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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bits & Pieces 6


Chitthi Aayi Hai!

One of the few things that can make me happily nostalgic is written letters. I still have preserved all the paper correspondence I used to have with a same age cousin when I was in school. In early 2000s, the fashion of writing letters started fading but with the advent of cell-phones and social media it has definitely become a long lost memory. We wrote each other letters out of sheer fun of writing and of course, for the excitement of receiving the next one.  Now, I am back on this track and with a few like-minded friends of mine, have joined the letter loving group!
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Biblio-mania

I cannot have enough of books and it seems I am slowly turning into a compulsive book hoarder, for I have a huge heap of unread titles in my room. Recently, on my trip to my ancestral house, I brought many of my late Grandpa’s books, most of them being classics printed around 1920s and 30s. Last week too, while browsing for something else, I impulsively bought two titles - one by Ruskin Bond and the other by Agatha Christie. Reading may be a good habit but book hoarding is definitely not, so now I will try my best to avoid buying books impulsively, at least this year.


 Rest in Peace...

My heart is deeply saddened by the demise of the brave horse Shaktimaan who died of shock after being given a dose of anesthesia. His case is an eye opener about the pathetic condition of animal-care in India. In western nations, even a local animal hospital is far better than any govt. hospital of India. In fact, after every hurricane and natural calamity, their special squads actively rescue pets and other animals. Such a thing is sadly unimaginable, rather laughable in our country where food grain remains scattered on roads due to lack of storage facility and thousands of liters of water is wasted in the construction of helipads for the ministers who go, ironically, to visit the drought hit areas. We have a mismanaged system working on wrong priorities. In such a scenario, animals remain the most tortured category.
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14 comments:

  1. Letter writing habit is gone. I am glad you are trying to revive among your friends.
    Rest in peace Shaktimaan. Very tragic.

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    1. Hi SG

      Yes, nothing can beat a traditional paper letter. yes, very tragic indeed

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    1. Hi Martin

      Thank you so much!

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  3. In our school days we have shared only greeting cards for festival and events with cousins... in the technically advanced world where communication becomes easy but sharing shrunken. Very sorry for the horse and I saw a clipping on the horse fighting to stand on the artificial leg was heart breaking. We can’t say quite that people don’t care for animals in India. During the recent flood in Chennai, many pet and domestic animals were rescued by even the normal being along with rescue teams. But there’s more need of awareness and people has to understand animals are not created for us to make slave.

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    1. Hi Jeevan

      Those greeting-card days were the best! Recently a cousin complained that no one bothered to give her a personal call her on her b'day and that she recv all wishes on only on whatsapp.

      Yes, I agree, out attitude towards animals is in a dire need of a total revamp.

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  4. A thought-provoking post

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  5. Yes, nothing like hand written letters.. They carry a charm and its sad that its not much practiced anymore... Books - they are man's best friends... Its sad that both letters and books and slowly dying due to digitization.

    Regarding the animal care, come on! People have become selfish. They dont care about fellow human beings. Forget about animals and nature!

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    1. Hi Loco

      very true, digital tech is eating away traditional paper style.
      sadly true, people have stopped caring for anyone these days

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  6. Agree with you wholeheartedly especially about animal care

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  7. Oh gosh. A hand-written letter?! What a treasure, a rare one. And books. The arrival of e-books has also reduced their presence. Sad.

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    1. Sadly that girl ditched me and did not send me a letter in return...sick

      Print books! I <3 them :D

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