Behind The Scenes on Our 1st Day of Shoot - super Kajol & some other fab mums and more:)..

Shoots for our show have begun Yipeee! Day 1 went very well and I really hope all the rest do too and that you all really love the show touch wood:) as after all it is for all of you, our audience! We had a great time shooting and here is a little behind the scenes blog update of the day! I have left out the details of the content as of course for that we hope you will watch the show:)!

So here goes:

We were all at @TajLandsEnd by 730am…some of the team was there even earlier setting things up. Being the first day there was a mix of nerves and excitement as we prepared to execute what we had worked hard on planning for the last few months. After saying hi to all the team and checking out the cool location, I went up to the lovely suite The Taj had arranged and started getting ready…after all, it isn’t everyday you get to chat to Kajol:) and the other lovely mummies we had lined up! So as Reci and Ron did their thing:) (ie hair and make-up) I quietly went over in my mind what I was hoping to say and do.

I have met Kajol a few times before and have always found her warm and friendly but have to say the chat with her went even better than I had imagined or hoped. It was such fun, interesting and insightful! I really hope you all enjoy it when you see it on @StarWorldIndia soon!

In a break looking out at the wonderful view of the Sealink felt relieved and excited…

First big celeb chat, Tete-a-tete With Tara happened superbly…I even got a fun selfie video after:) Do watch:):

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A visit by our kids…always a great motivator:) and they lovvve hotels as it’s a treat!

a quick touch up…

and now for…

Tara’s Parenting Pow-wows…

What fun we had! A super line up of inspirational, interesting, fun mums. We discussed all kinds of things…most from suggestions you guys have sent in so do keep sending in suggestions. I must say these ‘Tea with Tara’ type chats got me really excited. As apart from being interesting (hope you find them interesting too), I think I have found my true career calling! A sort of ‘Oprah’ although I am of course probably not a patch on her… but it got me realising, as my Dad had often told me, there is tremendous joy and power in the art of communication…and somehow these pow-wows made me realise that!

(Pic:) @Ruchita Dar Shah, @Sonali Gupta, Me:) & kiranmanral, firstmomsclub,

The super team kept everything very smooth and jovial:)!

Another interesting, fun, super pow-wow

Pic: @PoojaZaidi, @Sonali, Moi, @Ruchita dar Shah, @Anjali Gulati

And another super pow-wow

Pic: @Heathergupta, @Harishiyer @PayalShahKarwa

So as I can’t reveal more on the actual content till we air, I better zip up haaha.

Before saying tata a little nudge to please subscribe to our you tube channel if you haven’t already! Have re-launced it and there is loads of new content including capsules and episodes from S1 and our new Season! https://www.youtube.com/user/tarasharmashow

My standard joke through the day was that for season 1 we had no budget for a makeup and hair person or stylist, for Season 2 got make up and hair and for Season 3 guess what! We even have a stylist haaha! Thanks @SanjanaBatra for the @KennethCole , Farah Sanjana and @Nandita Mahtani looks. I have to admit it’s great to be styled and I know I have to be more stylish and step out of my comfort zone once in a while with a look, so hoping to do that sometimes too…a mix of regular me and edgier stuff. For this and other feedback and comments do please write in. And anyone who would like to be in the show, on one of my pow-wows do write in too!

And so untill…

we meet here again, tarataratara!!

Shy Asking Our Guests:) & Thx 4 saying yes…Vogue Beauty Awards A Possible Glam Up Mums Segment & Roopak’s Bday

While making our show, each Season one of the things I find most difficult or rather one of the things I am most shy and awkward about is asking people to be guests on our show. Especially our celebrity guests. Even a few who are close friends and who have always agreed in a heartbeat like Koko and Nandita and been very warm and super on the show, even with them often I feel a little shy asking. I guess most of us feel awkward asking for anything that seems like a favour.  Even if the other person doesn’t actually see it as a favour, but something they may actually like to do. Know what I mean? So when all our deals were closed touch wood:), I began my mission of getting guests on board…

