Conversation #1211

: Is it meaningless to apologize?

: Never.


The Before Trilogy.


Pardon the spelling mistakes, yes.

Typewriter Twenty Two : September ’16

Stumbled upon this post for the first time? Don’t know what this is about?

Let me tell you!

Are We There Yet?

I find it difficult to write to people who I know too well, or those who I don’t know at all. In either scenario, I can never fathom what it is that I should write to them about. If it’s someone new, I wonder what it is that would interest them? What would make them want to write back to me? What would strike a chord somewhere within? And well, if it’s someone I’ve known, the biggest stumbling block is finding something I haven’t already discussed with them. How do I tell them something new, when, in actuality, they’ve probably heard every thought that’s meandered through my mind?

But, you know, there’s something about writing that just comes to me. It just happens.



The other day, I was working on a typewritten piece for one of my really close friends. I sorta-kinda had something I wanted to say through the letter. So I sat myself down, did my little ritual of feeding paper into that beauty, adjusting the margins and then checking the spool and ribbon.

Then came the words.

Hey, you.

And, after a full fifty three minutes and forty one seconds, I had eloquently expressed all I could.

Hey, you.

I finally sat down to write to you.

Six more minutes didn’t add as much as I’d like them to.

Hey, you.

I finally sat down to write to you. And, I don’t really know what to say.

Seventeen minutes later, I knew I had to stop staring at that sheet. So, I decided to work around this situation; I put the typewriter aside, picked out another sheet of paper, and..a pen.

Twenty three minutes, and two more sheets later, I put the pen down and lifted my head and smiled. I felt like I knew what I wanted to say, just not how to type that in, before.

No matter how much I loved typing on the typewriter, no matter how fast my typing speed got, no matter how close I thought it was to me, I felt like we just might not be there yet.

There? What is this ‘there’ I talk about? Well, ‘there’ is that level of comfort you reach with somebody, that place where you can talk to them without inhibitions, where they just get you, where they almost complete your sentences, where it’s effortless.

That’s there.

So tell me, love, tell me, are we there yet?

Like what you see?

Check out the previous edition of Typewriter Twenty Two here.

Typewriter Twenty Two : August ’16

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Let me tell you about this!

Cast a Spell.

I don’t like re-reading letters. If I’ve sent you one, I’ve probably written it in one go, without crossing out words, let alone lines. Recently, I wrote something for myself, and read it after a few days.

Once I did, I realized how much we rely on our computers or mobile phones or another electronic devices to assist us with our sentences. A green squiggle is formed each time the device *thinks* we’re not constructing sentences as per the grammar rules. And, let’s admit it, we’ve all depended on the red squiggly line that appear beneath the words we type to save us from trivial, but often embarrassing mistakes!

I figured I’ve made so many minor typos in that one note I wrote! Typos I tend to ignore because my brain *knows* that they’ll be auto-corrected on any device.

I can’t believe I’ve gotten so used to technology helping me out at each step. It makes me wonder, will spelling and handwriting become obsolete gradually? Will we start completely relying on technology when we want to write? Will we let the device think on our behalf?

More importantly, is that what we want?

Would you like to read a little more?

Check out the previous edition of Typewriter Twenty Two here.

And, the next one, here.

Travel Checklist : 7 Unconventional Items

I was thinking of a few things that help me enjoy my trips better, so I thought I’d list them out. Do you relate to any of these?

1. Decide how you’d like to document the trip.
Well, a lot of us go in thinking we’re going to blog every night, or put up pictures online daily, or maintain scrapbook, but then, reality strikes. Most of us end up procrastinating or just get too tired by the end of the day to follow through. So, think of a realistic way you’d like to document it, so that you don’t miss out on the little things you’d like to remember from your trip.

Check out this really fun way we decided on, here!

2. Stop looking at pictures. NOW.

Yes, I know you’re excited and you want to go through every picture ever taken at your travel destination. But, I request (?) you to stop, stop now!
Stop because you must let some things remain new to your eyes when you get there. You’d want to be able to stand in front of the windmills in Netherlands and say “Woah! That’s such a wonderful sight”, and not “Yeah, I’ve seen this before on Instagram, from a better angle probably. What’s next?”

3. Collect your friends’ postal addresses.

This is for when you had a great time in a city and want to send a postcard to your friend. But, what’s their address? Damn.

4. Use a separate device for music.

Phones are well-equip to carry massive music playlist and click HD photos, and help you keep in touch with loved ones, but, the last thing you want is ending up in a long bus ride or in the middle of a Skype call back home with the low battery sign. Or well, just carry a portable charger.

5. Fine-tune your to-do list

In place of letting your London to do list read just:

London Eye
Westminster Abbey

..and so on, add little things to do like, things unique to that place like

Ride on the Double-Decker Bus
Buy an umbrella!

6. Find a way to backup photos!

 Yes, in this day and age, this might seem a tiny bit obsolete, but this is a must! I had a horrible experience this time, when I took photos from our DSLR and didn’t back it up. Towards the end of our trip, the card showed a “Card Corrupt” error, and thrust us in a state of panic. I’m still trying to recover files from that card.

Find a way to backup photos, or take photos from multiple devices; the pictures we took from our iPad were our saving grace.

7. Carry a few a snacks from home, if you’re visiting a different country

You’re probably going to laugh at this one, after all, when in a new country, you’d probably like to experiment with their cuisine. But, that can get a little taxing. There will be times when you crave a familiar flavour, and this will save the day.