Sunday, 19 February 2017

❤My Apologies, My Little Bubble❤

My Little Bubble,
Today your momma feels so feeble

For sometimes passing the false baggage of my dreams on you,
And not taking care of you'd like I always should

In a desire to make you a perfect child
                                I failed to see through your eyes

You were unwell and coughed through the night
Early morn I packed your heavy bag and bid you goodbye

You tried to take all the pressure on your fragile shoulders
Until my love, you couldn't take it further

Tears rolled down my eyes, seeing your plight
When you fell in my arms after 8 long hours at school, still trying to smile

Your warm body and watery red eyes made my heart numb
And my heart bled in repentance

In teaching you the strength of will power and determination
I burdened you with so many untimely aspirations

It is ok to see my reflection in you
But expecting you to be like me in everything is so cruel

For you are still my tiny bud barely a few weathers old
It still isn't the right time to focus your energies and let you not explore

In so much of discipline, I miss your priceless cuddles
Those toothless grins and carefree humming of jingles

For stealing away your childhood ounce by ounce
To you today, the apple of my eyes, mom apologises

Go spread your wings my tiny butterfly
Collect all the colours of rainbow in the sky...

(P.S. This straight from the heart piece is a request to all the parents not to burden their child with undue pressures at a tender age, rather let the tiny buds bloom)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My Unparalleled Love For My Blog ❤❤

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I take the baton of Blog Love from Srikanth.

I owe my heart to my blog, it is truly the voice of my soul and no words can ever aid me express what it means for me and how my love for it is unparalleled. Little did I know two and a half years ago that it will become so vital to my life, when I gave up my career at its peak to accept a full time mommy role.
Though I have been writing for infinity, I thought this was the best time I poured my heart out in my sacred space, my blog which I term ~Truly Yours Roma as most of the women centric write ups I present here are true tales of Indian fairer sex which must be brought forth to prick as many consciences as possible. I weaved these Tales straight from the heart on my beloved blog and candidly endeavour they make a contribution in improving the society we live in no matter how small or big it is.

My love, my blog soon reciprocated all the sincerity and dedication I gave it and returned back the love. I was chosen as the recipient of the ‘Woman of the Year’ Award organised with VWoman Community of Glenmark and was conferred the same in Leela Palace Mumbai in Mar'15. The fact that I was on the right track satiated my heart and I expressed my love to the blog for being a genuine partner in fulfilling my dreams and getting my writings a recognition so early. It has unknowingly begun to shape me and my aspirations and I now shouldered a bigger responsibility.

'My beloved blog, from a workaholic corporater who worked 22 hours a day, to staying at home and losing my identity in the mundane cores, you held my hands firmly and did not let my sheen die away. In the worst of situations I poured my heart out to you, you became my venting space, you heard it all and stayed with me till I was calm.
You integrated me with my precious readers whose appreciation made me work harder. You conferred me opportunities to weave and integrate with some worthy gems of the blogging world and build relationships of a lifetime.

You brought me opportunities, awards and recognition from IndiBlogger, Blogadda, MyCityforKids, Aviva, Everscoop, Baggout etc. and forever remained by only ray of hope in  difficult times or whenever I lost focus. But you never left me aalone nd continue to be my greatest strength till present day. 
Last year, you introduced me to the wonderful Blogchatter Community and my first ebook 'Dare to Defy The Destiny' saw the light of the day and I value my association with them. 
It feels so great when people recognise me by your name today, you are such an inseparable part of my identity. Just a couple of days ago, at a big event, people didn't identify me as Roma but when I mentioned I blog at Truly Yours Roma, they immediately recognised. It made me ecstatic to witness you become the face of my voice. I wish I take you to the greatest heights and carve a success story for you never heard of before. May we remain together forever. I really find you so adorable and will leave no stone unturned ever to nurture you, groom you and improve you to the best of my abilities. Undoubtedly I love you to the Moon and Back. Earnestly I love you the most...Yes, I do!’