Very shy texts, a few shyer phonecalls, and a few casual face to face requests…

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And wow! I am so touched and thrilled to say, this time, pretty much everyone I have asked has extremely kindly and warmly and willingly agreed! So Season 3 of our show on Star World has a great mix of celebrity and non celebrity guests, who I am so grateful to for agreeing and who I hope you all enjoy watching. And of course the themes we are zeroing in on, with your help, will hopefully make the chats even more interesting. So this is a post to say a big thank you to our S3 guests and also to all the guests on our previous Seasons, and also to all of you, our audience who have always encouraged me and given me the motivation to conquer my shyness and ask! Roopak joked with me…’Tara it seems like you expect or have become used to rejection, so are super surprised and thrilled with so many positive responses!’ There is some truth in that haaha! Although most often people have said yes, yet I guess being a bit of a ‘not wanting to expect much’ kinda person, I try not to expect anything so I am pleasantly surprised if things work out. Anyone else like that out there? Say I:)! Even now, here, I am not listing all the names who have agreed, as I am cautious and a big believer in not believing anything till it happens, so I will perhaps wait until post the shoots to announce officially. Even all the photos are not guarantees…just updates on the week that was peppered with some hope perhaps haaha! Also hoping to have guests from all walks of life, this post was after a glam event so may suggest more celebs in the entertainment space but as mentioned we hope to have inspirational parents from all fields of which all of you are a part too!

And also for those who have declined for whatever reason, I totally understand as they have all been very warm and honest in their reasons and as always I completely understand as as I always say my mantra for parenting and everything in fact is each to their own! And one should never judge another, as everyone’s situation is different.

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The pic above btw was a home made decoration for Roopak’s birthday haaha…More on that later. Thought I would add that here to reiterte how important I believe it is to always stay positive and keep trying in any situ as as someone recently said to me, most often success is a mixture of hard word, and all the rest of it but always persistence and positivity so here’s to smiling:) as much as pos:)! Kids reaaally help with that way say? Hectic as they may sometimes be:)! Haaha the funny faces being made below being a case in point:)!

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Now going back to my tactic of using my FB posts to update my blog…the last few weeks…

Pictures are not confirmation of guests btw…maybe hints haaha but will announce post as mentioned above…

@Vogue And Our GlamUpMum4Fun segment & some Star Mums

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Yes so us mums can glam up sometimes too! What say! Fun VOGUE India Beauty Awards Met lotsa beautiful friends (everyone is beautiful in their own way I believe) & a few star mums I’d love to have on our show like lovely Kajol Shilpa Shetty Twinkle Khanna etc As always thanx for the lady in red dress Nandita Mahtani & jewels Ghanasingh Be True Krishaa Ghanasingh & Recinda Martis & Ronella Santhumayor Now back to my not so glam but equally fun (hopefully:)) self as I feed the kids lunch and squeeze some work in between. As a Mum I find a glam outing once in a while is a fun little re energizer..agree? Thinking may start a ‘glam up mum for fun’ segment in the show…what say?. #VogueBeautyAwards Vogue

more pix at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.804597642919030.1073741877.200752479970219&type=1

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Ooopz Haaha I look rather odd in the picture above apologies:)image

Ahhh..starting the day with yoga and a beautiful view . Daddy used to say spending the first new moments of the dayy or more appreciating nature set a the mood for his day. I find myself doing that now. Our loved 1s kids especially being nature of sorts too, can also have that effect agree?

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..making a fool of myself (clearly amusing some little people in the process haaha), quiet moments, first proper hommewrk woohooo and Happy Birthday in advance our beloved Roopak Saluja we love you (this FB post was from the day before his birthday so apologies for confusing anyone into thinking its tomorrow:)!
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It took us a while together to get through this creative piece of HW haaha but must admit, the satisfaction after, was immense:) as you may be able to telll from Zen’s showing it to Kai above!image

Smiles smiles smiles…:):):)

