Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2018 7:29 am


Date Joined: August 16, 2013
Last Online: March 19, 2018
Birthday: November 1, 1982
Country: India

About Me

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

Hey! I just got my hands on some fabric tape .... Anyone know where all I can stick it?

Hey! Anyone knows Cheburashka?

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 - the older of my 3 ratings is me underestimating how difficult black-out poetry can be ... the rating pinched, still does. At that time, I was also not aware that a "does not meet swap requirements" swap can be re-done/ re-sent. I only came to know of this later, while interacting on the fora. The recent 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!


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'm in India, which means I don't have access to the commercial crafting supplies as in the USA. I regret that a bit, but not very much. I use mainly materials available to me in my crafts. That's shiny paper from the tons of Marriage invitations that Wedding-obsessed society of mine sends my way, magazine clippings, & some craft supplies like buttons, & fabric flowers. I do not use purchased-printed paper craft supplies. Partly because they are imported from the USA (expensive, & very "what's the point?"- importing stuff from USA & then sending them to Americans!!!) & partly because they don't appeal to me. I mean, if I use a ticket, it should be from a concert I went to, right?

It's also probably just not my style. I'd prefer to draw a composition than stamp it. Would I ever use the same image (stamp) multiple times? - except those with "pen-pal" themes!

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

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

  • Personalised notebooks/journals - (purchased blank & personalized to your profile, or theme, quirky, sarcastic or feminist)

  • Personalized address labels - I have a resource-person


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.

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


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 stuff like bows, shaped u clips, cartoon stick-on plasters !!)

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

Letter stationery, esp. with Vintage design or autumn colours

I'd love to receive flower/wildflower seeds, if they are inconspicuous & do not put your mail in customs jeopardy - ones that you saved from your own flowers - I don't want you to go out BUY them for me.

I'd love to unburden you of any odd postcard-size envelope you don't have use for :P Also your odd single notepad/sheets, odd leftover buttons & remnant ribbons & laces.

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!!

Sweet nothings(feathers, sea shells, little pebbles, little pine cones, acorns, I know it's crazy) Sea glass! I've never seen sea glass.

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!

Trades, private swaps & wishes

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 kind of ) pics of the characters, even more great!

I'd REALLY 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.

I'd like a "introduction to Steampunk". Type 1, 2 or 3. I'd like a peek into what "hearth Witches" mean. I am not thinking of "converting", I'm quite the sceptic, however, I feel so curious. I do not know what my element is, actually I do not like to feel limited by one element, but anything "earth" pulls me, like woodland animals ... I'm sorry if hearth Witch-ing is not supposed to be classified like that! AND I'm sorry, I cannot reciprocate in kind on these two topics, because, simply, I know nothing about these things, but I feel so piqued!

Amazon India Wishlist I think it can be sorted by lowest price first :)

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 :)


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. Please do not send me crafts made of book pages! It makes me feel bad for the books!

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

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❤

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 &


RAK - For My Brother TO @A123987

Holidays are hard to @Ryleighsmom

In need of happy mail @Rosina176

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


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

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

Get Well Soon happy mail to @Angelgram

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

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!!

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.

