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RooBaRoo

RooBaRoo
Date Joined: August 16, 2013
Last Online: December 7, 2018
Birthday: November 1, 1982
Country: India
Pinterest board of my craft & drawings
Received Awesomeness
Mail Art Envelopes (received)

About Me

Profile has grown really long. !!!! But I HAVE neatly arranged it into heads. Just skip to where you need. Thanks!

Update 22/08/2018

Situation better. Main Post office seems to be able to send outward registry!!!! Anyway, I can't believe my good luck, & am going to lay low for a while (well, as low as it is possible for an SB-addict!!)

Update 28/07/2018

Okay, my Post office situation collapsed. It was never very good to begin with, the employees had put up stiff resistance to sending registered anything abroad. I had stood my ground & they had relented to "letters & documents". I had conditioned them ( by sending something every other week) to send flat envelopes, however fat, & with the truth on the Customs declaration, not "letters & documents".

However, on 16/07/2018, they installed a new integrated software, & till now, have been unable to figure out, or have found an excuse not to , how to send registered post abroad. It's a mess.

I am 36 yr old female from India. I'm married, & I have a daughter who is 7 yrs old. I work full time in an insurance co. I enjoy snail mails & paper crafts.

Address - I use my office address here, I've found that it works better

Chasing ratings - I try to keep track of who I have sent but not got rated, I contact to find out the problem, & I have made several resends. I do not enjoy losing my stuff to postal thieves, but I do enjoy gathering & sending, so it is not a problem. However, this is NOT an OBsession with me ... so ... IF You were expecting a swap from me, & it did not arrive, & I did not contact You, then please YOU do, I would gladly resolve the issue.

3 ratings The 3 that I have acquired is entirely my fault. & I'm very ashamed of it. I assure you, I won't do that again.

Hosting & Angeling

I try to spread the swaps I host over different weeks, so that I can do justice to both vetting & preparing the swaps.

I will always angel Type 2 & Type 3 swaps hosted by me. I host a newbie-friendly only when I have sufficient material to angel 3 people!!!

Electronic swaps I host are designed to have all people as partners to each other. Thus, everyone already knows my responses - it cannot be angeled. Don't join it if it is too much of a risk.

Sadly, there is no way to angel a non-rated swap!

Crafts

Paper is my substrate. I paint (lazy), sketch, line-draw (I dislike calling it "Zentangle, I'm following nobody's "official" patterns!!), collage (beginner), Origami (beginner). I love to paint on fabric - cushion covers & prayer flags are favourite projects.

You can sample my crafts at the pinterest link . Beware, there'd be some kiddie stuff as well :) I hesitate to call my work "creating". Creating is when one makes something out of nothing, like a work of fiction, an invention, or a hitherto unknown business! I am merely artistically inclined! I compose, I assemble :)

I can send/ I can make for you

  • Teas : Darjeeling, Assam, Chai, Kahwa

  • Books (store-bought) English language, Indian authors, for grown-ups and children, comics (once) popular in india

  • trims & laces - these will be VERY glittery & kitschy

  • scarf, stole or dupattaa

  • Tee-shirts, stoles, "jholaa" (tote)bags, cushion covers (store-bought, in Indian kitsch/pop or folk(tribal) design OR bought-plain & hand-painted)

  • souvenirs ( key chains, magnets, small purse, coasters)

  • beautiful bangles (other accessories too... but these bangles (& Bindi) are particular to India, & you won't get them elsewhere)

Preferences

Colours : No particular choice! However, I don't like fluorescent (neon) colours.

Motifs: Paisley, Squirrels, Owls, Mushrooms, Acorns, Coniferous trees, other trees, FLOWERING TREES, Sea stars, buntings/party flags

Olaf from Frozen, Big Bang Theory, Transformers, Krtek the mole :)

Anything related to Tintin or Sherlock Holmes (any franchise)

Book recos : Open to everything, except hardcore horror & sexual deviance, i.e., considering domestic violence, or drinking people's blood to be sex !!! … that really grosses me out.

I'd really love to try translations of authors of other languages.

Please recommend me your favourite authors from your country, preferably contemporary, but classic will also do!

Anything handmade by you, or written by you, something interesting you witnessed, or a life incident you relate to, anything You want to share, I love the feeling of “click” when I connect to a person thousands of miles away!!

