Sunday, 9 August 2020

Why ZEE5 Club Pack is The Best Subscription Plan For Family Entertainment

What is that one thing that was your ultimate savior during the lockdown, being locked indoors? For me, it undoubtedly would be the OTT platforms that saved me of boredom and kept me and my family entertained thoroughly. If you are my regular reader you know by now that personally, I relate a lot to the diverse content of ZEE5. I love the generous mix of global and regional content they bring to us and I have always shared with you my earnest takes on their shows and movies. Today, I am here to give you great news. ZEE5 has launched a very special and unique ‘Club Pack’ on Before TV, Zindagi Shows and ZEE5-Alt Balaji Originals for all of us, including a lot many other wonderful surprises.


If you believe in value for money like me, this value pack is indeed it for you. Let’s check out the 5 main reasons why you can’t afford to not grab this versatile pack with umpteen benefits.



1. Watch the latest shows before they come on T.V. at a time convenient to you absolutely Ad free


Through ZEE5’s latest Club Value Pack we get to watch all of their currently running live TV shows like Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya before anyone else watches them without any ads or disturbance. We can also enjoy LIVE TV whenever and wherever we like. With no ads, promotions or breaks, we can be so assured of quality entertainment.


I am a big fan of many highly relatable and emotional Alt Balaji Web Series and Zindagi Shows airing on ZEE5 particularly their romantic dramas filled with ample action while my husband loves crime thrillers. Hindi shows like Baarish, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hai, Broken But Beautiful, It Happened In Calcutta, Bhalla Calling Bhalla, Hum Tum Aur Them, Jamai 2.0, Who's Your Daddy, Ishq Aaj Kal and many more are worth watching.



2. Indulge in your favorite ZEE5-Alt Balaji and Zindagi shows at the tips of your fingers


There are many old shows which remain close to our hearts even after time elapses and we will love to watch them over and over again in particular because they strike the right emotional chords and warm our hearts. ZEE5’s Club Pack Subscription is the best solution for us to enjoy them anywhere anytime at our convenience.


Zindagi shows are impeccable to bring us beautiful slices of common man’s life. My favorites are Aunn Zara, Baaghi, Baba Jani, Badi Aapa, Bunty I Love You, Durr E Shehwar (Dhoop Chaaon), Dil Mohalay Ki Haweli, Diyar-E-Dil, Ek Kasak Reh Gayi, Ishq Gumshud and many more. Have you watched them yet?



3. It’s perfect for regional content lovers like me


My love for regional cinema and shows isn’t new as we find a lot of hidden masterpieces there albeit it was only recently that I got all of it at one central place. Yes, through this special club pack you get access to regional content in the language of your choice too. I also love watching regional shows like Gattimela, SEmbaeuthi, etc. before they are aired on TV. Isn’t it a great way to remain closer to our roots and enjoy some awesome entertainment in our mother tongue.


4. Gives you access to 1000+ free movies all-round the year


This ZEE5’s multiple value subscription plan also appeases the moviegoer in me as it offers us more than a thousand movies. Their kitty not only includes the chosen best Hindi movies but also many great Telugu movies, Tamil movies, Kannada movies, Malayalam movies, Bangla movies and Marathi movies for us to choose from.


5. The subscription is unbelievably low at Rs1/ Day with carrying forward benefits


When I first came to know about this Premium Club Pack from ZEE5, I expected it to have a whooping high cost but was pleasantly surprised to know it costs only Rs 365 for a year, that’s Rs 1/day. Not only that, if you only watched it for 100 days in the year, the balance days will be added as a bonus in your next subscription.


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Thus, in my eyes, this is the most optimum and best value for money, Subscription plan for everyone. A truly thoughtful gift from ZEE5.



