Long Live The Telegram… STOP

By: Menon, Hema

Jun 16 2013

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Category: Just a thought, On the road, Only in GOC, Random

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Five years ago, I moved to Trivandrum. Of all historical buildings/monuments/grounds that Trivandrum had to offer, one particular building in the city caught my attention, just bcoz of its name.

“Telegraph Office”, it read. “Kambi Aafeese” in Malayalam.

It was near to the traffic light by Statue, so I could never miss it. For almost a year, every time I passed along that road, I tried to take pictures of it or talked about it.

Historical…for telegram or “kambi” as it is called in Malayalam, was probably something that was not much in use, or so I thought.

Growing up, death announcements, delays, births and occasional congratulatory messages… all were with a telegram.

This week, its time to write the obituary. Indian Government announced that it is bringing telegraph services to a full stop. There will be no more telegrams after July 15, 2013..

LONG LIVE THE TELEGRAM … STOP…. LONG LIVE THIS TELEGRAPH OFFICE… STOP….

(Forgive the quality of the picture… taken from a moving car.. this one was by my daughter as I was driving…)

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