I am running late for the April A to Z Blogging challenge and accept my apologies. I am making amends and for now, it’s alphabet P for Pens and Post cards under the theme: ‘College Memories.’
Pens, of various colors and hues, gel, ballpoint unleashed its magic on the notebooks and answer sheets to the joy and delight of the college students. Pens, they make the college memories a love affair to remember as the brands, Celio Maxwriter, Butter Gel, Faber Castell and, of course, the dear old Parker lying in cozy comfort in the case after working tirelessly, day and night, to pour ink on paper.
As a young student, I became an avid collector of pens in bundle which I bought for 10 bucks in the stationery and my favorite remains till date the Celio Maxwriter. They made a special place in the pen case and throughout the year, I would buy at whim pens of different colors, Blue, Red, Black, Grey and its a fetish developed during the college days.
Pens are like my first love and, over the years, I got the habit of writing with three to four pens at one time during lectures. During exams, I made it a point to buy three to four pen since I cannot write for three hours with one single pen and after some time, I get bored filling the answer sheet with just one pen. I remember, once in Philosphy class, there was this gal called Kavita who was asking to borrow a pen and tendered to her the pen box. I told her, I have lotsa pens and you choose. Must say, she laughed and took only one. Ah! The college memories where I collected pens like some mad, crazy guy and mind you, I still do it. Faber-Castell pens remains another of my favorite and remember buying them for 30 bucks during revision time for examinations where I would summarize notes so that it would remain stuck in the grey cells, ready to blurt out, during exams.
What happened to the dear old and beautifully designed, hand written post cards that we would receive or send for birthdays or X-Mas? I have quite a collection of Post Cards that Mom and Dad as well as friends and relatives would diligently write with a pen wishing me Happy Wala Budday and Merry X-Mas. I jumped with joy when the postman delivered the post cards in the letter box and the post card is goodies that I waited with bated breath. The joy of carefully opening the sealed envelope and unfolding the post card to find your name scribbled, ‘With Love to Vishal, Mom and Dad’ or the neighbor putting a sticker, ‘Missing the good times.’
I cannot imagine the college days, without the adorable, cute and much loved, Post Cards, send with emotions by mail. I believe that distance make love grow leaps and bounds as we start missing our parents, friends and love ones as the post cards sent with so much love brings smile and cheerz on the face. Or, walking all the way to Archies Gallery to select among the amazing cards to send to Mom and Dad on their birthday or New Year and to our college mates on their birthday or our much loved teachers on ‘Teachers’ Day’ or the parting one from the one girl I was in love so that we remain into each other’s hearts forever. I absolutely love the cards on display at Archies which remained my favorite spot to pick hand written post cards. The place is paradise on earth. Move over the E-Cards, I still love picking hand written post cards to send across seas to family and friends since one pours feeling of love, emotions in the cards.
I shall leave you with few more from my collection.