Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 3:34 pm


Date Joined: August 16, 2013
Last Online: November 18, 2017
Birthday: November 1, 1982
Country: India
Craft photos on Pinterest

About Me

Updated October 2017.

I am 35 yr old female from India. I'm married, & I have a daughter who is 6 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 - 2 of my 3 ratings are misunderstandings, since the raters are convinced that they are justified, I just let it be. The most recent one is entirely my fault. & I'm very ashamed of it. I assure you, I won't do that again.

Hosting - At the moment, (as is obvious) I am in swaps mostly hosted by me. I try to spread the swaps I host over different weeks, so that I can do justice to both vetting & preparing the swaps.

Recently I burnt my hands as a host when one newbie collected some "1"s, made ridiculous excuses, promptly created a new profile, & upon being charged, fled (flaking & non-rating) :( Despite this, now & again, I'd be hosting a newbie-friendly swap. I think that suspicion should not be pre-judicial, & that the burden of proving themselves innocent should not take away from the joy & excitement of doing something new. Also, as Snape once lamented "Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves," ... I'm one of those fools. Many times burnt, never shy.


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!


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 above. 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, or perhaps just aesthetically! I compose, I assemble :)


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

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

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.


Bookmarks or postcards of Book illustrations, esp. children's book illustrations

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!!

Some Advice/ tutorial !! … like

  • How to make a dreamcatcher, real simple

  • How to use a roller stamp, with fabric paint on fabric, it looks like the thing you paint walls with, & has a floral raised design, my sister got me

  • How to make a kiddie Pirate chest, again, my DIY is not very advanced!!!

Sweet nothings(feathers, sea shells, little pebbles, little pine cones, acorns, I know it's crazy)(shaped u clips !!!)

Flat, non-glitter sticker sheets, cute kiddie kind. My daughter uses lot of stickers, & I am only getting gross glittery or puffy stickers in India. (She also loves other flat decoration material like buttons & bows)

Letter stationery, esp. with Vintage design or autumn colours

Private Swaps

I would love to do Mail Art swaps with anyone, it is the first thing which drew me to swap-bot.

I would love to know nursery rhymes from different countries (of course with a translation) & if You can send (any kindof ) pics of the characters, even more great!

I'd like to swap some children's books (English language) from other countries. I'm ready to spend a reasonable amount on both the book & the postage.

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 natural history inclined fiction. As a child I read "Tales of a 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 Kagamachi & 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 tha 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 :)


I am almost-almost atheist. I dislike any attempts to pull me into any organised religion.

I am okay with magazines cut up for craft, but not books. Please do not send me crafts made of book pages! It makes me feel bad for the books!

Flaked on

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!

RSI - Show off your art - Greeting card by @defaultisdigital = @mehimeraki . Kind of sad, I hosted this, I can't angel to myself, right?

June-Dec 2014

This was the timewhen 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. :(

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.


Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely collage! It looked great! It is hard to believe it is your first one. For me it was the first one too and I found it more difficult than I expected! Wish you all the best and hope to meet you in a next swap 😉
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pc! I love peacocks!
Comment: Hello! Yes, turning 100 would be quite an experience! Hopefully we have helped Uncle Lenny have a nice surprise on his birthday. :) Loved your card and the stamps, too. :)
Comment: Namaste!! Thank you for the Alabama Card, I don't have one of these! I enjoyed the postage stamps and your cute "With love From India" impression. Took almost a month...not bad. Be well!! DIane
kssunlover1947 rated for Adult Coloring PC INTL #57 on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the coloring card and the note about it. I like it very much.
arembanas rated for Book Genre Challenge Swap Oct 17 on Nov 7, 2017
Johkup rated for MCA Card & envie - Oct 2017 on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely card and envelope!
Response: :) Thanks for the heart! I love the MCA swaps the best.
Comment: Received your Beautiful envelope today and I will forward on the postcards. Can you believe all the places of cards of been, it's pretty cool! I've had my nickname for years and I use it for everything, when times get tough I think of that name, and thank you for the comment.
Response: Thank you for the heart :) That's nice! One of the first swaps when I joined Swap-bot was a swap-bot Id swap -electronic. I think we should have more of these :)
Jjean rated for Reading Challenge 2017-November on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such an interesting review of your book...Enjoyed reading your email....
Response: Thanks for the heart! :) & Thanks for YOUR review!
rngstgstll rated for Book Genre Challenge Swap Oct 17 on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: I love the idea of being led by a legend into travels without a fixed destination -- sounds very interesting! Thanks for a fun swap and excuse to buckle down and read :)
Response: Thanks for the heart! Hope your book was great too!
jeufr27 rated for Book Genre Challenge Swap Oct 17 on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: Great book
Response: Thanks for the heart! :)
Suncloud rated for Origami Swap (Newbies Welcome!) on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the origami, envelope and letter It is very inspiring. I especially like the shrimp origami. The time and effort you put into creating it shows. Your swap made my day.
Response: Thank you, thanks for the appreciation! :) It was a nice swap, really.
nnair rated for RSI - Rangoli - create & click! on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Loved it!
Response: :)
Comment: I love, love, love "All The Light We Cannot See!" One of my favorites!!!!
Response: Is it ? I think it's going to be mine too! :)
Comment: thankyou very much for the card :)
Response: Thanks for the heart! :)
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous selection! I love it all. And I love that you mailed in a mag made envelope!
Response: Thank You Trinette! Thanks for the heart :) Maybe you'd like to join the Magazine clippings art group?
chaari rated for ESG: A day in my shoes on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your day with me! I love Pani Puri, my boyfriend is Nepali and we make them a lot! ♥
Response: Really ? I mean you buy the balls, right? :) (If you make it from scratch, you are an "accomplished" pair!!)
Ace330660 rated for Restaurant Menu swap International on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the resend of the menu ! Hope to swap with you again soon !
Response: Thank you for the heart rating! & thank you for joining my swap! Much fun! :)
Inez rated for ESG: A day in my shoes on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Hi Shreela! Thank you very much for the nice pictures you have send me! And Thanks for having a quick look in your life! Have a nice day!
Response: Thanks for rating so fast! & thanks for the heart :) Fun swap!
Amylord rated for Send my PC home! on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Hi Shreela, I got your PC. Will send it back tomorrow. :) The 🐟 PC is lovely btw.
Response: Wow! Yippy! Thank you! :*

Rating Overview

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nytetears on Nov 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the postcard Roulette card I really like it. It is wonderful of you to volunteer for the animals!

CurlyTea on Nov 1, 2017:

Babsmomof5 on Oct 23, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely postcard from the forum tag!

isabellasnow on Sep 14, 2017:

Kudos to you for sticking up for someone in the forum! They hack people to death over there. Thanks for publicly posting something nice about someone ;+)

Moominbrooke on Jan 4, 2017:

Happy Kazoo Day Jan 28 from Moominbrooke!

anrtist on Mar 28, 2016:

HOW COULD I Forget my favorite wolf of all!?!?!?!?
Here is a little wolf extra for your swap!!!


worldtraveler on Mar 6, 2016:

Hello, Thank you so much for the postcard you sent me from the "Who would like a postcard from _____?" tag in Postcards from Around the World group. It's so majestic and pretty! Have a wonderful day!!

Blessings and cheers, Suzanne

taeniura on Sep 11, 2015:

Thank you for your kind comment on my profile. I'm glad you liked the bookmarks :-)

njstauter on Apr 10, 2015:

I hung the prayer flag you made for me (March) with the hand-painted Shuli flowers on it. I've looked them up and am so honored by your artistry and that you shared the way the flowers are used to give honor. I read that they are close in nature to the Jasmine flower which does grow here in southern California and in fact, in my own gardens. They are not yet blooming, but I will think of you and do cherish the flag you made. Again, thank you!

synchrodoll on Jan 17, 2015:

Hi Shreela! Thank you for your kind message on my profile, so sorry it has taken so long to respond. I truly hope the mail system improves in your area! It was great having you in the group and I was happy to receive your postcards :o) Wishing you all the best for 2015 and beyond! Christine :o)

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