Typewriter Twenty Two : June ’16

Introduction.

Well, yes. If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know how much I love the typewriter, and how fascinated I am with it.

Since not many people have used the typewriter, or even seen one, I’m going to start a monthly post about my typewriter and write about the little novelties and quirks I discover as I start using it. At times, I’d also like to share something I just can’t figure out or something I wrote, or somebody I wrote for.

As a challenge to myself, I’ve decided to go 100% old school and I refuse to use take help from videos or tutorials of any kind. Let’s see how far this takes me!

Herein, lies the irony. Yes, this is my first Typewriter Twenty Two post, ever, and this is the first time I’ve been away from the typewriter for this long after I’ve got it. I just moved to Hyderabad, and I can’t wait till it gets shipped here! And, I thought this would be the perfect month to introduce this monthly post.

Why the name? Well, firstly, I love the sound of an alliteration! It just makes things so much more poetic. Secondly, I had thought about making it a weekly feature, but I’d like to focus on varied content and I don’t want to set targets I might not be able to meet. Thirdly, and unrelated-ly (is that even a word?), I was twenty two when I got it!

So, you know where you’ve got to be when the calendar reads twenty-two every month.


Check out the next few editions here: TTT July ’16, TTT August ’16.


Weekend Coffee Share : Ambivalence

This is my first post on the Weekend Coffee Share which is a weekly feature by Part-Time Monster.

If we were having coffee, it would probably be at my place, and I would have brewed it myself. No, I’d rather not take you out to a fancy place, this week, primarily because I want to spend all the time I have, every minute, at home.

After we’ve picked a cozy spot here, I’d want to know what’s new in your life, and want to start from where we left off the last time we met, or start afresh if we haven’t done this before. I’d ask questions that don’t just tell me about what’s up in your life, but also how you feel about where you are, but you’d answer those if only you’d like to let me in, just a bit.

When you’d ask me what’s on my mind this week, I’d tell you how its’s so hard to believe that school, even college is over, and it’s time to step into a whole new phase, again. I can’t believe I’m going to start working now! I’d tell you about how I’ve started packing this week, trying to condition myself for the next step in life. It’s not the first time things are changing so much, and it’s not even going to be the last, but there’s this part of me just doesn’t want to leave – not because I’m scared of what lies ahead, but because I don’t know when I’ll be back home for such a long time, again.

I want to bundle up all my memories and take those with me, and also leave things behind, so that home feels like home when I’m back. But, I don’t know how to pack, or what to pack and what to leave out! Today, I put a few of my choicest books, like Matilda by Roald Dahl and  the first of the Harry Potter series into my “Going” box, just a bit of childhood travelling with me. Yes, decided to leave out the other 6 from the Harry Potter series (including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, my favourite-est), just trying to find a middle path. There’s also this diary I have from school, which all my friends had filled with anecdotes and incidents and silly jokes, in the last few days. That’s really close to my heart, it brings back so many memories, and also reminds me about the version of myself I was at school.

As far as the fresh college memories are concerned, I can’t seem to be able to leave behind all those gifts people have given me on my birthday for the past 3 years, I also have scraps of the gift wrapping paper and little scribbled notes friends gave me from each year! I’m a hoarder, yes I am, and a very proud one at that. I’ve decided to continue using a few things, like the lock to my hostel room, my college coffee mug and bits of stationary. And, I found all these videos from the first year in college, those are gold, so many memories gushing back!

When’s the last time you entered into a new stage of life? Did you feel the bouts of excitement, nervousness and fear of uncertainty like I am now? How did you decide what to take, and what to leave behind, what’s worth hoarding and what you should just let go of?