Saturday, January 22, 2011

Of ink pens, inkpots, blotting paper and dropper...

A few days back one of the authors had come to our company for her book launch and also for its promotion. The book being Leading Ladies by Sudha Menon.. It was a good session. But this is not what this post is for. At the end of the session, we all had the choice of buying the book at a discounted price. So the HR representative was noting down the names of all those who bought the books. What caught my attention was her pen. She was using a fountain pen in this age of ball pens, gel pens, pilot pens..

It suddenly took me to more than 20 years back when I had just started to use a pen.. The first pen that I was given was an ink pen. I remember how excited I was to hold a pen and feel grown up. How I waited to pass the Class IV exams and enter Class V.. The only attraction was the pen. The mighty pen. It gave me a sense of being big and responsible. I had seen my parents use it and now it gave me a chance to use it. I was happy to give away the pencil at that time. No more sharpening of pencils every night. It was replaced by filling up the pens with the inks. The first ink pen that I got was of blue color. I still remember that royal blue color and how much I loved it.

Later on my Nanaji gifted me a Chinese ink pen which was a luxury at that time. He loved my hand writing and wanted me to use the best of the pen. He also knew that I am very particular about my things, so he thought of giving me an expensive pen. Oh Boy, that pen was lovely... It was a black metal pen with some golden dragon style imprint on the rim of of its cap.. It wrote beautifully. It was as if, the pen was made for me. Infact I also loved my handwriting whenever I used that pen. Moreover, Nanaji had given me his own pen so it was all the more precious to me.. I loved filling up ink every night, and ofcourse I had to keep blotting paper in my pencil box everyday. I did not allow anyone to use my pen. The reason being, everyone has a different style of holding a pen and writing. So if two people use the same ink pen, the nib goes awry. So no matter what the other person thought, I did not share my ink pen. In the school if someone asked me for my pen, they never got my ink pen, no matter how close the person was.

I had two kinds of ink pen. The one where pen had an inbuilt dropper sort. So you just dip the pen in the ink bottle, press the rubber tube once at the end of the nib and the ink would be filled. The other one was with a small compartment in the lower part of the pen. So the ink had to be poured into it. I was not very fond of this kind of pen. But then we used droppers to fill up the pen. The only advantage of this pen was, we knew how much ink is remaining unlike the previous pen, where we had to take out all the ink and then refill it. I remember how much I cried the day my pencil box was stolen in Class X. My pencil box had a lot of stuff. My pens, pencils, rubber, sharpener, scale, blotting paper, dropper.. Some of them were very old and were with me since my childhood. But I was crying only for my ink pens. I even had the idea who had stolen my pencil box but I had no way prove it.. Nanaji did buy another pen for me, but my heart was with that black one which was given in Class V..

Now I dont have any ink pen, but I long to have one with that kind of perfect nib. I did try a lot of ink pens and some branded ones as well, but nothing came close to what I want. I guess I shall go to that shop again once I am in Doon to look for that kind of pen. I dont even know whether they still get those kinds of ink pens or whether todays kids still use ink pens. But I heart those people who use ink pens. I love it, no matter how messy or cumbersome it may be to fill them every night, be careful about not spilling the ink or be careful about the nib. Its an ink pen which for me, is a luxury par words can define.

1 comment:

Titaxy said...

ink pens are amazing...definitely brings back memories. i got one as a gift a few months back; i am yet to use it, but i am v excited abt it :)