I pass the baton of blog love to Jaibala.

Monday, 13 February 2017

A Zillion Thanks Berger Paints India & Indiblogger for a Splendid Fun Afternoon with loads of fun and Paint Wisdom #BergerXP

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#BergerXP Indiblogger Meet : An afternoon to Cherish
7th Feb morn was truly special for me, I woke up to a special invite to the IndiBlogger #BergerXP Meet in Mumbai which meant a special fun-filled afternoon with all my lovely co-bloggers I have been reading, interacting and getting inspired from in the virtual world. I really looked forward to this one to meet so many of those priceless gems and the IndiBlogger Team Members who are known for their awesomeness, warmth and impeccable sense of humour, for the first time. Thus, I immediately accepted the invite even if that meant travelling all the way from Pune and I am so glad I did.

I was also excited to know more about the Berger Express Painting as my new home is about to get ready and as a techie with over a decade of experience in new product development, my hunger to apprise myself of the latest technologies no matter to which field they belong, is insatiable. May be I can take home some real good knowhow to paint our home sweet home all the more aesthetically wonderful.

I reached the venue- Vivanta by Taj in Mumbai, a little before time thanks to hubby dear who drove me all the way from Pune and even decided to babysit my little sonny. What followed were moments of ecstatic joy, meeting blogger buddies, taking innumerable pics and selfies,some candid heart to heart Tete-a-tete. It didn't feel like I met them for the first time. I also loved how the meet and greet and lunch was left open for all of us to discover everyone whichever way we wished. The bonhomie at the event was contagious and I secretly already loved being a part of it.

Post lunch as we settled down on our tables, Anoop took over the mike with a real sweet smile and welcomed us and I knew it was Anoop as I have seen his pictures and read about him innumerable times across so many blogposts of Indimeets and events. Spontaneous truly he was and he made us warm up with his altered version of Musical Chair where we danced our way through the chairs.
The fact that every time someone didn't find a chair he can click a selfie with, always ready to help Nihaal, only spread more smiles and warmth and also set the right mood to listen to Mr. Chandranath Bannerjee who is the Service Head of Berger Express Painting, next.
I liked the way he apprised us of his technology intellectually in an informal manner quickly striking a chord with our hearts overflowing with so many queries. It was a pleasure knowing from him how Express Painting is an Innovation which is here to stay. Not only does it guarantee a safe, dust-free, quick, more even and long lasting painting process for our precious abodes but also a more steady income to the painters who post one time investment in the tools, also profit from its efficiency and reduced clutter. He was spot on in helping us gain some thumb rules to calculate the Painting cost and many more such nuances which made the discussion quite interesting.

The idea of textured walls was already brewing in my head for my new home, the #BergerXP Way and it stays with me till today as I browse through the booklets given to us with the hamper at the end of the event. (My little one has already chosen one for his room too). The insight on the type of paints, when and where to use them and how heavy is which one on pocket was enriching too. We satiated all our queries before we moved on.
The second thing I love the most
After the Q&A, it was time to roll up our sleeves and engage in some hands on experience in sanding and then soil ourselves in paints and stainers to carve our masterpiece for the themed activity given. We brainstormed over some coffee and cookies and had crazy fun giving a shape to our thoughts on the canvas on the spirit of Mumbai.

I also owe a sincere note of gratitude to my lovely team members of Team “ShadesYantra” which comprised of 8 dynamic bloggers who had great experiences to share amidst crazy bursts of laughter.

 We used the tips given by Mr. Chandranath while practically explaining us about the paints and while we did all time I did take a sneak peak at the Impressive Home Painting Tools exhibited at the venue.

