Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Review of the Much Loved Global Family Edutainment Theme Park~Kidzania Mumbai

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KIdzania Review

I have been guilty of being over-involved in working on the manuscript of my fourth book and not able to give time to the kid at all during his summer vacations and he has really felt it to the extent that for the first time ever, he expressed it to me. I realized my folly and worked to correct it and planned some worthwhile surprises for him, one of which was to gift him a visit to Kidzania Mumbai, about which, we have heard a lot regarding the incomparable hands-on experience it gives to kids in umpteen industries and vocations. Honestly, I had no clue that it is going to be such an amazing and enriching experience before we stepped in there. In fact, I will not be exaggerating if I say Kidzania is the best thing I did to my kiddo this summers.




Kidzania is a unique kids’ city, where the currency is KidZos and all decisions to earn or spend are taken by kids as its citizens independently. It has more than 60 miniature technological replicas of real industries of outside world like Maruti Suzuki Driving Street, Pepperfry etc and more than hundred other role-play activities in real time simulations like an aircraft pilot, a Times of India news reporter, a RJ of Radio City, a policeman or a fireman and many many others for 4-16 year olds to experience them first hand. In some of them they have to spend money like on Mad Over Donuts, Kinder Joy or Frooti factory, etc. to learn a particular skill set and earn money to perform some other tasks like in being an RJ, Reporter, or in extinguishing the fire or courier delivery and many more. At the end, whatever is your overall earning you can buy a gift for yourself from the departmental store or save the money in your atm. Isn’t the concept valuable? For a day the kids get the feel of the nitty-gritty of the real world.

Review of KIdzania


My son was super stoked to venture the distinctive global theme park where he was greeted with a cheque of fifty kidZos which he must encash from Yes Bank to start transacting at different establishments. He decided to earn first so he took the map and identified what all professions he wishes to work on with the total kidZos he has.

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It was a packed Saturday afternoon and kids diligently waited in queues outside the mini establishments so the first chance he got was to be an RJ and host a special #MothersDay Radio Show at Radiocity 94.1 which he thoroughly enjoyed, remembered to collect the money he earned through his hard work and went to Parle Factory where he manufactured candies. He was thrilled to savor the candies made by himself and paid some of his kidZos to learn the skill.

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We had taken whole day passes for us, but were still sure that it was impossible for him to experience it all, so we let him choose some varied experiences to make it more enterprising for him. Next, he entered the Dettol hospital where he performed a liver transplant surgery on a dummy and learned greatly. This was followed by becoming a dubbing artist at Nickelodeon where he gave his voice for his favorite cartoon character in a professional setup. He was happy to earn too as a doctor and as a voiceover artist.



Next, he became a part of the Rising Star shoot on Colours TV where he auditioned and got selected to become a judge. He did a fabulous job evaluating the contestants which we parents enjoyed as the audience of the mega show. We all had crazy fun on the sets. It was lunch time by then and we enjoyed some pizzas in the picturesque food court situated there.



By this time the kid was on his own, so as he went and interviewed Shiamak Dawar as a Times of India Reporter, or went seeking a criminal as a Police officer or extinguished fire of a big hotel as a Fireman, we parents enjoyed at an exquisite parents’ lounge



There was no possibility that the kid gets lost as they had a band in their hand which they can swipe at any nearby kiosk to let us know where they are. This same band was used by them to check in for any activity. Also, there were extremely cordial and soft-spoken coordinators at every step to guide you and support you. This was great support for both parents and kids. 



As parents, we too enjoyed some special activities designed for us in between checking on our sunshine impeccably maneuver through poles apart role plays.


 I was touched when he spent 25 of his precious kidZos to work in Mad Over Donut outlet to make my favorite chocolate donut as a gift for #MothersDay. The experience of Inox Theatre which had Bollywood, Fashion and Music Industry as it’s part was worth cherishing too.


There were so many sweet memories we weaved that day and the kid got priceless knowledge of so many professions and vocations. I felt so good within, that I planned this visit to Kidzania Mumbai with him though it took us 2.5 hrs either side from Pune but trust me, it truly was worth it every which way. In fact, I recommend it to every parent to plan this rendezvous of your children with the real world at Kidzania Mumbai whether in summer vacations or otherwise. It is an absolute must, this is what I feel as a parent and as a coach and thus make this straight from the heart recommendation to you. It indeed is pure bliss and immense practical knowledge for all kids aged 4-16 under one roof! I am so impressed by the concept..Truly Yours Roma rates it a 10/10 destination, undoubtedly.


Truly Yours Roma

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Zeal to soar to the Zenith will make you sail through the Roughest Seas #WomenEmpowerment #BlogchatterA2Z

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Women Empowerment

Life of a working mom is more difficult than anyone can ever perceive. I can tell you this from my own personal experience when I was in Sweden for work and saw my seven month old’s nose bleeding due to a terrible fall on a webcam at midnight in India, I can’t explain what mental trauma I underwent. 

