A World Long Lost and Forgotten…

My father is in the IAF, so he is often away from home, sometimes for months together. It used to be difficult for me as a kid and sometimes when I’d miss him real bad, I’d cry to myself quietly, making sure no one else ever saw me. But I got used to it as I grew up. So, for my 9th birthday, my dad wasn’t with us and a day or two before that, we received a letter from him. I was so excited, I snatched it from my mom’s hands and tore the envelope open. There was a small note in there especially for me, along with a letter for my mom and a beautiful red colored greeting card!

I don’t remember the card or its contents very well, but I do remember the joy I felt as I went jumping around the house , showing it to my brother. That letter somehow made me feel more connected to my dad, as if he were with me on my birthday!

That is the effect of letters! Computers, mobile phones, the internet, etc are all great ways to bring people closer, but to think that any of these will ever replace the true worth of letters, is just ridiculous. I mean, to receive a piece of paper, actually written on by a person, filled with his/her emotions is a different feeling altogether. And the current state of letters makes me sad, though I’m aware that it’s not an effective way of communication- it’s time consuming for one. But hey, everything has it’s pros and cons, right? And none could take the place of another.

My mother made me write letters as a child, especially on Rakshabandhan (a festival wherein girls tie beautifully decorated threads, called Rakhi, on their brother’s hand, as a symbol of the brother’s promise to always protect and look after his sister). They weren’t actual full-proof letters, but just a few lines somewhere in the middle of the one she (my mom) wrote to her brothers. Even today, she insists I write at least a few lines along with the Rakhis I send to my cousins. And for this, I’ll always remain thankful to her, for she introduced me to the beautiful world of letters, which otherwise goes unnoticed in today’s fast-forward world.

One night I was chatting with my best friend, Nathel, on the same issue. She lives in Bangalore (Karnataka, India) and I have moved to Bareilly (UP, India) for college. And she was like,

“For so long I wanted to write a letter to someone but I used to think, whom should I write to? Everyone I know lives here in Bangalore. How it never occurred to me to write to you!”

And so, on 3rd July 2015, I received my first letter -I mean, the first personal one addressed to me! It was short and simple but it was special, nevertheless.

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Think about it:

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone?

Never, maybe? Or perhaps, long back, huh? If yes, then take a pen and write one right now! It’ll definitely be a lovely surprise for someone and that will make it worth your time! ๐Ÿ™‚


22 thoughts on “A World Long Lost and Forgotten…

  1. Totally agree with you. I LOVE receiving packages in the mail. The thrill of ripping into a letter cannot be matched by clicking open on an email ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact I even have a blog post drafted on the subject. Will definitely have to put that one up soon ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Thank you for this story! And no surprise it’s been beautifully written,yet again. I hope more people are inspired to write letters. The joy of receiving a letter from a loved one is unmatched by any other means of communication. And I’m happy that my letter could strike a cord in your heart and make you smile. Happy writing.


  3. Arti,
    You are absolutely right, the joy of writing the letter is absolutely amazing, but,due to fast paced life we have completely forget it.
    Nice post and enjoyable experience to read it.


  4. I love that you have (if you’ll pardon the pun) addressed this issue. Actually, I am the letter writer in my family. Whenever anything significant happens, I get a phone call from my Mom with the request “will you write so-and-so a letter, because… ” And I do, not because I am a dutiful daughter, because like you, I love getting letters and I know how much more power they hold than an email or text. The last letter I wrote: I write to my kids frequently in a journal. I hope someday they will read my written word, in my old fashioned cursive writing and treasure every drop of ink. Thank you for bringing my attention to this on blogging101.


    1. Well, I’m glad the there’s still “a letter writer” out there! And that “cursive old fashioned writing” sounds interesting! Can you post a picture of that?


  5. Your passion and effervescent writing style really comes through in your style here, a very enjoyable read!! Keep up the good work. Glad I stopped by to check out your blog. Ah-mazing ๐Ÿ˜Š


  6. Letters…letters…letters…its been a while since i wrote an old traditional letter to a friend or family. Mostly i send an email, an inbox message on facebook, a text message on phone and so on. Interestingly i have been writing letters for applications /proposals lately…the serious side of letters i call it. It would certainly be nice to receive a letter. Thanks for sharing.


  7. It is sad that writing and sending letters has become “out of date” in most people’s point of view. I have always loved checking the mail in the hopes I’d have a letter waiting for me! Now that I live a ways from home I’ll get letters from my mom now and again which are always so much fun to read! My best friend and I also correspond through letter-writing, and we both love getting them in the mail. It’s fun to have a tangible thing to read and come back to from that person’s actual handwriting. What a great post! ๐Ÿ™‚


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