A blog anniversary, giveaways and YOU

Wow ! I sure didn’t expect so many people to participate in the giveaways. I had thought that I would be doing an “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” to select a winner. Instead, I put all the eligible participants’ names on a slips of paper and had my mother draw the names of the winners of the Giveaways. And they are: πŸ™‚

Giveaway 1: Sapna (@dreamysap)

Giveaway 2: Poonam (@poonamc)

CONGRATULATIONS, Sapna and Poonam ! Since both of you are on Twitter, please DM your contact details to me πŸ™‚


Earlier this week, this blog of mine celebrated its 4th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, I decided to have a special and exciting event on the blog, something that has never been attempted before here.

And that something, dear reader, is the First. Ever. Giveaway. on My Favourite Things. Did I say Giveaway? Correction. It should be Giveaways as there are two of them. Details with regard to what they are, how you can participate and win them, and the Terms & Conditions are given below.

GIVEAWAY 1

Giveaway 1 is a bundle of 4 books: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz;Β  Land of Seven Rivers; A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal; Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair; and Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine A. Johnson (see photograph below). The books are not new, but are in excellent condition.

Blog Giveaway

How to participate
You can become eligible for a chance to win this Giveaway by:

  1. Liking the blog’s Facebook Page OR following me on Twitter. (You can do both, if you wish to; I wouldn’t mind at all πŸ™‚ )
  2. Sharing this post on your Facebook wall using the FB share button given at the end of the post OR Tweeting about Giveaway 1 using the Twitter share button at the end of the post.
  3. Leaving a comment below stating “I would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page / follow you on Twitter and have shared the post.”

Terms & Conditions

  1. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
  2. This is an India only giveaway.
  3. The Giveaway will be sent via Courier/Speed Post to an address in India. While every attempt will be made to send it in a secure packet, I will not be held responsible or accountable for delays in delivery or if the packet is lost/damaged/stolen.
  4. Giveaway 1 cannot be substituted with anything else.
  5. Competition ends on Thursday, 19th JuneΒ 2014 at 9 pm IST.
  6. The winner will be announced on the blog at 9 pm on Friday, 20th June 2014. The winner will also be contacted via email/twitter. If the winner does not respond by 27th June 2014, a new winner will be selected.

GIVEAWAY 2

If you are a regular reader of the blog, then you will be aware of my explorations of Mumbai, the city I live in. Over the last 4 years, I have written quite a few blog posts on the city and the feedback received from readers has always been very encouraging. One the things I kept getting asked was β€” “Will you take us around when we come to Mumbai?” OR “I wish I had come with you to this place”.

While deciding on what the giveaways would be like, I suddenly thought: why not conduct one of the Mumbai explorations I have done as a giveaway? The more I thought about the idea, the more I liked it. And so, Giveaway 2 is just that β€” I will take the lucky winner on a personalised and guided walk to be chosen from any one of the following trails.

Stories of Mumbai

How to participate
You can become eligible for a chance to win this Giveaway by:

  1. Liking the blog’s Facebook Page OR following me on Twitter. (You can do both, if you wish to; I wouldn’t mind πŸ™‚ )
  2. Sharing this post on your Facebook wall using the FB share button at the given at the end of the post OR Tweeting about Giveaway 2 using the Twitter share button at the end of the post.
  3. Leaving a comment below stating which trail you would like to go on if you win and why. If you haven’t read the trails listed earlier in the post, I recommend that you read them, before making your choice.

Terms & Conditions

  1. This giveaway is open to all. However, if you are not a resident of Mumbai, do remember that you will have to travel to Mumbai for this.
  2. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
  3. The final decision on the winner of the Giveaway lies with me.
  4. The date and timing of the walk to be conducted will depend on the trail chosen by the winner, and the vagaries of Mumbai’s weather. While I will consider the winner’s wishes with regard to when the trail should be conducted, please note that the final decision lies with me.
  5. Giveaway 2 cannot be substituted with anything else.
  6. Competition ends on Thursday, 19th JuneΒ 2014 at 9 pm.
  7. The winner will be announced on the blog at 9 pm on Friday, 20th June 2014. If the winner does not respond by 27th June 2014, a new winner will be selected.

