Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian actor pines for “pen” and ink in his blog

The famous Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan maintains a blog ( and he wrote a very evocative essay today where he mentioned, “ … Pens and writing material still occupy a major space on my desk … and in numbers too. There is a great romanticism about the process of filling a personal favorite pen with ink. The mechanics of the operation, the filling up of the compartment, the tissue wiped nib and body to rid it of extraneous left over and finally the joy of the flow from it when put to paper !

The invention of the pen and writing instrument, the ink, the paper that it shall finally adorn, all have been perhaps one of the finest inventions since the wheel ! We may eventually move into a space where we would be getting rid of all that has been mentioned before, but for me as I am sure for many the pen and its ink shall remain in their iconic importance. “

Interestingly cursive handwriting is a dying art, we learn. 
The fountain pen is dead, long live the pen.


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