All of Capri & Blue Grotto!

Hey Friends,

I’m so happy to announce the launch of our new Family Travel Blogsite ” Familyonthewheels” , coz that’s what we are.. Travel addicts:)

The major focus of this website is to inspire buddies to travel & help family and solo travelers to travel the world basis our experiences. We will be more than happy if you can come over, follow us and let’s begin discussing in and all around the beauty of Travelling.

Capri islands

I had last posted a very small highlight of Capri on this blog, so the detailed post is out. Read here :

  1. Capri island : An amazing Italian island, waiting for you to leave you awe struck
  2. Blue Grotto : All you wish to know of the magical charm of Blue Grotto at Capri.

As the days will pass, the blog book will become heavy but interesting to help you unravel the travel goals with amazing destinations we will bring out for you!

Follow us on our new venture – familyonthewheels.com

Blog URL – https://familyonthewheels.com/

Social media :

Instagram : Witness some amazing Nature photographs directly from FOTW lens

Facebook :  Get our Travel journey

Twitter : @TalesofFOTW and @Jbhansali 

Let’s catch up soon there! Connect with us & travel the world!

See you all till then!

The fascinating Capri!

“The beauty is majestic, changing skies are magical, The faraglioni rock formations are miraculous, you look fascinating when those ships dot you all over!

Hey Capri, I yearn for every moment I left you, my eyes long to see you, my mind dreams of you every moment and my heart beats for you! You have so much of charm in itself.”

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Capri Visit – I visited Italy last year & loved Capri and Anacapri at first sight. A chance to visit the Faraglioni Rocks via boat/ship and witnessing Blue Grotto, a spell binding nature’s phenomenon will leave you abundant praise for the Nature.

How to reach Capri from India:

  1. Flight from India to Rome
  2. Rome to Naples via Train- Approx. 1 – 1:30
  3. Naples to Capri via Ship/ferry – 1-1:30hour

Total Time –

The only way to reach Capri is via Ship/ferry, which we took from Naples. It is worth a walk visiting those beautiful floral lanes leaving you awe struck at the beauty of blue sea. It also showcases exclusive grand clothing/ interior shopping streets[frequently visited by the richest], along with numerous eateries. Seems it could be the costliest Real estate:).

To Stay – Suggested for Budget travellers, stay at Naples and make a full day visit to Capri/Anacapri! Last ferry back to Naples is post 8pm, so you can witness amazing sunset on the sea as well having some yummy food by the side.

 

Capri Travel

Faraglioni Rock formations

Capri

Amazing Floral lanes!

Add Capri to your Must visit list!

Return of the Underwood’s – HOUSE OF CARDS Season 5

The Homecoming of Terror is RIGHT HERE!

  • Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock with your left .
  • Power is lot like Real estate . It’s All about Location , Location , Location . The closer you are to the source , the higher your property value .
  • If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table .

If you have heard these epic dialogues or used them to impress your colleagues or you just love them, then you must be a fan of HOC.  If not, then start googling about Frank Underwood RIGHT NOW!!!

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About the series :

Based on 90’s BBC Mini TV series with similar title, HOUSE OF CARDS #HOConZCafe, one of the top rated and highly successful TV show is back on ZEE CAFE to celebrate in style. Its 5th Season with all new 13 episodes promise to give a thrilling yet sensitive ride throughout. Deeply written manipulative and persuasive characters, with political thrills involving extreme back door deals, machinations and games of power will leave you spellbound and shocked.

This TV series is all about ruthless and cunning Congressman, “Frank Underwood”  who along with his wife Claire are on a revenge spree with the people who betrayed them. This wicked political journey unfolds the grey world of lust, desires and wickedness in lobbies of  White house.