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Zen’s brief to the cake lady for Roopak Saluja ‘s birthday, ‘Please make a picture on the cake of the 4 of us like my drawings with a house and sun And wow look what #Sweettoot sent Haaha Amazed by #cakeart Mrs Khatau and Mrs Sampat seem to be able to create anything Have a lovely week
Eid Mubarak all…(from a post on that day)
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Signing for #Saveourtigers an initiative by @ndtv Encourage all of us to sign and support the cause…only 1706 tigers left in India They r endangered and we need to help

Sorry if this was an FB bitty post but trying to keep this blog updated so hope u understand…
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And on that note have a super week and till we meet here again tarataratara

Do all our social media platforms compliment or compete with each other in our quests to create content?..& 3 sub posts Inspiration on Our Trip Ralph Fiennes Sheryl Sandberg Lisa Ray & Cannes London Reccos for kids

Hello! Hope all is well. We are fine, and as you must be, I have been rather busy with one thing and another so haven’t really written a proper update in a while. Being my Blog Diary, that our show is actually based on, I realize it’s high time I do a proper update, but if I am honest there is so much to say, and discuss with you, and so much feedback I would like from you, that I don’t know where to start.

So, in an attempt to make this easier to write and read, hopefully:)…being rather a nerd, below are sub topics so you could jump to what may interest you:)! But before that…a dilemma that your opinions and suggestions would really be welcome for…

- Wow…all our social media platforms allow us to tell a story and stay connected, but sometimes in a quest to keep up with all, are we re telling the same stories! Is there a way we can let our platforms compliment each other so we use all of them effectively to tell the same story? This may sound like gibberish haaha, but it is something I have been struggling with a bit and I would love your views on how best to be an effective blogger, FB er, Tweeter, Instagramer (I am hoping to finally start that too:)), while of course doing our show and other work and being hopefully a good  mummy to our kids.

I find I update @twitter and @facebook as they are generally quick to do…and then I always intend to write here, on my @blog . As from what I understand, this is a platform which allows us to get into more depth, and discussion. But of course that takes more time, so often gets relegated to later.

But are our readers and viewers different on the different platforms? Or are they / you the same?

I now find I use FB most, to tell a brief story, and then as sort of notes for my blog…while twitter becomes the instant sprinkling of what’s happening. So they compliment each other and actually help me and hopefully you, my readers.

Perhaps many of you already do this, but I am only just discovering it. Maybe some of you choose just one or two platforms like FB and twitter and are happy with that. I just find with all these new platforms and apps emerging every day, expounding the importance of content and telling stories, are we all cutting our stories short with too many places to put them!?!

My show is an extension of all this, on another two platforms..TV and You Tube. Hence you understand why I am taking some time here to try and figure how best to use them all effectively without boring you! Do let me know if you have any tips.

Now for those topics (using FB as notes and linking to those posts as well so as not to reinvent any wheels:)). Going from most recent to approximately where we last were…and for those who have seen these I have tried to add some extra bits:) and apologies as hope you understand, this is an attempt to keep this updated:) Hope you enjoy the pix and posts:)

Post 1: Bedazzled While We Sat Bedecked:

Fun at the Retail Jeweller India Awards With lovely Lisa Ray Farah Khan Ali Gul Panag - Official FB Gul Panag NEHA Dhupia Neha Dhupia All of us in our bling haaha…Thanx @Gemfields @Jetjewels Nandita Mahtani for the clothes and jewels! I’m rather a simpleton as you know so don’t usually get all jewelled up so it was a fun change:) Gemfields Congrats all the participants and lovely meeting you too Rouble Nagi

So the above was a post on FB with a few photos the link to which is here https://www.facebook.com/tara.sharmasaluja/media_set?set=a.789820997706894.1073741830.100000370030722&type=1 and https://www.facebook.com/tarasharmashow

Lisa is truly an inspirational woman as are the others I was with and so many more of you! Hoping to have many of you on the show either physically or your comments and suggestions. More on that in my next post.

the sparkly stage…

The 4 of us at @peppapigworld paultonspark coming up in a post below…

More pix from the Jewelery night…

nehadhupia​ and me:) selfy ing haaha

- Post 2…A funny Mummy Tip I got sent:

Haaha! Sometimes stating the obvious can be hilarious! Hope we all do follow this instruction btw:) Got sent it by a friend and have to say it’s a mummy ish tip that had me chuckling:)! What say?!!

