The Lost Touch Of Those Ink Pens!

We are all brought up in a period where there is advancement in the technology in almost every 20 minutes or less. Believe it or not, it is true. Our generation have seen nothing but development… Or progress in different aspects affecting our lifestyles. True, right?

We all might have seen old country movies, like the Pride And Prejudice / The beauty And The Beast etc, set in an old English country area. Have you observed their lifestyle. With meagre development around them, they live a blissful life. In almost all these movies, they seem to show one more thing that our generation have no trace of. Or we simply have not used it. Any guesses?

Yep… Feather pens, or ink pens.

My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.

~ Graham Greene

Frankly speaking, I have never used feature pens, but I have seen them.. in a Museum! See, so now the feature pens which were regularly used by the people, regardless of whether they were any commoner or something belonging to the upper class, have become artifacts which are just carefully taken care of, so that atleast the last one remains, showing the future generations about the gravity of the development that had taken place. Phew!!!

Development has also happened in the field of these ‘pens’. From feature pens, we have started using different types of pens with different ink, that we doesn’t need to refill in every minute. We have pens that provide us with different colours in one go. And also those that provide us with gell ink.

Even in the ink pens! From feature pens, we have come to different types of ink pens, with easy mobility. Even I use them.

But when I go to some of the shops to purchase them, the shopkeeper takes over half an hour to find them. Why? He explained to me that seldom people used to come there to buy these ink pens. Some of them buy them but the next day they come back and return as they find it too hard to “operate”!

This is just a single case.. I have personally heard people talking about the difficulties they find in using these pens. Most of them find it difficult and annoying to refill the ink in every 5 – 10 min, while others can’t come in terms with the nib (tip)of the pen.

Even in the beginning, I used to have the same problems too. But I refused to give up. I practiced more with it. And ultimately I got control of it. And now I am more comfortable with these pens, than the ball pens.

The beauty of scratching the nib of the pen on the rough paper, to scribble down anything, is unimaginable. Well, sometimes the ink gets on our hands, but try to enjoy it. Try something different in your life. Stop following the bandwagon. Try to taste something new & fresh and give life to your own life!

There’s something special about writing by hand, writing with a fountain pen, and there’s something special about writing into a book, to take a blank book and turn it into an actual book.

~ JOE HALDEMAN