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It's New Year and what other than this could be the right time to start planning! It thus goes without saying that it is also the time of the year when calendar and diary designers are busy like never before.

Written by Ratnasri Dutta |
January 7, 2009 12:51:24 am

With thematic calendars and diaries flooding the markets,2009 is bound to be filled with colourful plans and planners

It’s New Year and what other than this could be the right time to start planning! It thus goes without saying that it is also the time of the year when calendar and diary designers are busy like never before. After all,with changing time and ever-new resolutions,who would want to go back to dated diaries to jot down the future?

Year 2009,like the event-flooded yesteryear is flooded with new diaries and calendars to match people’s professions. For instance,there is the architect’s diary for the architects,the corporate diary for the corporate officers who are busy shuttling between the meeting rooms and conference halls all throughout the year,engineers’ diary with all the complex equations and formulae,management diary narrating management fundas for the business minded and so on.

The Archie’s outlets in the city are displaying diaries from CRY (Child Relief and You),which works to amplify the voice of children. These diaries have covers with modern art and themes like Rajasthan. Some of them have themes covering the colorful shades of the abstract art forms of some of the finest painters and artists of India. CRY also has elegant New Year desk calendars for the art lovers that have themes like Contemporary Landscape and Contemporary Tribal Art.

Vinod Aurora,the manager of the gallery at MG Road says,”We have desk calendars for different sun-signs. With happiness as the main theme for the year,our diary boasts of 365 ways to be happy,365 ways to achieve dreams and so on.” City’s famous Bombay Store has introduced the – Bombay Masti theme for their desk calendars. With graphics of Dabbawalla,Chai ki Ketli and things like traffic police and taxi,the calendar is a blend of trend and tradition. They have also displayed some handmade diaries,created by Handpaper World’s artist Mohammed Nidam Mehmood. These diaries and planners are made out of Italian paper,jute,glass bangles and so on.

A passionate water-colourist,Bhaskar Sagar has been publishing calendars for the last eleven years. His calendars are a real treasure for the art lovers as well as art students. With a new theme every time,Sagar has always brought something interesting. “This time I have come up with the beautiful watercolour paintings of wonderful forts of Maharashtra. I have tried to give life to the ancient forts. If the rich cultural heritage of the state is really a matter of your interest then you need to have this calendar,” says Sagar.

“An additional trend this year is also- personalised calendars as gifts. They want their own photos or the photos of their loved ones,” reveals Sanjay Hira of Ratanzs Art Colourz Photo Studio. “A desk calendar with twelve different photos of your desire would cost just Rs 975. However,for a single page you will need to pay Rs150,” adds he.

As far as calendars are concerned,the collection of the moving and memorable speeches of Barack Obama,have also hit the shelves this year. Unknown during his lifetime,today with the change in the theme of the calendars and diaries,even the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh,has been reproduced in this year’s calendar. Keeping the recent 26/11 in mind,some people even want the burning Taj as a calendar theme in order to remind themselves of the attacks that made their country suffer. If variety is the spice of life,this year is bound to be spicy- at least on calendars and diaries!

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