous as well and many microbes stay hidden in our carpets and sofas or mattresses too. Kitchen is another damp place most prone to invite these hellions.This thing was so much on my mind that when hubby dear's Favorite actress Deepika Padukone spoke about this in the T.V. Commercial that night, I laughed my heart out assuming I have been hallucinating but later I realised she gave my thoughts the most desired and vital direction.

Thus first things came first. So most meticulously I sat down to chop out my detailed plan of action for the same. 

1.    I drove to purchase some plants like Aloevera and Bamboo which help to purify indoor air and lay them aesthetically in my house.
2.   I ventilated my home and ensured are entries are perfectly dusted.
3.   Mattresses, Sofa, carpets, I created a weekly schedule to vacuum clean them and sun them.
4.   Cleanliness of Kitchen beyond doubt was my top priority including the hidden crevices and dishwasher, the burners and the chimneys.

    But that's not it, this was only an interim action plan. 

I had already laid my eyes on Asian Paints latest innovation ~ their scientifically designed Royale Atmos Paint which goes a long way in purifying our indoor air. It absorbs the harmful pollutants and keeps the indoor air clean. Additionally it also absorbs various foul smells  and maintains the freshness of the air. 

I was impressed by acquainting myself with a paint which not only makes my dream home look beautiful but also rids it of all the pollutants and makes it a safe and serene abode. It helps me securing the health of my students too. Thus this Diwali, I am repaint my world the Royale Atmos Way and even recommend it to all the people with whom I interact every day for what's more precious than our health and help them experience this magic too. Life indeed shall be most beautiful when we embrace the art of living in serenity the Royale Atmos Way.

But you may ask why only Royale Atmos, what makes it so magical. Well here's an answer.

1) Formaldehyde one of the worse indoor pollutant is annihilated by Royal Atmos when it's molecules hit the wall painted in this scientifically designed and tested amazing product.

2) Its revolutionary activated carbon technology aids in purifying indoor air. 

3) It absorbs malodours and thus accentuates the good quality of air.

4) And the icing on the cake is it emanates fragrance. All the above has been validated by exhaustive testing at third party.

Will you believe Royal Atmos is capable of absorbing 80-85% formaldehyde within a span of 24 hrs under standard testing conditions.

Not only that this paint will keep absorbing formaldehyde for two years post its application.

Dwelling into it's other aspects, brought forth many more worthy features of this exquisite paint. Not only it's rich matt finish imparts our walls a perfect look but also its green assure ensures it is VOC Safer and environment friendlier. It is further equipped with Teflon surface protector which makes it impressively stains and scratch resistance.

No wonder it's an ideal rather an indispensable choice for each one of us in today's times. Going by its sheer advantages, I totally vouch for this product! Do You?? Check it out!

So here I lay, a Firmer Foundation the Royal Atmos Way to my dreams With a safe, clean and serene environment in my Academy
It is so heartening and appeasing
When you do things right from the beginning

The Pollution graph of our country
Needed something this revolutionary
Thus here's an earnest note of gratitude to Asian Paints
To invent and innovate Royal Atmos and to confer on us #CleanAirBeautifulHomes

Thursday, 14 September 2017

My True Calling : Romancing With Words and Spreading the Love

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It's a million dollar saying that our experiences in the childhood shape up a significant part of our future. I was five, a grade 1 student, when dad was transferred to Tamilnadu and guys I am talking of eighties. While I didn't understand then an iota of the particularly tough Tamil language which my class mates and everyone spoke and they didn't get a word of my Hindi, we managed it with some words of English for a considerable time and that's when my love for this magical language which formed the lifeline of the world in terms of communication grew. I soaked myself into it and romancing the words became my hobby.

About the same time, as I commenced my journey in elocution on stage as a first grader, I bagged the first prize. What a boost it was to my morale and I basked in the glory of being called the girl with a flawless English, in my school (though it wasn't true). No one taught me the nuances or the voice modulation but I loved leaving no stone unturned to improve upon my previous best.

Thus creative writing and public speaking became my passion. I tried ever genre of it and immersed myself in literature. Listening to world's best orators gave me a high and I stepped into Shakespeare's characters in my dreams. Poetry was my all time favorite and I would scribble on every tiny piece of paper I can grab. So as far as I remember as a little one, I always wanted to writer and speak and always yearned to master impeccable communication skills and I always did fairly well or at least I believed so.

Years passed and I got into engineering and then some wonderful jobs but my identity always remained the same. Whether it was anchoring for a week long inter college cultural fests or a national debate, I felt honoured when I was always considered the first choice. By default the notice boards were adorned in my articles and poems. My communication skills helped me bag my dream jobs which took me round the globe and I was happy writing on and off.

But it was only during my maternity career break that I realised this set of skills was my true calling. It appeased my heart and gave peace to my soul. A billion thanks to all of you for accepting me with my writings which I know at times are rebellious but always straight from the heart. The purpose of sharing this journey with you today is to share with you one of my long cherished dreams.

Since my childhood, I have met children and adults who are an ocean of knowledge but find it extremely difficult to put it into words and literally shiver if put on stage. While I cracked the interview the one who groomed me for the answers probably didn't communicate it that well and so was rejected.

As I firmly believe in giving back, I dream to open a communications academy for one and all where I would aid them overcome their fright of speaking their minds out without the slightest fear. Public speaking undoubtedly is an art which not only enables you to put yourself strongly across the table but also creates a lasting impression on the minds of the listener and same goes for creative writing too. I feel it's high time I materialise this dream of mine and thus coming October, which happens to be my birthday month, I plan to start this academy. The idea is to teach the basics and nuances as well as the X factor to help them come out of their shells and have a strong foothold wherever and whenever they choose to express themselves. I hope almighty blesses me in my endeavour!

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Like a Phoenix From The Ashes I will Rise (An Open Letter to the #BodyShamers)

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I am curvy
I and short and plump
But I love myself
And thank God for he gave me life no matter what shape and size

I wear my smile
And flaunt my compassionate heart
I am an artist's muse 
A poet's verse

I stay away from people who judge
And measure my achievements by the size of my waist
Happy in my own space
In my own eyes, I look gorgeous

I am that child
Seeing an ice cream whose eyes still shine
I am that teenager
Under whose pillow some chocolates you'll forever find

From being a damsel
Who'll design her own dresses
And adorn herself in tiaras
To conceal within all the chronic scars

I have bloomed into a woman
Who dares to bare her heart
While otherwise I am a stream of unconditional love
Don't mess with me, you body-shamers

Troll me, hate me do whatever you like
You'll not tell me the way I'll lead my life
And if you try to burn my desires
Like a Phoenix from the ashes I will rise ❤️

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