There was a time when people used to send postcards to their loved ones. A feeling of belongingness was there in those few lines on the back of a postcard. As the world progressed, inventions like – fax, telephone, computers and smartphones slowly diminished the art of postcard writing.
Now, with the help of internet we are connected to the whole world virtually. We enjoy the merits of being a tech savvy generation as we are always online. More than one generation has grown up without ever having a post in their mailbox.
But still, every now and then you see postcards lying at a stationary shop. Has it ever crossed your mind as to who would be buying postcards in such times? Let us bring to your notice some of the people in Chandigarh who are still keeping the art of postcard writing alive.
Vidushi Richashree, a human rights student and a passionate poet, shares her side of story of affection towards postcards. She pens them down while she is traveling and feels an emotional connect through postcards.
“Postcards carry so much of personal value. I write them when I travel. It says what I am thinking for that person in a special way,” shares Vidushi, who is relishing this heartfelt hobby for almost 4 years.
Having a similar desire for sending love through postcards, Ishita Uppal and Nikita Aggarwal, have been writing postcards for more than two years now.
“It’s so nice to seal time in the moment of the place through postcards. I find it exciting to sit and write postcards for my friends and family and let them know what I was thinking of them at that time,” says Ishita, who never wants to do away with writing postcards.
Nikita Aggarwal looks at postcards as something precious that could be kept forever. “Postcards are tangible and they can be kept with us forever. You will read them, you will save them, but then years down the line you will find them again in a notebook or a box that will make you nostalgic. That’s why I believe that postcards are the keeper of memories,” says Nikita, who finds peace through hand written words, not web chats.
It would be an understatement to say that postcards carry mere messages. What if those messages are life changing for someone? Known for her travel poetry on Instragram, Rachneet has given postcard writing a new meaning. She is sending heartfelt words to the unknown through postcards as they connect to her short stories and poetry.
“I sense there is lot of monotony, sadness and tiredness in today’s world. And, it just takes 50 paisa to bring smile on somebody’s face. I started writing postcards to people who followed my write-ups on Instagram. I had to choose my words carefully as they were strangers to me. But when I started to hear back from them, that was a beautiful feeling,” says Rachneet, who plans to venture into publishing her self-made postcards.
There is so much to take from the past. Definitely postcards are one of the things that we shouldn’t be losing. Isn’t it an amazing feeling to receive a postcard? Chatting on the web and sending hundreds of Whatsapp messages won’t surpass the feeling of personally picking a pen and writing your thoughts for that one person who you care about.… Try it.
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