‘Hello, Uncle.’ I extended a greeting to the typist cum sales manager cum owner of a small document shop.
‘Haan. Hello!’ He replied while straightening his body on the tattered wooden chair he had been reclining after a lunch.
‘I’m looking for a typewriter,’ I asked. ‘Do you have one?’
‘A typewriter! Why do you require a typewriter?’
‘For typing, of course!’ I grinned.
‘See! Here!’ He tapped the keyboard of his computer and the dozing computer got back to life. ‘Does all, haan. Why would anyone still need a typewriter?’
I need a typewriter…
I need a typewriter because I’m fed up of sitting in front of a computer all day in the office.
I need a typewriter because when my family is asleep in the night, I want to creep into the next room and go rat-tat-tat, tat-tat, click! And see words forming on a paper.
I need a typewriter because I’m too lazy to write in a notebook and too fastidious to get distracted on a computer.
I need a typewriter for a better vocabulary.
I need a typewriter because then I’ll pause and think and type; rather than type, pause, think, delete, and retype – as in case of a computer.
I need a typewriter because words once typed are permanent.
I need a typewriter because hard drives are prone to errors, failures, and crashes.
I need a typewriter because it’s tangible and personal.
But, of course, I didn’t say any of this to the typist cum sales manager cum owner. Rather I said, ‘Anyways, thank you, uncle.’ And left the shop.
Meanwhile, here is what I found on youtube: a typewriter renaissance slowly picking up in few corners of the world. But would you prefer a typewriter to a laptop for writing?