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My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future by Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi has always been admired as one of the exceptional leaders and a great Woman CEO. She is a woman of color and one of the most admired strategic thinkers of her time. Under her leadership, PepsiCo excelled and reached different heights.

My life in full is the much-awaited and talked about book which matched the expectations. This book is a great mix of humor, learnings, self-belief, gratitude, and empathy by a passionate leader. Indra Nooyi did not only discuss her achievements, but she also mentioned several incidents where she discussed so many ups and downs in her career and the personal struggles. Her fortitude to succeed in her professional life despite many hitches is a lesson for career-oriented women. Life of a working women is never easy in order to manage everything. It is even more challenging if you have kids or parents with special needs at home to take care of.

Indra Nooyi has written this book with complete honesty and great humor that brings her story from her childhood in India, surrounded by love, discipline, expectations, and college struggles, to her determined efforts to succeed in the corporate world. This book is a must-read for working women and men to understand the ground-level sacrifices and struggles.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS AFTER CHILDBIRTH

Parenthood is a miraculous experience, but please ignore all the stress due to tantrums and all the demands of the kids 😊. But if I talk about motherhood, most of the females will accept the fact that yes it is a life-changing experience for a woman. Nourishing a life in your womb will change your perspective towards life and will make you a different person with a great flow of emotions and maturity.

Giving birth is always a tiring affair, no matter what kind of delivery you had, either a Normal delivery or a C-Section. The female body, as well as the mind, will have to face loads of changes be it hormonal, emotional, or physical which are very stressful and overwhelming. I even experienced so many hormonal, physical, and emotional changes.

During both of my pregnancies, I worked full time and took leaves at the peak time only. After giving birth the first thought that came to my mind was “How am I going to manage all this?” Work, kids, and health everything was looking so much challenging to me. Despite the presence of my parents by my side and a supporting husband, nothing seems perfect to me. I am sure, lots of you can easily relate to your situation and the circumstances.

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“THE GREATEST SECRET”, a book by Rhonda Byrne

The Greatest Secret Book by Rhonda Byrne- Outer cover of the book

If you abide in this state of acceptance, you create no more negativity, no more suffering, no more unhappiness. You then live in a state of nonresistance, a state of grace and lightness, free of struggle.

Eckhart Tolle, from The Power of Now

This is one of the listed quotes in the book which grabbed my attention and increased my interest more to understand the deep meaning.

I have read all the books by Ronda B. Her first book “Secret” in 2006 was a great hit and one of the most inspiring books as well. I have been waiting for the greatest Secret as apparently, it is also one of the prestigious works done by Ronda.

The look of the book is amazing and it will melt your heart to buy it. Extra beautiful design with engravings and the calligraphy texts. If you believe in Positive energies around you then this book is for you. If you have trust in the inner voice then this book is for you.

This book is more of a mixture of ideas and thoughts from The Secret and The Power. It has 256 pages total (although, the last 20 of them are about the Teachers featured). The book has several quotes from famous authors and teachers. At the end of every chapter, you will find the summary for the quick run.

Reading the greatest secret is a treat to your eyes. It has a beautiful cover that will never let you touch it while eating:-). Its beauty adds more value to its words and concept. From the beginning itself, it will engross you in the content. Trust me if you have faith in Inner strength, positivity, and external supreme power you will going to like this book. I am a big fan of Rhonda’s books and they all have great learning for me and I am still learning from them.

“I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.”

Byron Katie, from A Thousand Names for joy

The Greatest Secret is full of amazing quotes from various other authors as well. It will help you to connect more with the book as it has various discussions by profound writers and life coaches.

This book is available in hardcover as well as in kindle edition. I would recommend going for the hardcover else you will not like the book as well it will give a great feeling when The greatest secret book will be in your hand.

You can purchase the book from Amazon, and other book stores. You can read the reviews of the other books on my profile.

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Have you visited “Saya Brasserie Cafe” – A Pretty Pink Paradise.

UAE is doing wonders in terms of controlling the covid and the vaccination execution for the residents. Almost everything is open but with all the required precautions of wearing masks and distancing. During a pandemic, we didn’t step out for any outside eating or gathering due to various reasons including young kids at home.

This weekend we decided to go out for some quick bite but none of us wanted to go to any of the places we visited earlier. We were looking for something cozy, near to our place and of course good food and delicious desserts. I heard about Saya Brasserie Cafe a lot but never got a chance to visit it. Earlier we were new to Dubai, so it was a settling period and then Pandemic. So, the venue was decided and it took us less than 10 mins to reach that place from my place.

Getting parking near the Saya Brasserie Cafe was easy but unexpectedly Cafe was not empty. We entered the place and the first reaction of my husband was “OMG, it is overly cute, am I allowed, or is it only for ladies?”. My reaction was wow I can click many pictures for my Instagram :-). Yes, it was Cute, Sassy, Pretty, and Pink all over everywhere. The whole place is picture-perfect for Instagram.

