Pen Pals.

pen_pal_clubPerhaps that should read as “Because two computers are better than one.”
The internet has made it possible for us to have more pen pals than one would have thought possible when pen pals were all the rage. I had one brush with that phenomenon.

I was all of 13 years old when my cousin Mangala who was the librarian at the United States Information Service Library in Madras put me in touch with a young lad of the same age from the USA named Johny Horrigan Jr.  The USIS had a program to encourage such exchanges and Johny and I exchanged a few letters and photographs taken with our box cameras, during the next two years and both simply tapered off due to other preoccupations.  We had Boy Scouts as the only common interest and there was the  dampener that I did not have a clue about base ball and he about cricket!

After that great experience, all my penning was to people I knew and I was an inveterate writer of letters.  I wrote to my friends, cousins, mother and a few times to the editor of the local news papers too.  But I never got back to making pen pals till the advent of the internet.

I don’t know if I can call my internet friends who I have not met face to face as pen pals but it makes sense to me to.  I don’t put a pen to paper to write to them, but type on a key board I do to correspond with them through emails, facebook, blog posts and comments; and now with the world becoming smaller on skype, whatsap, sms and so on too.

If I am allowed to include my internet friends, then my list of pen pals would run into a very large number and one of these days, I shall sit down and count and give this post an update.  In the meanwhile, I am glad that I have them in my life and I hope that they are happy that I am in their life too.

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27 thoughts on “Pen Pals.”

  1. i have blogging buddies who are better friends than people i have always known in real life. commitment is a state of mind, not of location.
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  2. I had a pen pal in the south of France as a teenager and we corresponded for quite a long time until I must have said something that offended her and she broke it off. Disappointingly, I never actually visited her.

    I agree online friends are the modern equivalent of pen pals. Even if I haven’t met all of them, I know an awful lot about them and they are friends in a very real sense.
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    1. Most of us of our generation had pen pals but I wonder if it exists in the same form as it was then. Now that we have the internet and all that it provides, I believe that it has been replaced by all modern communication methods.

  3. I had more pen pals in those days than friends on email now …

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