Arty-party Giveaway – Sandhya for Saffron Tree

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Sandhya was a doctor in a faraway lifetime but quit setting bones for delving into tomes. Her daughter is the centre of her universe. Together they have had many adventures of the bibliophilic kind, which she writes about at My Handful of the Sky. History, math, language and music make up the rest of her world. Her idea of heaven is a lazy afternoon with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other, with her favourite raga playing in the background. She dreams of writing a book someday.  A quote that she loves: “The world was hers for the reading!”  She is very generously sponsoring a gift for my readers  to promote saffron tree.
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Tell me a little about SaffronTree?
SaffronTree is a site where parents and children can go for recommendations and detailed reviews of eclectic books, not just the best-selling ones. These are handpicked by our contributors, who are all parents and share their experience of reading these books with their children. SaffronTree was started by Praba Ram when she found very few resources for good multicultural and specifically Indian books. It wouldn’t be the wonderful place it is for book recommendations, if it wasn’t for the wonderful people who contribute, and I am proud to be one of their numbers. We often joke among ourselves about an ST standard for choosing our books. 
Other than the frequently updated reviews and author interviews, we also have our annual festival that is held at the site, in the last week of October. It is called CROCUS – Celebrate Reading Of Culturally Unique Stories – and is a 5 day fest of books around a theme. Certainly worth visiting.

Something about you? 
I love books. It is evident in everything I do. I would definitely define myself as primarily a reader. I also love to write about the books I have loved. What kind of books do I read? Anything and everything that appeals to me, both children’s books and those for grown-ups. I can say with conviction, that over four decades of reading, I’ve honed a sixth sense about the good, the bad, the ugly and the inconsequential as far as books go.
I have my own blog on which I write about my books and much else. I have one daughter, in whom, miraculously, I’ve managed to inculcate a similar affection towards reading, and some of our memorable times together have been of reading and discussing books we both love. 
I also freelance at a few places, and hope to write a book sometime not too far into the future. Preferably historical fiction.
What made you start doing book reviews? and When?  
As I said, I read a lot. At some point, I felt the need to share with others my joy in these books. Around that time, a few years ago, everyone who had something to say was saying it at their blog. I thought it would be a good idea to write about the books we’ve enjoyed, and what better way than to review them? I take my time over them, researching into the background, author/illustrator details, etc., preferring it to one liners.
Contact Details –
I blog at There is of course, SaffronTree –, and Womensweb My contact details are there on my blog.
What would you be gifting our readers. 
I would let the readers choose one book from these four.

I would also give a separate, non-art/craft book of my choice, which will be chosen  according to our ‘ST standards’, to the winner, which I will choose depending on the age of the child.


Rules of the giveaway 

  1.  Like pageArtsyCraftsyMom  & Saffron Tree on facebook if not already done
  2.  Leave a comment here saying which book (from the above 4 links ) you want

Terms & Conditions 

  1. The giveaway is open till 31st July. 
  2. Winners will be announced in August, 2013 and will be chosen by lucky draw
  3. Open to anyone with an Indian shipping address. 

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  1. I love books and can read anything i can lay my hands on ,have a 17 month kiddo so would like to read the Nature activity book so i can incorporate whats in it with my son 🙂

  2. In my opinion, a book, that too, gifted by Sandhya, will be the most amazing gift for anyone.

    So if at all I win this, I will consider myself to be the most luckiest person to have got it.

    So there you go – thats my comment – Sandhya and Shruti

  3. Oh that nature book looks so interesting..actually all of them, but the nature book is more attractive especially for a mother like me raising the brat in a concrete jungle like Mumbai…of course, the lungs of mumbai (small gardens scattered here and there) are always there to take her, but it would be wonderful to get a book along and teach her stuff about nature and hopefully make her love the earth’s feel in her hands 🙂

    I am a big big big Sandhya fan :):) Each post on her blog is a learning..and oh Saffron Tree is one of its kind in the world I think. The site is my first choice whenever I plan to buy books for my brat :):)

  4. Your giveaway is introducing such interesting people with inspiring hobbies and blogs. Thanks a lot. Liked on facebook

  5. Am just beginning to cross stitch………so what could be more than a treasure….my pick did be the ‘Quick Easy Cross Stitch designs’

  6. Whoa! I did not realise Sandhya was a doctor in her previous life nor did i know the whole story behind saffron tree. Brief introduction but enough said to make me hop on to their webspace. Having met Sandhya very briefly, her love for books and the collection she has beautiful….i say this from the few books i have swappId with her. Esp the kid friendly mytho books.
    I just started trying out water colors, so my pick would be the water color book and am going to order the nature activity roght away 🙂

  7. I am going to bat for the ‘Great Art Scandal’. For one, I love detective stuff and I am hoping to pass on this love to my bratty 5 year old and I am hoping both of us will have fun learning about various painters.

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Love this!!
    I would go for the Water colours book.. but i guess Ammu would love the Great Art Scandal!!

  9. It was great to learn about the Saffron Tree, and also the Artsy Craftsy Mom 🙂
    Both topics of great interest to me, and I try to inculcate for my children also.
    I have 2 kids – one is almost 7, another is almost 8.5 y.
    If I have to choose 1 (its tough), I would go for the Nature Activity book. The close second is the Art Scandal book… I love the concept. And I hope my kids feel inspired to paint more because of that!

  10. Hello Sandhya,

    You have a lovely website at Saffron Tree. I have been there earlier. And now that my son starts playschool, I will be hanging out more often.

    Would love a copy of The Beginners Guide to Watercolors.


  11. saffron tree – a catchy name,great collection of books, where were these days, it is a one stop place for kids books. thanks shruti for sharing the details

  12. Congratulations to A_A Mom for winning this one. Along with your contact/mailing details, could you please specify which of the books featured here you would like? And the exact ages of your children. Thanks. 🙂