Back in 2006, when book blogging was just starting to take hold and before we had started our PaperTigers blog, Praba Ram created the blog Saffron Tree. She said in her initial blog post “I know there are lots of book blogs that focus on mainstream American children’s books, but I haven’t been able to find any that focus primarily on children’s books by Indian, Indian American and South East Asian authors. The goal for this blog, to start with, is to provide book reviews and recommendations of titles with a South Asian, particularly Indian flavor”. Saffron Tree has grown and flourished over the years (there are now 15 contributors!) and we highly recommend it as one of the kidlit blogs to visit.
Next week is a very special time for Saffron Tree as it celebrates it’s 5th anniversary and hosts it’s annual book festival celebration Crocus. Lots of great offerings are in store so head on over and join in (and don’t forget to wish them a very happy 5th birthday!). Here’s the invitation:
Saffron Tree turns five this year. Five. It has a nice ring to it. Mainly because five is an important number in many traditions. There is of course the ancient pentagram or the five pointed star, incidentally, dating back to the Vedas too, as a symbol of man, the five wounds of Christ, the five times a devout Muslim is called to prayer, the five symbols of Sikhism and not so sacred but oh so important, the five fingers on a hand. We at Saffron Tree however, decided to narrow our focus to Aristotle’s five classical elements, namely, water, fire, earth, air and ether.
As is usual, we bring you a veritable bonanza. Reviews, art and craft, our very popular Crocusword and interviews galore, of arborists, archeologists, environmentalists and more. Even as I type this I wonder if I’ve given you too much of a peek. Perhaps I have. So I’m going to stop here and leave you thirsting for more. What I will share with you, is our lovely banner, designed by the very talented Lavanya Karthik. Feast your eyes on it, folks and brace yourself for the smorgasbord ahead. As ever, spread the joy, share the beauty of the written word and tell the world that CROCUS 2011, is almost here.