During the course of the discussions and activities I also learnt some other real Praise-worthy facts about this technology:

1.    Express Painting is 40% faster than traditional painting. Wow!

2.   It's no mess tools give sparkling long lasting results

3.   It is find by trained painters for efficient and better painting

4.   Most important! It keeps our house dust-free through its cutting-edge vacuum suction-enabled sanding machines

5.   All tools are certified and there is better coverage and smoothness guaranteed each time

6.   Hey and we get all this at no additional cost!

The afternoon had been so much fun, I had no idea how the time flew among such adorable friends and some real worthy hosts - the IndiBlogger and Berger Teams who have weaved it so well for us. It was truly wonderful and hats off to Berger Team for the soft and candid manner of their promotions with no false claims. We quickly gathered to click some group snaps as a keepsake for the warm moments which I am sure shall be etched on our hearts for a very long time.

A heartfelt thanks my dearest IndiBlogger guys, you truly rock...and did I say, I look forward to meeting you over and over again!
PC: IndiBlogger

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Treasuring the Pleasure of Scripting a Priceless Vacation with #MMTLuxuryStays

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Dreams are like vivid butterflies which spread the exuberance of their vibrant colours in your heart
And with profuse luck you land on portals like MMT which aid you in making those dreams come true
Letting those myriad colours spread their warmth in your life with so much love

I am born with wings and travel undoubtedly is my first love. Whether I need a stress buster or want to celebrate certain special occasions of our life with my little sonny or just to spend those coveted cozy moments with hubby darling, I always love flying down to my favourite luxury resorts and hotels for the awesome family time, fun, masti and rejuvenation. The idea of an impromptu vacation always excites me the most especially if I can club in surprise with it for a special someone and weave some precious memories of a lifetime with it...

This dates back to the time when hubby Dear was abroad for an official assignment and it was our longest separation by far of over a month . He was returning on a Friday and the fact that he had a small meeting in Delhi due to which he'll be reaching Pune a couple of days late was heart-breaking for me and my little munchkin who had been longing to hug dad. You know those dad-son's special punching and gaming-console moments ties, how much he was missing them.

I thought of scripting a little surprise for the two loves of my life and thus I immediately took to my favorite MMT (MakeMyTrip) website and looked for flights and #MMTLuxuryStays in NCR and my eyes fell on Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon who offered awesome suites as a great package during that period. With a strong instinct that it's sure going to be an awesome vacation at this exotic property, I immediate booked it with MMT's easy to navigate and best deals guaranteed App on my mobile.

Next morn we flew to Delhi and surprised daddy and sonny darling at the airport from where we drove to a perfect address of grandeur and comfort weaved seamlessly at Hyatt Regency to make the experience remain forever etched on your heart.

At the entrance, we were greeted with extreme warmth and prompt service and we were awe struck to see the visual extravaganza the reception offered. It was now my turn to get surprised, they offered to upgrade our room to King Suite for a nominal extra charge and some unlimited offers at the lounge for the special evening for the two of us. I guess they knew how to strike the right chords of our hearts and set the mood in and yes we were finally in our king suite. My precious half who has full trust both in me and his one stop destination for all his national and international travel and hotel booking needs since 2001, MMT that as always we would made the best of our resources and bought the most value for money deal, so no questions at all and only a gratification for my efforts with his soft million dollar smile when we reached this luxurious venue.

Our Suite was truly classy, exotic and huge with a personal Jacuzzi. The personalised experience which the suite offered stole my heart at the first glance. I was still admiring it when a warm hug by hubby from behind accentuated my emotions as this moment I was hugging him after what seemed a millennium. Our little buddy wanted some fun so we jumped on the bed and he enjoyed a couple of pillow fights with daddy dearest post which we decided to go for a swim.The swimming pool was vast with pristine blue waters and soaking in it helped us unwind.

Evening was a magical experience at their state-of-an-art lounge. It was a private time for the two of us and awesome food and drinks with a candid heart to heart tete-a-tete of how much we missed each other just brought us so much closer.Moments like these actually soothe your hearts with unparalleled warmth and love and we satiated our cravings for playing with each other's tresses and fingers(our Favorite pass time,oops) .

