Anju Malhotra Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Mails and computer tools have reduced the habit of manual writing. In early days writing letters initiated creativity of the individual however the present day s mechanisms have limited this charm of writing with your own hand.....What are your views...
Thanks Anju for this wonderful post There was a time when writing letters was our only means of communicating over long distances. In today s world, we can pick up a phone and speak to anyone anywhere in a second or two. I have found, that most people prefer touse the phone when they have something to say. Speed and ease of use are the main reasons. Whether personal or business related, people pick up a phone before they pick up a pen . Sure, it s nice to hear someone say, GRANDPA, I love you. But to read it in a letter, knowing someone took the time to write it, makes it much more meaningful. It is permanent. And even if, at some time in the future, they take those words back, you still have a permanent record of it. Once written, you can read it over and over again, and cherish it time after time, knowing that someone cared enough to take the time to write. After all, writing is not an automatic response. It requires thought and concentration - and effort. People often speak without thought - it is, for the most part, an automatic response. long to receive a three page, heart-rending, soppy letter, filled with words carefully chosen and eternal. And yes, I have written such letters - with no reply, thank you very much. Maybe I m just a hopelessly romantic dreamer, or just downright old-fashioned.
Posted By : Darshil Jal daru khanewala Posted On : 04/13/09 2:51:16 AM Go
Thanks Anju for this wonderful post There was a time when writing letters was our only means of comm..
Thanks Anju for the post and Darshil your reply has brought back the memoroes of my college days when i used to write long letters to the friends. I still write without expecting a reply. With the advent of technology, with the eyes glowing red of Internet and sms ,, letter writing is a lost art. But i just not only sms and internet and telephone.. But the greeting card,as well, has usurped letter writing. Is there something meaningful you need to say? Not only, Happy Birthday and Get Well Soon are available on cards. Today you can go to the store even the grocery store and buy a card to say just about anything. I Miss You , and Sorry we had a disagreement , are just some of the cards available today. Granted, they are nice gestures, but they re still somebody else s words. Who really meant what the card has to say - the card s author or the sender? Where are the days when in the quiet sundown we used to write letters to our beloved Indian literature has a rich amount of belles letters which still stands as the logo of the supremacy of this art form
Posted On : 04/13/09 3:05:29 AM
Chetan Juneja Reward Points : 55100 Member Since : Monday, April 28, 2008
Hey Ratri.. i completely agree with you Moreover who has the time to sit and write just like that.. And what i sincerely believe that we certainly need not to grab a pen to showcase creativity WE can be equally creative in mails.
Posted By : Chetan Juneja Posted On : 04/13/09 3:18:10 AM Go
Hey Ratri.. i completely agree with you Moreover who has the time to sit and write just like that.. ..
Yes I agree, not only computer, mobile is equally responsible for same, sms, short mails etc has great impact on it , but we can t ignore that communication which is important then art of writing , with these technologies, people can exchange more communications, it the communication on which art of writing developed. Time constraint to be seen. Compare one or two letters in months with hundreds of sms, mails etc. in a day
Posted On : 04/13/09 10:00:11 AM
Maniam PS Reward Points : 273700 Member Since : Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I agree that letter writing was an art by itself. One has got to ensure that his/her handwriting was legible and for that, times was spent on improving the handwriting. After perfecting the handwriting, styles were introduced to be different from others. And, after all that and finally when we get down to write the letters we got lost in time trying to put everything we thought of into words, and sometimes it takes ages to write one letter. At the end of it all, when we have finished writing the letter, we get a satisfaction and a fullfilment of some sorts.
Hello friends.. standing at this age i completely understand that these days the young generation do not have time to sit, think and write a letter Not only is letter writing becoming a lost art, but one could argue that handwriting itself is an endangered skill. Aspects of my Grand daughters education, in particular its heavy reliance on electronic stimuli, have reinforced my view that we are genuinely losing touch with the tactile element of written communication...
Posted On : 04/13/09 10:39:58 PM
Roop Chatterjee Reward Points : 21400 Member Since : Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I agree with Darshil, Mohanlal and Bidyut.. the art of writing have almost become obsolete nowadays. The letters we used to write in schooldays had a different charm and the reader always thought that we took some pain to pen down our feelings for him/her. However, we should also accept the fact that today no one has the time to take a pen and paper and write anything, and letter writing is far more expectation because it requires creativity and effort.......Today, most of the professions deal with computers, we alls it in front of our laptops for atleast an hour and its the easiest to mail our thoughts to the other person than write letters. Still, I feel we should write letters whenever we get time....that will also help us to keep our handwriting intact.
Posted On : 04/15/09 11:39:45 PM
Dipen Guha Reward Points : 51700 Member Since : Friday, December 25, 2009
A.G. Gardiner, a famous columnist opines, if diamonds were as plentiful as pebbles, we would not stoop to pick them up. It is the scarecity that makes something a treasure. Gardiner makes this witty remark while dealing with letter writing as a lost art. There was a time when the world was a leisurely place and men could enjoy ample time to strain their nerves to bring forth their best thoughts which were incorporated in letters. Thus, many of the brilliant letters took perpetual rooms in the treasury of literature. Letters of Keats, Shelley, Pope, Rabindranath, Madhusudan Dutt, A.K Narayan and a host have been conserved as imperishable asset in World s literature. Some novels were even written in the form of letters, known as EPISTOLATORY NOVELS. Those who have read SHESER KABITA by Tagore, can call upon with delight the letters exchanged between the hero and the heroine. With the advent of penny-post, when the post-man knocked your door twice a day, very few of us took letter writing seriously. The decline of epistalatory art is not an overnight consequence, but gradual degradation compounded with and by the up-to date gadgets fathered by science and technology. When the current generation can serve the purposes through the smarter means like SMS or live-chat on computer and when one-hundredth of a second is measured, lingering with a pen and a sheet of paper is for hours is taken for an unsmart act. Of course, we cannot steer clear of the time-tested devices of science and technology. But we must be on the alert about the detrimental effects as a result of our too much rubbing shoulders with these technological devices. Computer and the like devices do not, however, tell upon creative faculty. That I am with this write-up on the computer, calls for a good deal of taxation on brain. Some modern states of the world have already put an embergo on the usage of mobile phones and computers in academias. Creative writings are being given great emphasis. Modern men have also forgotten how to laugh effusively. That is why, they take the membership of some Laughing Club to regain and reserve health. Herbal therapy and treatment are again revived. Necessity of expressing thoughts in black and white is being and will be felt like laughter-clubbing and herbal-treating. So be assured of a future free from cyber-syndrome.