Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Super Proud to have been felicitated and appreciated as the Official Blog Sponsor of Grehlaxmi Mrs. India 2022


As a writer and influencer, in today’s world, collaborations are a way of life for us. But I have been very keen and meticulous in picking up the most relevant ones only always because I like to focus my energies in the right direction. I pick the brands and initiatives whose core philosophy is in sync with mine and we can together be the face of positive change. 

Thus I was super elated when I was invited as the official blog sponsor of the Grehlaxmi Mrs. India 2022 pageant. It was a perfect step for women empowerment in the right direction to inspire common women to come out of their shells and identify their worth. Not only will they benefit from it immensely but also motivate thousands of others to be like them. 

We have started the initial promotions last year but then due to the pandemic, the grand event finally took place this year in Delhi in EROS International Hotel in Nehru Place on 18th April. What a star-studded night it was, worth getting etched on the hearts for eons. No force on earth could have stopped me from attending the grand event but I was forced to attend the event virtually due to sudden deteriorated health. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it to the Tee and also interacted with the winner over an exclusive Zoom Interview which will be available for you all soon. 

I am grateful to the Grehlaxmi team for having sent over my felicitations and so many gifts from such worthy brands as a token of appreciation for my contribution to the event on several fronts in the past year. It really means so much to me. Also, my cousin was present at the event as a media partner to cover the event and was ecstatic to see his Di’s logo banner as the official blog sponsor and also sent me a pic of the same. Little joys of life mean everything, isn’t it? Hopefully, I will get right there myself next year for the Season 2 of the pageant. So look forward to it.

Now I am sure you are keen on knowing who won the pageant. Thus sharing below the Press Release containing all the information you seek, with all my love.

Press Release


Dr. Puja Dewan and Mohini Priya crowned Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022 – where dreams come alive


18th April 2022, New Delhi – Grehlakshmi, India’s leading Hindi women’s magazine and the largest community of Housewives, recently organized the country’s biggest beauty and lifestyle event – Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022 powered by Reliance Jewels and in association with India Luxury Foundation at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, Delhi. Grehlakshmi Mrs. India is rooted in its vision to empower homemakers and push them to break barriers to reach the heights of success. The astounding show saw married women participating from different walks of life and offered the best of fashion, glamour, talent, and more. The winners of Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022 were crowned by none other than Shahnaz Hussain herself, the pioneer of the ayurvedic beauty world.

The contestants were provided with special training & grooming sessions by pageant groomers Anjana and Karl Mascarenhas along with a magnificent choreography by choreographer Pooja Singh.

Bollywood actress Kashmira Shah, Supermodel Sonalika Sahay, Fashion Designer Rina Dhaka, Dr. Bharti Taneja of Alps group, Mrs. Seema Raj – the commissioner of Income Tax, Mrs. Vandana Verma – the editor in chief of Grehlakshmi, Actress Aarushi Nishank, Health Guru Mickey Mehta, Dr. Palka Grover – the luxury president of India Luxury Foundation and Dr. Leena Gupta was part of the prestigious grand finale jury and took the responsibility of judging the contest beyond doubt.


Out of all the beauties who made it to the final stage, Dr. Puja Dewan was crowned as the Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022 - Gold winner followed by Manisha Mehta as 1st Runner up and Rushmi Dake as 2nd Runner up. Mohini Priya was crowned as Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022 – Silver winner followed by Garima Kavathekar and Dr. Madhavi Ambhore as 1st and 2nd Runner ups respectively. All the contestants looked stunning as they flaunted the gorgeous ensembles by Mesh, Sanskriti, and Colors by Meena Gupta.


“Grehlakshmi Mrs. India is not just any beauty pageant but a recognition of personal journeys of growth and transformation for each contestant. Identifying the unseen potential of these Homemakers, we try to take out the best version of themselves. We are giving them the chance to work on their personality, to showcase their talent to the world and to their family that what they are worthy of. With this base well established, these women are now able to go out into the world, prepared to handle any challenge with skills, confidence, and grace. Grehlakshmi is celebrating, empowering, and making their dreams come true through this mega platform.” said Mrs. Vandana Verma, Editor in chief, Grehlakshmi Magazine.


"Happiness doesn’t come from the External - it Flows from what You do Inside. This is exactly what DIVA Pageants tried to imbibe in every finalist at Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022. The fact that Winning at Life is infinitely more important than Winning the Crown. We were privileged to share our expertise with each contestant - inspiring them too to Dare, Dream, Dazzle” said Anjana and Karl Mascarenhas, Founders and Directors, Diva Pageants, the official grooming partner for Grehlakshmi Mrs. India 2022.


“India Luxury Foundation has always initiated women empowerment programs that nurture the inner strength, creativity, and self-esteem of women from all walks of life. This collaboration with Grehlakshmi is indeed an apt one as we share the same motto of providing a platform for women in India to aspire, learn & redefine the role of women in our society. We are proud to be able to support the accomplishments of these women through our sustained partnership.” said Dr. Gaurav Grover, Chairman, India Luxury Foundation.