This is one of the portion at Saya Brasserie Cafe
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Eating in the age of dieting – A book by Rujuta Diwekar

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Westland
Author: Rujuta Diwekar
Rating: 4.5/5

Eating in the age of dieting”, What? Wow, this title is everything for me to convince myself to spend money to purchase this book from the airport during my visit to India. I was going to spend my maternity leaves in India after giving birth to my second baby. Yes, you read it right. A mother of 2 kids with her postpartum weight who loves to eat and try different cuisines and suddenly saw the book with this title. Oops! Its bang hit the right nerve. 

Immediately bought it without any second thought and finished it during my 8 hours of journey from Dubai to India. When I finished the book, took a deep breath, and started feeling relaxed and happy. This book is not like the regular weight loose books I saw in the various bookstores.

The wellness coach behind the adores of Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan noticed a simple change in our consumption patterns — in a bid to eat well, and stay strong, khichdi was surpassing smoothies. And it seems to be advocating only one point – for food low key is everything.

A page from the book “Eating in the Age of Dieting” with few note worthy points

What I liked about the book:

  • Very easy, simple, and understandable language with various info graphs.
  • Rujuta is putting more emphasis on eating local and seasonal which most of us know is the key but do not follow under the influence of the packaged food.
  • She didn’t force her to stop eating sugar, rice, sweets, etc. but everywhere she mentioned to use the correct form of sugar, jaggery.
  • She emphasizes regular exercises, yoga, and walks along with gym visits on regular basis.
  • Liked the way she gave real-life examples to explain the benefits of the various not-so-known food items and delicacies.
  • Easy to make and follow diet and recipes are shared in the book.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is a worth buying book for anyone who has a belief in eating locally and avoid a fad diet. Importantly, all the recipes and tips mentioned in the book can be easily followed. Highly recommended for those who believe to be fitter and healthier and losing weight is not the only goal for them. In short, I am insisting all of you read this book and follow as much you can because the methods mentioned here are convenient.

You can buy the book from Amazon and it is present in Kindle as well.

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Travel technology trends to look forward post Covid

As the travel and tourism industry waits patiently for a revival post the Covid-led crisis, I see the role of technology to be amplified in a major way. Technology, like in many other industries – health-tech, edu-tech, etc. will transform the travel journey end-to-end. And more than anything, the temporary reset is a great opportunity for innovators to reimagine and redefine travel to create value propositions for both customers and the industry players.

Travel bloggers planning for a trip
Travel bloggers planning for a trip
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GOOD VIBES, GOOD LIFE – a book about Self love.

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hay House
Pages: 275
Author: Vex King

Front page of the Book - Good Vibes, Good Life
Front page of the Book – Good Vibes, Good Life

I have a long list of self-help books currently present in my Library (Not at all showing off :-)). I got attracted to this book of course because of its title and secondly, it is the first book by the Instagram guru “Vex King”. As mentioned earlier there are several self-help books around us written by various life coaches and business legends, but I found it a bit different because of its punchy and crispy content. I have no shame to commit that earlier this book I was not at all aware of the author Vex King.

A very nicely designed book, focussing on the concept of “Self Love“, aiming and claiming to improve your life better than your yesterday’s version.

Stop trying to impress people.
Impress yourself.
Stretch yourself.
Test yourself. 
Be the best version of you that you can be.

Vex’s define the Self – love as:

Self-love is the balance between accepting yourself as you are while knowing you deserve better, and then working towards it.

This initial part of the book was extremely engrossing and equally connecting at the same time. To my surprise like a few other writers, he was not only focussing on his book but he mentioned various famous books and what else we can learn from them. He mentioned the law of Attraction from the book The Secret. “Kudos to Mr. Vex for this”.

This book is divided into various small parts and each part has been presented well with the various real-life examples and the inspiring quotes. Let’s have a glimpse at the various parts of the Book:

  • Part 1: A Matter of Vibes
  • Part 2: Positive Lifestyle Habits
  • Part 3: Make Yourself A Priority
  • Part 4: Accepting Yourself
  • Part 5: Manifesting Goals: Mind Work
  • Part 6: Manifesting Goals: Taking ActionPart Seven: Pain and Purpose

This book focuses on lots of topics which you will find common in the other personal development or self- help books such as the Law of attraction, Law of vibrations, finding inspirations, choose between negative and positive people, body language, Self-Love, Inculcating good habits, good eating habits, changing your environment, work on your affirmations, understanding the subconscious mind, the power of thought and of course, setting goals. All these make this book a very easy to read, handy non- in addition to anybody’s bookshelf. You will find several wonderful and meaningful quotes, and they are easily creatively summarising the topics. Vex didn’t hesitate to give various examples from his own life and the learnings he received from them.

A lot has been discussed about the toxic relationships and the negative people in the book. The idea is that every relationship teaches you something in your life either it is good or bad but everything acts a great amount of learning for our life.

Simplify your circle of friends. Keep those who 
add value to your life; remove those who don't. 
Less is always more when your less means more. 

I like the thought of observing your behavior as well before complaining about the people around you and the surroundings. Always review your behavior and make an effort to change any that are toxic – towards yourself and others.