In such a situation, no matter how strong a professional you are, a mom’s heart takes over and you want to fly back to him with the next flight. But that’s not at all practically feasible at times. You have responsibilities in your organization which too can’t be abandoned.

Anamika has been in similar turmoil. When she accepted a one-year assignment in Switzerland she thought she will be able to take her 4-year-old munchkin with her too. She had this extreme zeal to kiss the zenith of success in her work life and she had worked hard and planned ardently for it. This was the reason when she was chosen out of so many to go for a special overseas assignment, she was extremely ecstatic about it. She has presumed that she will be able to take her son Aadi with her and her husband too can join them during his offseason in business. 

However, things were destined differently. While she left for Munich, to be joined later by her family, for some reason both her husband and son were denied their visas despite repeated requests. 

While professionally she felt satiated, as months passed, she felt torn and the longing for her little precious who had not separated from her even for one night before multiplied. Her dilemma took over the better of her and she started contemplating giving up the assignment to come back to India.

This is when her family came out to her support in full. While Ram her husband promised her that she will make her do a video chat with her sonny each day no matter they will have to adjust the two different time zones and the little kiddos schedule, her parents and her in-laws both travelled to her home alternately for one and half months each to make her rest assured that she can sail through the last three months of her project smoothly. So much love and support made her ride over the rough tides of time smoothly and complete her project with flying colors.

Soon she came back and reunited with her family forever. So all I wish to say is behind every empowered woman is a wonderfully supportive family too. How about supporting the women in your family to fulfill their dreams? Your support means the world to her.

With this, I end the Women Empowerment Series. Thank you for being with me in this soul satiating journey of bringing out inspirational tales of 26 empowered women to you. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
This is the twenty-sixth post for my 4th consecutive Global #AtoZChallenge and #BlogchatterA2Z. You can read my earlier post in this Women Empowerment Series here: ABCDEFGHIJKLMN,O,P,Q,R,S,TU,V,W,X,
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Sunday, 28 April 2019

You are what you make yourself #WomenEmpowerment #BlogchatterA2Z

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Women Empowerment

Shalini was full of effervescence and love for life. She was her dad’s princess and the apple of her mom’s eyes. Very sincere and well brought up, she had completed her education with flying colors. Teaching had always been her first love and that is the profession she embraced as both her parents were teachers too. 

She met Raghav during her advanced teachers’ training program and it was love at first sight for them. They got married with the blessings to their parents and life became a beautiful bed of roses. Shalini has got a true soul mate in Raghav and there’s was a true fairy tale. The two slowly weaved their nest with great love and warmth. Soon, the good news that they have conceived arrived.

However, Shalini had a complicated pregnancy from day one. The strong woman that she was, she still sailed through the period praying each day with an unfazed smile. Raghav’s support further strengthened her but she delivered an extremely premature baby in just 28 weeks gestation. Doctors said he would not live as the baby was too tiny and premature to be even put on life support. However, Shalini held him close to her and didn’t leave him for a moment. When doctors came to check on her several hours later, they were shocked to still see him alive and put him on a ventilator immediately. They called him a miracle baby who exhibited an unparalleled desire to live and was in NICU for three straight months before he was brought home. 

Shalini and Raghav’s joy knew no bounds to welcome their son Atharva home and they thought their fairy tale had resumed as everything went perfect until Atharva turned 6-7 months old and started crawling on his fours when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder of having extremely fragile bones. So even a little stress on his bones will result in a fracture. There was no treatment to this ailment. 

This shattered Shalini, who still decided not to give up no matter how adverse the circumstances become. She gave up her job and took the utmost care of her son. She tried her level best he doesn’t break another bone but bones kept breaking and ironically making Atharva and his mom stronger day by day, year on year. Soon they lost count of the broken bones and started only counting their smiles.

Shalini didn’t let her son’s physical condition impact his mental growth and did homeschooling for him and like his mom, Atharva too turned out to be a very bright student. To give her son company she started taking a lot of classes at her home for kids all of which Atharva attended too. He is a happy chirpy child who never considers his wheelchair a handicap. Today Atharva is twelve and her mom is a renowned tuition teacher of the vicinity known for her exceptional teaching skills as almost forever, imparting education was her only passion. Words fail me to express how happy I feel every time I see the mom son duo. She proved to the world, you are what you make yourself, circumstances cannot make or break you, your own will power and resilience can.




