Day 15 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : When We Received A Telegram
India bid goodbye to the telegram service yesterday, after more than 160 years. On this historical occasion, I'm reminded of the one lone memory I have of the Indian telegram service. Must share it here.
No, that image is not of an Indian telegram. You can see the British crown in the header. I decided to use this image for my post, only because that's how our telegrams looked like back in those days when this incident happened.
I'm not sure of the exact year, but it was definitely in the mid 80s. We lived in Kanpur back then. One fine morning, the doorbell rang, and Dad opened it to find his younger brother (who stayed in Patna) standing outside. Dad was obviously surprised at the sudden visit. We all were. Looking at our faces, my uncle seemed even more surprised! "I did send you a telegram that I was reaching today."
Yupp. You guessed it. We never got the telegram. Nevertheless, we were happy to have him visit us. There were a lot of family talks, and yes, food too. And chocolates for my sister and me.
And then the doorbell rang again. My uncle got it for us this time. It was the postman. With the telegram that my uncle had sent. "Reach Knp XYZ date PQR train"! (It was a super-abbreviated message like this... though I don't remember the exact words now.)
Bottom-line of the story: My uncle received the telegram that he had sent! :D
No wonder they finally decided to shut the service down. In fact, I'm surprised they took so long to do this! Anyway, Google images showed me that this is how an Indian telegram looked like recently...
Guess I'll save this image in the archives here too. Maybe one day my grand children will care to read my blog and stumble across this post... you never know, right! :P
This is my 15th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
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