FINAL THOUGHTS

So, overall I found this book interesting and engaging but not great. In the beginning, he discussed various aspects and I got a feeling that he was revising my memory of various other self-improvement books. We all know it is great to change yourself and you’re through the process to achieve greatness in life and it all starts with your mindset. The idea of self-love is great but not fully discussed here from all the angles. However, this book is amazing in terms of giving greatly rememberable and shareable quotes. The author has a simple and nice style of writing. So, this book is great for the new beginners, If you haven’t read much about self-love, personal development, self-improvement, the law of attraction, etc.

Step out of your comfort zone and face your fears.
Growth takes place when you are challenged,
not when you are comfortable.


I would give 3.5 / 5 stars to this book. You can order this book from Amazon. You canread the reviews about the various other books at my page Books.

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Is the charisma of the Full-Time MBA is fading these days?

Somebody asked my uncle “hey buddy, now your son is graduated with flying colors. So, what’s next in his basket? Why don’t you tell him to go for an MBA from an Elite-B school? its very trending and will shower money like anything”.

These questions forced me to put on my thinking cap again if doing a Full-time MBA is fruitful, or it’s fading day by day?

The registration for various prestigious B-schools normally open worldwide once a year, and candidates start the rat race once again to secure the coveted seat. But a question? Do Do you think this costly degree is well enough to survive in the fast pace scenario?

Looking for a competitive superiority is an obsession for those beholding to do the MBA; several students burn their midnight oil to push their applications to the top of the pile.
Let’s first understand the different types of MBA programs we can get these days. Yes, different kinds of MBAs all thanks to the resources and the marketing done by the B-schools.

Full-time MBA or Regular MBA: Full-time MBAs include a full course load, similar to undergraduate degrees. Part-time MBA: Part-time MBAs typically evening classes so students can maintain a consistent day job. Online MBA: An online MBA allows students to make their own schedule while studying from home. Executive MBA (EMBA): It is a good fit for experienced professionals who want to earn a credential reflecting their business credibility and advance their career. Distance learning: You will get the study material from the colleges.

More than a decade of experience in this domain would like to share my thoughts. There are so many reasons which I have listed below which prove the death bells for the Full-time MBA Program may be coming closer:

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15 Most Romantic Places and Experiences in Dubai

Are you visiting Dubai with your significant other? This immensely popular Arabian city has some remarkable spots which are definite to take your romance to the next level. So whether you’re considering Dubai for your first ever date or celebrating your much-awaited anniversary or honeymoon, please take a look at our top picks of romantic places in Dubai.

At the Top, Burj Khalifa Duabi

A stunning view of Burj Khalifa from outside.
A stunning view of Burj Khalifa from outside.

The world’s tallest building is also one of the most romantic places in Dubai. Located right in the heart of Downtown Dubai it is most visited for its observation decks at 124th and 148th levels. This spot is worth a visit with your love of life. Following the multimedia presentation on Dubai’s past as well as the fastest ever elevator ride, be prepared to take in almost the entirety of the city and beyond, covering the glitzy cityscape, the ocean, and the desert. There also is a spacious outdoor patio that offers the most unobstructed city views.

The Dubai Fountain

A beautiful view of the Dubai Fountain at Dubai Mall
A beautiful view of the Dubai Fountain at Dubai Mall

It is one of the unmissable free romantic attractions in Dubai. Situated outside the Dubai Mall and with a direct view of Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Fountain on Burj Lake will win your heart with its mind-blowing water and light show. Fondly called the Dubai Dancing Fountain, this features the beautifully choreographed water show set in tune to your favorite Arabic, Bollywood, or western music tracks. It sprays water up to a height of more than 500 feet during the performance, making it the highest of its kind. It’s displayed every half an hour after 18:00 hrs.

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The Girl With The Louding Voice : Book Review

Genre: Fiction
Publisher:  Sceptre Books
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Book Summary

Abi Dare’s new debut novel, “The Girl with the Louding Voice,” is compendious, Engaging, and very powerful. A powerful, emotional book in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian girl trapped in a life of slavery and bondage, which is exceptionally determined to fight for her dreams and goals. The story is based in Nigeria, and we all know that Nigeria and various other countries underdeveloped and developing countries have so many women suffering from poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance. Nigeria is a country located in West Africa. You can experience several verses of the tribal lives in this book. 

“Adunni” was the center of this book, which is 14 years old Nigerian girl who narrates her own story. Adunni’s mother has told her to stand for herself and her dreams, and to do it; she has to raise her voice if needed. The only thing she wants in life is Education, and she never stopped dreaming about it despite several ups and downs and the challenges she faced in her life the entire book. 

About the Author

Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for eighteen years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London. The Girl with the Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018 and was also selected as a finalist in 2018 The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two daughters, who inspired her to write her debut novel.

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Adunni’s mother, always advice her to speak her mind and be vocal for her future and needs. But despite, her father sold her as a third wife of a local older man in return for the community money. Addunni left with no option but to marry a man of her father’s age who is already married to 2 more women and had four daughters. She has to marry the older man because he wants an heir to his family.