Thursday, 6 August 2020

CHURAILS on ZEE5 is a Strong & Riveting Take on WOMEN EMPOWERMENT


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Women Empowerment is a cause closest to my heart. For the last seven years, I have been writing consistently about it on my blog and my fourth published book too is on this subject. My heart swells with pride whenever I watch successful women like Mary Kom, Mithali Raj, Arunima Sinha, Saina Nehwal and Hima Das who have proved their mettle in their respective fields. Whether in real or in reel life, strong women characters and women-centric subjects inspire me the most and I have time to share them with you all too. I believe women-empowering content in such a need of the hour with crimes against women only multiplying at a petrifying rate. Thus today, I wish to share about an upcoming women-centric series called CHURAILS on ZEE5 whose subject has intrigued me beyond comparison. It’s a ‘First Zindagi Original’ for the diverse ZEE5 Global, which releases on 11th August and now let’s talk about why you can’t afford to miss watching this ten episodes, fifty-five minutes each, series.



 Compelling Concept


CHURAILS is a scintillating drama, lead by four female protagonists who come from diverse walks of life. The ‘all-women team’ runs quite a unique and for a purpose detective agency in Karachi. This agency is instrumental in exposing cheating husbands. They also work towards saving women from the clutches of men who are abusing or mistreating them. I am so glad that the series will touch upon vital subjects of patriarchy, exploitation, child abuse and racial discrimination which are unfortunately still existent in our society.



Incredible women-centric content


The trailer of the show got me hooked so much so that I am going to binge-watch it on the first day of its release. You can watch the trailer here. The content looks so riveting and thought-provoking. I need to watch how a lawyer, a wedding planner, a boxer and a murderer work towards building an army of women through their spy agency. True, together they work wonders, though the journey undoubtedly would have been an uphill task. How they overcome a million obstacles and expose the harsh reality of society is something why I would not like to miss this ZEE5 Global launch.



Redefining the prejudice of the society about women and their freedom


Traditionally, women have always been considered the weaker sex and it’s high time to break the myth now. They are in fact the mentally stronger ones. Have you seen the protagonists of the movies, Lipstick under my Burkha, Angry Indian Goddesses, Parched, Veere di Wedding and Fire who predominantly represent the Incredible Girl Power? If not you must along with CHURAILS for they are the best eye-openers for the world around us, to start honoring a woman’s freedom as her birthright.

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Get inspired and spread the message


This series has come up with an incredible, inspiring us to break stereotypes and stand up for our own rights as well as of the women surrounding us. The way the women from different walks of life team up to expose their unfaithful husbands in CHURAILS is a rightful example of it. The fact that they don’t stop there and help others in getting justice is something that shall leave all women inspired. If standing up against the wrong and yearning hard for my rights, calls for becoming a CHURAIL, then yes #MainCHURAILHoon and rightly so.



I believe such meaningful content should be created more and more and spread as much as we can to make our society a more gender-equal and tolerant place for everyone to coexist with mutual love and respect. You can catch this show on ZEE5 on 11th August. If you have not yet subscribed for it, I highly recommend its content which is available across 173 countries in 18 languages and you won’t believe me if I tell you the monthly packages begin at Rs 99!



Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Best Home Workout and Fitness Equipment for Weight Loss #WeightLosswithRoma

I am often asked how did I manage to lose 16 kgs of weight during the lockdown when stepping out for a run or gym or any other fitness class was out of question. Well, honesty when I began my fitness journey in March’20, I was clearly overweight and the hormonal pills I popped up for endometriosis further messed up my weight issues. I felt I was trapped in a vicious circle. Thus, I made up my mind to embrace the holistic lifestyle change to gain back sound health and that resolve became the foundation of all the earnest hard work I did at home to bring about this transformation.

I began with eating right and practicing Yoga but soon realized my fat was rigid and needed little more stimulation to start reducing. 

(I have written about them in my earlier posts in the series #WeightLosswithRoma. You can read them below if they interest you.

Going to the gym is absolutely ruled out these days, also their packages are exorbitant considering the mild to moderate workout most Indians like me need, even if I go there. Thus, I decided to invest in some affordable fitness equipment and design my own tiny workout corner, a personalized fitness space in my abode. 