This is the twenty-fifth post for my 4th consecutive Global #AtoZChallenge and #BlogchatterA2Z. You can read my earlier post in this Women Empowerment Series here: ABCDEFGHIJKLMN,O,P,Q,R,S,TU,V,W,X


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Friday, 26 April 2019

Xtreme situations often bring out the best in us #WomenEmpowerment #BlogchatterA2Z

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Women Empowerment
This dates back to several years ago when I first met Harshali(name changed) when she came to drop her tiny tot Ved for a special summer workshop I was holding for them and I was filled with awe to see her. She spoke with so much exuberance, warmth and joy that for some moments I even forgot she was on a wheelchair. She was not a pence worried or inhibited by her condition. As a result of a complication during her C-Section, some irreparable damage has been done to her spine and she would now never be able to stand for the rest of her life but did she care. 

She told me, she had to do it for herself, her young kid and for the smiles of her beloved family. It has taken her courage of steel to reach this position and become fiercely independent. While she was not working before she had a baby, as her son turned four, she had taken up a recruitment work from home job as she is a qualified HR professional. Extreme situations, the make or break situations, often bring out the best in us and she was the perfect example of that. 

To me, she appeared absolutely normal, much better than many other moms in terms of her interactivity and understanding of the outputs of the program. Plus she taught me the biggest lesson of life. Life will follow its sinusoidal curve of happiness and sorrows, striking balance and living life queen size is our cup of tea and the sooner we learn it the better it is for us. 

In due course of time, our friendship flourished and I absolutely love her company. She is a well-read girl and inspires in more than one ways. Enter her house and see how everything is customized so that she can do it perfectly. She has her kitchen slab modified to suit her on the wheelchair too and she looks like a superwoman with wings sprinting on the wheelchair to serve you the best snacks, like a perfect host. 

The best part is the upbringing she is giving her little son. It is such a delight to watch the talented and soft-spoken little boy always ready to help his mom. He is extremely independent and trains extensively for Badminton with his dad who is an ex-champion in the sport. The three are a beautifully knit perfect happy family. The physical handicap of the woman in the house only doubles their zeal to do things even better. Extreme conditions have brought out the best in them.

Would you call my Harshali empowered? I feel she is, in every which way 😊

This is the twenty-fourth post for my 4th consecutive Global #AtoZChallenge and #BlogchatterA2Z. You can read my earlier post in this Women Empowerment Series here: ABCDEFGHIJKLMN,O,P,Q,R,S,TU,V,W
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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Work from Home is an option every homemaker should explore #WomenEmpowerment #BlogchatterA2Z

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How I love the fact, that this is an era of entrepreneurs. Until about a couple of decades ago, a person felt most secure doing a 9 to 5 job and mostly had a suppressed entrepreneurial vein. People who had a traditional family business joined it and there was a majorly clear divide between the service and the business class of people. But things have completely changed now.

A person’s risk-taking ability as well as the burning desire to pursue a profession in the field of their passion have both soared impressively and many are undoubtedly proving their worth. 

Being on your own is the new trend which is catching up and even if it pays you a little less because it is in the field of our choice, you enjoy it more. So the overall satisfaction index goes high.

Thus I feel this is the most ideal time when each homemaker can explore a work from home opportunity whether it is her own small venture she wishes to pursue or work from home full time or part-time job.

It may or may not suit her but until she will test the water how will she know and if it doesn’t there is always a second time. I understand she gave up her career to rear her kids perfectly but as they grow up she can now plan for her growth too. 

Primarily, her degree may be her aid for her to begin her innings. This is a story of Manasi(name changed), an Ayurvedic doctor by education who interned under a very famous and trusted doctor in Ahmedabad. Many times when he was not there, she advised the patients and they always found it to be very fruitful. Precisely, she was good at her job. She wanted to have her own clinic soon and serve the people which she really loved from the bottom of her heart. 

When she expressed this desire to her parents, they welcomed her decision but like any other set of parents asked her to get into holy matrimony first and then start a practice wherever she settles with her spouse. She agreed and wedded a banking professional from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. She was happy to get Navin as her spouse. First settling in her new home with in-laws and then the birth of her two daughters never gave her enough time to give a second thought to her practice and so her dream got deep buried in her heart to what seemed like forever. She just treated her extended family and their friends free of cost and satiated herself partially. But everyone praised her for her bang on diagnosis and always blessed her for treating them appropriately which made her happy.

As her two daughters grew she got more and more caught up with them or at least she thought so until she happened to tell it to me one day when she came to pick up her daughters from my sessions. I felt pressed to make her realize her wasting her talent is a loss to humanity who need good worthy doctors. It took us a while but she finally agreed and started a small clinic in a spare room of her home with a nominal fee. As people’s trust grew on her so did her confidence and joy.

It is an extreme joy to see her fulfilling her dream today, her family too is extremely supportive and proud of her as well. 

Often the inhibition to start, to break the inertia lies within us and once the first step is taken in the right direction, nothing can stop you, my dear! So, go for it gal ♥️




This is the twenty-third post for my 4th consecutive Global #AtoZChallenge and #BlogchatterA2Z. You can read my earlier post in this Women Empowerment Series here: ABCDEFGHIJKLMN,O,P,Q,R,S,TU,V
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