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

Reading this on my blog for the first time? Don’t know what this is about?

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.

Typewriter Twenty Two : July ’16

A classic case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

I remember one of the thoughts that crossed my head when I saw the typewriter first (after *OMG THIS IS SO COOL*, *I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FINALLY HERE*, and a rant about love at first sight) was:

Wow, that’s so compact!

It’s 10.1″ x 11.5″ to be precise, (yes, I measured it for this post). Which is very compact and optimal for porting. Well, if you’d like to visualize it, 10.5 would be approximately the height of a 1 litre Aquafina bottle and 11.5″ is slightly smaller that the longer side of a A4 sheet, (or did I just confuse you?)

Fair enough, right? Seems like something that’s easy to carry. So, I rushed over to pick it up and analyze it, and as I did, I realized, hang on, the size isn’t all that matters.

The weight. Damn.

The typewriter weighs a lot more than you think something as compact and petite would, it’s like you couldn’t have known, unless you actually tried holding it up. Now I’m not really sure how they would be practical to carry around. They look compact, are “wireless”, seem low maintenance and come in a carrying case; they were meant to be portable, right?

But, are they?

Stay tuned in to find out, more next month!

Check out the previous edition of Typewriter Twenty Two here and the next one, here.

Typewriter Twenty Two : June ’16


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.


Say hello to this beauty! I’ve been trying to track down my Babaji’s 53-year-old typewriter for a few months, now, and it’s finally (FINALLY!) here. I can’t even begin to describe how fascinated I am! The keys are so beautiful. And it’s a joy to watch the lever hit the ribbon with a loud WHACK, […]