“Best bed sheet brand” goes my search on Amazon app. Shopping online comes with its setbacks. You can’t feel, you can’t touch and are solely dependent on others’ reviews.

Take a moment.

But, what if it is a new brand.

Can you recall the last time you received a handwritten note from someone?

My tryst with writing letters (inland letters) started early in life. When I was barely 10 years old, I stayed with my grandparents, away from my parents, for a while. There was no telephone with a long distance connection where my parents lived, and I saw them once in maybe six months. Goes without saying I missed my parents and brother a lot.

Every day when I would return from school, I would long to see that blue colored piece of paper on the table. The days when that cherished piece of paper came were the best; they made my evening. I would read, and then read once more, until every word was imprinted in my memory.

My younger brother got creative with his signature with every letter that came. Saturdays, for me, were earmarked to craft letters to my parents and thoughtfully fill my thoughts within the limited three pages.

When the space and resources are limited, you choose words wisely to express yourself. It is perhaps tough to understand the significance of those hand-written letters in today’s times when talking to someone anywhere is just a call/click away. And yet, even after you’ve spoken for hours, you feel there is a void and so much left unsaid. Do you ever feel the same?

What has bed sheets got to do with letters?