September 2019 printable calendar

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I don't know about you, but I'm glad August is over. This is the one month in the year that I can't seem to bear. It's that blah month that when I was in Switzerland meant Summer was not yet over, but not completely there anymore, it was that dull long period between the excitement of first going on Summer break and then waiting for back to school and it always felt a bit like sitting in a waiting room anticipating a change of climate and pace.

Now that I live in India and am a grown up, August is that month during which the monsoon rains calm down a little and the clammy hot and humid climate of Mumbai sets back in even though we can still expect rain spells on a near daily basis.
I always feel a bit of a slump during that time, with all the end of year projects looming closer and the reality that I will have to start thinking about Christmas themed designs for my shops.

I already started on the 2020 calendar illustrations, and I set the goal for September to finish it all so I can move on to something else.
This month I also made the plan to get a few Christmas things printed and ready to go in my Etsy shop, and of course get all kind of holidays themed things for my art licensing shops.

So it's now time to say "Welcome September" and get those things done. First being to go download my September 2019 calendar page, print it, and get planning.

This illustration is called "Fall Lady" even though in Mumbai we do not experience Fall as a season, we are bracing ourselves for what I like to call "Summer Reloaded", a nasty period stretching from mid-September until mid-November.
September is a month I see in orange in my synesthetic mind, which is why I used this color palette, and it's easier to make those color work with a Fall theme than it is with a tropical climate.

Like all the others in my Art nouveau ladies series, this one is for sale in my Society6 shop in two version, the one without the month name which is featured as a metal print in the picture above.
It is also available as a design with the month's name :

I decided to go with those month specific variant with the idea of selling them as stickers for bullet journals, but I ended up expanding the range to notebooks and a few small items that would make for great birthday gifts like mugs, coasters and boxes.

That is all for this post, I'm ready to dive into September, all it's madness and hopefully the monsoon stays with us a bit longer sparing us a long second Summer. At any rate, I'm going to start working on Christmas themed artwork and projects, so that will remind me that cooler-dryer days aren't that far away now. 

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  1. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and family. May lord ganesha bless you with auspicious creativity.

    It is raining in Delhi with periods of unbearable humidity. This year it has been particularly humid.

    Sepetember for me means new clothes, good food and of course pandal hopping. Come September the bengali ear reverberates with the sound of drums played during durga puja. Then there is the smell of night jasmine which blossoms only during this time welconing the festive season. There used to be a nip in the air earlier, while we remained huddled in a blanket, munching peanuts, watching cultural programmes in durga puja pandals. However, increased pollution levels mean that it remains horribly hot till late November. Now season changes are abrupt. We have messed up our environment.

    Best of luck for your future endeavours and looking forward to your Christmas creations.

    1. Humid is our daily lot most of the year in Mumbai, this year we had a lot of heavy rain spells that caused floods, the last in date being this past Wednesday.
      We have definitely messed up our environment and keep on doing it. How many more floods do we need, how many more tidal wave of plastic waste thrown on the beach, before people start seeing value in changes. Right now with Ganesh Chaturthi being a huge festival in Mumbai, the beaches are littered with plaster of Paris idols painted in toxic paint, raising awareness seems to do nothing to reduce the problem, by the end of those 10 days the beaches will be turned into Ganpati toxic graveyards, activists can only pick up that many of them, it’s lakhs of them that end up polluting the sea and every water bodies in the city.

      I told a friend the other day that new religious rules should be drafter that any pollution being in water, earth, air or noise pollution created in honour of any deity should ensure that said deity would withraw any blessing.
      Seriously if people start believing that Ganesh and Durga will not give their blessing if their idols are made with toxic materials or that Laxmi won’t bring wealth and prosperity to those who burst crackers we hpmight have a change in mindset.

      We have a neighbour that sent his Ganpati for visarjan across the road the other day, with not only a super loud drum band but felt the need to burst a jumbo box of rockets that went on for 10 minutes, bursting inches away from balconies in a narrow street. It scared the crap out of my dog, I feel sorry for her this coming Diwali

    2. The government has put a ban on single use plastic from 1.09.2019. The shopkeepers are reluctant to give hand out plastic bags from days earlier. We have been given instructions to use paper folders instead of plastic in our office. Hope this works out.