Picking our little peanut from the indoor games room we strolled across the facility, cracking jokes and bursting into laughter. For dinner we tried in room dining and it was difficult to zero down on the final order from the huge ala carte menu.The food was lip-smacking. They tried every bit to make it to our taste and when we found a dish little too spicy, the chef willingingly made fresh less spicy one for us. The courtesy they extended was impressive.. Love was truly in the air for us and probably for everyone around too.

Next morning Buffet was elaborate and we enjoyed it to the core from croissants to dosas, you name it and they had it. The head of this facility, a European guy,  I guess, personally walked up to us to check on if we were enjoying our stay and if he could do something to enhance our experience.

We told him it's absolutely nothing that we need further, expressing our gratitude profusely. Post this was fun at the huge Jacuzzi in our room while watching some timeless classics(my Favorite old songs, of course we can switch channels) which played on the LCD in the shower room. It was so relaxing and rejuvenating.

For the couple of days we stayed there, we still treasure the pleasure of each worthy moment of one of the most ideal mini vacation of our life at Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon trotting in and out of its Spa and fine dining, and we look forward to many more such stays there and at other awesome ones enlisted on our hot favourite forever, MMT.

And must I say with failing words to MMT, I express my gratitude
For being a trustable companion in planning every now and then those moments few
Which help us lay the strongest foundation of our relationships while also making our dreams come true
"I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

Friday, 3 February 2017

How this God's Chosen Child Loves Taking Chances

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I am God's chosen child for he is sure I can bear any amount of pain he confers me with and pass his most gruesome tests before he grants my wish which indeed he always does and so I always say I am his favourite, though it is not as simple as it sounds. I am many times at a verge of losing my faith in him as the cost that he asks for fulfilling my dreams is always heart-breaking. Why does he almost perennially land me in a Dilemma whenever life has just started to settle down a bit for me...?

Out of all this, the biggest takeaway is I have learnt to take chances, I calculate the risk involved in achieving something and take the plunge. For example, on account of his rural posting my banker dad sent me off to Birla Balika Vidyapeeth in Pilani to complete my schooling. Once I reached there I was aghast to witness that it was a rich men's Daughters Paradise with extraordinary extra-curricular but not much focus on studies for me to get real guidance to materialise my IIT Dream. When I called back dad he left the decision to come back and get admission to Hindi Medium Municipality School or take the risk and stay there and work hard the self study way. I took my chances and in due course realised that this esteemed educational organisation was instrumental in shaping my personality and laying the foundation of what I have become today.

As a teenager, this incident reinforced my belief that life is all about taking chances. It's great if you succeed but if you fail the experience enriches you many a times further. These experiences open new avenues for you in life and you can see far beyond your horizon.

When I gave up my career at its peak some years back , to embrace motherhood, I took my chances too but with the belief that if I have the talent I can bounce back any moment and if I don't there is no point hanging on for long.

And see what this lovely risk that I took gifted me, it not only bestowed on me the priceless moments of my little ones growing up but also for the first time in my life I got chance to embrace my first love of writing. The kind of satiation and kick my writings give me cannot be expressed in words and you know what it means when words fail a writer to express her overwhelming feelings. I have eventually found solace in writing and it won't be an exaggeration to say writing is like breathing to me. Any pain, any sorrow vanishes when I weave it in words and pour it out in my sacred space which I lovingly call - Truly Yours Roma , my blog that you are reading at the moment.

What do you think about #takingchances in life??

