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Connecting…

Letter writing was an art in itself. People who were fortunate to be a part of the pre digital time, would appreciate the joy of writing and receiving letters. Sadly like many other things, today it is buried in the folds of changing times.

Digital connect dominates the world today. While it is a quick and easy medium of communication, is steals the emotions attached with letters.

I am trying to bring out this comparison in my twin haiku below.

purple flowers on paper
Debby Hudson@unspalsh

Calligraphy inks

feelings crafted on paper

the words came alive

person using smartphone
Christian Wiediger@unspalsh

Instant messaging

static words pop on the screen

emojis galore

89 comments on “Connecting…

  1. utahan15
    May 21, 2021

    the old way
    takes more time
    costs more than a dime too
    in short i agree with ye

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  2. Dreamy Parakeet
    May 21, 2021

    Yss, nowadays everything has turned into digital. Letters has changed into WhatsApp text… meeting up is rare and is replaced by video calls…

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  3. VJ Knutson
    May 21, 2021

    Letter writing is a lost art. Like your comparison.

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  4. Nawazish
    May 21, 2021

    I love the old paper and letter writing but that’s been over long back

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  5. kittysverses
    May 21, 2021

    Ya, so true, Ma’am, the joy of receiving a hand written letter, reading and re-reading is indescribable. I’m happy that I got to experience it in initial years of my childhood, and some of those letters are preserved still. It’s a wonderful experience to go through those hand written letters , something like seeing an old photo in writing.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 22, 2021

      Absolutely Aishwarya. I have letters dated almost 25 years back still preserved. It’s a beautiful nostalgia to go through them.
      Thanks dear 😊💕

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      • kittysverses
        May 29, 2021

        You are welcome, Ma’am. And it’s a wonderful feeling reading old letters. 🙂

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  6. thatreaderbee
    May 21, 2021

    this is beautiful!

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  7. Filarance
    May 21, 2021

    Wow! Beautiful!😊

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  8. Vignesh S Raj
    May 21, 2021

    Very nice and true! If not for the digital devices, you couldn’t have published this and we couldn’t have read this 🙂

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  9. Rishika Jain
    May 21, 2021

    Oooh nice connection! Letter writing is such a precious lost art, I hope we are able to revive it someday.

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  10. ashok
    May 21, 2021

    Beautiful Radhika.

    Our family was good at writing long letters. Last Diwali I sent greeting cards with letters to all my siblings and close friends. They were so thrilled 😁

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  11. Sadje
    May 21, 2021

    Isn’t that the truth. And Words on paper are there till we either lose the letter or it’s destroyed.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 22, 2021

      Absolutely Sadje. Only those of us who had the pleasure of being in the pre digital times will appreciate the joy letters bring.
      Thanks so much 💙

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      • Sadje
        May 22, 2021

        You’re welcome! Yes those were different times altogether

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  12. boundlessblessingsblog
    May 21, 2021

    Superb poem on letter writing, Radhika and today this art has almost finished. I remember how many letters I must have written to friends, to relatives and felt so nice writing too. But today we have lost touch only using key board.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 22, 2021

      Agree Kamal. We used to write even to our cousins abroad. Then collect the stamps from those envelopes. Such simple joys of life ❤️

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  13. akshita1776
    May 21, 2021

    Wow!!

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  14. Geoff Stamper
    May 21, 2021

    I still mail letters and cards when no urgency is required, like in advance for an upcoming birthday.

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  15. Infinite Living
    May 21, 2021

    Such beautiful poems both of them reflecting the essence of the experiences. I remember how much I enjoyed writing letters back home, really long ones 🙂 What a different world and feeling with those handwritten cursive words :))) Equal joy receiving them too, the waiting until they arrived.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 22, 2021

      Absolutely Pragalbha. Those letters were written in detail sharing with our loved ones, all the news. Postman visited us every day with a stack of letters, and it would be such a happy time reading them. 😊
      I truly miss those simple joys of life .

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      • Infinite Living
        May 24, 2021

        Your description brings back childhood memories again, just so wonderful 💛💛💝

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  16. Simon
    May 22, 2021

    The old way, The Hope, along with the patience. Patience and Hope both are lost to the technology and adapted to a temporary two lines of quote to promote hope and patience, but the creator itself doesn’t has that is pity.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 22, 2021

      Simon, today life moves at such a fast pace that we have left behind patience and many good things that it brought. This is sadly the time of instant gratification. We need to adapt yet hold on to the old values.

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      • Simon
        May 22, 2021

        That’s right, I, often takes a vow to hold on to old values and often regret why I didn’t hold on. It’s a fast world✨

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  17. judeitakali
    May 22, 2021

    I wish I could still write letters but I don’t even know if the post office mail is still working.

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  18. Indira
    May 22, 2021

    Emojis are taking over the words🤔 ☹️ 😏 😊 😀

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  19. Sowmya
    May 22, 2021

    Wonderful twin haiku Radhika. It was indeed a pleasure for me writing and receiving handwritten letters from friends and family. Hand written letters carried all the emotions, love,care and strengthened our bondings. Thanks for taking us back to those good old predigital days.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 23, 2021

      Absolutely Sowmya. Handwritten letters brought with them a bagful of emotions and memories, a journal and a commentary of sorts. Each one had a different style of writing. It was such a joyful experience 😊

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  20. -Eugenia
    May 22, 2021

    Sadly, letter writing seems to be a lost art. Technology has its advantages and disadvantages, indeed. My hubby and I still exchange written cards for special occasions.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 23, 2021

      I agree Eugenia. Technology has definitely made communication easier and faster, but has robbed that pleasure of personal connect and bonding that letters brought. It’s nice to hear that you still exchange cards with your husband. We did that till some time back…but somehow it stopped now.