The second season of Grehlakshmi Mrs. India is scheduled in the year 2023 to give a golden opportunity to deserving candidates and make their dreams come alive.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Super functional surface cleaning spray and hacks for a clean kitchen countertop


I am a born foodie but have embraced the art of cooking only recently. Honestly, I enjoy cooking now but not the enormous amount of cleaning which follows. I can never avoid it though. The cleanliness freak in me will not rest until my place is spick and span. But I like to cut down the time taken to clean my kitchen. Thus, am always on the lookout for worthy hacks and smart products like a super functional surface cleaning spray which can help me expedite the process. I would rather like to use the saved time more creatively.


Sharing with you today some extremely useful hacks/recommendations and products for a perfectly clean countertop and other areas in the kitchen.


1. Use a Super functional surface cleaning spray like Cif Power & Shine Kitchen Spray

In my quest for a worthy cleaning partner for my kitchen and countertops, some time back, I came across a super functional surface cleaning spray from CifIt immediately grabbed my attention for it promised to be safe for food preparation areas. Of course, safety comes first and one of my friends has loved the all-purpose cleaning product and has recommended it to me. I undoubtedly wanted to give it a try and so ordered it on Amazon. 


Honestly, it did turn out to be a great product and it surpassed my expectations. The first look of the bottle reinforced my belief, as the power and shine cleaner came in a bottle reusable for life expressing the brand’s(trusted and established for over 60 years now)consciousness towards our environment. I liked how comfortable this super functional surface cleaning spray is to use, just spray, hold for a few secondsand wipe and it removes the tough and greasy stains in no time leaving behind 100% shine.

Yes, it is super easy to use, we can just carry the ergonomically designed super functional surface cleaning spray bottle to the desired location in our kitchen like the kitchen top or stove/gas or surrounding areas and spray and wipe for a streak-free 100% shiny surface no matter how tough the stains and grease are. Owing to this ease, it can be comfortably used by anyone and the spouse and kids get a chance to join in the chores for together times. Thus, Cif super functional surface cleaning spray is for everyone. 

My opinion on Cif Power & Shine Kitchen Spray

I started using this product as I had no help and now having used it for months, I can vouch for its superior quality. It has an edge over its competitors in my opinion. It helps me save a lot of time which I can fruitfully spend on my work assignments. Also, it helps me achieve work-life balance as I don’t have to keep slogging in my kitchen forever.



How do I recommend using Cif Power & Shine Kitchen Spray?


• For a beautiful long-lasting shine, I spray this super functional surface cleaning spray on the surface to be cleaned and leave it for a few seconds and then wipe it out, to get extra deep cleaning.


• If the stains are tougher or have high quantity of semisolid or solidified grease I leave Cif Power & Shine Kitchen Spray for a few minutes on them before wiping it clean to get the desired results.



Cif super functional surface cleaning spray is a phenomenal companion for our kitchens as its naturally derived safe cleaning agents and degreasers are capable of giving a 100% streak-free shine on ceramic, chrome, and enamel surfaces in absolutely no time leaving behind a zesty finish and sparking surfaces.



2. Use the right microfibre kitchen cleaning cloth or anti-bacterialwipes


Like I said before safety is always my priority which becomes all the more vital in our kitchens, where we prepare everything that goes in our stomach and is responsible for our family’s health. Thus to keep my kitchen further deep cleaned, I insist I use the right cleaning spray like the one stated above with the right microfibre cloth or antibacterial wipes to doubly ensure I have not missed anything.


Wiping the kitchen clean with normal cloth can take eons and never actually give the desired results in terms of disinfecting the kitchen surface, kitchen tops, etc. appropriately. Thus using high-quality microfibre cloth or antibacterial wipes arerecommended as they are versatile and can be used safely across even the appliances in the kitchen. I love them as they clean and disinfect all the surfaces without leaving behind any lint.


3. Kitchen deep cleaning ritual every week

Our kitchen unfortunately possesses a lot of hidden corners and places where dirt can accumulate and may pose potential harm (like causing diseases) if gone unattended for a prolonged period. Whether or not you are obsessed with cleaning like me, this is an area one must not ignore. I keep it easy by doing a rigorous deep cleaning of my kitchen once a week by washing and rinsing my entire kitchen including all the hidden places methodically.


Mostly it is before going to bed on Fridays (before commencing the relaxation of the weekend) and it takes me less than an hour but it ensures no stains, germs or greases have gone unattended thanks to Cif super functional surface cleaning spray being one of my trusted partners in my mission.


I also maintain a checklist of all the important areas requiring immediate attention on my phone (like the sink drainage maintenance) which gives me a reminder when the next deep cleaning is due in caseI miss it on a Friday.


