Even as India closed down the 162-year-old telegraph service on Sunday night, the last country to do so, there were no tears.
You would have imagined that the older generation would find it difficult to let go. But that was not so the case as newer communication technologies, more convenient and personal, than the good, old telegram, are there in place.
Jagadish Bhaskaran, a 70-year-old says he still remembers the day when he got his first offer letter almost 50 years ago in the form of a telegram, and he has preserved it to this day. But Bhaskaran admits that he has easily evolved to new generation technologies. “I don’t think people would feel the absence of telegram much when there are much more convenient and cheaper alternatives.”
Sixty-eight- year-old Hemlatha K recalls that the news about the death of her father was delivered to her via a telegram. And sadly, she got the telegram a day late, and she could not attend his funeral. Which is why she feels that when there are better technologies why cry over the death of the telegram.
PK Mohanty, a retired engineer and SM Raj (name changed), an army officer, say that although the telegram played a crucial role during its time, it was time to move on. “Newer technologies have come in place that has made communication dissemination unbelievable quick,” said Mohanty, though he admits that the telegram needs to be saluted for playing its part when required.