Hey! Anyone knows Cheburashka?

Dislikes

I am almost-almost atheist. I dislike any attempts to pull me into any organised religion. Oh! I am okay with any kind of Holiday/festival imagery. Just not evangelizing.

I am okay with magazines cut up for craft, but not books. It makes me feel bad for the books!

Blank touristy postcards. NOT okay!!!! (WRITTEN touristy postcards- welcome, non-touristy postcards - written & blank both welcome :)

I've come to decide that tea is not really my cup of tea!! :D Coffee neither!

Undesirables

Scenario: say, I hit a ditch on my Vespa & break my collarbone. So, a passer by asks who he should call, &

Expectation : I should say "drop me out of unassigned swaps", instead of telling him where my health insurance card is. because, according to certain "stellar" swappers,THAT is the right thing to do. "But you could at least have informed!!!!". Well, sorry, I'm more things, BEFORE being a swapper.

Sarcasm apart, if I suddenly disappear, & collect a bunch of "1"s, (which is likely, because I will NOT be anticipating death), please simply email my husband at yashendra@gmail.com, & ask him if I am alive or dead.

I'm fully aware that I am on certain swappers' "drama swapper" list. It's their opinion & they are entitled to it.

Some people get angry that every single person on the earth is not agreeing with them. When you threw me out of your groups wordlessly, I bowed out silently. Now, extend me the equal courtesy, & if I give someone a 2nd chance, let it be my decision.

I am not stupid & I understand the need to ban poor swappers, & also to call them out.

At the same time ,I do not appreciate snarkiness in Swap-Bot & I do not understand the ABSOLUTE need & obsession to get rid of one's "1" ratings, to the point that people have advised other people to wait till the next time Rachel holds the charity event, & then buy its removal & THEN start swapping. Seriously? You advise THAT compared to a genuine acceptance of mistake & a sincere effort to build up ones rating by doing more good swapping? I'm REALLY sorry, I FAIL to see the logic. & this "case" was with a SINGLE "1", not hordes.

Then there are people who give 3s for not "sent late", but "received late", & for resends, which are basically postal system problems.

These people, I avoid. I do not join their swaps, & steer clear of their RAKs, & if I'm partnered with them in other people's swaps, then ... well... tough luck!

Assertive Rights

Thread of important threads

Flaked on in

All the news that's fit to print BY@boompowbeauty - NOT looking for angel for this one it was more fun sending than receiving!!!

2 Truths & A Lie Postcard #4 by @sweetsexyvicky

♡Marriage picture swap ♡ by @RebeccaR ...strange! she was the host%..strange! she was the host!

RSI - Show off your art - Greeting card by @defaultisdigital = @mehimeraki , I hosted this, ... ANGELED BY @nytetears THANK YOUUUUU!!

Whimsy Envelope - Naked?! The Emperor's New Envie! by @FarrenG

June-Dec 2014

This was the time when I'd justed shifted to Kanpur, was using my home address, I was losing mail left, right, & center :( :( I am listing swaps that I never received. I will NOT rate "1", becuase, in all probability, it was my post office's fault that I did not receive, not my partner's. ALL THESE SWAPS ARE UNRATED Still, if anyone would RAK these, I'd be really happy. (These days, praise the powers that might be, I am actually receiving my mail)

Carpe Librum ~ 100 Members & 1yr Celebration Paper - contacted partner - she resent. Even resend did not arrive. :( RAK-ed by @changeling - awesome read!

A Very Merry Unbirthday Postcard Swap! July 2014 - 2 partners, did not receive either. Both kindly resent. One received, one missing ...

TAKE A RISK ATC - #1 - contacted partner. Neither received the original, nor resend

TAKE A RISK ATC #2 - same story. The risk ATCs turned out to be a very bad risk for me :(

Sarcastic & Subversive Postcards #3 - 2 partners - never received anything ... now both are inactive ... feels bad to rate them low ... so late & when they've left

...& ... Mag Clippings VDAY Fandanie & RooBaRoo I set this up for her because she had low ratings & I couldn't allow her on a group swap I hosted. Then I got late assigning partners, & she was so high strung with being banned out of swaps, she searched my address from her old records ... & ... unfortunately, it was this old address. I feel bad for her regarding this swap. The swap never reached me, I could not rate her anything.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Humour, mystery, child-literature.