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Seychelles- A perfect destination for Honeymooners, Families with kids

Seychelles is a heaven on the earth surrounded by the lovely white sand beaches, Lagoons, Coconut trees, and sun. Indian families staying in the Middle East, Seychelles is one of the exotic destinations due to various reasons. Firstly, Its not that far, only a 4-5 hours flight away from Dubai. Secondly, it has a visa on arrival for Indian passport holders, and thirdly, it is a perfect place for both the Families and the Honeymooners. Seychelles Holidays is a costly but like a dream come true. People choose it as it is known as an expensive romantic destination and a favorite honeymoon hideaway of royalties and celebrities. 

Seychelles, a perfect destination for Honeymooner and the families. It has Sand, Beaches, Trees and Sea.
Seychelles, a perfect destination for Honeymooner and the families

Luckily we got a deal from a good tour company for both Resort and Flight for our Seychelles Holidays. So, let’s explore the paradise with me through my experience. We took the early morning flight, and the reason behind that we can check in Hotel or Resorts around 9 – 10 A.M. Later, we will get a whole day to plan our Itinerary for the rest of the trip, and we can comfortably relax and get ready for the next day with new energy and good vibes.

When to visit Seychelles

The most favorable time to visit Seychelles in April, May, October, and November. Rain, sometimes frequent December-February. During the drier months between May and September, the southeast trade winds can bring breezy comfort, but will also mean rougher sea.

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Is it a Self defense of Mother Nature or Lesson to Human beings?

“Humans, don’t you think you are living in a different world? Don’t you see that water, Air, and Sky is more beautiful than ever before? Now Human is caged, and Wildlife is moving on the roads freely.

Human beings were so relaxed and ignorant a few months back. We used to travel for vacations; the Economy was booming; We were spending fuel, water, and electricity without even thinking about our future generation.

Race, race, and only race….. It has become the ultimate goal of our life to succeed in all the parameters. We always run to succeed in our goals, career, personal and professional lives no matter where it takes us at the end. Certainly, we always believe in getting or taking everything from Nature without even thinking a single time about returning back. However, It’s bad that we never understood our responsibility – the bitter truth is that we have been extremely SELFISH! And we are still SELFISH.

We are encompassed in a small cabin / four-wall home, and just looking left right and comparing ourselves and be sad/ happy, that’s again nature’s creation. We, as human beings should think further and bigger about what is needed for the world, not just about a place surrounded by four walls!

Humans cut so many trees and forests to adjust ourselves In the existing environment and make way for a town. So, imagine if there is no forest, then life will also deplete. We are also rapidly changing the environment by adding too much waste to it in various forms. I don’t want to comment on any one’s eating habit that entirely a personal choice, but what if we purposefully destroying the ecosystem by killing the animals without even thinking about the aftermath of all these. During our school and college, we studied how plants, animals, and birds are dependent on each for the smooth functioning of our Nature.

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IKIGAI- The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Book Review

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Pages: 185
Rating: 4.5/5

IKIGAI is a Japanese word that has several meanings, but I like the one which is “Your Inner Inspiration.” Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles wrote this book. First of all, according to the Japanese, everyone has an Ikigai – few are successful in finding it, or rest are still struggling to understand it. For instance, the best line which I liked a lot in this book is “our Ikigai is the reason we get up in the morning.”

Certainly, this book was successful in touching the various aspect of the Japanese concept of longevity and happiness, and aptly explained the term – IKIGAI. The book revolves around the lifestyle of the older adults and similarly shows examples from Okinawa – a beautiful island with the most centenarians in the world. It is an island of almost eternal youth. In ancient times there was saying a healthy mind recites in a healthy body. The same saying supported in this book but a more detailed and explained manner. The book says always tries to keep yourself busy and feed healthy stuff to your body. In addition, engage your mind with new things and new learning like games, puzzles and try to keep a bay from the stress are critical as anti-aging. 

However, modern human beings are more prone to take stress in various forms. We should be more mindful of using our screen time as it leads to stress, and stress weakens the cells and promote aging.

Few Golden Rules to learn from the Book:

  1. Be more physical active
  2. Take sound sleep daily
  3. Participate in social and leisure activities
  4. Replace junk food with more vegetables, fruits, and healthy food
  5. Play with children or pets
  6. Be mindful about your daily routine
  7. Avoid taking stress
  8. Eat only 80% of your hunger or dont do over eating
  9. Stay positive and healthy
  10. Stop sitting for the long hours
  11. Find your Ikigai
A very important diagram from the Book IKIGAI : The Japanese Secret to a long and Happy Life. It is explaining various meanings of Ikigai
A very important diagram from the Book IKIGAI : The Japanese Secret to a long and Happy Life. It is explaining various meanings of Ikigai
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5 Nice things to do when you get work from home due to CoronaVirus

Nowadays, it seems like we are living in a “different world” due to the outbreak of CoronaVirus (Covid-19). For time being, several countries are imposing the policies not to use the restaurants, cinemas, not even gym and swimming pool; Schools are closed, e-learning is promoted, malls & markets are almost empty. People are scared, and everyone is taking all the serious precautions. While the corporate world is encouraging WFH (Work from home) to fight the Corona-crisis, this is the time to think over that “how one should effectively use the work from home”. Few people are already used to WFH, whereas many are still adjusting to this new atmosphere and Work from home culture.

one can save nearly 20% extra time of “Effective Office hours (let’s assume that we start getting ready for office at 07:30 AM, start driving at 08:00 AM – reach office at 08:30 AM, work until 05:00 PM then reach back home around 06:00 PM). This means around 11 hours when going to office vs. 08 hours when you do WFH (Work from Home).  Females may take a little longer to get ready 😊.

