The Magic of Letters

04th Aug 2016   By Vandana Verma  [122 views]


I was searching for an old photograph when I found this letter. It was written by my mother 10 years ago around the time of my son’s birth.
Reading through, memories and emotions of that time refreshed in my mind suddenly. I could feel a mist in my eyes, it was so emotional. It was a small simple letter, as simple as my mother is, as she was not used to writing letters, but her emotions, warmth and motherly love were easily conveyed through that letter.
I remember I received that letter when I just delivered my son and was in hospital and was missing my parents a lot as they were far away. The letter from my mom relieved me a bit, but I cried a lot then.
Finding such an old forgotten letter made me so happy.
In the present time of technology and gadgets, there are new ways of communication like messages, emails, whatsapp, Facetime, Skype, but the feeling which we get by receiving or sending a letter is incomparable.
The letters and photographs have an old world charm which is archival and  unbeatable . But it is a matter of worry that this generation including my son is not used to writing letters. We as parents have a responsibility to revive this culture in our children so that they can truly express themselves.
There is no better way to truly express yourself than a letter.
Letters are magical. Unlike emails, which we rarely read again, letters are something which you can go back to and they take you to old times naturally.
Think how our parents would feel if they received a letter from their grand child. For us it’s a small way of gratitude but for them its a great feeling, it can make their day. They will save that letter forever and read it again and again.
Our next generation is going to be insensitive, emotionless and practical, if we do not inculcate these small gestures of love and affection.
As a kid,  I used to be in touch with my cousins through letters. We would share all minute details through letters. We used to share jokes, reviews of the latest films, details about our favourite actors and actresses, schedule and plan to meet up in the next vacations and what not. These letters would seem to be live conversations. We eagerly waited to receive each others letters  and would reply soon after reading them. Those letters were so innocent and funny, just like us. It was a golden time.
I still have that priceless collection and reading them makes me happy. Now I think those letters were also a simple way to develop vocabulary, grammar, spellings, hand writing, expressions and more.
Nowadays it is difficult to find such a rare and pure way of communication.
It is a wake up call for us to leave that tab or smartphone and instead grab a pen and paper and write a letter to our loved ones and revive old times back.
It surely is magical.




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