That’s it ! Now all you need to do is to participate, spread the good word and keep your fingers crossed. I hope you are as excited about the Giveaways as I am.

Good luck to all. πŸ™‚

68 thoughts on “A blog anniversary, giveaways and YOU

  1. β€œI would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page / follow you on Twitter and have shared the post.” Even at the cost of getting considered a greedy one. I want to win all of them all the trails and all the books… πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Sudha, new on your blog and have only started browsing the various tabs. I guess ‘Exploring Mumbai’ will keep me hooked for quite a while. πŸ™‚
    About the Giveaway, β€œI would like to win Giveaway 1. The titles are both exotic and intriguing and have got me all curious.
    I have liked your FB Page / have followed you on Twitter and have shared the Giveaway post.
    Too bad I don’t live in Mumbai, else Giveaway 2 would have been the first choice. πŸ™‚
    For now, will just explore Mumbai virtually through your blog.

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    • Hi Raginipuri. Welcome to the blog and thank you very much for participating.in the Giveaway. The books are an interesting bunch and I specifically chose them to reflect my various interests. Good luck to you and have fun exploring Mumbai. πŸ™‚

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  3. I would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page, follow you on Twitter and have shared the post… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And congrats on the 4th anniversary of your blog.

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  4. I would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page / follow you on Twitter and have shared the post πŸ™‚ You won’t believe it but I wanted to read 3 of those titles πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you for participating, Ishita. I think I can guess the name of at least one of the books you want to read – the one on Renaissance Art as it is all about, ahem, Italy. πŸ™‚

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      • Haha No Sudha the books are very interesting and you will be pleasantly surprised that I always wanted to read Land of the Seven Rivers. The Renaissance Art is an added treat πŸ˜‰ SO much competition can’t wait to win πŸ˜›

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  5. “I would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page / follow you on Twitter and have shared the post.”

    Actually I haven’t done that yet but I will do it from my mobile. Right now I am commenting from the office system. No FB and twitter allowed. Switching over to the Phone now πŸ™‚

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  6. Whoa! What a bonanza! I want it all! And I have tweeted and shared and follow your page on FB. But tell me, should one do this twice over to participate in both the giveaways? Or once is enough? Or is a person eligible to participate in only one giveaway?

    Anyway, I would like to participate in the second one and my choice is ‘Neighbourhoods of Mumbai’. I hope there are other neighbourhoods than Matunga on offer.

    But,,,,,I want the first giveaway too πŸ˜›

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    • Thanks for participating, Zephyr.

      I’ll reply to all the questions one by one. πŸ™‚
      Sharing once is enough. All you need to do is indicate which of the giveaways you want to participate in. You can participate in any one or both of the giveaways, if you wish to.

      Only the Matunga walk is available for the giveaway 2. And if you want Giveaway 1, all you have to do is to participate πŸ˜›

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  7. Wow! This is such a fantastic giveaway. Okay β€œI would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page / follow you on Twitter and have shared the post.” My mouth is watering at the prospect of those books :D. I would have loved to win Giveaway 2 had I stayed in Mumbai. Great idea, Sudha!

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    • Awww… Sorry Bikram. These Giveaways are India based partly because of their nature and partly because this is the first time that I’m having something like this on the blog. Call it an experiment of sorts. If this succeeds then I might just have an international Giveaway next time.

      I see that you have participated and if you can give me an India-based address, then I will definitely consider you in the draw for the winner of the first giveaway. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  8. I would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB page and have shared the post.

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  9. Hi Sudha, I ve shared the link on Twitter, shared on FB.. I would like to win both the Giveaways as both are close to my heart – History and Mumbai. But given that, if I have to make a choice, it will be Giveaway 2. I would like to explore Sion / Sewri / Sunday Morning walk in Mumbai. I have walked around Matunga a lot! Tweet at @lsunil

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  10. Difficult choice – Each and every option is so tempting – But I decided that I will sacrifice Giveaway 1. for people who do not live in Mumbai. So I am participating for Giveaway 2. And would choose Bandra’s street art, simply because I love Bandra and Art and you and this combination is irresistible. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for participating, Deepak. For me Matunga, kind of represents the best of what is Bombay and of course the fact that it is home. πŸ™‚

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  11. Hey! That’s an awesome and unique way to celebrate the blog’s birthday..more power to u..unfortunately, not in India right now and can’t participate in the giveaways:)

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  12. Congratulations on your anniversary….great giveaway idea! Sadly I have neither facebook nor a twitter account, else would’ve shared the link, and signed up for giveaway 1 !
    I do enjoy reading your posts in any case!

