Newsletter 30.01.15

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Pagdandi.

This time our newsletter contains information regarding new books for sale, Pune Urban Village Unconference – a wonderful community event and the much awaited natural Holi colours.

  • Ananconda in my Backyard and other stories by Bina Thomas
  • Available for Sale at Pagdandi
“Bina Thomas says Anaconda In My Backyard and Other Stories, her first book for children, is to sensitise children to the world around them.” – The Hindu.

The 17 stories in the book touch upon social, civic, and environmental issues, through everyday normal instances in our lives. In the stories, its the children who observe, question and react to these common issues.



  • Bombay Mumbai life is life i am because of you by Amin Sheikh
  • Available for Sale at Pagdandi. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards Amin’s dream of making a library cafe. Also available in Marathi.
Amin was a boy like many others.
Tired of his life at home, he and his sister, Sabira, ran away.
They spent three years in Bombay’s stations.
Then, they were picked up by Sr. Seraphine and Fr. Placido Fonseca, who took them to Snehasadan, a home for homeless children.
This is Amin’s story, told in his own words. With the proceeds from this book, he hopes to open a library cafe for the kids of Snehasadan named Bombay to Barcelona.


  • Pune Urban Village Unconference (PUVU) at Thoughtworks
  • Saturday 31st Jan and Sunday 1st Feb, 10Am – 5PM
A space where people can meet as a local community. Bring your work, art, craft, ideas, games, music, organic produce, books, gifts, khana dabbas, recipes, healthy food, organization information, recycled art/craft/produce, songs, dances,conversations…anything that means a lot to you, and share it to your heart’s content.
There will be no registration fee! Feel free to share your gifts of time, talent, service, work, money, heart ,hand, mind, creativity.
  • RangDulaar Natural Holi Colours by eCoexist
  • Now accepting advance orders at Pagdandi
The Rang Dulaar natural Holi colours started as part of the Safe Festivals campaign under the Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group in 2004. This work began along with the women farmers of Vanastree and was then taken further by eCoexist from 2006 onwards.
The Rang Dulaar colours are made on the base of turmeric which is considered very good for the skin. Mixed with other natural ingredients such as indigo, these colours use starches such as rice and potato for fillers.
Flowers are not used in the colours as eCoexist believes that this could lead to over exploitation in the sourcing of these flowers from forested areas. Their ingredients are completely renewable and help provide a supplemental income to farmers.