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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lost Art of Letter Writing


Today while going through my belongings, I found the fountain pen that I had misplaced long back. Seeing it brought about a surge of memories. Memories of the times I had spent writing letters to my loved ones. Yes, I did that, I loved writing letters. At times I would write poetry on beautiful stationery and send to my close ones on their birthdays etc. And I loved receiving hand written letters too. I still do, but people now do not have the inclination or patience to sit down and write letters. It is the era of email.

It’s not that I do not appreciate technology, I do. I do understand the importance of a fast delivered email. But to simply type a few lines and email to those close to you sounds so loveless and unemotional. Handwritten letters are so much more personalized. It shows that the person writing it took time out of his/her schedule especially for you.

Every letter has a part of the person who writes it. It has an emotion to express, providing us a glimpse into that person’s mind, thought process and feelings. The excitement of opening an envelope and reading a handwritten letter is indescribable.

One of my most cherished possession is a letter from my mom that starts with “Pyari beti Renu…”, I have no idea if she still remembers writing it but for me it is priceless. There are also a few letters from my husband where he had written beautiful poetry for me, we sometimes sit together and re-read them, recreating the magic.

I keep these letters in a box. Occasionally, I take them out and relive all those emotions. Today I sit and wonder, will my children ever have such a treasure box ? Will they have letters they can go back to in 20-30 years of time ? It’s time to buy a new ink pot and stationary. I need to sit down and create memories for my children. To tell them how much they mean to me.

My appeal to all – do take the time out to write to your loved ones. I assure you it will bring them enormous joy. All you need is a paper, a pen, an envelope and some stamps. And above all some loving words that come from the heart and gives warmth to the reader.

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for reminding the joy of writing a letter. I have been longing to write letters by pen and send to loved ones. But to be honest it will take a lot of effort to stop in this running world and to write one. But thanks for sharing...

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  2. @ Shushant Mojumdar - I'm glad you're going to write to your loved ones :)

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  3. I still like writing with my own hand and with a fountain pen. It gives all together a different feel. Well, I have stopped writing my diary, and letters. It was a good time.Few months back, I thought of starting to write again, and your post encourages me to do so. thanks for sharing.

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  4. That's unique memory everyone has who cares for a personal touch in writing or receiving letters. As you say, I still had some of the letters I got from my uncle when I was in college. I kept them all in in a trunk in the attic. In fact, the attic of my house is swathed in all my childhood memories.

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  5. Old Memories..I wrote my first letter to my Grandfather and when he replied to it I was on cloud nine...Thanks for making me to relive my old memories and now I am sure to write some more letters to my dear ones.. :-)

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  6. all half pant days memories when letter would mean the light blue colour paper .. and the postman bell would bring the thrill and excitement of it may have been sent by ..
    reading out somehow.. to my grandmother hard of seeing .. used to be a challenge I always wanted to win ..
    Distances mattered .. words spoke .. horrible writing was criticized once people met..
    Now .. u miss someone.. just grab your smart phone .. and some elderly people have also opted for emails .. :) . Poor they , dont know even emails are getting obsolete !
    So nicely you reminded the kingly days of blue paper

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  7. this essay reminded me an old habit/interest of mine .. pen friendship .. yupp ..then telephone/mobiles replaced the letters and now emails n fb msgs .. it reminded me another habit of mine .. writing a lil poem on greeting cards ( for frnds) ... and so on ..

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  8. @ Niranjan - The fact that you still write is great..a lot of people have become completely dependent on the keyboard..

    @ Arumugam Easwar - Those are cherished memories :)

    @ Harsha - I'm sure they'll love to receive your letters ! :)

    @ The blue paper and the postman..yes I remember it all :)

    @ Bhavana - penpals..yes I had a few too !! They deserve a whole new post !! :)

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  9. Beautiful. Reminded me of what I wrote a few weeks back. See it here, if you want ... http://sakshinanda.blogspot.in/2013/04/dearest-letters-i-miss-you-yours.html ...
    :)

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  10. Letters have a magic of their own. Imagine love letters! Now a days it is plain and boring sms.

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  11. Oh I love writing letters!! I may not belong to the blue paper era but writing handwritten letters are very valuable for me. Even now, I write small love notes to my husband and stick it somewhere he can see when I am out. May be a childish thing to do but it's handwritten right??

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  12. Few days back in my last birthday I received a hero pen and a bottle of ink as a gift . I was so very excited that I used it the next day in office.IIt stopped half way and my whole note had to be written again. Your post reminded me of the days in school when we played holi with pen. Thanks for writting such a beautiful post..

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  13. i loved your post...
    and your blog is beautiful...

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  14. Nowadays I only write letters once a year on Rakhi to all my cousin brothers. It is a ritual which thankfully is still alive amongst us.
    Thank u so much for this post. I have a folder full of old letters n cards from grandparents, family n friends. Those were the days, the enthusiasm with which one wrote and the anxiety with which one waited for the reply!!

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  15. This is exactly what i keep telling my friends....technology is good but it should not take the centre stage....we are becoming a slave to technology....it pains me coz we are losing out on time....letters are being replaced by pings and emails..even kids have shunned playgrounds for playstations....it's a drab existence...

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  16. You have no idea... how happy I am. I simply hated writing letters. During my hostel days...My parents wanted me to write letters every week..It was a sheer torture

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  17. Renu, I am mesmerized by the way you have touched this topic! I remember how we waited for the postman. Letters brought joy and excitement. Whole family read the letter turn by turn and my granmother asked us to read the letters loudly to her again and again. Now i write letters only on the occasion of Rakhi, but those too are very short as there is nothing much left to write after long conversation on phone and facebook. But I am sure, letters, even if written now also have the same charm. Once I wrote a letter to my daughter and kept it on her table before going to office. She was too excited and touched by the letter! now that you have reminded this, I will make it a point to write letters to my children. Thanks for such a beautiful post!

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  18. Renu ji, there's a Liebster for you here: http://solitarytravels.blogspot.in/2013/08/my-first-liebster-award.html

    :)

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  19. @ Solitary Reaper - Thank you ! I'm honored :)

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