Character’s : Actor

    • Frank Underwood : Kevin Spacey
    • Clarie Underwood : Robin Wright
    • Doug Stamper : Micheal Kelly
    • Producer & Writer : Beau Willimon (Known for “The ides of March”, Jack Johnson)
    • Based on Novel By : Michael Hobbs, Andrew Davies

Major Awards : 33 Emmy Award Nominations, 8 Golden Globe Award Nominations till date 

Wish to get little thrill out here? Well not to play SPOILER, get the wave ride on…Season 5, Chapter 53 / Episode1:

“This season picks up exactly where Chapter/Episode 52 of Season 4 was left off. Frank seems to be fighting a close battle to retain his presidency from Will Conway. Along with it, he is trying to divert attention of Senate from focusing on Washington Herald Story on the scam happened during Frank’s Vice Presidency regime. To counter all, Frank plans a Master stroke to divert the country’s attention to support him in waging a war against terrorism, leveraging on the killing of James Miller. In between, Clarie continues her full support to Frank despite having doubts over his intentions and policies.

Meanwhile Tom Yates continues to work on his assignment of drafting support material for  “America Works” or “AMWorks”.”

Season after Season Frank’s character ‘s  intensity is turning  towards a more emotionless, cold blooded, menacing and ruthless character.

Surprisingly these episodes were written and recorded months before Donald trump came into power in November 2016, still it looks like the writers have seen through the future. Right from the First episode of this season, many of the policies and style of work resembles with Donald trump as in announcements made in recent past including travel ban policies and war on ISIS.

The Verdict :

To sum it up, Beau Willimon has developed  a magnificent  TV show with one of the best-in-class cast  that television history has seen in recent decades.

MUST WATCH, strongly recommended with overall rating of 9/ 10. As the trailer promises and the first Episode hints, its going to be making of ONE NATION : UNDERWOOD Now and forever .

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café . Don’t miss the game, its about to take you for an amazing ride!

House of Cards

Parenting and womanhood site

Hey fellow readers, this post is all about a new site launched- www.mommyinme.com

www.mommyinme.com

“Something provoked …Was it the curious mommy’s besides full of questions & tips to be shared? Or her panache for the ever smiling munchkins which got her here? She feels guess her life is to write & share, on Parenting, Motherhood & Woman – relations.

There is so much to be spoken yet, so much to create awareness on. The society is opening up to accept & come forward & that’s why this website is here.”

What to expect : Growing day by day with all the love & support of moms & dads, this is an interesting site. For to-be-parents, parents, fellow community friends who wish to read some interesting stories full of love, emotions apart from being true. Their publishing directory is expanding very rapidly. It’s been less than a month of launch & they’ve some amazing articles in their kitty.

A) Positive Parenting Tips : From pre-pregnancy woes to tips & lots of personal experiences to raise an infant positively, you’ll find many articles of your interest from new born to 10year old. And, they inform that they are rapidly putting up the posts, to cover the complete niche. Summers are here & so is their Summer vacation Extravaganza series running up, have a stroll to find out some great crafts for your kids this season.!

They quote – 

“Parenting and specially Motherhood is indeed a knotty affair overflowing with the warmth and emotions 24X7. The trail to being “Exceptional” in this task is an uphill task. So why not stop rating ourselves and practice “What makes us and baby Joyous”. The modes may sometimes have  a howling impact and sometimes have a contended effect overnight but let’s regain that patience to have a long term Positive impact on our baby.

Overloaded with ample questions and arguments? Figuring out a solution between granny’s and doctors advice? Go on mom’s, ponder all the categories here, you’ll certainly get what you wish for. And if not, share us the topic you wish to be covered & there you’ll sail with us.”

Don’t you all find it convincing to give it a try?

B) Womanhood – Stories, real experiences, Poetry: Further, being a woman myself, I’ve loved womanhood. The strength, challenges & love which a woman has, is commendable. You can find lot many true & fictional stories, poetries under “ Personal touch” section which many women will relate to. Some stories will even bring the tears to roll down, I bet!

So here you go, follow the blog, let’s acknowledge Parenthood in a light, happy go lucky mode. 