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How to be a successful Female salesperson in this world?

“Are you sure you want to go to the sales stream or want to be a Female salesperson? Why don’t you do some course which will be easy for you.” Why don’t you change your stream? “You have to travel a lot.” “Who will look after the kids when you will be out the whole day for the meetings?.”

Probably, these are a few common comments or suggestions which people gave before judging a female salesperson. But it is not the end, loads of judgments, sacrifices, and misunderstandings, women might face a lot. I would say that the life of a salesperson is always challenging, either it is a male or a female.

Various sales movies in the past used to show the main character as a male always, People thought these tough roles are for the male. Time has changed now, and if you search now, then most of the top-performing salespeople are women.

Unlike the past now, you can find the name of several female salespeople in the list of top leaders. Women have registered their presence in almost all fields, including sales. Above all, if we will refer to LinkedIn statistics, it indicates that women represent 41% of the active sales workforce — and it’s growing.  

Females Salesperson/businesswoman and the graph showing the monthly growth
Females Salesperson/businesswoman and the graph showing the monthly growth

There are no hard and fast rules that only guys can perform to achieve sales. But the traits you need to close more sales are gender-impartial. I would say it is all about your relationship-building skills, right attitude, rapport building and understanding your customers’ needs.

As per my learning and the experience I think the following traits would make a female salesperson a star and help to achieve their goals:-

Be a good Listener:

The client always wants to see a person who likes to listen to their issues. They are happy about it because they know you are listening to them, and they can trust you. As a female salesperson, if you are not a good listener, whereas most of the time you prefer to talk, you may not understand the concerns of your clients. And it applies to both male and female salespeople.

Be a Great Relationship Builder:

If you are a good listener, then it will be easy for you to build great relationships and networking. Female Salesperson, those who are good at relationship building they generally end up hitting all the goals. “People buy from those they like, not the product they like.” Focus on helping your prospect or achieving their company’s needs, not just making sales.

Keep your Emotional Intelligence high:

People say women are emotional and can’t make rational decisions. I would say this is the unique quality that keeps them apart from men; they have empathy and feel and understand other persons’ needs well. You should always know what is running in another person’s mind and know exactly how to customize the conversation based on indications of their prospects.

Learn Quickly and know your product better:

As a woman, if you want to succeed in this men’s world, then always ready for the changes and be quick to adapt all the technologies and situations around you. Continually update your knowledge and skills as per the market and the requirements of the product.

Set your trends:

Figure out the things which are suitable for your personality, and your customers also like it, don’t just blindly follow anyone. Try to be the person that everyone turns to for guidance, and help. I saw various female sales executives, at some point in their careers, start thinking, or behaving to be a part of the male’s club. So, try to be original and comprehend your skills, strengths. Similarly, believe you have the charm and the intelligence which always set you apart from others. I’m hesitant to categorize selling styles as male versus female salesperson, it’s great to have a diverse selling style. As a result, understand your weaknesses and work on your strengths.

A happy Female Salesperson with a smile and confidence showing graph over blue background

Always be confident and natural

Confidence is a jewel which no one can steal from you unless you allow them. Courage and your inner strength will never let you down, no matter what the circumstances are. Therefore, always be great with your strengths – be a great communicator and listener. Trust in your intuitions well. 

Take a Stand for yourself and step out of your comfort zone:

Certainly, always take stand for yourself and for what is right. If you are clear about your thoughts and ideas, take a stand for it even if it will take time to convince others. Buyers don’t have time to beat around the bush. Be to the point and quick in your approach.

Be noticeable and vocal:

Don’t shy away with the thoughts you carry in your mind. Always try to speak your mind. Sometimes it will be challenging, but it would be great if you bring your thoughts and ideas on the table for discussion. Because It will be helpful for you to make your reputation and your value to the organization will be visible. Hence, ask questions and clear doubts. Share your point of view if it was asked or you can share the details or any changes you know that can bring a good chance in the organization.

Get yourself a sales mentor or a guide:

Have a sales mentor or a guide who helps you with the enlightenment and guidance whenever needed. It will boost your self-esteem. They always help you to solve various career-related issues. It is still great to consult the multiple leaders from the industries; which will bring the best of you or sometimes change your perspective. Furthermore, It is not necessary to have someone from outside; you can learn from books, presentations and from your own experiences. You can follow any Women leader or a female salesperson on LinkedIn and get more insights and learnings.

Lastly, never settle for the less:

Never settle for the average results but always strive for the best. Similarly, always try to polish yourself and outshine. Please work with your team and be a leader to whom they look upon. Therefore, as a female salesperson learn new things and implement them for the betterment of the organization. 

