July 08, 2013

Our Telegram Story

On 14th of July, an era is going to end in India. With SMS and internet taking over, India is  shutting down its 163 year old 'Telegram' or as we locals call it 'Taar' service. It is not viable, there are huge losses, and in the current scenario it is outdated, are some of the cited reasons. It feels like closing door on our history because it is not commercially viable.

Fair enough, but I don't want to move on without having a piece of history with me. After all, new is always based on the old. Hence, I thought of sending myself a telegram (sounds crazy, right?) When I discussed this idea with a colleague, she was equally enthusiastic about it. Soon she found herself at Taarghar (telegraph office) and that was when we realized that we were indeed serious about this. At first, the staff was amazed, confounded, and surprised at seeing someone other than them in the office. They could not believe that we simply wanted our share of history for keeps. Some questions and smiles later, we got going. Our enthusiasm was indeed contagious and soon the staff was excited. Their smiles indeed made our day. But nothing was more overwhelming than holding our telegrams. A telegram that was meant for us. We were jumping like excited bunch of kids who just got their first toy!


That's us with our piece of history and you have no idea how happy we are to have it. It is my sincere request to you to grab your piece before telegraph service is stopped in India or your corner of the world.

If our story has inspired you to send a telegram, please share it with me so that I can feature you on the blog. You can send in your pictures and story by mail (contact@theflirtingkaapi.com) and if you are publishing it on Twitter, FB, Instagram, do add  the #OurTelegramStory hashtag. I am really looking forward to read your stories. :) 

It is the end of an era. Stop. We can preserve a piece of this era. Stop.

And here's the link of a friend who also has a telegram story to tell! Read Vinita's post here. :) 


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18 comments:

  1. Never sent a telegram and i haven't even seen it....................................... but this really inspired me :)

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  2. This is wonderful and so what I planned to do with the Princess, so that she knows a part of my childhood. Good read!

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    1. I am glad you are planning to! T will be proud of you :)

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  3. Oh this is such a good idea. Stop. I will send myself a telegram tom. Stop. :D

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  4. Preserving a piece of history is a contribution to the future of the country.
    A great endeavour indeed.

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  5. Hey I didnt know this and I too want to have my piece of history with me. Please suggest on how to go about it. Thanks.

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    1. It is really easy Swati, simply find a BSNL office/ post office closest to you that still provides the service of telegram. Reach there before 14th July and they will help you in the best possible way.

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  6. I have never seen a telegram ever in my life but my grandparents say that they got the news of my birth over a telegram, thus it's so special. Thanks for the post dear :)

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    1. Indeed it is special. To preserve that memory, why don't you send one to yourself? I am glad you liked the post.

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  7. It's sad that as I'm writing this comment, the Telegram service is a thing of the past. My family had so much good and bad news sent through telegrams...
    I agree with Sayantini; I've never seen a telegram in my life so I'm glad you've actually posted this :D

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    1. I am so happy myself that I was able to :)

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  8. How lovely that you got to send a telegram before they stopped them!

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    1. Yay! It is indeed super lovely, Laura :)

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