Also, I wanted to invest in such a way that the pieces of fitness equipment I choose, are useful not only for me but for my entire family for ensuring their good health. My choices may be slightly offbeat but my idea of keeping good health and fitness sustained is by weaving lots of fun in them, to keep everyone motivated. Thus, I slept with the idea for several days before choosing the ones which will work the best for us.

Below are five interesting recommendations for you to choose from in case you too are looking to grab some worthy home workout equipment which involves a lot of fun.

1. TT Table

My husband and son are both Table Tennis Players, they love it to the core and I too enjoy a game with them especially with the little one, who takes pride in teaching me some professional moves. A game with the husband is a full-body workout though as he smashes me with powerful backhands and forehands in all directions until I am totally drenched in sweat😊. It is a fun family time of one hour every day and we really look forward to it. 

If you are working from home during this lockdown or have a sedentary lifestyle, this should be your pick. Even if you don’t know how to play it, it is so simple that you will figure out how to do so quickly and your family will love it too. You can get a good TT Table in around 15K which is a great long term investment for you and your family’s good health if you love sports.

Advantages of playing Table Tennis are:
  • It is one of the best forms of cardio workout
  • Helps to lose weight comfortably
  • It improves our hand-eye coordination
  • Also, it improves our reflexes
  • Quite easy on the joints
  • It helps to burns calories
  • It improves our balance
  • It relieves Stress

2. Treadmill

Ever since I have been really small, I have gone for a morning walk with my dad at 4a.m. every day without fail, though it was less of a walk and more of a run for the tiny me as he walked really fast. Later of course I got accustomed to his brisk walks and walked at his pace and the habit has stayed with me till today. A brisk walk or a run is my most favorite form of hassle-free workout with sure shot results always.

Since at the moment we are stuck indoors due to the pandemic, it is most advisable to invest in a Treadmill. It is my most favorite versatile fitness equipment, you can walk or run as many kilometers as you want on it at a speed you desire while entertaining yourself with a great series on Netflix or Amazon Prime or any other OTT platform. It is suitable for one and all and a good home gym Treadmill costs around 13K. You may as well rent one if you first want to try it for a few months, just sanitize it thoroughly before use.

Advantages of a Treadmill are:

  • Best Cardio workout for weight loss
  • Super Comfortable and takes less space
  • Puts less stress on the body in comparison to walking outdoor and is great for people with heart and blood-pressure related ailments as it can monitor it

3. Indoor Stationary Bicycle

If you want to sit and work out while watching T.V. or cycling has been your favorite sport, an indoor cycle can be fun equipment to possess. It occupies the least space and is excellent for lower body workout. 

Increase the resistance level when you start feeling comfortable to let your muscles feel the workout pressure. You can get a good Indoor Bicycle for around 6K. Start gradually any form of workout like twenty minutes and then increase gradually to see results through consistency.

Advantages of an Indoor Bicycle are:
  • Boosts cardio fitness. Cycling is an excellent way to get your heart pumping
  • Can help with weight loss
  • Burns body fat
  • Provides a low-impact workout
  • Strengthens legs and lower body muscles
  • Allows for interval training
  • Safer than road cycling

4. Cross Trainer

If you prefer a slightly stronger and most effective full-body workout or your body demands more exercise in comparison to others, then go for a cross trainer, it has always worked wonders for me whenever I have battled stuck weight. 

It works wonders your arms and legs fat and burns many more calories. Ideally, I have only seen it in gyms but it can perfectly be placed in any corner of your home as it takes very little space. A Cross Trainer is priced around 17K and is a worthy piece of equipment for our home gym.

Advantages of a Cross-trainer are:
  • It boosts our stamina
  • It burns a lot of calories
  • Also, it puts considerably less stress on your joints
  • Good for both an upper and lower body workout
  • It burns body fat rigorously
  • Maintain fitness after injury

5. Weights

All of the above equipment definitely aid us to lose weight but this lets to loosening our skin which needs toning. To do the same as well as build our muscle mass we must do strength training done by lifting weights not very heavy but mild to medium which can be gradually increased if one wishes to.

