Come Back, Email, All Is Forgiven

I miss email.

This is a dreadful sign of the times, I suppose, where we've gone from mourning the loss of letters to that of email.

But seriously, whatever happened to those good 'ol fashioned long mails you got from friends and others? Yes, 1 paisa a minute call rates have made it easier for all of us to reach for the phone and call others when we have something to say. And as someone who's been in a long-distance relationship, let me tell you, I can't thank Vodafone enough for that.

But... well, you can't save a phone conversation, can you? I was just clearing my inbox this morning and I found a bunch of old emails from all kinds of people. It was like opening an old photo album - it took me right back to the place I was all those years ago, riled up all the bittersweet memories and even made me, ME, go all "Awwww" at various points.

You don't get that with a phone call. Or a tweet or a BBM or a text. You just don't.

The cynic in me shakes her head and reminds me that those people, my relationship with them, even I myself, have changed since those emails were exchanged. But somewhere, somehow, it feels good to know that at some point our lives intersected to create such exchanges.

And while it rains outside my window, I'm feeling quite in favour of such charming accidents.


Comments

gtoosphere said…
I think the uniqueness of personal letter and emails is that the other person actually spends time thinking about us. It is the time that they have given us which makes it valuable. Sure phone calls take time too... but imagine the thought that goes into a letter and compare that with a phone call :)
Mystique said…
I have a 220-email-long mail thread happening with someone I'm in love with.

It's been a while since email, yes.
eleven said…
i never delete my old mails..esp mails from people those who mattered or matter to me..I've been doing this for years, it reminds me of how things have changed since then..and makes me look at the silly side of myself, sometimes :)
spbroad said…
or as they say in 'Mad Men'...you can't frame a phone call (do u watch the series or will it be job OD?)

i miss anticipating a hand-written letter... used to have a pen-pal eons ago....
Rishi said…
Nice post. We are programmed to romanticize everything that goes out of use. I suppose there will come a time when even twitter will be lauded as the lost art of expressing oneself in <140 characters...somewhat like haiku? Nevertheless, I get what you mean. I miss email (non-work related, that is) as well.

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