Post 3: Inspiration On Our Work come Holiday Trip Some Reccos, Zen’s Bday and more…

So again I am referring back to some posts on FB as it helps me remember details of what I felt back then.

Cannes and the UK. Traveling with our kids, Zen’s B’day. Meeting some inspirational icons…

Yes…it was a wonderful and action packed work come holiday!

Inspired On Our Cannes Trip by wonderful discussions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and of course by all the adventures of traveling with our kids:)!!! Inspired for ideas for our show:) Fun and hectic:) Know the feeling?.. Great having my mum along to help Hoping to have some super international guests on our show as well as the great list we have from back home Any suggestions? Trying though it may be hard to get but figure I won’t know if I don’t try right? Inspirational discussions by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook and Alan Rusbridger Ralph Fiennes and others

ralphfiennes-only​ and moi:)…I would love him as a guest on my show but as he said haaha he is not a Dadddy or Mummmy:) and as for the moment the show has inspirational Parents as guests…it may not happen this time but he is v inspirational and a super actor of course.

More from the album at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.786814964697298.1073741874.200752479970219&type=1

Inspiring views by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on making marketing personal and empowerment of women…would love her as a guest on our show what say. sherylsandberg​

Simple little tricks are often the best at keeping kids entertained…what say

More big stars who were there int he pic above haaha…

Super having my Mum with us…she was such a help with the kids…

Then to the UK…London and visiting my sister and my little niece and family in the countryside…more pix at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.793425100702951.1073741875.200752479970219&type=1

Was lovely to see my sis and little niece and family, my Uncle, Aunt and all the cousins in Londres and friends too. Had a super time and reinforces my respect for all who bring up kids with no help. We managed but haaha have to say there were some hectic moments of little ones running wild n us trying to instil discipline with a smile:) (didn’t always succeed haaha, but tried, so any tips are most welcome:)). After a lovely trip, good to be back home too:) A few reccos of fun things to do in the UK wth kids in the pix and a soon to write blog post. Have a super rest of week and weekend all! (don’t have pix of all my lovely relatives and friends who we met with or the few interviews with mums I did there for our show, on this as it would have made it even more bulky haaha but you know who you all are and it was super seeing you all!

Cousin Issy hugging Big Bro Zen:) awww

Mummy, Namu and me:) with all our kids haaha…

Donkey rides on the beach…such fun and highly recommended for lil ones!

Peppa Pig World was a bit hit with our kids and us:) @peppapigworld paultonspark​ A comfortable train ride from London.

Hugs and smiles:)

With super Kemi my bestest friend from Uni @londonschoolofeconomics at fun rainforestcafe​ A super place to eat well and be entertained by Rain Forest animals:) Our kids loved it! Centrally located in London’s Shaftsbury Avenue.

The Pirate Ship at the Princess Di gardens in South Ken was a big hit too! Being a wonderful sunny day helped:)!

My little helpers haahaa! After a wonderful trip..time for us to go home. Much a being away is fun it’s also great to be back home…what say? Cliched a it sounds…home is where the heart is:) so I guess as long as we are all together, it’s home:)! Agree?

So phew…I have kindda updated my blog with the help of FB posts! Hope it was not too bitty:) and promise to be more regular so the posts are better written and not just updates. Thank you for reading…our ‘socialmediamily’ ie all of you, are so important to me, so thank you and as always it is thanks to you that our show is possible. And woohooo airing on @StarWorld from Nov. And until we meet here again tarataratara!!!

Yipeee! Yeh…S3 of Our Show Airs on STAR WORLD from NOV Hope u like it & Thank u for all your encouragement

Hello hello my blogamily (apologies for my cheesiness haaha)! How are you all? Once again I am sorry not to have written for a while but as seems to be the norm now, it has been hard to find a quiet few minutes to pen my thoughts in any form of coherence that warrants being read by you!