Get set on some of the best reads :

Mother’s day is coming, why not catch on some really True, inspirational stories of moms!

http://www.mommyinme.com/moms-happy-mothers-day/

http://www.mommyinme.com/prerna-the-inspiration/

Love story & Poem:

http://www.mommyinme.com/when-avalanche-broke/

http://www.mommyinme.com/an-ode-for-swirling-life/

Summer Extravaganza:

http://www.mommyinme.com/popsicle-stick-crafts-for-kids/

http://www.mommyinme.com/5-kids-craft-ideas/

Learning:

http://www.mommyinme.com/kids-learn-to-rise-from-failures/

http://www.mommyinme.com/10-tips-for-money-management-in-kids/

http://www.mommyinme.com/swimming-for-kids-and-babies/

There are lots & lots more for you to interest upon. Just click www.mommyinme.com & get your space.

Only an Indian could have done this

#MoreIndianThanYouThink

It seemed to be a dull evening as I gazed out of the window to see the evening semblance.  Sun was setting ferociously in the sky, spreading its orange hues all over. But that day, Orange didn’t seem a pretty festive colour to me, rather that ferociousness strained me all over. Chirping of birds was no longer heard as they started flying to reach their home back in time. City chaos reflected packed bags to reach home. A Tea stall outside the office premises began shutting down post a day’s business.

But what had happened to me? Why did I not want to return back home? Why heading back & confronting tomorrow to my team could be a “Black day”? I expected tomorrow to be a murky day, a beholder to some crushed dreams & crippled hopes. I wanted this sun to never set & wanted to hear the birds warble. Thinking that the city chaos would come to an end, my apprehensions grew more and more with every tick of the clock in my cabin.

How did that happen?

After all, all the discussions had failed to give any proper solution. The deadline was not going to be extended now. We were mammoth some 3years back in the budding Social media market. Even after getting a 4th round of funding from investors last year, we had failed to bring back the revenues on a YoY basis. From past 2 years we were literally bleeding. We 3 friends started this company which rocked the charts for initial 3 years and then was taken over by a strong European firm with presence in 5-6 countries. The future looked bright enough and it was a huge celebration:) .

But how did it slip all of a sudden? Who was to blame for it? Just we employees? Or the management who took over post merger? Or the wrong decisions of marketing & product strategy which prompted to make significant investments but no return in the Asia pacific market?

Complete team, ranging from young geeks to mid aged office helpers, had witnessed the struggle. From senior management to the guards had seen QoQ changes & numerous cost saving initiatives. But the strategy to overcome just failed. It seemed as in “We were destined to confront this callous day”.

I wanted to object to the Bitterness…

Just an hour back, we had received a final letter cutting the “Resource budgets” from our European parent. It was a 50% cut and instructed that nearly 50% of the employees had to be terminated tomorrow with immediate notice. No severance packages could be thought off under those circumstances.

Tears rolled out of my eyes to see the name of one of my team member in that list who was on leave due to sudden attack. How could I break this news to him? Had the destiny turned me that selfish? Was me being CEO of my Indian arm a bane? The economy was as such getting saturated. There seemed to be very few jobs in the market. The pain continuously gripped me, when I finally took a decision to stand against it, no matter what.

The Clock started ticking…

Immediately, I called an urgent meeting of all of my employees. My Indian culture had taught me to be transparent enough. I threw across the complete crisis to my employees and started to discuss on the quick fix instead of termination.

We are all a family and family doesn’t abandons anyone”.

“We can eat less on our part, but will always give food to the needy”.

“Let’s hold hands firmly in the time of impasse”

“Didn’t we study crisis management? It’s time to apply in real life”

“Let’s have justice to each & every employee of this group”

“It will be a united game, if one is asked to move, we all will back & resign”

It’s so rightly said in Rigveda “Whole world is my family”.

