Let me begin by announcing CROCUS 2010, our annual festival on Saffron Tree, starting on the 23rd of October and going on for a delicious week. If you love kids or books or any combination of the two, you might want to stop by and check it out.
I can’t put it better than Sandhya so I give you her words.
Stories and more stories. That is what Saffron Tree is all about. And we shall be all of 4 on the 23rd of October, 2010. CROCUS, our festival, a week-long birthday party, is the perfect opportunity to have an explosion of stories, a many-flavoured feast for all our readers to gorge on. Encompassing different cultures all over the world.
From all corners-East, West, North, South.
From all times- ancient, medieval and contemporary.
Of all kinds- about art, craft, music, dance, history, mythology, storytelling, differing lifestyles, food, religion, traditions and festivals.
There’s more– interviews with those who help create these stories- an illustrator, a storyteller, an editor, and authors.
Something for everyone. A mouth-watering spread. Every day of the festival will have many such offerings, with interesting discussions in which all you readers are invited to participate and contribute.
Games and party favours? We have an exciting CROCUSWORD to participate in, and prizes to be won.
Credits for the lovely poster go to –
Meera for two inspiring ideas to kickstart it.
Vibha who came up with another drawing.
Wordjunkie for taking it all and creating the magic.
Sheela for implementation and success. With Praba and Meera working on feedback and tweaking.
Me? Oh I just put it up here to lap up the praise they rightly deserve 😉
Next up, this one is from Surabhi. Dayeen Ya Bayeen releases on the 29th of October in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
I also learned something new from this blogger I just came across. On Gotra. I’m glad someone has something concrete to say on all the khap panchayat “honour” killings. Because all I could do was froth helplessly.
And if you’ve lost all faith in humanity, allow me to end with this piece – the chef who feeds the destitute. Long live his tribe (Vote for him here please – I think he deserves it). Now if only someone could smack the 20 year old who is going around protesting against books he hasn’t even begun to understand, all would be well with my world. It’s sad though, but recently I heard a 23 year old educated, media professional in Bombay say that she sympathises with the Sena ideology and I heard something shatter in my head. Oh right, that was my faith. Again. Have you guys read this piece by Rohinton Mistry, then? Why bother to teach our kids to read and host kid-lit festivals if this is an example of how young people feel about literature?