16 October 2021

Saturday winding down

(To) Mere mehboob ne wada kiya hai
Paanchve din ka
(Aare) Kisi se sun liya hoga
Yeh duniya chaar din ki hai.

Roughly translated…

(So) She has promised to meet me
On the fifth day from today
(Perhaps) She also has heard from others that
This life is only for four days

(As a cultural context, “duniya chaar din ki hai” literally means that this world is for four more days… the point being life is only for a few short days more)

8 October 2021

My first wax seal!!

If you found my fascination for fountain pens to be too quirky, this will make me seem even more weird. The background is the following – I was visiting the Dallas Fountain Pen show with Larry a few weeks back when I ran into a person who was selling wax seals. He taught me how to put a wax seal on an envelope.

Came back home and sent him my personal logo (the one you see in the picture in yellow and blue). It took me years to settle on this logo. Eventually, sitting at the bar of Milton’s Cuisines with Sharmila one Sunday night, I had hit upon this design – it has two “r”s – for my initials.

A week later, I had my first personalized wax seal delivered. Now, not only can I write letters with fountain pens, I can put a wax seal too to complete the totally archaic process of communicating. Now, if only I could find a compliant pigeon… 🙂

(BTW, you can spot a newbie error straightaway: I had not aligned the seal correctly with the direction of the envelope flap!)

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25 September 2021

This is what I collected this year…

Four standard nib fountain pens and three glass nib pens. My total is now around 85 standard nib pens and 8 glass nib pens. The rightmost pen is unique in that it is an “eyedropper” fountain pen. Which means, it does not have an ink filling mechanism (like cartridge or ink piston). Like we used to do in India, you just pour the ink directly into the barrel (main body of the pen).

22 August 2021

Letter writing on a Sunday evening

After a long time, accepted a dinner invitation this weekend. (I usually do not enjoy parties). Which meant, of course, writing out a Thank you letter. That is the most fun part of any party to me.

Brought out a pen I had bought in 2014 from the Atlanta Fountain Pen show. The body is a mix of light yellow and green. Went with green ink for this letter!

11 July 2021

I am surprised I had never come across this before!

For a fountain pen aficionado like me, I was intrigued that I was not aware of the existence of these things. I have used dip pens in the past – you know with nibs in the end and usually a holder or a quill at the other end. But these are very different kinds of dip ink pen.

First, they are made of all glass. Second, the nibs are not flat. They are all cylindrical or bulbous! I was wondering how the ink would flow. (Usual nibs have that slit between the tines that has the ink flowing due to capillary force). Turns out the ‘nib’ has intricate shallow trench like etchings that wrap around like the threads in a screw. The ink, when dipped in, is held in those “trenches” and slowly flows out.

Fairly unique! Got a few delivered from China. Was never aware of this. Were you? Wrote the first letter to my niece using this!