Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mails and all that stuff

Were you happier in the days when there were no emails? I believe I was. The pleasure of receiving a hand-written letter or two or three or more, with those colorful stamps on them, cannot be the same as getting an email. In fact, I think, sometimes, when people write about what’s going on in their lives, they simply copy paste from the emails they send to someone else, modify it where the name is concerned, and, voila, the mail is ready…press click. If you’re lazier still, you will just put all the email ids in bcc, and, with a click, off go the emails. And, you believe that everyone will be happy.

But, are they? I mean, how can I be happy if someone forwards me a Diwali card, for example, where they have just hit the forward button and not even cared to delete the id of the person who sent it? Don’t tell me ‘It’s the thought that counts’- I cannot believe it. In fact, why just to me, they probably just bcced it to their whole address book.

The same is the case with smsed wishes- be it on New Year or Diwali or Independence Day…there’s no name in the beginning. The person has just selected his whole address book and send the same sms to his whole telephone directory. So, has such a person remembered you, really speaking? If he or she is staying in the same town/State, couldn’t he have just lifted the phone and called to wish? The usual excuse? Oh, we are soooo busy. Time just flies by.

Frankly, I don’t believe in this. I prefer to either call people to wish them, or, not send any wish at all. Or, if they’re really close, I’d send them a handwritten card, by post/courier. At least, that conveys to people that you remember them as individuals, and not as a 'group of people in the world'.

What do you think? What do you do?(And, if you reply*guilty as charged*, I wouldn't be too surprised).
Amusing thought:
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained…. Mark Twain


Ritu said...

Soooooooo agree with you. Mails are impersonal. Period. Esp e cards. I'd rather call the person and wish them than send them an ecard....

AmitL said...

Hi,Ritu...you're right.:)I'd also rather call the person.