I’m doing The August postcard poetry fest this year. Poets and writers from various parts of the world come together in this exercise. We send each other colorful postcards adorned with original, handwritten poems.
When I was in school, my grandfather used to write letters to me. He wrote to me on long white sheets of papers, on the empty side of used and printed papers, on postcards and blue inland letters.
Picture Reference - http://www.indianstampghar.com/2008/12/new-inland-letter-by-india-post-5/
He was my mother’s father and I called him Thatha, grandfather in Tamil. Thatha was a retired Indian army man and a World War 2 veteran. I owe a lot of credit for my writing skills to my grandpa. He was a high school graduate. Thatha didn't have a degree in English. That said, his command over the language was impeccable. He always critiqued my letters and suggested areas of improvement.
He would write a letter once a week. The letters carried a lot of information. Sometimes he wrote about family, sometimes about life lessons and sometimes about world issues. He always wrote something nice about my grandmother in every one of his letters. Thatha wrote them because he cared about me and he was willing to spend time writing to me.
Picture Reference - http://writing.wikinut.com/img/3bbjcr7rh_19fsau/writing-letters
I miss the feelings when I’d wait for Thatha’s responses, dig his letters from the post box, recognize the blotted clots of ink from his pen and his familiar cursive handwriting on either sides of the envelope . Images of Mahatma Gandhi or the Indian national emblem filled the postage stamps.
Picture Reference - http://youcanstart.blogspot.com/2010/10/mahathma-gandhi.html
These days, getting a personal letter is such a rarity. All I see in my mailbox are tons of marketing leaflets. Writing letters as a traditional way of communication has become history. Emails and sms messaging are inevitably the fastest means of communication. We also have various options to keep in contact with our friends and relatives. It’s all just so convenient and quick.
Personally, I embrace technology. Yet, I would still love to write and receive personal letters once in a while.
Which side of the spectrum do you belong --- Technology or reminiscence? When was the last time you wrote or received a personal letter?