Extinction of Epistles

Once upon a time letters were the carriers of love, affection, emotion and messages. But, with the advent of emails, whatsapp, and mobile phones these have completely gone out of our lives.

One can ask ‘So what?’

True. What is that we miss? Whatever we want to communicate it is done in a fraction of seconds, even if we want to physically see the person we could and talk for hours’ if possible take them on a tour of where you stay!

Are they not advantageous instead of sitting and writing a letter and posting them and on the other end someone eagerly waiting for days for the postman to come and deliver the letter?


Long distances, unable to see someone we love, no need to sit and write down our emotions in words for those who are capable of good language and expressing ability are all wiped off successfully.

But, true. Have we turned closer today? Yes and No. When you make something mechanical or instrument related, it automatically loses its human or emotional touch.

In letters, the expectations were more dominant than the events. The handwriting, words, the expressions all communicate even if they were mundane carried something more definitely than the event.

Well. In life we always have to miss something and gain something.

Once Hindi films had songs centered on ‘Epistles’. They were definitely still green in my memory because of the lyricists (Hasrat Jaipuri, Rajendra Kishen, Anand Bakshi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Neeraj, Javed Akhtar and Dev Kohli), Music Directors (Shankar-Jaikishen, Ram Laxman, RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji and Anu Malik) and singers (Pankaj Udhas, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sonu Nigam, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar).

Do you have soft corners for letters, an ear for music and dated Hindi movie songs? Listen and watch them in You Tube.

The songs are 'Sandesa aate hain' (Border), 'Yeh mera prem patra' (Sangam), 'Likhe jo khat tujhe' (Kanyadaan), 'Pal pal dil ke paas' (Black Mail), 'Aayegi zaroor chitthi' (Dulhan), 'Chitthi aayi hai' (Naam), and 'Ghum hai kisi ke pyaar' (Rampur ka Lakshman) and 'Kabutar ja ja' (Maine Pyaar Kiya)


More by :  G Swaminathan

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