My favourite authors in English are Micheal Crichton, Gerald Durrell, James Herroit, Khaled Hosseini, P. G. Wodehouse, John Grisham, Alister Mclean, Mary Higgins Clark, J. R.R. Tolkien, Terry Prachett, Lewis Caroll & Jasper Fforde.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Meg Cabot, Dr Suess, Agatha Christie, David Baldacci, Ken Follet, Frederik Forsyth, Sidney Sheldon(not all), Amish Tripathi & I am not embarrassed to include Dan Brown ...

My introduction to Arthur Haily, Ayn rand, Paulo Coelho & Robin Cook was bad! So I have to start over.

However, apart from series, there are so many standalone books I enjoyed, & though I am not right now seeking out those authors, eventually I will. Dracula, Ender's Game (& Ender's Shadow), The Catcher in the Rye, She's come Undone, Rebecca, Catch 22, 1984, The Jungle Book, The Book of Dragons ( E. Nesbit), Rule of the Bone, The Inscrutable Americans, How I taught my Grandmother to read, The Historian, Acts of Faith, Battle for Bittora (so unfortunate that now Anuja Chauhan is co-authoring withthe III-class Durjoy Datta), How to Kill, Gamechangers, You are Here (Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan), White Tiger, Lessons in Forgetting, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Perfect Eight, The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime, The Skull Mantra (gotta read the Inspector Shan series), Aztec Autumn (Gotta read Aztec), Neanderthal ...

I try to read English novels by Indian, & now Pakistani, authors, these mainly fall in the category of "drama" or simply, "fiction". If You would like to try some, I could recommend.

I disliked "In other rooms, other wonders" & "the Diary of a Social butterfly". The monotony & depressive mood of one, & the amazing irrtiant-ness of the other put me off. I also seriously disliked the (highly acclaimed) "God of Small Things" & "Graffiti my Soul". Open to more books by those authors, though!

I love reading Natural History, & Ruskin Bond writes naturae reading Natural History, & Ruskin Bond writes naturaa Naturalist", by Ptyor Manteufel, who was a Russian biologist & conservationist (I understand), in translation. It is my all time favourite book, reads like fiction & I still relax with it. I wish I could find more of his work in translation.

I also read in Bengali, & my favourite author of all is Lila Majumdar. Also Satyajit ray (Feluda Series, Professor Shonku series , & everything else), Abanindronath Tagore, Sunil Gangopadhyay (Kakababu series (not the later ones) & those written as "NeelLohoit"), Manoranjan Bhattacharjo (detective Huakashi & EVERYTHING), the Tenida series, The Ghanada series ....

I do like the bestsellers Harry Potter Series, Hunger Games trilogy, Skulduggary Pleasant series, I'd like to read the Alex Rider series, the Percy Jackson series, A series of unfortunate events & so on ... I really like kid-lit & young adult.

I also enjoy reading adventure based children's classics, like Treasure Island, The Last of Mohicans, You get the Idea!

I was also totally awed by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's "Chander Paahaar" (available in translation as "The Mountain of the Moon") , Boy! Bengali authors CAN WRITE kid-lit! (Ask me for recos on translations)

I have only read 2 Popular Science books, "One,two,three, infinity" & "a brief history of time", I enjoyed both a LOT, please recommend me if You know something similar!

I read & enjoy fantasy & sci-fi, but I do not consider these in my favourite genres. I have not read horror - yet.

I am absolutely not into any kind of perversion, disturbing images that will never leave my mind's eye - the REALITY - the NEWS is full enough of that. I have yet avoided reading 50 shades of grey & the Twilight series ... I was excited when I came to know about it, but then, as it grew on me (& the entire world), blood-sucking sex just does not agree with me.

I also read read non-fiction, but it takes me a long time :P Mitch Albom, Luce Edward, Gandhi, Nehru ...

I read Seabiscuit - An American legend, & liked it a lot. That counts as non Fiction, & Elizabeth Gilbert, right?

I have not read much foreign literature, but I would love to (in English translation) Puskin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekov , Thomas Mann, Herman Hesse,Rainer Maria Rilke, & obviously, hundreds of authors beyond my humble domain of recognition.

