Friends of Sparrow diary
Pepper your day with Maya Kamath’s black and white funny and thought-provoking sketches that illustrate the women’s movement in India. The Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women (Sparrow) has a collection of over 8,000 sketches of cartoons by the late Kamath and their diary 2009 features a selection of these.
Available by mail order at www.sparrowonline.org. Call 26328143/ 28280895/ 28965019 for price and other details.
Get your annual dose of hyper-designed Indian motifs with Divya Thakur’s range of Parrot diaries. Available in three versions—Resourceful, Multi-tasker and Doodler— each has a bright leather cover and comes in a metal box for which you will find a dozen uses. For the compulsive planner, the Resourceful Parrot diary has an address and telephone book, time-zone details and 52 divider pages with a mix of graphics. In its pages you find images such as the limbu-mirch, or Kamasutra positions made from typeface, interspersed with humorous explanations. The Multi-tasker includes weekly planners as well, while the Doodler is a rich purple leather diary that comes with plenty of scribbling room.
Take note: Divya Thakur’s range of Parrot diaries.
Available at Good Earth stores. Resourceful, Rs1,022; Multi-tasker, Rs1,132; and Doodler, Rs943.
Penguin India desk companion
Featuring trademark Common Man cartoons from R.K. Laxman, Penguin’s functional desk companion is a sleek A4-sized diary that has a black leather cover with an illustration of the Common Man embossed in gold.
Available at bookstores. For more information, contact Penguin Books India. Rs500.
Rubberband is the minimalist of the stationery world. Compact, functional and funky, their diaries for 2009 pack all the essentials and nothing more. Available in A5 and pocket-sized versions, each diary has a 13-month planner, blank pages for notes and weekly planners as well.
Available at Crossword bookstores. For store locations, visit www.crosswordbookstores.com. Rs225 for A5 and Rs185 for pocket-sized diary.
Every year, Zubaan, an imprint of the NGO Kali for Women, issues diaries on various feminist themes. Their diary for 2009 features images of amateur women boxers by photojournalist Uzma Mohsin, accompanied by write-ups about them. In addition, the diary has a state-wise directory of some 200 women’s organizations in India and other parts of South Asia.
Available on mail order at www.zubanbooks.com.
This organization has been working for children for almost 30 years now. You can buy their bright, jolly diaries from their website.
Visit www.cry.org/mainapp/shop/shophome.aspx for details. Rs200 onwards.
An organization that works for the elderly, HelpAge also has a tie-up with Archies Gallery, which manufactures and markets their diaries for them. A part of the proceeds from sales go to the NGO. The diaries are especially perfect for the no-nonsense corporate person.
Visit www.archiesonline.com/gateway/start.php for more information. Rs100 onwards.