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Follow Fey Fey from Chennai to Charlottesville as she falls in love with the traditions of India, in this Indo-American tale
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This is my first children's picture book going into publication. It's an American story - the American story! I grew up in India. My daughter is growing up in the US. When I took her on her first trip home for a cousin's wedding, she was thrilled to wear the traditional long skirt and blouse - putta putta, the jewelry, the eyeliner - She was completely taken up with it all was convinced that she was a real princess. So it's no surprise that when we came back to Charlottesville in the chilly Virgina autumn, my girl rebelled against the idea of covering her beautiful attire under a lumpy coat! After all, Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas! When you read this book my hope is that you will hear the tinkling of her anklets (golusoos) and smell the fragrance of the jasmine (mallipoo).

My dear friend Swathi has said it all better than I could say it myself:

 Thank you, Swathi!

So be sure to pick up your copy today - and you'll get a free digital version of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas.

Wow! WOW! Thank you so much to my generous backers who have already pushed me over my original target in just 2 days, and my first stretch goal in only another 2 more!

Everyone who ordered a paperback before 4/25 has the option to upgrade to a hard cover edition of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas as an expression of my thanks.

I'm now working on the next step, raising funds for a book promo tour in India. If I surpass my second stretch goal of $12,500 everyone will receive the eBook version of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas in addition their other rewards!

 Of course, this is the best place to the preorder Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas, whether you want digital, paperback or a hardcover version! 

  • $9 for the handy eBook for any digital device
  • $14 / $25 for the convenient Paperback, basic or signed
  • $18 / $28 for the beautiful first edition Hard Cover, with or without a personal autographed message from me!

I'm also excited to have brought back, direct from India, a putta putta for your princess! There are only four, so get yours today. They are first come, first served, and there are beautiful options to choose from!

  • Teal - 5 year old size
  • Burgundy - 6-7 year old size
  • Blue - 6-7 year old size
  • Green - 7-8 year old size

Pick the one that your princess will love the best! Comes with some special surprises.

I'm not just a writer - I'm also a chef! I've been making delicious, tongue tickling chutneys now available at the Charlottesville Market, Whole Foods, and other venues through my catering business, Priya's Now Serving. Everyone with a copy of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas will have one my favorite recipes - I've included it in the back of the book. But for those who need a bit more, I'm happy to be making two special culinary rewards available.

For my supporters in Central Virginia, I'm offering a catered luncheon for six - plus a signed copy of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas for each guest. A wonderful three course meal with a traditional South Indian fare.

And, for those supporters who are interested in the very latest of my offerings, please consider the sumptuous spice box from my new line of spices, Suvaiyana. Covering all grounds from North Indian Garam Masala to our famous "tadka" mix and the perfect Indian masala tea mix, Suvaiyana boasts of 9 aromatic spices and more in the future. More information about products can be found at www.priyasnowserving.com

Thank you for checking out all of my rewards in the list to the right! If there's something you want that you don't see, please hit the "Contact Me" link next to my picture above and to the right. Let me know what you'd like, and I'll see what I can do.

While writing Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas was the work of just one person - me! - publishing it takes a team. The money raised helps with costs like:

  • The beautiful illustrations by Claudia Gadotti
  • The editor
  • The cover design
  • File formatting for print and digital
  • Even the production of this campaign!

So, I'm thankful to Kickstarter for providing a format to help people preorder their copies of the book, and for helping me to raise the funds to make it beautiful.

Kickstarter has raised over $1Billion for creative projects.

When you click the green button at the top of this page that says "Back This Project", you'll be joining over 7 million people who have backed books and other projects on this site - so you will be in good company.

Also: A lot of people get confused about this... but you do NOT need Facebook to pledge to Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas. After you pick your reward, you'll be asked to sign in, and it will look something like this:

All you need to do is either log into your existing account, or start a new one. Thank you for signing up and preordering your copy of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas today!

I understand that not everyone is in a position to the buy the book - or has the space to stuff one more volume on their shelves! There are lots of other ways that you can help make Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas a success:

  • Share this Kickstarter with your friends and family who know - or want to know - what it's like growing up in two cultures
  • Like my Facebook page to keep up-to-date on news
  • Share this Kickstarter on your own Facebook and other social media
  • And moral support is always welcome!

This chance to preorder Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas comes to an end on May 21 - thank you for getting your copy today!

Thank you for reading all the way down to the end of my Kickstarter campaign. Here is a special sneak preview of what's to come this fall!

Fey Fey pressed her nose against the plane window, watching the activity on the tarmac beneath. She and Amma were flying back to the United States after a long visit to India.

“My suitcase!” Fey Fey shrieked, poking the window with her finger, her valayals jingling over her wrist.

Amma leaned over to see Fey Fey’s pink polka-dot suitcase in a luggage cart making its way towards the plane.

“Amma, did you pack all my putta-puttas?”

“Yes! Except the one you’re wearing," Amma replied.

“This is my favorite putta-putta because pink is my favorite color! But I also like all my other putta-puttas.”

Fey Fey had the best time ever in India.

Risks and challenges

Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas is written, reviewed, revised. That said, the production of the book takes a team - editor, illustrator, designer, printer, and more. It's a sequential process, so a hold up at any step could mean a delay in publication. But, be assured, this book will be going to print!

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    EBOOK! Receive a digital copy of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas for Kindle (.mobi), Apple or Android (.epub) or your PC (.pdf).

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    BOOK SPECIAL! Receive digital and paperback Advance Reading Copies of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas with a personal message from the author before its official release this fall!

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    HARD COVER BOOK! You'll receive a first-run hard cover copy of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas!

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    PRINCESS KIT + BOOK! Get your very own Putta Putta and accessories, brought with love from India by the author's hand. AND a signed copy of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas!

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    CATERED LUNCHEON! You and up to five guests will be treated to a delicious trip to India right from your Central Virginia dining room table. Priya's Now Serving will serve up a treat! PLUS a reading by the author and a signed copy of the book for each guest. Good food and a great story - what could be better?

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    SPICE BOX! Receive an aromatic array of genuine Indian spices, homemade in small batches from my new spice line, Suvaiyana. PLUS, two signed copies of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. Your name prominently displayed among the credits of Princesses Only Wear Putta Puttas. Receive two signed copies of the book by the author. Plus a special gift from the author's culinary company, Priya's Now Serving. Thank you for being a benefactor of this special book!

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