4. Using the right chimney which absorbs the food residues in the air


I can never highlight enough the use of an appropriate chimney in our kitchen both from the cleanliness and health fronts. We all know that a considerable use of oils and spices in Indian cooking leads to the release of excessive amounts of smoke and grease which initially remain suspended in the airGradually, while some of it,deposits on the surfaces, quite a bit of it remains suspended in the air which can have adverse effects on our health and can cause allergies too


That is where a kitchen chimney comes in handy as it absorbs smoke, heat, oil as well as grease to make our kitchen odor-free and clean. While the Cifspray helps on cleans the dirt and grease on the surfaces, a chimney absorbs it from the air of our kitchens. I wipe clean my chimney every day but get it deep cleaned for the filters by the professionals every couple of months. Doing it at fixed intervals is very important and helps us ensure our kitchen remains perfectly clean and safe.

5. Do cleaning as you wait and Declutter Consciously


Another kitchen cleaning ritual swear by, which has more to do with the habit front, is a style I have nurtured over the years. I would love to share it with you all. It is a couple of things actually. One is to declutter your kitchen, keep it minimalistic and you will save a lot of precious time for yourselves. You will not believe we tend to stack so many non-usable items, etc. in our kitchen that we don’t know the amount of time wasted on them with zero value addition


Get rid of them and most importantly don’t build up on your cleaning. Once in a while remove all expired food items and redundant utensils, equipment, etc. from your kitchen and tidy up the emptied space to give your kitchen a fresh, clean, and beautiful vibe. I keep my kitchen spick and span, by quickly cleaning it with my power tool Cif Power and Shine kitchen spray during the wait times in between my cooking and it incredibly helps in saving my time and energy.


So, folks, this was all about my kitchen cleaning and maintenance recommendations and hacks fromwhat I have assimilated so far, I hope they strike a chord and you benefit from them.


Saturday, 30 April 2022

Zoned out to feeling zealous


This month undoubtedly was tumultuous 

Everything that could happen 

Happened in the last thirty days 

And here I am still writing without giving up

From feeling zoned out 

To momentarily feeling zealous 

I experienced a zillion emotions 

Still, managing to stay afloat proving to be my super power 

Gracefully taking everything in my stride 

Holding the hand of positivity 

Day in and day out 

I kept reiterating positive affirmations 

Some days were tough 

Some others were even tougher 

But the fact that I didn’t sink 

And am still sailing through

Reinforces my belief in my will power 

I may be momentarily down and out 

But possess the ability to bounce back 

And rise again no matter how deep I went 

I am glad today is a good day 

I have woken up pain free 

With in my eyes a million dreams 

I wish to fulfil my desires umpteen 

I am unstoppable today 

I am working unhindered each moment 

Life is undoubtedly beautiful 

I am on my toes to embrace it in full vigour

There is lots to do before I sleep 

There are miles to go before I sleep 

And since today I again I beam with energy 

I will leave no stone unturned to make it the best day 

The idea is living one day at a time 

Praying and believing today will be a good day, each day 

Past has gone, future is unknown 

Thus let’s live life to the most today is now my mantra each day 

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my seventh consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z as well as global #AtoZchallenge, and this year I am penning raw pure uncensored emotions weaved as poetry. I will so look forward to your feedback, please do let me know how are you finding it, in all earnestly. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the previous 5 challenges here are the links for 201620172018 20192020, and 2021

Friday, 29 April 2022

Yesterday is gone, today hopefully has all the sunshine


Being a mother, though very fulfilling

is quite a tough job 

It is the best feeling on earth 

But also has the power to keep you on your toes forever 

The clouds of yesterday have cleared 

And as I was awaiting bright sunshine 

Suddenly has come a thunderstorm 

Leaving me clueless how to survive 

I have gone with the flow 

Praying each day 

That all will be well today 

Placing a strong belief in my Lord 

Yesterday I read somewhere 

Your kid is your heart beating outside your body 

I could relate so much 

When accidentally I caused him so much trouble 

But I am all set to work things right now 

As our little peanuts from up 

Our parenting style must also evolve 

There can be a situation when both you and your kid are right 

But your decisions are absolutely opposite 

What to do then 

Neither dictate your decision because you are the older one 

Nor accept every time what the child desires 

It has to be a sensibly made decision 

Logically debated and practically validated 

And both sides must have eventually reached consensus 

That’s what a mom of a just turned teenager discovers 

When it comes to him 

My endo pain takes backseat 

No matter how much it is hurting 

A mom’s feeling overpowers everything 

After the clouds 

I now await your sunshine 

Which I am sure 

Shall soon peep from behind the clouds 

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my seventh consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z as well as global #AtoZchallenge, and this year I am penning raw pure uncensored emotions weaved as poetry. I will so look forward to your feedback, please do let me know how are you finding it, in all earnestly. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the previous 5 challenges here are the links for 201620172018 20192020, and 2021