Saturday, 25 June 2022

Poetry Books in the Blogchatter ebook carnival to touch your souls: My Review

Poetry enthralls me, it touches the deepest chords of my heart. When nothing goes my way I turn into a recluse and indulge in the world of poems reading, re-reading them, and surprisingly finding a new hidden dimension to intricately woven words each time which amuses me and my meager knowledge. 


On other occasions, I weave poems to soothe my heart first and foremost, as my emotions are very convenient in flowing out as cascading words. I have penned 7 books so far and this year my first poetry book, SOFT STRINGS OF MY HEART has been released too. But let us keep it for later, let me first jot my candid take of the other significant poetry books released in the #BlogchatterEbook Carnival this year. It has been a privilege being a mentor for the 5th consecutive year and my heart’s joy knows no bounds to see so many young budding authors doing a phenomenal joy in putting together their first ever ebook and getting published all thanks to our very own Blogchatter.


My first pick is Dharma Artha Kama Moksha(Unveiling the feminine in verses) by Seethalakshmi which definitely stood out from the rest for me. Sharing below how I felt reading it.



Dharma Artha Kama Moksha(Unveiling the feminine in verses) by Seethalakshmi



My take on the book 


This book is charismatic and I feel I am in a different zone altogether after having delved into this very special ebook called Dharma Artha Kama Moksha(Unveiling the feminine in verses) by Seethalakshmi for the past few hours.


It is honestly quite a meaningful collection of poems under four diverse categories as the name suggests. The book brings in a lot of perspectives and I soaked into a million emotions as I read the myriad takes quite a few of them realistic and several others unimaginable. The book is written from an angle a common person may miss but not the wise author and the variety and shades of women just blew me over. 


I love the conceptualization too which depicts the deep knowledge and research embedded deep in between the lines. The quest of a woman is explicit in the verses. All the poems are worth reading several times and leave the readers wanting for more which I believe is a sure win for the author. I really congratulate her for her work and wish her several other fruitful literary writings in the future.


About the Book and Author 


We say understanding a woman is a mystery but do we ever give her the space to voice her vulnerabilities and accept her or listen to her sans judgment?


Bringing out the hushed voices in verses of honesty and mystery, this book unveils the vulnerable side of women, unapologetically.

30 poems penned under 20 heteronym characters, organized into 4 (chapters) stages of life- dharma, artha, kama, moksha, the poems explore a myriad of emotions welcoming you into the world of women. Composed of verses that explore a variety of poetry formats and literary devices, each poem is as unique as each woman and her experience.


Get to know the celebrations and struggles of these women in a way they want you to see, without the filter of patriarchy. Do you have it in you to accept them for who they are? If yes, then this book is for you! Seetha is an Indian homemaker with access to pen, poetry & peace.


You can grab a free copy of this book here







26 Verses And 26 Prose Notes on 26 Lofty Topics by Rajeev Moothedath


My take on the book 


First things first, I have been reading Rajeev for quite some years as a blogger and am always smitten by how he impeccably weaves his experience into words and that’s precisely what he does in this book. 


The book is unique in the sense that is a rare combination of the shortest form of poetry and explanatory prose. It is also a representation of the saying when there‘s a will there's a way. 


I came to know through the book that the author penned the 5 liners under pressing time constraints and those are the ones I loved the most as they gave vital lessons in life one must stick to. These can very well be hung in one’s room as reminders. I am sure you will enrich immensely through this book. 


I wish the author many many more books like this in the future for whom he surely will find a dedicated reader in me.



About the Book and Author 


The book discusses 26 important topics that impact our lives in a big way. The topics covered include aspiration, bliss, compassion, sleep, delight, money, winning, karma, trust, and many more. It is written in an interesting format of five-line verses on each topic followed by a brief note in prose. Readers can look forward to some deep insights from reading the book. M.N.Rajeev a.k.a. Rajeev Moothedath is a former corporate executive who is also a writer and poet. Rajeev retired from Hyundai Motor India Ltd from the position of AGM (HR) and is presently engaged in his twin passions of corporate training and writing articles/ poetry. He writes three blogs containing prose and poetry. His book in prose “straight from the heart –Thoughts and experiences of an HR professional” was published in June 2015 by Cyberwit.net. His book “Corporate Poems- Straight & Simple” has been published on Kindle in December 2019. Rajeev’s poems have been published in a number of national and international anthologies.


