When did you last receive a proper handwritten letter?
In the days of cell phones, emails, and text messages, letter writing can seem hopelessly outdated. But it’s an art worth bringing back and not because of some misplaced sense of nostalgia either. The writing and reception of letters will always offer an experience that modern technology cannot touch.
As a lover of handwritten letters, I have a special spot for the lost art letter writing- an art robbed of romance and even basic courtesy in the age of rapid-fire, efficiency-obsessed, typed-with-one-thumb-on-a-tiny-keyboard communication. I was utterly delighted to discover a rare and remarkable website, The Indian Handwritten Letter Co. (TIHLC)
The Indian Handwritten Letter Co. (TIHCL):
In October 2015, Anubhav Ankit and his friend Jashwanth Cheripally, founders TIHLC, while sipping coffee discerned that tech is taking over everything and there is nothing that captured the human emotion perfectly. So they decided to start sending letters for people who want to send handwritten letters but are unable to, via a blog they started in October itself. “In just5-10 days we received a massive response from people and we realized that is was not just us, people actually want to send letters, it was just that it was a lost art”, recalls Anubhav.
In March 2016, they launched a new website with a lot more value and more services for people, the one that you see today. “What we want is how seamlessly we integrate people’s technology along with making this an emotional structure and shipping them (letters) out on their behalf”, says Anubhav.
They are team of around 28 people, across the globe writing handwritten letters for people and mailing it on their behalf. Basically they are ghost writers for you and they ship emotions in the form of handwritten letters.
They don’t just write personal letters but also a lot of business letters as well like cover letters, letter of recommendation, CV, resume, and others as well. “By the way, apart from writing love letters, we write close to around 200-300 plus letter to the Prime Minister of India every month because a lot of people have got a lot of queries they want to ask the Prime Minister.”, notifies Anubhav.
They also draft content for people who are unable to express themselves precisely and beautifully in 10 different languages. Even if you give them a brief outline of what you want to say they do the rest of the work for you. “No matter how much printing you get done, when something is handwritten it melts your heart” believes Anubhav. “There is nothing quite like the personal touch of a handwritten letter. The paper filled with ink of someone’s pen; the handwriting took effort – it isn’t a font downloaded from a website. It warms the heart and suggests genuine love and care.” he adds.
Letter Writing v/s Technology?
And they are right, something about the act of writing things out by hand on a physical paper, sealing it in an envelope, and putting it through the mail system makes the whole message feel much more personal and enjoyable.
You may say, ‘Well, it’s faster’, and yes it is lot faster on technology, it’s a lot easier, and it saves money. Sure technology has improved our lives but what place does genuine emotion have in a digital world. We don’t write as many letters as we used to and technology may be quicker but it has left a twinge in our hearts that yearns for that personal connection.
Letter writing is truly a lost art- a vintage skill, if you will. The flow of pen gracefully etching out your thoughts to someone… the mere thought gives me chills. Letters used to be a staple of communication for sending news, keeping war-separated lovers connected, or a way to make a friend half way around the world. They are sweet treasures and we need to bring them back to life.
I hope you are encouraged to take up pen and paper and revive the lost art of letter writing! The Second Angle celebrates the long forgotten art of letter writing.