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    • Thank you, Nima. The next time I have a Giveaway, I will keep in this in mind for those who do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts.

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  13. I will take giveaway-2 when I come to Mumbai – and without winning the contest πŸ™‚

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  14. congratulations and happy blogiversary!!! 4 years is awesome, shows lots of perseverance… πŸ™‚ of course, i saw giveaway 1 and my eyes fell out of the sockets.

    i would love to win giveaway 1 (already have the sanjeev sanyal book though). I liked your FB page ages ago, and i follow you on twitter for sometime now and i have shared this post too… though by doing that i have reduced the probability of me winning. so wondering how i can somehow now delete that post πŸ˜€ (kidding!)

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    • Thanks, Bhavani. Perseverance, stubborness or tenacity – call it whatever you want, I think if you really want to so something, you’ll do it. Thanks for sharing and good luck for the contest. πŸ™‚

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  15. Liked the page always but I am sharing it on face book and though I am not active on twitter I shall start following you. Just give me the Giveaway 1. Please please and Bhavani if you win just give me the Sanjeev Sanyal book πŸ™‚

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  16. Congrats on the anniv, Sudha! 4 years is a milestone indeed, and I only wish I had thought of such an interesting way to celebrate mine πŸ™‚ of course, I would love to win both of ur giveaways, so please do consider me for both πŸ˜›

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    • Thanks, Anuradha. Your comments and feedback all through last year a major encouragement factor to keep me writing.

      Thanks also for participating and good luck. πŸ™‚

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  17. Giveaway 2 it is for me. That too Matunga. Spent all of my life here but still to learn so much. Also would love to get my 10 year old along so that she can learn now itself what I didn’t:-)

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  18. Reblogged this on Manish Kamdar's Blog and commented:
    A very nice thought. Maybe time for me to conjure up something like this? But no following I guess:-) Loved the post on Matunga. Sion Fort is something that I have never been too despite being right in my backyard.

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  19. I would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page and also follow you on Twitter and have shared the post on both twitter and facebook !!

    hello,
    i love those book in giveaway and due to this attraction toward books i’m entering the giveaway and i eagerly want to win it.
    Thank you so so much for this great givesway.

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  20. On FB & Twitter πŸ™‚ I’d like ‘Giveaway 2’ and either one of the forts. I’m a recent migrant to Mumbai and can’t seem to get enough of the city. I like the way you pay attention to the details in each place and give a bit of background/ history to it. I think seeing either of the forts with you would be very informative and interesting.

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  21. I would like to take a walk in Matunga, where for many years i went to buy veggies, borrow videos and relish Rasam vada.

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    • Thank you for participating in the Giveaway contest, Vijaya. Good luck. Am not particularly fond of rasam wada, but do understand the sentiment πŸ™‚

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  22. β€œI would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page / follow you on Twitter and have shared the post.”

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  23. Hi Sudha,

    (Hope this comment gets posted. Phew!) I had set a remidner for thsi one and it saved me! πŸ™‚
    I think both the giveaways are lovely lovely ideas! But since there is bound to be someone with surer and easier access to Mumbai than me, I ‘d like to sign up for giveaway 1. They all look like fantastic reads πŸ™‚
    Abiding by the rules: β€œI would like to win Giveaway 1. I have liked your FB Page and have shared the post.”
    Thank you for such a lovely gesture, Sudha. Wishing you many many more blog anniversaries (and more giveaways :P) πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you very much, KTB. All the books are very good reads and I chose these as they reflect my some of my favourite genres as well. Thank you for participating and good luck.

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  24. To all the wonderful people who participated, thank you very much. The contest is now closed. The winners of both the giveaways will be announced at 9 pm IST on June 20, 2014. πŸ™‚

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