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March 13, 2006

letters vs blog

Still learning to blog...a few years back the ultimate pleasure I found was in writing letters, buying interesting looking stamps of different shapes and sizes, posting 15 pages long letters and then eagerly waiting for the postman to get a letter addressed to me...I sincerely kept account of the arrival time of the familiar postman bhaiya who secretly seemed to be enjoying the power he held...I was scared of not giving him 'holi baksheesh', lest he threw away my precious letters...I hated the fact that he held the key to my link with my friends...things have drastically changed now. The only post addressed to me is in form of MTNL bills and bank statements...I do not get to know who the postman is and don't care anymore. His moods, his arrival time are no longer a concern for me...

Life has changed for both him and me...he must have lesser inflow of letters to sort out I assume and I am here sitting at the computer figuring out how to blog. Writing letters seemed such an easy task- just find a paper and your favourite colour pen and write as much as you like...the joy of buying pens of different shapes and sizes and the joy of buying different kinds of paper...it all added to the exercise of letter writing...but now I find myself struggling...I don't know who am I writing to and who will write back...I can't take breaks and resume later...I must finihs in one go and press send to post my blog...so what I am writing is a blog or a post?it was a simple letter way back then when I wrote on papers...

I no longer know where the post office is and no longer do I buy stamps and envelopes...I miss that time and I feel lost blogging. Yet I am learning and am determined to be more regular...the reaons of doing that are many...as there are advantages of blooging over letter writing...all that in my next blog/post...

so are there any people like me who yearn to write letters and all emotions that accompanied that experience?

6 Comments:

Blogger Easelworks said...

Hey Aparajita,

That's a very insightful account of how things have changed with time. Especially all those things which we can sit back and romance about - listening to the radio AIR (not FM), waiting for the Kulfiwala's ringing bell, getting just enough money from parent's to go and buy that bottle of cold drink from the local general store, renting a Video and waiting for the family to settle down and watch it and ofcourse the days of waiting for the Chirtrahaar and Sunday Feature film. Hmmmm!

8:19 AM  
Blogger sudo phish said...

welcome to the world of addictive writing. I sometimes feel wistful exactly the way u do about things that have changed. But then being the incorrigible "it's all for the best" pretender, I tried to see the good bits of the new way.

I still feel more loved when I get an handwritten ltter vs an email, a real card vs. an e card but then being so far far away from home I realise the trade off. would i rather have a letter which comes once a month and is beautifully hand written or a yahoo messanger and a comment on my blog every hour!

11:57 AM  
Blogger silbil said...

i agree with the romance of letter writing but still there is something about text messages...you can whip out the phone and see the message every now and then
sure when i grow old i won't have a stack of letters to go over again and get misty eyes but you win some you lose some
and i hope to read some posts on gender on this blog soon

8:43 PM  
Blogger Manish said...

Yes there was a time when I loved writing letters too..it took lot of time to compose those letters but writing them gave me immense satisfaction...then came era of e mails and now its blogging..though i still feel nostalgic about those snail mails but then I have adapted to concept of blogging ..which i feel equally enthrilling.

7:57 AM  
Blogger der Bergwind said...

written letterz lotz of 'em for the last 4 yearz of hostel life.. to all kindz of relationz, friendz n felt ya.. therez romance in the wordz penned! for the last six monthz i miss the foldz of an inland letter, the glue 'dabba' n even the reddy mouth gobbling my letter.. only to return it in safe handz.. am new to blogging but ya, wud bever give up on snail mail..

10:01 AM  
Blogger der Bergwind said...

written letterz lotz of 'em for the last 4 yearz of hostel life.. to all kindz of relationz, friendz n felt ya.. therez romance in the wordz penned! for the last six monthz i miss the foldz of an inland letter, the glue 'dabba' n even the reddy mouth gobbling my letter.. only to return it in safe handz.. am new to blogging but ya, wud bever give up on snail mail..

10:01 AM  

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