Although living a daily life in India is demoralizing on a daily basis, the sheer brilliance of the incredibly numourous authors throughout the world (& including India) makes me think life must be worthwhile!

Last but not the least, Herge' (Tintin) & Rene Goschinni & Alberto Uderezo (Asterix) which I have loved at all ages :)

Received RAK/ Angel/ Wish

Out of the blue, @Melbournegirl sent my daughter some lovely stickers 😙😙

Received CPG 10/29 RAK pretty notecards from @OrigamiGrace

RSI - Show off your art - Greeting card by @defaultisdigital = @mehimeraki , I hosted this, ... ANGELED BY @nytetears It was absolutely random & caught me by surprise!! :)

Used Vintage Postcards from @theevidenceisme 😊😊

Blank postcards - international from @piratejimbob ❤ Thank You!!

Gallery postcards cut into found images from Dsweeny❤

Thank you @BhindBlueEyes for the coulouring pages ... I love how you frequently keep your RAKs international!

Received RAK for Carpe Librum ~ 100 Members & 1yr Celebration Paper from @changeling :) :) :)

@Soph @ShinySerra @groudhogstamper & @kellpepper sent me Requested Easter RAK & also ... @Mgallardo87 & @wolfeagle ... So grateful for such caring, generous, attentive people :) :)

Thanks @Lady for the Chinese New Year RAK :) :) (I'm not finding its link!!)

Awesome Sherlock Holmes PC received from @smadronia in Naked Postcard RAK - US & Intl, Up to 70 people!

"consolation" RAK from @pynart2 in A envelope full of goidies .... SO sweet of you!!! :)

Handmade envelopes & stationery from @Caf1988 in Destash RAK - Thanks for the lovely stuff!!

@LoveThis sent me cartoon, Christmas & foreign text used PCs, even though I didn't specify the numbers!

Sent RAK/Angel/ Wish

Sent @jackwomanbatman a Notebook decorated with sarcasm, because it was so much fun!!

RAK to a Terminally Ill Child

Wishlists November 2017 to @bbeth @MsRose & @LadySunshine

RAK - For My Brother TO @A123987

Holidays are hard to @Ryleighsmom

In need of happy mail @Rosina176

So.. I was cheated on.. to @dial208Medusa

A SPECIAL REQUEST to @Soph

Angeled Comics # 11 Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) to @LunaMoody

Angeled Fun~Green and BLACK 8*10 Envelope to @ zebragirlzebra

& also a Happy mail to one swapper's father, who passed away before it'd reach ... RIP, I hope it was a peaceful passage.

Sent to @emelardawn @Mimi7 & @user6937 for Double-sided children's illustrations

& @dictionary @smadronia @Mye @pianoheart @Bhindblueeyes @mgallardo68 @ChrisAnne @Moominbrooke & @glennasgarden for In a "Holi" mood? .