This post is written for the INDISPIRE Edition155 #TakingChances

Thursday, 2 February 2017

This Valentine, Weave Your Love Story with IGP

Every year the month of February excites and enthrals me. With Valentine's Day falling in it, it is love's official month of the year. I look forward to it and Valentine's Day infact the whole Valentine's Week is a lovely celebration at my home sweet home almost always.
Many years ago, this was the day me and my precious half professed our love to each other and that priceless bond only gets stronger with each passing year which definitely calls for a celebration specially when love is in the air. While hubby Dear ensures he is not flying out of the city this week, I love planning cute little surprises for him like sending a promise each hour to him all 24 hours on promise day or order flowers, cakes, chocolates and personalised gifts for him on chocolate day, rose day or Valentine's Day of course from my all time Favorite website who have always delivered dot at midnight to execute my surprise for him through their crazy network of same day delivery in 320+ cities in India. Need I say such lovely gestures add spark of your relationship alive.
I am grateful to the friend of mine who was once ordering Valentine's Day gift for her and introduced me to this fantastic address for all my gifting needs. That was way back in 2003 and that was the first time I ordered a personalised Valentine's Day photo frame for S from He was not in India then but I came to know they deliver across 150+ countries to over 7000+ pin codes and S was more than surprised when he received my gift and that moment remains as one of the sweetest memory of our life. Since then IGP has invariably been a part of our Valentine and other celebrations almost like a trustable family member. You can see personalised photo mugs, cushions, teddy bears, chocolates etc from them spreading their warmth in every nook and corner of our house and we value their commitment. This year too surprise gifts orders are placed with date of delivery and timings provided and we look forward to a grand Valentine Week courtesy IGP.

If you are planning to gift your beloved this Valentine's Day, whether he/she is near or far, plan a special personalised gift with flowers and cake for her through and trust me it shall surely mean the world to him/her for they know how to depict your unconditional love in the purest personalised way to the one who means the world to you. Click here to check out how to do the same.
Truly Yours Roma wishes all its precious readers' Family a very Happy Valentine's Day in advance.. Love You all!!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Greatest Lessons My Worthy Teacher 'Life' Taught Me

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Life indeed is the most inspirational journey one undertakes no matter he realises this fact how early or late in life. It is beautiful, it is precious and we are blessed to be born as its most intellectual form. No doubt it tests us, disturbs us and even sinks us in despair many  times but those are its ways of enriching us with some great lessons which are best received by our hearts in severe pain and crisis.

I remain indebted to life for some exceptional lessons it has taught me in the course of my life albeit through tough experiences, I still salute it each day for being my best teacher so far and I really look up to it as a real parent. The first lesson it taught me at a very tender age is 'self-dependence' when my parents had to leave me with my relatives at the age of 4 so that I got good education. Though I don't recall but I am sure it would have been most difficult initially but today it is my biggest boon. I weave my cores and my work of the day such that I have to depend the least on others help and if I do identify a weakness my heart aches, till that weakness is arrested and worked upon. My mom always said that independence is the strongest weapon in the hands of a woman and half of her atrocities are gone the day she embraces the same.

Another lesson which keeps me moving is 'never look behind', live in the present and plan for your future. What is gone is gone, revisiting a painful past shall only bring in misery or a happier past only unnecessary comparisons. I weave only sweet memories in the course of life's journey and keep them etched on my heart while forgetting the bad ones but of course remembering the teachings it gave me.

My experiences in life so far have also taught me to follow my instinct and trust a person only if my heart consents of him/her being worthy of it. Most of my friends for life are the ones whom I met as strangers but whom I allowed to enter my heart by a true gut feeling. I call them Life-made-ties and place them above blood-ties.

However the biggest lesson life has taught me is to 'value the love of your loved ones' who love you unconditionally and reciprocate it with a little more, even if it calls for a few sacrifices or embracing silence where probably you as an individual have a different stand. This also means not acting at the spur of the moment, thinking over it and then speaking your mind softly at a suitable time. Do express, the softer we speak, greater shall be the impact. Often being impulsive and expressing angst immediately ruins very healthy relationships. Rather we must nurture them with love and warmth and support for them to last for a lifetime. This principle in life has gradually start to work wonders for me and I am eternally grateful to life for making me realise the same.

This post is written for the INDISPIRE Edition154 What is the best lesson that life has taught you so far? #LessonOfLife