They are very optimally priced and a Set of Weights of your choice depending upon your comfort weighs around 0.5K. If you are a beginner start with a set of 2kg each so you will be lighting 4 kg initially, then increase gradually. 

The advantages of Weight Training are:
  • Maintaining Muscle Tissue
  • Increased Strength
  • Improved Bone Health
  • Controlled Body Fat
  • Decreased Risk of Injury

If you are really inclined towards staying fit forever and your health and that of your family are your top priority, start thinking of buying good fitness equipment. They are some great deals you can grab in Amazon Prime Days on the 6th and 7th of August.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post but it does contain certain affiliate links of the items, I recommended to you based on my personal experience. If you have a medical condition, it is recommended to consult your doctor before commencing any workout.

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my five published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny , Empowered Women Empower Women and To My GrandChild, With Love

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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

10 Powerful Yoga Asans for Weight Loss and Flat Stomach that worked wonders for me in Lockdown #WeightLosswithRoma

The past few months have been difficult for all of us. The pandemic has taken a toll on our lives and sitting at home and eating at odd hours without any physical movement has further ruined our health and fitness. Many of us have gained weight and have accumulated a lot of belly fat which we will love to lose. Thus, in this blog post, I bring to you 10 Best Yoga Asanas for Weight Loss and Flat Stomach which you can do every day in the comfort of your home and stay fit and healthy which is the need of the hour because we know obese people have compromised immunity which is scary in COVID-19 days.

In my last post on Healthy #WeightLosswithRoma, I had shared the most effective diet tips for weight loss with you and it is so wonderful to know how it is helping many of you. I am overwhelmed to get Sindhu messages from you all that it has already started showing results. I am taking this series forward today with my third dose for perfect health.

Coming back to our topic for today, Weight Loss Yoga Poses that I am recommending here have worked for me in the past few months when I have lost more than 15 kgs of weight and many inches flab from all over my body including the stomach, thighs, arms and face particularly my tummy which was my pain area. Yoga with Healthy Diet has been my magic pill to have lost weight without any hassles.

In my opinion, Yoga is the best traditional practice for our physical and mental, health, and wellness that we Indians have inherited from our extremely rich ancient culture which has been adopted worldwide.

I call Yoga a gold mine of health because apart from weight loss it gives us so many more priceless benefits like

  • Stress Relief and Calmness
  • Makes us for more flexible
  • Improves our metabolism
  • Multiples our physical and mental strength
  • Helps us improve our immunity
  • Improves our respiration and energy(Check Yoga for Allergies)
  • Improves our medical conditions in the long run
  • Improves our overall fitness levels

A Good Yoga Mat and ComfortableYoga Wear are all we need to commence our Yoga Workout best done early morns at sunrise.

Let’s begin our practice.

Here are the ten powerful Yoga Asanas for losing weight and tummy fat by stimulating the abdomen and other muscles.

1. Suryanamaskars or Sun Salutation

Suryanamaskar is my most favorite of all Asans for it has umpteen benefits for our health. Not only does it warms up our body and but also stimulates the blood flow to all our organs. It stretches and tones all our major muscles, trims our waist, tones our arms, stimulates the digestive system, and balances the metabolism aiding in weight loss. It is a group of 12 Asans done in a flow for a set number of times as per the comfort of your body and a speed that suits you initially. You can gradually increase the speed and number of times you repeat Suryanamaskars and this Asan alone is a full-body workout for a day which can help you lose weight and stomach fat considerably. Please increase the number of Suryanamaskars you do in a day gradually to reap the best benefits. I do these in the form of Power Yoga for about ten minutes every day and it is miraculous in its results. Watch the below video for the right technique to do it.