      About idols, the problem is not just the idol but the decorations also which may or may not be biodegradable. Those which are made of lac which is traditionally used in durga and ganesh idols, are biodegradable but certain ornaments/weapons are not. Before durga visarjan, people take various metal weapons of the goddess as blessings to their homes, which is not always the case and the whole thing goes to the river. To distribute the various metal items with the idol would be great idea to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste but then again the accessories are also part of the idol’s divine existence and it may not auspicious to take them off. This is where tweaking the traditions/beliefs for greater good, comes into play. An idol made of biodegradable items and accessories is the only way out. There must be encouragement to produce biodegradable idols which I think are probably costlier than those with artificial materials. These days in delhi, many durga pooja committees have resorted to immersing the idols in make shift ponds rather than taking the idol to river. This way one can also dispose off the waste in systematic manner, rather than it piling up in some river/sea.
      We have stated ganpati pooja a few years earlier, and this year I brought a clay idol. It is made of clay without any artificial colour. The awareness is there but it is a matter of availability.

      Finally, the government has enhanced the fines on traffic violations, as per then new Motors Vehicles Act, leading to one spectacular news after other of traffic fines. I hope this leads to more road safety and compliance.

    3. We have those immersion tanks here, it helps, but only marginally since a lot of people have no access to them.
      I don't think metal accessories are the most harmful, while they are still rubbish dumped in water bodies, it will eventually rust and degrade. The problem is the plastic ornaments, especially flowers that marine animals mistake for food and ingest. The onther HUGE problem is what the idols are made of, plaster of paris is toxic and more often than not the paints used on these are lead based or still have heavy metals of one kind or another in them. These pollute the water and kill fishes, and eventually seeps through the food chain and gets back to us humans.

      Finding eco-friendly idols is easier these days in Mumbai, but the problem is that they cost more than the toxic ones, and people still have the mentality of wanting the most for their money, so between getting a small eco-friendly idol for 5k and getting a much bigger toxic one with much brighter colors for the same amount, a lot of people still think bigger is better.

      We have banned all disposable plastic and bags in the State of Maharashtra since June 2018, while still more needs to be done, I have noticed a reduction in garbage dumped in the streets, so we are slowly getting better. People have made it a habit to carry their own bags around when they go shopping too. What I would love seeing is our small grocery stores starting to sell loose pulse and flour so that we can bring our own containers directly to the store and fill those. When I lived in Bangalore there was one store like that in my neighbourhood, but these days everything comes pre-packed in 500g or 1kg plastic pouches, this along with selling milk in plastic pouches has to stop, too many of those damned milk and oil pouches still end up on the beach.

    4. In Delhi we have the milk booths for dispensing milk. They have tokens which are to be inserted into the milk dispensing machine. As a child, I found it fascinating. Now, people hardly use the machine which is still there at most booths. Some twenty years ago most people would bring their own milk buckets. Then one fine day plastic pouches were introduced which were spill free and easier to store in refrigerators. So, is the case of most things from cold drinks to medicine which came in glass bottles. The convience of plastic is difficult to beat. That is were the innovation has to target.

    5. Plastic is actually worse than glass to store food grade items, so how people came to associate that with convenience is beyond me. Plastic can leach chemical into the food, in most cases those plastic jars cannot be refilled and reused because the sterilisation process wold break down the plastic, and to recycle it expense a lot of energy and recycled plastic cannot be used for food grade products again.

      The problem is that glass is heavier and it incurs a bigger shipping cost for companies and with the price of petrol rising, the lightest the package the better.
      Seriously if milk booths are a thing, forget buckets, there are wide neck milk bottles that can be bought easily and used. They store in the fridge much better than those wretched pouches and you don't need to transfer the milk to a pan to store in the fridge once open. Just screw the cap back on the bottle and voila.

      I've been on a mission to cut plastic use in the kitchen to a maximum for a while now. I re-use takeout containers, I'm phasing out my store bought plastic dabbas and Tupperware, replaced the water bottles with glass bottles for home use and steel to take outside. I haven't yet had to buy glass containers to replace my Tupperware ones, but I recently did away with cling film, we wrap cut fruits or cover bowls and pans that go in the fridge with beeswax wrap (I'll blog about that soon).
      I also have a bunch of small draw string cotton bags I take to the market so that vegetables like lady fingers, tomatoes and other small ones can be directly stored in those and then put in the fridge straight away.

