I’ve always admired two things about picture postcards: the picture on the card ( way to state the obvious) and the fact that the note on the reverse can be read by anyone out there, as the card passes from hand to hand before it reaches the recipient. It’s like a little peek into someone’s travels, a snippet of their lives, a fraction of their experiences out there in the world.

In the world of instant gratification and with everything being out there in the public domain, that isn’t saying much, I know. If I like a sunset, I whip out the smartphone, capture it and it’s up on instagram before I’ve had a chance to finish watching the sunset in its entirety, right?

So, when I kicked off the idea for the snail mail challenge in June this year among the members of BAR, a part of me woke up in excitement and anticipation. It was all I could do to control myself from checking the mailbox every single day in my apartment. To say that I jumped and did a tiny jig when I saw this beautiful card from Sanch in my post box one morning is no exaggeration. For those of you who know me, dancing is the last thing you’d want to see me do. In fact, if I did, you’d be begging me to stop, with tears in your eyes: tears of laughter, that is.IMG_20150915_072558


What is it about a handwritten letter that awakens that deep sense of rootedness? Is it the fact that someone cared enough to actually put pen to paper? Maybe it’s the moving away from the fatigue caused by endless e-mails which go straight into the trash can when we’ve read them. Perhaps it’s the fact that we connected enough with another person to move past the online connection and take it further.

Either way, I am not complaining.

Sanch, by the way, you have incredibly beautiful handwriting, one of the things I have always envied and aspired to. Also, to write this when on holiday and to send it across the seas amidst your travels just makes this all the more special. I have it safely ensconced between the pages of my diary and take it out every two days to read the words, smile and admire the picture.

Most important though, is the fact that I relish doing things offline more and more and don’t stress too much over not being online or available all the time.

For me, that’s probably the best outcome of this challenge. Thank you to all who participated and made this a memory to remember.

What do you enjoy about writing letters? How has it changed for you? Do you think our kids will ever know the thrill that comes with writing a letter by hand and waiting impatiently for a reply?


Our BAR linky is open till tomorrow, September 16th. 

Do write and link up a post on a cherished snail mail you received. We’d love to read it 🙂

If the linky closes, leave your link in the comments section.

32 thoughts on “Picture postcards: A Snail Mail lesson

  1. I am glad to be here today, thanks to vidya, reading her post led me to you, and yes I do enjoy writing letters, and I used to write long letters to my loved ones and friends, and it was pure joy. Thanks for sharing !

  2. This was a fabulous idea. You really did sprinkle your fairy dust on us, and made us all so happy. Thank you, Shailaja. 🙂 <3

    P.S. I envy her handwriting!!

  3. Wow! Receiving a postcard all the way from Quebec must have been exciting! 🙂
    Now I’ll post mine tomorrow….thanks for extending the date! And thank you for this activity, Loved it!

  4. I still write letters! Apart from the people who feel the need to reply to me with a letter of their own, nobody else I know writes! Most recently, somebody looked at me in a weird way because I was typing out a long email to a friend. (!!!!) During my time in the US, I sent my brother a picture postcard from every new place I visited. Sentimental maybe. Sometimes I feel like I should belong to another generation. 😀

    1. I think we are a dying breed. I don’t write as often as I should, I’ll admit, but I love writing when I actually get down to it. Just realised our kids will NEVER know the pleasure of writing letters. Some days I hate technology. I really do.It’s killed so much wonder and creativity.

  5. I want 🙁
    Someone was supposed to send me limited edition post cards and they didn’t 🙁

    Sanch’s handwriting IS really spiffy 🙂
    Also, fabulous idea, S 🙂 Hopefully, I be awake for the next round, so looking forward to it 🙂

  6. Such a lovely handwriting!! 🙂
    I am going to post mine tomorrow as well..

    It was super awesome receiving letters the old-fashioned way and I loved sending mine out as well 🙂
    Thank you for taking the initiative! I hope we get to do this again and again and again 🙂

  7. Sanch does have a very fine handwriting. And yes, there is the delight of receiving a hand written letter. Though the reason I didn’t take part is because I can’t be arsed to get out of my house. I’m as lazy as it comes 🙂 but some of you may be in for a surprise soon

  8. I used to write a lot of letters during my school and college days, even had few penpals. But after that it just stopped. I miss writing letters and receiving them.
    Sanch indeed has a lovely handwriting 🙂 Thanks for this snail mail challenge . I enjoyed taking part in it 🙂

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