2. Chaturangadandasana – Plank pose

This is the strongest Asan in terms of building your core strength. In it, you stretch on your fours as indicated in the pic and hold there each time increasing the time you hold. It works intensely on our abdominal muscles, our key focus area for a flatter tummy. It is a little difficult in the beginning but is addictive if you get a hang of it. I do 5 to 10 planks in a day.

How to do Plank Pose Phalakasana | Ekhart Yoga

3. Boat Pose or Navasana

Boat pose is the Asan in which you sit with your legs lifted up and hands stretched out next to them as shown below. It is an excellent Asan which helps in boosting our metabolism and burning calories thus helping in losing weight. Holding in this Asan for as long as you can is the key. I try to incorporate it in my everyday Yoga practice as it is so helpful in toning our core and muscle strengthening too. It has various levels of difficulties, to begin with, you can support your legs with your hands.

Full Boat Pose - Yoga With Dr. Weil

4. Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana

This is yet another brilliant Yoga posture when you hold one knee bend forward and the second leg backward giving your upper body a backbend with your hands stretched up in namaskar as shown below. It works wonders in toning your thighs, shoulders, and abdominal muscles getting them rid of loose fats. It also works wonders for your posture. I do it in my daily practice of Yoga mandatorily.

Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I) - Yoga Journal

5. Triangle Pose or Trikonasana

Trikonasan is ideal to loose waist and abdominal fat, in it you stretch both your legs and then drop your body each side touching the floor with your hand as depicted below. Hold there for a few seconds and then repeat for the other side. This Asan is also very good for our gut health as it aids in digestion.

Triangle pose – Satya Live Yoga – Southern Tablelands

6. Cobra Pose or Bhujangasan

Bhujangasan helps us loose upper body and abdominal weight as we lie on our stomach face down and then rise up to stretch as shown below. This stretch is also a very relaxing stretch and works wonders for our spine.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) - Yoga Journal

7. Downward facing dog pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana

In this Asan, you have to arch down on all fours like a mountain as shown to give your limbs and stomach a good stretch. Along with helping in losing weight, it also tones our arms, thighs, hamstring, and back and improves our concentration. I do its advanced variations where we can lift each leg backward and sidewards alternatively.

Yoga Pose: Downward Facing Dog |

8. Shoulder stand or Sarvangasana

For the beginners, I recommend you do this Asan with the support of a wall to reap its benefits. In it, you lift your entire body up straight above your shoulders, refer the pic below, initially lift your body as much as you can with the help of a wall. It strengthens our muscles as well as aids in boosting our metabolic rate and digestion. Our weight depends upon how good our metabolism is, the better the metabolic rate, the better shall be our tendency to lose weight. It also helps us get better sleep and respiration.

Sarvangasana Pose | Shoulder Stand Is The Mother Of All Yoga Poses

9. Bow Pose or Dhanurasan

This is indeed one of the most effective Asan to get a flat stomach as it stretches and works magnificently in toning the abdominal muscles. In fact, it is so good for our entire body as in it you arch backward to hold your feet as shown below. It is wonderful for our blood circulation too, me, my husband and son do it mandatorily every day.

Alexandria Crow's New Way to Get Into Bow Pose (Dhanurasana ...

10. Twisted Chair Pose

This Asan is Yogic Squat with a slightly more intense level as in it you get in the sitting position, bringing both your hands in Namaskar mudra and then turn sidewards looking up as indicated in the picture below. Excellent for weight loss, this is super good for toning our abdominal muscles, lymph system, and digestive system.

How To Do Chair Pose with Twist

Regular practice of the above along with eating fresh healthy food together can aid you achieve the desired weight loss, flat stomach, and a lot of bonus benefits in no time.

Truly Yours Roma

If you like what I write, you can grab the copies of my five published ebooks here: The Fragrance of True LoveDestiny's Favorite ChildDare to Defy The Destiny , Empowered Women Empower Women and To My GrandChild, With Love

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