Thread of important threads


Comment: I love the way you drew them really super fanatic.I love each and everyone of act card you drew. I finished college and am going to work at a preschool. Yes I have a lot of pets I really love them. Some of them were abandoned so I took them in, I live in the country.
Comment: Thank you for swapping - I think I can even store my sunnglasses in this one and I love the color! =)
user7007 rated for FK - Feminist journal/notebook on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Got my journal! I love all the quotes, thanks! I got a kick out of the paper being made of horse poo!
wolfeagle rated for AMA - Paper Collage 4" X 6" on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the bird collage.
Comment: Zombie Dotty. Right?! The ignorance is so overwhelming, I can barely even rate you for your magazine cut-out comment that you can't even be bothered to glue down correctly! Plus, you only used 90 gsm laughing stock when the swap clearly called for 135. *shakes head*
Comment: Love your comment! Lol!
Comment: LOL!
Response: Hehe! Thanks!
meeltje57 rated for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme - on Mar 6, 2018
Comment: So very beautiful. Much brighter than the colors of my batch. Very happy with it. Hope not to disapoint you.
Response: Really? Thanks for the heart ☺ Don't worry, I struggled with the experiment too... I'd like whar you got!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna, Shreela! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-) I love your final thought: "One does need some lightening the mood once in a while." So true! :-) <3
Response: :) Thanks for joining, Jen! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for sharing. I added it to my to-be-read pile on Goodreads. It's fun to discover a book from a writer from India. ^_^
Response: Thanks for the heart :) I too like to "discover" books from slightly less known/ other - culture authors!
reader44ever rated for Freebie bookmarks 2 on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Shreela! I got your swap the day before yesterday and I nearly cried tears of joy when I saw your note that the tasseled bookmark used to have a bead on it...but you removed it for me! Thank you SOOO MUCH! :-) <3 And thanks for the other bookmarks, too! !!! :-)
Response: Hey Jen! I just undid the loop, & removed the bead ... less lumpy in mail !! THANKS for the heart! :) :) See you around more!
Lucine rated for **PBP March ~ Weather…** on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: No reason to be nervous at all;) I really, really like the page. Awesome drawing, colouring and journaling. I like the no nonsense mentality, because of too much flaking on swap-bot. Thank you, also for the nice letter and earrings.
Response: Thank you Lucine! I agree about the non-nonsense, just that I must live up to it too! & thanks, it's really a confidence-booster that you really liked it :)
Comment: Shreela, thank you so much. What a funny story to your card. It is huge! Actually the sentiment is quite sweet, for a gal into trucks! One of my best friends is, and her daughter and 2 sons wives, so the thoughts wouldnot be wasted on them. Cheers sweet lady! It is Autumn today. xxx
Response: Thank you Jane! :) It's great that your friend will have a chuckle too! Fun swap!
bblue rated for Sanity appreciation & encouraging Mary on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the recipes. I'll try one this weekend if I can get the ingredients for it before then (my closest grocery store is pretty small). I received this swap from @wolfeagle today, too, so it was a good mail day.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I hope you got something cooking :) Hey! If you use semolina, please take note it will swell to almost 3 times its dry volume upon cooking!
cindygroet rated for Reading Challenge 2018-February on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the inspiration. I think I want to read that book as well about Mata Hari.
Response: Thanks for the heart! & thanks for also sending me your review!
msgforjohn rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Feb 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the "chunk!" I love that cassette tape dispenser! I'm a huge fan of these trades, too--the chunk-o-cardboard is the main thing keeping me on swap-bot! ;)
Response: Thanks for the heart! Hope to see you around, in more swaps :)
Comment: Thank you so much for your Bird of Paradise. I love how you made it stand up. And I will totally use the newspaper, even though I can't read it. :D
Response: Wow, that reached soon! :) Thanks for the heart! :)
Jaymmers rated for The funny things kids say/do on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: I got it! I got it! Thank you so much for the resend. I'm pretty sure every kid needs a roankate. Haha! I really hope my resend shows up here so for you also :) I hope you have a fantastic day :)
Response: Ha ha! Thank you, thanks for the heart! Yeah, I hope so too! 😊
Onibah3 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Feb 2018 on Feb 20, 2018
Comment: Hello and "Merci "for the delicious looking chunk! and I love the Gandhi stamps alot. So cool to have you mail to me again! Thank you so much!! Diane
Response: Thanks for the heart! 😊 Hope to see you around in more swaps!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9928 473 49 54
Completed Fives Threes Ones
368 551 2 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
70 168 130 0
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smadronia on Mar 11, 2018:

Your RAK arrived! thank you so much!

ChrisAnne on Mar 2, 2018:

Thank you so much for my holi samples. I can't wait to play with them!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 1, 2018:

THANK YOU so much for your surprise RAK - a very fair point - since it's a RAK, you can send to whomever hehehehe. I love the paper, and I've been joking with colleagues that I'll be the only one to bring my own color at the Color Me Rad and the Color Run 5Ks :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Moominbrooke on Feb 27, 2018:

Thank you for the unexpected package! I'll see if I can get anyone to throw the powder with me :0)

user6937 on Feb 20, 2018:

Thank you for the double-sided calendar page of children's illustrations (RAK)! It didn't take too long to come from so far away :)

lovetherain on Feb 20, 2018:

Thank you so much Shreela, for the wonderful package for the witchy/pagan tag! I was having a rough day earlier, so this was something I could look forward to. The incense smells so nice, and the bracelet is lovely (maybe it will help me next year, when I start looking for a job ;-)). If you're interested, maybe we can do a private swap some time in the future?

angelgram on Feb 17, 2018:

░☺♡✎◳&□☼THANKS SO MUCH☺♡✎◳&□☼░



Such a wonderful getwell ☺ mail-----RAK. Yummy new to me teas& aroma-- therapy sachet& jasmine mask& ---bright ☼
beach paper. So sweet of you to --- make me a pretty +size postcard with poem & affirmations& art. ---You 're so generous to send INTL & so thoughtful in your selections. HUGS

     ⱮⱥꞅꝨ T   angelgram

░☺♡✎◳&□☼THANKS SO MUCH☺♡✎◳&□☼░

DeAnnaVarela on Feb 16, 2018:

LOL...I'm glad I made you laugh [frustration thread].

DeAnnaVarela on Feb 14, 2018:

Best profile ever!

Tatsu on Feb 8, 2018:

Thank you SO MUCH for the random grabbie bag. I loved the teas but I've still go to investigate the bag a bit further. Everything looks so interesting.

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