Found an old book rummaging through my collection. From my school days.
Titled :Model school essays, letters and paragraphs.
I am copying a letter called First letter to a pen friend from it.
I saw your name and address in the Hindustan Times dated …. under the heading of ‘Wanted Pen Friend’. Enclosed please find my photograph and details like education, hobbies, extra curricular activities, political ideology etc. as desired by you.
Please send me your photograph along with other necessary details at the earliest. I hope, we will prove good friends.
With best wishes,
The first thing which strikes me is the so formal tone of this letter. Maybe I have grown used to the casual copy like the ‘flickr is having a massage’. While in the first paragraph he is slightly hopeful but still very polite. In the second paragraph he suddenly becomes much more confidant ‘demandin’ she sends in the picture. Obviously she will only do so if she likes Sunny’s details.
Fun to realize that this is what the “Fraindship request’ used to look like in those days. This book was published in 1992.
What do you remember from those days?