Ink that Never Fades

October 06, 2014  |  By Siva Rama Krishnan Sridharan, India

Ink that Never Fades

Photo : Writing hand / Wikimedia Commons / gnuckx

Writing is more than words, it's more than mere communication, writing is an art.

As the world goes faster and faster with electronics, there is something we tend to lose with the past. I remember the days when the postman came on a bicycle with the letters on the carrier and on the handle bars. He was in fact the most awaited guest at our house. He was the messenger of good and bad, yesterdays and tomorrows. But now postboxes are replaced with inbox, styles are replaced with fonts; inks are replaces with color pixels and signatures with passwords.

In my view, hand written letters can never be replaced with the most stylish e-mail. The handwriting of a person is among the special memories he leaves behind for the receiver. Haven't we read those letters with 
their voice, imagining the way they write? Have you ever tried to read the letter which has been written years before?. Haven't you got the feeling of being taken back to those times? Haven't we had tears on reading the slam book written for us by our friends, even when we read it years after? In fact, expecting a reply for the letter itself is bliss.

Writing a letter gives us many things apart from memories. When the letter you write is confined to physical space limitations, we get to priorities, and organize the content. When we have no auto-correct options we tend to find the correct spellings on our own.  The value of a stamp is revenue to the government, the stamp we collect becomes our hobby and delivering this is creates employment for a person. In fact the language was used more appropriately then than the jargon we use today, such as ''k, tc, lol''.

I am not against the revolutionary electronics, I just wish to remind you that there are many good things about things that we feel are very little. Let's try to write a letter to our dear ones, at least on some special  occasion, a gift that can be preserved forever. After all, memories last more, when they have a personal touch. For they are written with the ink that never fades...

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A. Hoskins

Comment :

Couldn't agree more; thanks for writing this. Technology is taking a certain personal touch out of communication, and it's great to hear someone feels passionately about this topic. Very well written, as well. Really enjoyed this one. - Andrew

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Giridhar Trivedi

Comment :

Hi Shiva, Well said, Yes, you are right, nothing can replace the feeling of or writing and reading the letters posted by beloved one's.. :-) Adding on to it, I am still writing letters to my beloved one, at least on some special occasions. Good job, Keep sharpening your pencil, awaiting to read many more blogs of yours. TC ( jargon ). :-P

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Premanand Sivalingam

Comment :

Amazing article ! I understand your sentiment statement about the Ink that never fades,Do you believe in statement of "Change is constant and never unstoppable".... Writing on hand has change into writing thro electronics... Change is good ... I just wanna to rethink the personal touch thro' electronic is also glowing more memories.. Rgds, Premji 9944943240

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Madhav

Comment :

Its a good artcile that remainded old & fond memories of mine with letters. Thanks alot Siva for taking back us to great old days

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Subramania Siva

Comment :

Hello Shibu. My dear friend, the article is well written. I had a roller coaster ride back to our Good old days when we treasured the art of letter writing. Good work . Keep going!!! Regards, Subin.

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