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AmritsarPosted at: Oct 10, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Oct 10, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)Technology sounds death knell with people shifting to newer modes of communication

Divya Sharma

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 9


Gone are the days when a saffron spot (tilak) on a postcard meant an auspicious occasion. This custom was especially followed to inform about weddings. Such was the relation established by people with this mode of communication before it was replaced by technology.
People used to wait for a postman to receive the letter from their loved ones. People used to write letters to each other, informing about their sorrows and happy moments.
Recalling those days, Baldev Raj Wadhawa, who works at the post office in Gandhi Bazar in the walled city area, said, “Such things have died down. I remember specific salutations written for most letters. Parents would make us write. Those were special days..”
Though most people agreed that with the advent of technology, communication has become quick and better, the art of letter writing has suffered. Today, personal letters have been replaced with commercial letters, which are generating business for various post offices in the city.
Makhan Singh, Senior Superintendent, Post Offices, Amritsar Division, said, “Today, there is hardly anyone writing personal letters. We have a stock of commercial letters, usually written by business houses. The personal touch is no more. In our times, teachers used to put a lot of stress on letter writing. I enjoyed writing letters. It was a medium to improve writing skill.”
“I used to write letters and they had a special charm. Sometimes, I enjoyed reading them in my free time. I used to write letters to my daughter,” said Kuldeep, a retired employee of a private company.
Recalling the impact of letters by citing the example of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, VP Singh, a local resident, said, “There is a book on this subject. I used to love writing letters. Everyone in my friends’ circle used to give their best while writisng letters.”

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