Finally, being a female is not hard to be industrious or develop great relationships. Firstly, They need some support from everywhere, either it is a family or a company. If either of them will not understand the value or trust them, it will be more robust for them to perform with all the hurdles. Secondly, The female salesperson is a crucial part of any organization as they bring charm, persistence, and new ideas to the organizations. Therefore, It’s not essential always to act like a man to bring results, perform in your skin and follow your style. Be consistent in your approach and at the end believe in yourself !!

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‘LADY, YOU’RE NOT A MAN!’ BY APURVA PUROHIT BOOK REVIEW.

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher:  Rupa Publications
Pages: 184
Rating: 4/5

Summary:

President of Jagran Prakashan Ltd., Apurva Purohit, is an Indian Businesswoman who wrote this great book about the life of the women and their various experiences in phases of life.

Through her corporate world, understanding and her experience of working in a media field bring many colors to this book.
Nowadays, it is tough for a woman to compromise on any [part of life, whether it is a career or her personal life. She is ready to deal with every crisis. This book brings loads of moments where you will feel like “Ohh my god that’s me or has she written about me 😊”.

The best part of the book was the short tales she used as her style, which brings the message at the end in the form of humor and reality. She bought her own personal experiences and mentioned about her family members.

This book of her can be a medium of learning the corporate mantra for the women through a Woman.

Review:

Today’s woman is unstoppable and they want to win all the fronts of their life. Being a working woman myself and a mother of a kid, I found myself in a situation several times when I have to struggle between personal and professional choices and decide to prioritize between Husband, Kid or work. The Responsibility of dealing with never-ending deadlines, preoccupied husband, Challenging bosses, Stubborn kids, nosy colleagues, and equally demanding in-laws can be crushing several times. Any working mom can relate to this book quickly. You will not find anything new and extraordinary in this book, but whatever incidences and events mentioned in it can be easily relatable with your own life. The book goes witty from time to time, and I am sure no one can stop laughing with watery eyes.

I have summarized a few marvelous points from the book for my reference but want to mention here as well:

  • Accept your femininity the way it is. No matter what people say, be confident, and accept the way you are. 
  • Dream big and high, but be prepared that you cannot achieve everything in one go. Everything takes its own time and never loses hope and confidence. , you can have it, but not all at the same time.
  • A woman can only understand the charm of multitasking because they are born to do multitask and end up doing more work.
  • Every woman faces a phase in their life when they have to take a break from their career to raise a responsible human being for society. Cherish it and wear it as a crown as no one else can do it better than you.
  • Women grow smart and confident with age. Invest time and money on yourself.
  • If a woman wants to fly or to touch the stars, no one can stop her, but only she, her inner fear, or her fellow women counterparts. Just keep yourself in their shoes and try to understand the situation as a fellow woman.
  • There is no shame in asking for help. We all need support at some or other points of our life. Trust it will make us stronger as we can focus on other essential things in our life.
  • Don’t play the woman’s card, and always believe in your hard work and commitment towards your work. Never take advantage of the privileges given to you as a woman.
  • Women should never shy away from making great relationships and networking. They must understand that we should build great relationships beyond work and use the power of networking. Several times women forget this crucial aspect of the corporate world due to the commitments towards the family.

We all get only one life and being a woman; sometimes, it is challenging to play so many roles together. There are so many women out there who are not fortunate to get the right education and opportunities in life. We should feel blessed and choose our choices wisely in life.

So many girls, Women, and their parents start thinking about marriage and motherhood very early in their life and career. They start diverting there focus from the work to their personal life. It is also an important decision in life, but the right achievements at the right time are always great.

Men can also learn several things from this book. I am sure it can be an eye-opener for them when they see the roles all the women in their life play at different stages.

I enjoyed reading it and got motivated as well.

Come on ladies get a copy for yourself and experience the your corporate world’s challenges from the writer’s pen :-).

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Are you looking for a perfect Staycation with kids & family? Abu Dhabi is the answer.

What you all do during weekends? I generally prefer to explore a new place, food, or take my daughter to some new attraction where she will learn about its heritage and history. So, this month we visited Abu Dhabi. As it was not a long weekend and we don’t want to plane to go outstation visit, then we decided to explore a nearby place which will be suitable for Kids and family. So, a trip to Abu Dhabi is the perfect answer. We explored the options for beautiful and budget hotels and resorts and booked one friendly resort for a great family stay.

Let’s know a bit about Abu Dhabi:

The United Arab Emirates or UAE doesn’t need any introduction. It is a country of Gold, Real estate, Money, Oil, and glitz. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and after Dubai, it is the most populous city in the UAE. UAE has seven Emirates, and Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, and it is the biggest amongst all the Emirates. 

Various UAE’s Government offices are situated in Abu Dhabi, including the UAE Government, as the President of the UAE stays here. Abu Dhabi is the major contributor to the UAE’s economy with its industries, oil, and gas reserves. 

Let’s begin with our FUNFILLED detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Most of the people either reach late in the evening or early morning at Abu Dhabi, so it will be great if we will keep the 1st daylight and happening. So, it will be great if we will start with the cultural and heritage understanding of this place.

  1. SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE: (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM) The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the pride of Abu Dhabi because of its tranquility and beauty. This Mosque is an accurate picture of architectural development and the heritage inherited from the late President HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Mosque is made from marble, gold, stone, semi-precious stones, ceramics and various crystals. The construction of the Mosque began on 5 November 1996, and it is operational since December 2007.