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      • -Eugenia
        May 24, 2021

        Well, I’ve been married 13 years to my current husband and the cards are priceless. During our lockdowns and when he went grocery shopping, he bought cards for both of us to give to one another. They mean a lot. ❤️

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      • radhikasreflection
        May 24, 2021

        Aww…that’s such a sweet gesture by your husband Eugi. I can understand how special it is to you 🙂

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      • -Eugenia
        May 24, 2021

        ❤️

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  21. Era
    May 22, 2021

    So true, Mam, letters, and writing have emotions attached and the essence it carries can’t be felt with the current messaging apps solely. Through handwritten letters sometimes we can express those emotions too which we can’t say, but letters now are lost art.
    As always beautifully written by you.☺

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  22. I still write and receive an occasional letter. I believe that the current rarity of letters makes receiving them a special occasion. Loved this post, Radikha! All the best!

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  23. Rupali
    May 22, 2021

    Wonderful.

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  24. Cindy Georgakas
    May 22, 2021

    Love this Radhika and I am a biiiiiiig letter writer .. did I say big.. 🤣 and I miss it but with all of my writing these days I am sad I’ve missed it.. I said last night “I’m starting today”. so thanks for the inspirations. 💖💖❣️🙏🙏🙏

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 23, 2021

      Aww… thanks so much Cindy. I can so feel you, as I too loved letters. Writing and receiving them made me feel so special ❤️. Well, it’s time we revive this beautiful lost art.

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      • Cindy Georgakas
        May 23, 2021

        You’re sooooo welcome and I so agree. We have to perservere and not let our writing and other things we have to do get in the way… i say this as my cat is walking over my computer screen….and bugging me.. lol,💖

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  25. Narendra Nayak
    May 23, 2021

    That is so beautifully expressed, R. The stark contrast is such that I wonder whether it was all in a previous life – those good old days of penfriends and handwritten postcards during summer vacations! Why does technology have to be such a killer?

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 24, 2021

      Ah yes, I recall all things with letter writing so vividly, the pen friends, inland letters, post cards, peeling of the stamps from the envelopes, such simple joys and ways of bonding and connecting with family and friends. Technology, though a boon in many ways has ensured a sacrifice of simplicity in every aspect of life!
      Thanks N!!

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  26. sunisanthosh
    May 24, 2021

    In my childhood I enjoyed writing friends and loved ones plenty of letters and cards. But now I miss the old way !! 💜

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  27. KANAGA
    May 24, 2021

    It’s so true Radhika, those days writing letters and sending through post. Now everything’s at your fingertips, messaging through various apps whatsapp, telegram, messenger, signal and more. Life goes on as technology becomes sophisticated.

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  28. radhikasreflection
    May 24, 2021

    You said it Kanaga. I truly miss the good old times of life !!

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  29. DiaryWriter
    May 24, 2021

    I was wishing that it was more

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  30. Sugandha Agnihotri
    May 25, 2021

    Your post instilled in me an urge for writing a handwritten letter. You know, with all the excitement of waiting and stamps😌. But ig the only place i’ll be writting them will be my exam sheet👀😂

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  31. Cyber Salimn
    May 25, 2021

    You are right all text nowadays are digitalization has changed everything

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  32. millennialempress
    May 26, 2021

    Yes… It have deep meanings

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  35. Terveen Gill
    May 28, 2021

    Words defeated…emojis rule the world. Lovely writing! 🙂

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  36. Kritika
    May 28, 2021

    True words. The emotions which hide in the writing style are all gone. Sadly, the world is turning into a robot.
    Superb haikus comparing the now and then.

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  37. Princess
    May 29, 2021

    I also love writing letters
    But now days every thing is digital.you get reply very soon but when letters were posted we always wait for our letters as my grandfather always says to me
    Love which exchange through letters can’t take place through this digital texting

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 29, 2021

      Absolutely agree with your grandfather’s words. Digital messages seem very insipid when compared to handwritten letters. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts 💖

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  39. Deb
    May 30, 2021

    You have summed up the truth of it so well Radhika.
    The unpredictability of a letter physically travelling, the patient wait for a reply, and the joy of a letter being delivered to you, the joy in opening the envelope and reading the letter is not something the digital medium can ever achieve. And we used to think up every line to express as much emotions through selected words as we could – much unlike a string of emojis which convey our emotions today.
    I have preserved all the letters I received from my parents and my wife and often go through them at leisure. Don’t think we would do the same with the instant messaging chat history.

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  40. Trishikh
    May 31, 2021

    I still write with fountain pens. It’s a very fulfilling experience for me. As a communication professional I use a lot of computer and modern day technologies, however, nothing gives me more satisfaction than writing with my pens. My two typewriters also gives me a lot of joy.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 31, 2021

      It’s wonderful to know that there are people who still use the fountain pen Trishikh. I used to use the typewriter, typing out all dad’s correspondence on it, back in time. Now, thanks to technology, sadly I have lost touch with both the pen and the typewriter.

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  41. Isha
    June 1, 2021

    Letter writing is indeed very personal, heartfelt and beautiful 🌸🌻

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