Too bad @emeraldawn later turned out to be a huge flaker :(

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous swap and the wonderful Oak Tree Poem! We had lots of Oak trees, in Wisconsin, where I am from originally, and they were huge!!! The gingham envie was pretty. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
ttbishop rated for IU : SOC Nov 2018 on Dec 3, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your letter and pretty holiday card. I WISH the US was less obsessed with its president! Especially the current one! Your comment about Prime Minister based movies not being hits made me LOL. :-)
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Comment: it does sound like an epic :) i hope you continue to read till the end even though the swap has ended. do let me know about the ending too. hehehe
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Comment: Your post card arrived in good condition, thank you so much. Your love birds are so beautiful and sweet! This was a great swap!
Response: Thanks for the heart, & thanks for participating :)
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Comment: Shreela, this is a beautiful tag! Love the trees and the beads on the fibers thank you so much.
Response: Thank you for the kind rating 🙂 I was bit apprehensive!!
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Comment: Hi Shreela, Thank you for the great handmade postcard! Your drawing is so good. The song/poem was new to me so I really enjoyed reading it. You and I both sent our cards on the same day -- I hope mine arrives at your house soon!
Response: I'm really looking forward to it : ) :) & thanks for the kind comment :)
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Response: Thank you!
KMC rated for Anything Cheese Recipe International on Nov 22, 2018
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Comment: thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
yomousey rated for Reading Challenge 2018-September on Nov 19, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for re-sending! AOL is a real pain and I keep losing e-mails, ugh! The series sound cool, I will have to try it. Happy Thanksgiving!
Response: Oh, it is! Thanks for the heart! 🙂
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Comment: Thanks so much for sharing, and for ensuring it found me :) It was really interesting to read your thoughts - I may look into this book myself at some point.
Response: Thanks for digging it up & rating :)
Scrybe rated for IU : SOC Oct 2018 on Nov 14, 2018
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Comment: Your letter was stolen and just the envelope arrived.
Response: It's really sweet of you to rate . I am re-sending tomorrow. I hope it reaches soon.
Jaymmers rated for Drink Recipe International on Nov 13, 2018
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Comment: I'm so excited to try these! Thank you!
Response: :) You are very kind, Jamie!
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Comment: Thank you
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
junemoon rated for Nonfiction Essay Workshop on Nov 12, 2018
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Comment: Excellenet essay, thanks for resending
Response: Thanks! Responding to your e-mail.
ktk8 rated for Collaboration #62 on Nov 9, 2018
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Comment: WoW what a GLORIOUS swap starting from the mushroom covered envelope......to the card I get to finish and send home..... to the postcards you wrote on to the blank ones! WoW THANK YOU..... I added just a couple die cuts to it.... a flower and a bird and it looks STUNNING...... Happy Swapping so fun receiving from INDIA!
Response: Aww! Thanks Katie! I'm really happy you liked it so much!
crochetjunkie rated for 75 More Questions Swap on Nov 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your swap. It was very interesting to read about your life and culture which is very different than mine. Kids here sometimes sleep with their parents for an extended time. It sounds like when it’s her time, you’ll have plenty of space for her own area.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I am enjoyings these swaps greatly too!
GinaVisione rated for Flying Pig PC on Nov 8, 2018
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Comment: Love the Flying Pig PC - I think it made it intact for the most part! Thank you!
Response: Great! Thanks for the heart! 🙂
wolfeagle rated for Halloween Potion Bottle PC on Nov 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much.
Response: Thanks! Fun swap!
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Comment: I loved your handmade card with deliciois tea (I love masala chai, especially this time.of year!) and such a sweet note. Thank you so much!
Response: Great! 🙂 Thank you for the heart!
Serendipity7894 rated for Nonfiction Essay Workshop on Nov 4, 2018
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Comment: What a well-written story! I enjoyed every word of it :)
Response: Thank you! I really enjoyed doing it, & hope you host more!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9972 613 71 82
Completed Fives Threes Ones
484 723 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
94 208 182 0
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Comments

Changeling on Dec 8, 2018:

Here is a slightly belated big Thank You for the RAK woven postcard! I saw these three siblings portrayed in a book from the 1800s at work! In that depiction, they looked like little snowmen. I enjoyed learning more about them. I appreciate the lovely bright painting.

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 7, 2018:

Yay! It made it!!! Thank you so much for angeling my AMA Nostalgic Bird Swap! I love sparrows too and especially love stories about how animals and birds got their colors! We used to have lots of the small brown birds here, and fed them during the winter, but we have not seen any this year. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

groundhogstamper on Nov 30, 2018:

I love the little wooden birds you sent to me! Thank you so much for this sweet RAK.

wombatlady on Nov 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the art/postcard RAK! It's lovely and came through the mail very well.

AmookIslandCreations on Nov 15, 2018:

Thank you for angeling the Nostalgia Bird Swap in advance! I tried to give her as many chances as I could to make good on this swap. Looking forward to seeing your art! Thanks, again. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

mgallardo68 on Nov 2, 2018:

So glad my paper worked for something great! I love the picture, the looks is fantastic! Thank you so much for show and tell!!!! ♥

CurlyTea on Nov 1, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

MSturgill87 on Oct 12, 2018:

Thank you

For the awesome handmade PCs! This was also my first time receiving mail from India and I absolutely love the stamps you used - they will make a great addition to my collection. Thank you as well for the sweet note. :)

angelgram on Oct 2, 2018:

Thinking of you and hope you have a great week.

ChrisAnne on Aug 29, 2018:

Thank you for your kind words!

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