So, the last telegram in India was sent out on July 15, signalling the end of an era. The telegram service might have been available in India for 150-plus years but, as a mode of communication, it had already died much before July 15. While we were busy using faster means to communicate, like mobile phones and e-mails, the telegram was taking its last breaths.
I remember my parents receiving and sending telegrams on various occasions, happy and sad, but I have never personally received or sent one. That said, the official closing down of the system did make me sad. My children will never even see a telegram, I suppose, except maybe on the internet.
Inland letters, postcards and landlines are other modes of communication on the verge of getting extinct, I feel. I don’t know of anyone who really writes letters these days, like people used to earlier. The few who do write them only now and then, just for the sake of nostalgia. I know of many families who do not use a landline at all, relying entirely on the more convenient mobile phones for communication.
When I saw today’s prompt for the July Photo-a-Day Challenge, ‘numbers’, I immediately knew I wanted to take a picture of the landline at our house, for the sake of posterity. Who knows when it might leave us?