One of the issues I had while writing the mains examinations, and especially after I had written the mains examinations, was that I wasn’t very happy with my handwriting. It wasn’t that it was particularly bad or something but that it wasn’t especially good either. And I want my handwriting to be impressively good in the this year’s mains. I want the examiner to read my copy and think highly of it. I want him or her to rate my answers as best as he or she can; something which perhaps might be aided by the fact that the answers are written in a good handwriting. I have, thus, decided to write for the next couple of months, at the very least, with fountain pens and fountain pens alone. The fact that the experience of writing with a good fountain pen is bliss in itself may have a significant bearing on this decision of mine but it’s a different story altogether. Oh but I must tell you, what a feeling! When was the last time you wrote with a great pen? Try it. As soon as you can.
Both in Bhopal and in Lucknow, there exists a shop: the Variety Book Store of T. T. Nagar and the Anupam Pen Shop of Aminabad respectively, which have a great collection of fountain pens. As I was enjoying my sojourns there, I wandered to shop for some nice fountain pens for my endeavour. It was a nascent idea at the time. However, I am now delighted to tell you that I have found some great specimens. And while it may not be prudent to write with them in the examinations itself, they sure make for a great writing experience in general. Above all, it feels good. It feels great. Ah, I am falling in love with fountain pens, all over again.
While I was searching for pens, I came across the old ‘Hero’ pens from which I used to write in my childhood. Indeed, these were one of my first pens. To find them there in the shop, surprisingly at similar rates as they were when I was in standard four was a delightful moment. I purchased the lot of them. I would have perhaps purchased more had it not been for the irritating behaviour of the owner of the shop. However, in his defense maybe I was far too excited about finding those pens. I still have bought enough pens to last me a good while and the one I’m writing with right now is a gem in itself. Have a look:
Here’s to fountain pens and the idea of penmanship, may it always delight its appreciators.