Good handwriting is a sign of healthy Mind. Mahatma Gandhi.
When I was in school, between 1985-1995, we had a strong emphasis on handwriting. There was no digital medium of writing, so it was purely with pencil, in primary school, and with ink pen, in secondary school.
I was quite good at academic and had a decent handwriting. The class teacher used to give example of my handwriting to the class. As years passed, with usage of computers, I lost the craft of writing with pencil or pen. But, I was always in this ego trip that my handwriting is still the best and if not, others must also have forgotten the craft.
One fine day, this false ego of mine was shattered. I met Bhakti Patwardhan while working in this animation studio animation studio I keep taking about. She was a quiet, and sharp, woman working in the production department. We didn’t share much talks but I used to poke my nose, like always, in her business.
I had always been pesky but I this characteristic has given me lots of gifts in life—many friends and many-many stories.
So, one fine day I peeped into her notebook where she used to write daily notes about the status. That moment was the most silent and cold moment of my life—everything just froze. My false ego was shattered into million pieces as I saw her handwriting.
OMG! It was so beautiful. Just exceptional.
Here one person in the organization had such a beautiful handwriting and there I was in my own la-la-land that no one actually writes good now-a-days. After ages, I saw someone who was so patient and still while writing notes. There were no cancellations or scribbles, everything was just right. I was like Gulliver who was huge in the land of Lilliput and was tiny in the land of Broddingnag.
I have seen handwriting of many great people from history but this one in the modern age, the Kailyuga, is just almighty’s own. It has culture, story, love, compassion, kindness, gratitude and a poem that only few can understand. It’s mystic, esoteric and enigmatic and out of world. Whatever, it’s just one of the wonders of the world in today’s time—and definitely the eighth one for me.