These were some of the thunders roaring in the meeting room. As the moon popped out, it gave us all a sense of calmness & more harmony amongst all 100 employees of the “Family”. Family values had won that day. It reflected that “a personal touch” still exists in the world of professionalism.

Together, as a team, as an Indian Team, we worked out a solution with cuts in salaries, on a case to case basis. We worked for hours judging the package basis the experiences & need factor. Numerous cost initiatives were taken. Senior management prompted to abandon the extra benefits given to them. They wanted to come on the same level as the other colleagues.

And it was all so voluntarily, so gladly just to let none go back home empty handed. The given budget by the parent team was touched. The room was booming with the claps. We had finally got an explicit key to the big Lock of future. I was ecstatic to return home & passionately awaited for the morning to discuss it out with our parent group.

It was a beautiful morning, with no clouds in the sky. Perfect morning gives rise to a perfect day. Indeed the meeting with the European parent was successful. It was not just successful, but we got an outstanding ovation for imparting a sense if strength, ownership & morale. After all these were the Indian sentiments of working together as a “Family” which had won the hearts of all. It was soon announced to apply the same practise across other offices globally as well.

The determination to be together wins; The strength to love all triumphs; Tenacity to support & help those in need scores above all! That’s what the “Profession is not about” but this is what “Indian Profession is all about”! This is what was taught to us “Unity in Diversity” & yes we Indians stood for it! Proud to be Indian by thought, by words. All hands join to make a heart, a broken chain can never form it. Think from Heart, react from Mind!

Indian thoughts

As quoted in Vedas “If a householder moulds himself according to the circumstances just like the nature moulds herself according to seasons and perform his “Karma”, then only shall he acquire happiness”. Indeed we had acquired subtle happiness!

And this is what this lovely Lufthansa TVC has got to say with India’s growing global influence & the adaptability of Indian culture & ethos. It sums up saying #MoreIndianThanYouThink. And it stands so firm, we are & will be more Indian by our values. Our values have made us stand strong against the storms encountered.

Watch Lufthansa TVC, Think like Indians to succeed!

World of Magical Stories

 

Stories, Sometimes parents love it, sometimes we hate it! But the fact of the matter is, Life itself is a story with the beginning and an end. Once the life take us through the phases when we were Kid ourselves, Stories gain prime importance. From narrating Bed time stories, to listening up new cooked stories from kids, engrossing them in self-made super funny and non existent stories, STORIES become an innate part of us.

And yes, this is my recent Phase and that’s how I love to define the word Story.

S = “Story teller” Mom

T = Takes over the “Tantrums”

O = Moves from the world of “Originality”

R = World full of “Reverie”

Y = Kids “Yearn” for more

My kid close to turning 3, has mastered the art of cooking stories which I hear the day in and out. And when that stock is over, Its comes as a “next turn” for me to frame up stores ranging from all time favourite Jungle stories to Mermaid to Moon and Space stories. Wonder, I can be such a creative story-teller for my kid;)

Similar thing happened when we opened up a pack of Colgate with #Colgate Magical stories,. Looking at the characters, my kid just got himself a tag of “Uncivilized” from me, running madly around the house. Hardly did I knew that he was already in a state of being “Neil Armstrong” of conquering the “white glittery moon”, of wearing the shoes and telling me “Mumma bye I’am going to Moon”. Lol, but believe me, I was in a state of Awe and then began “OUR” journey to Moon, which looked so beautiful “indeed in a fresh cooked up Story”.

Giving wings to his Dreams, here he flew with his friends!


And that’s how we weaved together an amazing story to help him reach the Moon, solar system and create an interest in the amazing science. I was bombarded with so many questions, which pleased me all through, as that added so much of little piece of knowledge to their developing brains. It was indeed a “healthy Food” for they grey matter and all via such a creative form.

Loved the way Colgate has brought out “Creativity” in kids clubbed with Knowledge. Creating more such characters will for sure help kids in expanding their view beyond the world. Kudos to them .

