Once you have read this paragraph , close your eyes for a while and imagine the two scenarios I present here.1) You received an email from your friend. It is after a long time that you have heard from him/her. You read the email, smile, re-live the moments you spent with the person. You even may archive the email. You are ecstatic. 2) The doorbell rings. You open the door. Startingly, you see a postman right in front of your eyes who hands you a letter(a letter for me!?…you get the young Harry Potter feeling). You open the letter and find out that it is from the same old friend you had not talked in years. You wonder what pains- writing the letter manually, going to the post office, getting the stamps on, putting it in the post box, waiting for you to receive it- your friend has undertaken. You are ecstatic again.
Now close your eyes and imagine.
Okay! Both the scenarios were evocative. But which one was more heart-warming? Undoubtedly, certainly, assuredly the latter one. And it is the latter one only that I refer to as THE LOST ART(of writing letter and hopefully receiving them too).
Letters are a hassle. They are cumbersome, vexatious, time-taking and all that they should not be in today’s fast-paced world. But what makes them stand out is that they are PERSONAL. Emails or other forms of virtual messages are typed, sent, received, read and forgotten unlike mails which are treasured as a souvenir till eternity and beyond.Emails are tangible. They can be touched, felt, smelt.
I am not asking everyone to send all their messages through mails. That would be very slow and cumbersome. All I am asking people is to send mails occasionally(say once a month) to a person you care, you love, you want to show what they mean to you.
(In a way you will also be instrumental in increasing the postal revenue of the country. So, in a way would be helping your country financially.😜)
So here is an earnest plea to the fellow readers- please, please, PLEASE, write(do not type, howsoever bad a handwriting you may have) a letter to be sent via mail and encourage your friends to do the same. It is the last resort in saving the fading art.
Consider you work done when you actually hear a doorbell and on opening the door you see a postman who hands you letter addressed to you.