You can grab a free copy of this book here







Realized Inner Voice by Richa Newatia


My take on the book 


This is a very realistic book that talks about several relevant topics pertaining to life and give sane advice. The author has experienced various sweet and sour slices of life at this young age and weaved them together in verses that give us thought-provoking lessons. It is a good first attempt by the young author and I am sure she has a long way to go. I enjoyed seeing her views through her eyes and really like her viewpoints. At her age, I felt her poems do exude a lot of wisdom and prudence. Well done, Richa. I look forward to reading more of your work.


About the Book and Author 


In this beautiful world, everyone is dealing with some problem. Some show and some hide it. This poem book consists of poems that motivate the reader to be okay with not being okay and bring them closer to themselves to take the necessary stand in life. It tells the reader not to be okay with failure and mistakes, to be judgmental, and many more problems in life. And encourage them to get out of the toxic relationship. All the poems are written in free verse.


This is what the author has to say about herself “My name is richa. I am complete my graduation in BBA - finance. I am learning content writing .I write one-liner and poem. I write what I feel and perception toward the world.”


You can grab a free copy of this book here




I enjoyed all the three above and recommend them to all of you for a quick immersive read when you want a break and since we are talking of poetry books in this year’s Blogchatter ebook Carnival, may I please take the opportunity to speak about my poetry book released here too,






Soft Strings of My Heart, My soul weaved into poetic florets by Roma Gupta Sinha 


About the Book and Author 


From the time I was about six, poetry has been my way of expressing my heart’s sincere yearning. I literally weave my heart in words because it knows no other medium to vent its deep emotions. This book is thus a piece of my heart shared with you all as poetic florets. Most of the poems here are standalone pieces written over a decade when I was experiencing a deep emotion and had no other means to communicate.

My poetic compositions give me solace, give me power and they give me peace. I write to empower myself, to proudly take every adverse situation in my stride. I wish they do the same for you.

This poetry book has 5 sections all of which have both happy and sad weaves in a random order basically portraying how I have lived my life so far and how I wish it progresses. I really hope you like these pearls I have strung together for you.


Roma Gupta Sinha is an acclaimed writer who has won the coveted ‘Woman of the Year' Award in 2015 for her writings on Women Empowerment, Equality, Rights, and Liberation on her blog www.trulyyoursroma.com and the prestigious ‘Planet’s Pride Award 2018’ for her entrepreneurial venture RCA where she has been passionately grooming six to sixty-year-olds for the last many years in her endeavor to give back to the society and aid in shaping the future of India. After a ten-year successful stint of working in Tata Motors, Honda Cars, and IKEA of Sweden in different parts of the world, she eventually embraced her first love of writing and is an author of six published books. She believes she is born for a purpose and yearns each day to be the face of positive change in the society she lives in.


I will await your take on my book. 


You can grab a free copy of this book here


Monday, 20 June 2022

Announcing the Worldwide Release of my 7th Book




Poetry has always intrigued me and I love savoring it as much as I love penning it. When  I lose control over my emotions and feel very overwhelmed or vulnerable I let it all flow out in the form of poems into the universe which in turn blesses and impresses me. 


This year my 7th book got published in the Blogchatter ebook carnival. From the time I was about six like I said, poetry has been my way of expressing my heart’s sincere yearning. I literally weave my heart in words because it knows no other medium to vent its deep emotions. This book is thus a piece of my heart shared with you all as poetic florets. Most of the poems here are standalone pieces written over a decade when I was experiencing a deep emotion and had no other means to communicate.


My poetic compositions give me solace, give me power and they give me peace. I write to empower myself, to proudly take every adverse situation in my stride. I wish they do the same for you.


This poetry book has 5 sections all of which have both happy and sad weaves in a random order basically portraying how I have lived my life so far and how I wish it progresses. I really hope you like these pearls I have strung together for you. 


Here is the first look of the book for you. 



You can grab a promotional copy of the book just by clicking on this link for free and in case you do I will so love to hear your feedback on the same. 


Thank you so much for always and always being there for me, though I may not say it often, it really means a lot. 


Truly Yours Roma

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.


Truly Yours Roma

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 from what I have assimilated so far, I hope they strike a chord and you benefit from them.


Truly Yours Roma