Happy Kid!

“I’m blogging my #ColgateMagicalstories at BlogAdda in association with Colgate.

 

End of Black & White era

This idea sucks! It completely sucks! This society will not let me live in peace, so what it means an Old mansion for me. Life has struck 12’0..n there is a deep silence.. Neurons aren’t working, Mom’s extra “almonds” are paying off no results, it seems I am in Pre-Edison life, that dark life.

Health has begun taking a toll, BP is constantly on a rise, Migraine is a perfect companion not willing to take divorce, Doctors have become best friends & clinics my new “Pub”.

Suddenly, on the other side of the hi-chair, a lean freaky voice tried giving a sobbing advice.. Go take the pain, I’am the survivor of it! Forget “Life is a heaven for next few months, get you house renovated & painted”. Huh, but how to get rid of those seepages, who seem to give me the showers more than Cherrapunji?

And a dark silence broke..I had no solutions, deal was locked in the mind..I tried calling our yesteryear “Kisan Uncle”to take over the mansion for next few months.

I was willing to take an adventure break – right out there in an opposite park! People awarded the adventurous girl with a really “Tainted tented days”. Just some days on & my mansion had turned into dusty unhealthy jungle ..Wished I could measure the AQI then.

Kisan uncle had painted more of the furnitures & side bars rather than doing over the walls. It all seemed so tortured, it felt I had some magical spell ,a perfect black magic the day I took that decision. I shouted for a help this time from the core of my heart.

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Society is so much willing to help people post disaster, so much empathy & advices poured in. “Ram has a wonderful hand…Meera kaki will clean up all the task…why don’t you go for self-making your room..blah blah” .

So this time, an intelligent women woke up, doing her research & taking some professional advice. Soon the ratings & reviews were gossiping a lot about “Berger Paints & their Berger XP service”.

  1. Faster, Cleaner, Better, with express painting service…magnifying lens made it clear, I read correctly..woof!
  2. World class painting experience .. No dust(credit-vacuum suction enabled sanding machines), dirt, paint spillage, wonderful finish !! Was it some God sent?
  3. Reduced man hours..High on automation, 40% faster than my very own “Kisan uncle”… God damn it, is it true? 
  4. Trained Painters sparkling up your home with NO ADDITIONAL COST ! Brows frowned , how could that be?

Scrolling..Interesting ..paint industry has innovated & evolved that much? Courtesy Berger Paints!

  • Sanding Machines: with regulated speeds , to have a  dust free painting.
  • Muti-purpose Mixer: No Hassles in mixing, Putty & texture mixing.
  • Auto-Roller: Adjustable, Auto paint pumping, amazing finish.
  • High pressure washer: Pressure & nozzle regulator, hi-speed pressure wash
  • Airless paint Sprayer: Quick & uniform application, supporting water based paint & primer
Long Pint roller

Automated Paint Roller

Sanding Machine

Sanding Machine

Too much tech? Scratching heads? Then go for one liner ” Aa gaya hai Painting ka T20- Express Painting. Painting now innovates into enjoyable experience..Forget 5 years , get living room painted now.. go for dinning room a month after, because painting homes has become hassle free & overloaded with fun , with the best of one tap service..

Just call/SMS/raise on their site, Berger executive will be on the way to hand over bag full of dozens of happiness , your home is the new adventure place.

B/W era ends, welcome colorful wold!

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Thanks Berger Paints, for bringing most of the innovation to our homes. #BergerXp.

Its not just my story, read out their success stories and check the TVC

It was a great Indiblogger – Berger paint meet wherein Creativity met painting revolution and the sort of activities did make me understand as to why “Berger Paints” occupies the fore front when it comes to innovation & best in class services, keeping the Digitization alive in their field.

Some pics of the memorable event :

Working out lost passion!

Working out lost passion!

 

Re-ignited Team Work!

Re-ignited Team Work!

Amazing Bloggers!

Amazing Bloggers!