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2022 Calendars and Agendas: Plan, Play and Set Away

With works of art, photographs and nuggets of history, The Hindu Weekend’s selection of calendars and journals goes beyond functionality

With works of art, photographs and nuggets of history, The Hindu Weekend’s selection of calendars and journals goes beyond functionality

They are more than just for keeping track of days. Some serve as notepads, others inspire concise quotes, and still others are works of art. Statement makers for 2022 include the Lavazza calendar shot by Emmanuel Lubezki – the Oscar-winning cinematographer tackles climate change by filming six artists and activists “who are committed to change”. Here’s our pick of calendars and planners that not only help you keep track of big days and events, but, oftentimes, are collectibles on their own.

With contributions from Shilpa Nair Anand and Medha Kartha

CALENDARS

Bhuli

Friends Tanya Kotnala and Tanya Singh have been creating limited edition calendars to celebrate Indian arts and crafts since 2017. This year the theme is Headgears of India. “They are not just fashion pieces, but ornamental coverings that often reflect cultural identity, power, prestige, status, spiritual beliefs, etc. Hats and headdresses communicate ideas,” says Kotnala . Each of the illustrations – from the Himachali cap to the Chawi Lukhum Vakiria of Mizoram – is accompanied by a short description. ₹665 at bhuli.myinstamojo.com

The spring palette

Illustrator Swatee Dey would like a fresh start this new year. And she channels her wish through her set of five calendars for 2022. Hand-painted by Dey, each comes with themes like mindfulness, self-love and positivity. Desk and wall calendars are priced at ₹529 and ₹599 respectively, while combo deals start from ₹1,049 (each order will also include freebies like coasters and art prints). On thespringpalette.com

Art by Apu

Apurva Anand has something special for her 46,300 followers on Instagram. Its 2022 bundle is a treat, featuring a calendar titled Country Charms (featuring rustic landscapes), a set of two bookmarks, four mini cards and 10 mini art prints. While the bundle price is ₹630, you can also buy individual items (calendar at ₹630, bookmarks at ₹250, cards at ₹250 and art prints at ₹550). On @artbyapu

nori

“For all the wild days we’ve missed and the wild days we have ahead of us!” Darjeeling-born illustrator Nori Norbhu, The Wilderness Calendar is fun and colorful, and the bold illustrations are all set in nature. Each month also has an inspirational quote to set the mood. ₹549, at noriiart.com

CELEBRATE YOUR CITY

Bombay

From the colorcrete (pigmented concrete) of Dhanraj Mahal to the bas-reliefs of Eros Cinema, Mumbai is full of examples of Art Deco design. Find out more in the Art Deco Mumbai Trust Calendar 2022-2023. Highlighting 24 areas of the city, each photograph is illustrated with facts about architectural style, colors, and more. ₹225. To order, email [email protected]

Chennai

“Our goal was to capture the essence of the city, the aspects that make it unique and phenomenal,” says Ashmitha Athreya, operations manager for Madras Inherited, an organization that works for heritage awareness and conservation. The bilingual calendar not only lists the usual holidays, but also identifies important dates for the city’s history. A special feature: each page turns into a postcard with a QR code which, Athreya promises, will reveal a surprise once scanned. ₹449 on @madrasinherited

Goa

Visual designer Nadine Gracias has just the perfect travel calendar – her Goan Windows Illustrated Calendar Card Set. Taking inspiration from the unique windows you can spot across the state, try to guess where each came from (we spotted one from Saligao and another colorful example from Fontainhas). ₹450 plus postage. To order, DM him at @thatgracias_studio

Kolkata

Seagull Books, the Kolkata-based independent publishing house and bookstore, celebrates its 40th anniversary. And to kick off the celebrations, their 2022 calendar celebrates life in the city. Birds and Beasts is designed by graphic artist and publisher Sunandini Banerjee, and the 12 digital collage artworks are also available as signed prints on archival paper (in editions of five, for ₹15,000) . The calendar is ₹799 at seagullbooks.org

PLANNERS

Theink bucket

Lush flora and colorful fauna fill Vidhi Khandelwal’s artwork. While her calendars are gorgeous, we have a soft spot for her hand-illustrated journals. This year it has three: Comfortably Wild (spot the big cats on the cover!), Birds in Paradise and Forest (with a gorgeous black and white cover). With vision boards, goal/plan pages, habit trackers and more, every purchase also comes with a free sticker book. From ₹1,899 (available in hardback and spiral) at theinkbucket.in

Alicia Souza

Covered in fabric and bound in gold thread, the Ultimate Planner 2022 has textured pages to prevent ink bleeds, mini monthly wellness trackers, two pockets (front and back) for storing notes, and more Again. There are also pages for jotting down the highlights of the year and recording the movies and books you’ve watched/read. And it comes with a 16-page sticker book. What’s Alicia Souza merch without her signature artwork? ₹2,399 at aliciasouza.com

The June shop

These undated planners encourage you to celebrate small victories. With pages dedicated to affirmations, goals and more, there are also sticker sheets, a monthly gratitude and reflection section, and morning and evening ritual sections. For music lovers, a scannable Spotify code will provide you with uplifting music. ₹1,499 at thejuneshop.com

Strictly necessary

The hardcover planner from the enduring brand, Fresh Start, is quite minimalist – with a simple brown cover and a sprinkling of illustrations on each page. Designed to encourage mindfulness, it is aimed at those seeking to lead a “healthy and sustainable life”. There’s room for a gratitude list, to identify everyday habits that produce waste (and how you can make changes), and even sustainability tips. ₹900 at barenecessities.in