It’s been a busy few weeks as it must have been for you too… with lots of interesting interactions, discussions and adventures, your views on which would be greatly appreciated, as always. But before delving into all of that, a very exciting announcement…

Season 3 of our show, airs on STAR WORLD from November! Yipeee! We are thrilled and want to say a big thanks to all of you, our audience, friends and blogamily:) as bringing our show into a 3rd Season has largely been possible all thanks to your encouragement, interactions and great response! And on a channel that if I am honest, was my dream channel for our show!

I have loved all the channels we have been on of course and hope to do more with them going forward too, but Star World was what I had first dreamed of and I truly hope you like the slightly modified format which moves more toward what I always planned, more discussions, debates and chats with inspirational mums from all walks of life on topical issues, within my blog.

This also reaches out to you more than before and hope to have some of you on the show as guests, on panels and to share your views and suggestions so do please write in here or on https://www.facebook.com/tarasharmashow or my twitter handle @tarasharmasaluj with any suggestions for topics and guests etc that you may have.

Also a big thanks to our wonderful sponsors Johnson’s Baby, of course, who’s progressive often out of the box thinking has been pivotal in supporting the vision of a starting out mompreneur…me haaha! And of course thanks to my husband Roopak, the co-producer of our kids and our show haaha! His company www.the120mediacollective.com co-produces the show with me so thanks to our super team as well. And thanks to my parents and inlaws who always encourage me and Daddy who saw all of Season 1 before he passed on and encouraged me to create my own content! Hope you are smiling from above Daddy! And most importantly a huge thanks to our kids, who are the inspiration and reason I started this show. They are at a very hectic age now 3 and 5 so oft it is very hard to do any work when around them, but by and large they understand and cooprerate and help with the show so thank you! Haaha sounds like I am giving an Oscar acceptance speech so I best zip up…

On that note, being a cautious person, I never believe anything till it actually happens so yes yes though I am announcing all this here and now, this is when the hard work begins to create a Season you all love. So to work I now go haaha! Thanks again and I wanted to share all this with you here first so apologies for my ramble, but it’s excitement pouring out!

Apologies also for having kept you waiting as many have asked when we will start but the reality is, like anything it is also often hard work getting all the deals in place and of course making it happen, so it’s taken us a while to get here!

Was going to write about the last few weeks here and the exciting interactions and debates we have had on FB etc on various interesting mummy issues like balancing home and work, technology and kids, Daddy’s involvement etc and inspiration from hearing Sheryl Sandberg speak, Indra Nooyi’s controversial statements and meeting Ralph Fiennes etc, but I will save all that for another blog post as as always after a few mins of quiet time, I am now being summoned by our kids with ‘Mummy come one now please!’ haaha so till we meet here again tarataratara!

Thank You! Our Show Channel, Encouragers, Team, Sponsors & YOU, our audience! S3 is almost here & on my dream channnel! Announcing sooon Yipeee

Hi! How are you all? We are fine and excited as Season 3 of our show is finally all coming together. Being a cautious, slight ‘worrying weirdo of a mum’, as Zen often endearingly refers to me:), I will only officially announce details like channel and time, once things are even closer to being on air, however, suffice to say the channel, sponsors and show, are a dream come true, so thank you all, you know who you are:), and most importantly thank you, you - my readers, encouragers, our audience!

Lots of work to do now, to make it really rock and make it worthy of all of you, our audience, enjoying. So please do send in any suggestions of what you would like covered, who you would like to see on as guests, celeb and regular, inspirational mums and dads, even grandparents, and also perhaps what you don’t want to see:)!

I promised myself I would write a relevant, fun, interesting post, but between back to back meetings putting this together, daily bits and bobs and all our kids and family stuff, I see now it is almost midnight and perhaps not the best time for me to try and churn out much sense, so I shall simply say thank you and good night and I promise to write more substantially soon but do please write in with suggestions and do add to this list of guests https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.772431582802303.1073741870.200752479970219&type=1 and anymore suggestions, and till we meet here again tarataratara!