It is one of the most visited places in Abu Dhabi and highly managed. Parking is easily available. There is a mall on the ground floor of the Mosque. checking. You will be guided towards the last point where if you are wearing the clothes which are not appropriate as per Islam, they will ask you to wear Äbaya (for Ladies) and Kandura (For Male). Everything was so streamlined and managed that you will not even realize the crowd. The Grand Mosque was listed among the top global attractions by TripAdvisor (Source: TripAdvisor). 

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: Approx. 1.5 HOURS

TICKET: No ticket cost. Online registration is needed.

VISITING HOURS: For visitors from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Saturday – Thursday. except for Friday, when the visit of the mosque. Fridays: (for non-worshipers) starts from 4:30 PM until 10:00 PM.

ADDRESS: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

“Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque is large enough to accommodate more than 40000 people. The main prayer hall can accommodate over 7000 worshipers.
Perfect Night view from the Road outside the Mosque.

2. Al Jubail Mangrove Park: (12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM). Al Jubail Mangrove park is the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, which was created for the education and botanical destination for nature lovers. In this mangrove sanctuary, you can explore various marine and bird species related to the UAE. A Zigzag boardwalk will help you to explore the mangroves and let you discover the species on your own. These mangroves help to balance the environment and reducing the effect of global warming.

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: 2 HOURS

ENTRY FEE: Free Entry

VISITING HOURS: Daily: 8 am to 6:30 pm

ADDRESS: Al Jubail Island

3. THE LOVRE ABU DHABI (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM). The exemplary Louvre Abu Dhabi is heaven for the art lovers in Abu Dhabi. It was designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. The Lovre museum was inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: 2 HOURS

ENTRY FEE: Regular tickets cost Dh60, while visitors between the ages of 13 and 22 can enter for Dh30

VISITING HOURS: Daily: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.

ADDRESS: Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi

4. The Corniche: (5:30 PM – until your wish 🙂 ) It is also known as Corniche road. The Corniche is about 8 km long stretch of road, which includes the kid’s play areas, restaurants, cafes, and the magnificent and attractive Corniche Beach. It is the best place to unwind or distressed yourself with your loved ones. They have a dedicated cycle track, and kids play areas for the kids. It is a perfect place for the long beach walk. There are more than 1200 free parking spaces with a five-minute walk to the beach, which cost you AED 10 (the US $2.7) entry per family. Admission to the public beach is free. Enjoy the various cuisines at the beachside or the walkway restaurants. Enjoy the lovely breeze and the ambiance and unwind for the day.

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: Unlimited

ENTRY FEE: Free Entry

VISITING HOURS: Daily: No Restrictions

ADDRESS: Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi

Corniche in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Night aerial view of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

DAY 2: After all the heritage and traditional sojourn. We will spend the 2nd day with full swing and Enthusiasm

FERRARI WORLD, WARNER BROS, YAS WATER WORLD:(10:00 AM – 6:00 PM). Ferrari World, Warner Bros Abu Dhabi, both are indoor amusement parks on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Yas Water World is one of the fantastic water parks with more than 45 rides.

ENTRY FEE: Warner Bros. AED 295; Ferrari World. AED 295; Yas Waterpark. AED 250

VISITING HOURS: Daily from 10AM – 8PM

Warner Bros., Abu Dhabi
YAS Water World, Abu Dhabi.

YAS ISLAND: (6:00 PM – Till you drop 🙂 ). After enjoying the whole day at various Parks and Rides, it a time to relax with a portion of good food and drink. Head towards the beachside of YAS Island and unwind your self from all the exertion.

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How to teach Millennial and the young generation to save responsibly

Hey Ciana, “What are your hobbies?” Alex asks Ciana. “Shopping,” replied Ciana. She grabbed the attention of all the family members. Ciana is an Independent girl working for an MNC. Her lifestyle is very luxurious. Earning a good salary and spending it all on her clothes, jewelry, movies all the time. Luckily Alex ignored her answer and said yes for the marriage. Thanks to the expensive clothes and the parlor visit to Ciana. When she is happy, she shops. She shops when sad she shops and to celebrate anything she shops. Shopping is an integral part of her daily life. She buys when she is happy; she shops to suppress her sorrows.

As time passed, Ciana moved with her same habit of earning and spending. She is still the free bird enjoying her life fullest with friends and family; what an incredible time it was. After a few years, there was a hard blow on the economy, and Alex lost his job due to recession. Ciana’s office informed her that either she has to work for less pay or else look for a new job. As the job market is terrible, she couldn’t even think about the second option. So, she decided to stick to her ongoing job with less pay and no extra perks, which leads to No parties, new clothes, jewelry, and movies. With no savings and no role for her husband, so things are a bit awkward and challenging for her. She sold all the branded stuff she owned before, and the banks blocked her cards due to nonpayment. 

