Friday, November 14, 2008

"May I Write To You?"

Yesterday, someone asked me, “May I write to you?” How often does one get asked such a beautiful question? I think people today say, “Can I call you?” or “Can we talk again?” But an exchange of ideas, and the continuation of a conversation through the writing of letters is practically unheard of. I was quite happy when I was asked this question and consented to a correspondence, upon which we exchanged our email ids. Not quite as romantic an end to the wonderful question as I would have liked, but still…

I would like to write to someone. As a child I had several pen-friends. I even tried reviving my interest in writing to people in distant lands after I became an adult. However, this franchise soon disillusioned me because I found that most adult pen pals are only trying to pave their way to a romantic relationship. But imagine… if you were writing just for the sake of writing… to be able to tell your story, and listen to the stories of others… wouldn’t that be beautiful and delightful and enlightening? C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know we are not alone.” I think this might be truer for writing. We write to know we are not alone… to know that someone wants to read what we have to say and share… that insignificant though we may be in the grand scheme of things, little bits of ourselves are significant to others even if only just momentarily. Is it any wonder then that I enjoy writing this blog?

7 comments:

Anand said...

Dear Asha,

This little bit of your significant blog was momentarily significant in my insignificant life.
You may write to me anytime! But not on e-mail. I want the blue inland letters in my mail box.

Azalea said...

Hee Hee. Silly boy! Insignificant life indeed... this from a guy going to spend his birthday in Rome!!! Hey, why is it that the US does not have inland letters? It's such a classy concept - write on a page, fold it, lick it, stick it and post it... perfect. I should write to USPS about it. :-)

Beautiful Mind said...

yes Asha,
your blogs must be more often.its like those thought for the day thing,back in the school days.

Azalea said...

I get caught up with things Anoop.... or else would write more often. You should write more often too...

Rhett said...

You have been writing for quite some time, then!

Azalea said...

Life without pen and ink is hell!

കുട്ടിച്ചാത്തന്‍ said...

Do you still remember we exchanged a lot of letters?

but U are not so regular writer... ;)