      Growing up, most glass bottles were consigned, so there was an added fee, usually 50 cent that you would only get back if you brought that bottle back to the store. In Switzerland people drink sparkling water at meal time, which is known as Soda water here, before the soda machines became available for home use, my parents used to buy crates of 1 litre bottles, they came in glass, and there was that consignment fee for both the glass bottles and the crate. It took a bit of planning, and they would buy enough for the week so that the trip to the store to return the crates could be on the day they took the car to run all big errands.
      I remember it, we used to go all Saturdays, drop the empty crates, buy new ones, then head to the recycling center to drop old newspaper, non consigned glass bottles, tin cans and aluminium waste, then we would go grocery shopping for the week before heading back home.

    6. In India too the bottles were returned to the store and one could get the fee back. It was called the price of the glass bottle in common language. Nobody knew why, the bottle were apparantly refilled by the company. This stopped with the coming of the plastic bottles.

      As far as the rest of the junk was concerned, the roaming kabadiwala would collect them for a price. Selling junk was a great source for a middle class family especially at the age end of the month. People looked forward to the visits of the kabadiwala to haggle with him on the price of paper and steel junk just to extract the extra rupee from.

    7. The Kabadiwalas in Mumbai are very picky about what they take and don't take these days, we call him each time we have enough old newspaper and then we have to beg and plead with him to take other broken bits and junk, for free, we don't care, as long as it's out of our home. Because our society garbage collecting staff doesn't take unusal or bulky garbage.

      Even in Bangalore those guys refused to take plastic or glass bottles unless we had HUGE near industrial amount. The Kabadiwalas we had over the years are also not so crazy about taking old books anymore.

      I seriously wonder why housing societies do not step up and create a glass and plastic collection point in the buildings, so that they can then sell the junk in bulk to a recycler, that money could go toward a charity, or a special fund for the education of the cleaning staff.

      In Switzerland we aren't paid for the recyclables we segregate and dispose of, but yet it is now a way of life, we all segregated at home and most apartment building have a collection center in the basement. My county asked us to keep organic wet waste separately so that it could be sent to a composting center, apart from that I had a old paper and cardboard bag, a aluminium cans box, a tin can box, a glass jars and bottle box, and a pet bottle box.

      I lived in a tiny 280 square feet studio apartment, and in general flats in Swiss cities are really tiny, no joke but the 800-900 square feet 2bhks in Mumbai are bigger than what most people living in cities in Switzerland get.
      So space should not be an issue to segregate at home, but then despite the upgrade in square footage, I found that about 95% of the flats I either lived in or visited in India are utterly misplanned with lots of dead space wasted for nothing, so unless you think out of the box, it's hard to make the most of your space.

      But if we want to see a change in the environment, we need to do our bit, we need to be far more serious about recycling, segregating garbage and start seeing the task as a community thing rather than something every individual do separately.
      If the Kabadiwala didn't have to spend his entire day going from flat to flat to get a few kg worth of paper and other waste worth his time, and just had a scheduled once a week contract with an entire apartment building or complex to pick up a lot more waste, he could hire a tempo, and collect a lot more junk in a lot less time, freeing him to take a lot more contracts in a day.

    8. It is a fantastic idea. I read that a housing society in Mumbai is doing some pioneering work in waste recycling. We have waste segregation in our society since the municipality is getting strict about it but awareness is low.

      Our attitude towards waste is directed by our religious/cultural values. Research suggested that it is a cultural problem in India. We were told not to have any contact with garbage/toilets. Any contact would mean taking a bath for ritualistic purification. We have a word for it in bangla which roughly translates as ritualistic eccentricities more like mild form of OCD. Waste was always somebody else's responsibility. Then people moved to apartments and realized that they have to clean their own toilets and with better cleaning equipment it just another task but prejudices with the other waste remain. They are loosening with the fast pace life. Though Bollywood has sparked a debate on cleanliness from a female perspective through two path breaking movies on need for toilets and menstrual hygiene, It would take some more time till we own up our garbage and other such issues.

  2. What is even more interesting is that the rules were for both men and women but men were given slight relaxation since it was believed that since they go out to work they cannot always maintain perfect purity.


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