#365DaysOfWriting Day 84: Handwritten Letters

It’s that time of the year again…No matter how much of technology we embrance, no matter how often we are in touch with friends on Whatsapp or Snapchat, no matter how many times we Skype with our relatives in another country, it is that time of the year when I have to sit down with a letter-pad, pen and envelope and start composing letters.

Rakshabandhan is around the corner! It’s time for me to purchase rakhis (which I did this afternoon), sit down patiently and write letters to each one of them. These handwritten notes always accompany the rakhi I send. After almost six years, my brother and I will be celebrating rakhi together in Kolkata. Since I am in my hometown after so many years, this year I did not have to write many letters, for I would be meeting my brother and cousins in person on that day!

Over the years, my letter-writing skills have definitely deteriorated. I remember the school days when our teacher would painstakingly teach us the proper format to write letters, and insist on how each letter must have a minimum of three paragraphs.

Who writes even proper emails these days, forget letters! Today, I actually struggled to compose letters — something that I’d never anticipated. On one hand, it could be because we are better connected through social networking sites so there isn’t anything special to share in the letter that we haven’t on social media, on the other hand, it could simply be because of lack of practice.

Whatever be the case, I’m still glad I managed to finish writing all my letters today. Hopefully, it will be posted tomorrow and reach my cousins on time.

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