One day Ciana was in a grocery store to buy the basic needs (Earlier, she used to have a maid and a driver for all this work). One of her friends saw her and took some time to recognize her. Ahhh, maybe because she was not looking that glamorous and dazzling. She moved towards Ciana, and yes, it was Ciana only. They both met and opted for a nearby café to sit. After getting to know Ciana’s condition, Tina decided to help her friend. She gave some golden tips to her on saving and managing funds.

How to Manage Your Salary and earnings for the rainy/hard days:

1. START WITH BUDGETING: The first thing before saving is the planning of your basic needs, such as Utility bills, monthly rent, Fuel, Insurance, groceries, Kids school fees (if any), etc. Always make a list of your monthly requirements/spending in advance before you plan to visit a grocery store. Divide your expenses into three parts:Need/Important, Optional/ Unrestricted, and entertainment/Travel. Nowadays, various apps will help us to plan our Budget Like, Excel sheet, simple diary, mobile app, Bank apps, or desktop. 

Here is the list of the few budget apps for money management (on Android) like AndroMoney, Financial Calculators, Google sheets, Money Manager, My Budget book, My Finances, Wally, Acorns.

2. PLANNING: Once you get your salary immediately, park 20-30% amount in a saving/secondary account for saving. If you don’t know where to put it, the separate bank account is the easiest way, and generally, it has a fixed deposit linked to it, which will give better rates on your money. 

3. STRUCTURE YOUR MONETARY GOALS: Try to divide your goals into three categories: short-Term, medium-term- Term, and long-term goals. Then focus on each one, along with the number of years to achieve each, and the exact amount you will need is it for House, Car, or holidays.

4. INVEST IN RIGHT TOOLS: I am sure the most significant dilemma you will be facing is where to invest the money. Start with Recurring deposit or fixed deposit. Once you realized your target, then plan for converting your savings to investments. Then take into thought other factors like returns, liquidity, and tax liability before choosing an asset class. Do not blindly take advice from anyone but conduct your research about the market before finalizing anything.

5. SAVE FOR THE CRISIS: Some so many people are in the excitement of making money, the urge to buy expensive things, and willingness to save for the bigger goals the new earners sometimes forget the preparation for financial traumas. When anything sudden happens like the loss of a job, medical contingency, or unexpected financial support required by a family, they have to be ready for eventualities. So the first thing you should do, even before you start saving for minor goals, is to form an emergency corpus. It should be equal to 3-6 months of your household expenses and should also include any loan refunds and insurance premium responsibilities. This amount should be in such a manner that it will be accessible. 

6. AVOID DEBT TRAPS: When you will start earning, you will surely opt for the credit cards. There are so many scammers out there who steel the data and try to trap the people. Please do not share your details with any fraud like OTP, CVV, etc. Be careful if you are using credit cards; remember that these are useful only if you restrict the credit to one month, and you are paying the bills on time. 

Apart from these, try for some excellent Insurance, which serves the purpose and optimize long term savings. 

“Ciana, I am sure that you have understood the value of savings and now onwards you will be more careful in the future as well.” I am sure we all have learned something from the insights provided, as financial planning is a must for every one of us.

Sauce – An American diner giving 1950’s vibes in 2021?

Ever thought of teleportation while staying in Dubai to a 1950’s American restaurant. Sounds fascinating and exciting to our taste buds.

Sauce, is of its kind a newly opened American diner based on the 1950’s era. Situated at the wonderful location of Al Habtoor city near Hotel V has its unique concept and interior. When you will reach the place you will be amazed to see the waitresses dressed up in cute Red and Turquoise retro dresses. The Interior looks super cozy and comfy with the floor in black and white stripes.

Lovely wall art at the entrance of Sauce

This post will not be complete if I will not mention the desserts which give a great sense of old American water watering options. American cheesecake, apple pie, peach cobbler, and banana split are amazing options. This post will not be complete if I will not mention the desserts which give a great sense of old American water watering options. American cheesecake, apple pie, peach cobbler, and banana split are amazing options.

Try out Sauce at AL Habtoor city. To know more about it watch the reel

Few great features of this Restaurants:

  • The Great value for money menu makes you nostalgic with its Salads, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Slides, Pizza, Ice creams, and Shakes.
  • One plate of hotdog comes with 2 sets of french fries with drinks that can be easily shared by 2 people.
  • They have pet-friendly outdoor which will give you a sitting area for smoking as well.
  • This home-grown first of its kind of restaurant in Business bay offers various varieties of Mocktails and Shakes.
  • Hotdogs, Bread & Mac cheeses are fast-moving and amazingly delicious items.
  • Sauce has a variety of 20 different sauces created by their own chef with a twist in taste such as black Mamba, Tahini mustard, blue cheese Mayo, Garlic & onion sauce.
  • They accept all Debit cards and credit cards.
  • Al Habtoor residents can avail of 10% discounts on the bill.
  • They have a variety for health-conscious people as well such as Grill steak, Grill salmon, etc.
Cotton Candy Shake at Sauce

You can plan your quick lunch or dinner here with your best buddies. Don’t worry if you have kids, they have great options under the kids’ menu as well. So, in total it is a family’s quick bites place where you can go even in your pajamas and after meal take a nice evening walk by the side of the canal and enjoy the night view of the Habtoor city.

Read the other Restaurants reviews in my blog.