Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rewind. Recap.

The week that was...

The Saffron Tree crew reviews our books once again. Read the reviews of our 'Eureka Series' (also known as the Sister...Sister series or the Science series) and of the book 'Chuskit Goes to School'.

Sift through two of our Twitter recaps and find news on books, reading, publishing, non-profits, events and more : 1 , 2.

The new year has arrived and as we look forward to a year full of challenges, opportunities and fun, we shall take some time to revisit some of the popular blog posts from last year.

Fiction to non fiction, book designs to memoirs - the best books of 2009 and the decade.

On 26th December 2004, a terrifying Tsunami struck the Indian Ocean. Moyna and Joydeb Chitrakar, Patua scroll painters from Bengal, have collaborated with Tara Books to bring out a Patua scroll-book. In October 2008, Nina Sankovitch was on a mission - to read a book every day for the next 365 days. The Rare Book Room has digital photographs of some rare books from the world's greatest libraries. The works of WB Yeats and Sigmund Freud have entered the public domain. William Blake's art and poetry reaches the public in the form of mosaic and audio installations.

The International Children's Film Festival is being held in Bangalore and is on till 13th January, 2009.
January and February are going to be a great months for bibliophiles in India. Looks like it is the season of bookfairs.

A literacy programme delivered through the mobile phone to disadvantaged female learners in Punjab showed improved literacy skills. Read about the programme here. With an aim of popularising Sanskrit among youngsters, a Sanskrit teacher has penned Sanskrit rhymes for children. The Times of India-Crest's first issue for this year featured 25 men and women who are making a difference in the world. We posted two articles from this issue which are related to the education sector.

Chandrahas Choudhury writes about how a new flurry of finely wrought English translations from India’s vernacular languages promises to bring the country’s literary map fully into focus.

Vimanika Comics has published a graphic novel which is set in the present, but the protagonist is Karna, the warrior prince, from Mahabharata.

Organised by the Resource Alliance, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NGO Awards 2009 seek to recognise and celebrate organisations that are setting and promoting best practices in resource mobilisation, accountability and transparency. Send in your entries before 1st March, 2010.

The Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning is being held from 24th-28th November 2010 in Kochi, India. The last date for submission of abstracts is 31st January, 2010.

Start a Story is a great resource to get people to create their own stories and have fun while they are at it.

We leave you with this classy Munkii vintage bookshelf.

Image Source: Raveesh Vyas

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