There was a time for cal­en­dars

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

WHAT­EVER hap­pened to cal­en­dars – the beau­ti­ful, colour­ful cal­en­dars peo­ple would hang lov­ingly on their walls?

In the past, usu­ally from Oc­to­ber, we would re­ceive cal­en­dars from busi­nesses and en­ter­prises which we sup­ported.

These would be your lo­cal butch­ery, hard­ware store, gro­cery store, phar­macy and dry clean­ers.

These used to be beau­ti­ful cal­en­dars which were also very ed­u­ca­tional.

On en­ter­ing a room one’s eyes would be drawn to the cal­en­dar hang­ing on a wall, with pictures of far­away places.

These cal­en­dars even en­hanced dull rooms through their beauty.

These cal­en­dars would in­form one of the range of moun­tains, deep­est and long­est rivers, po­lit­i­cal events, fa­mous sports per­son­al­i­ties, lead­ing politi­cians of the past and any­thing that was of im­por­tance.

At the end of the month you didn’t tear the page from the cal­en­dar and throw it away. It would be folded over and pre­served to be ad­mired later. School­child­ren also used them to cover their books while the tough guys who used to work in en­gi­neer­ing firms cut out the pages show­ing scant­ily dressed women to paste on the greasy and oily walls. This sup­pos­edly in­spired them to work harder. To­day’s cal­en­dars are a dis­ap­point­ment. It’s like some­one picked up card­board from a dust­bin and scrib­bled the 12 months.

Is this also the ef­fect of in­fla­tion?

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