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Saturday, October 24, 2015


In my childhood, I used to change notebooks  with improved handwriting in a show off before my teachers  and the class.  That attitude remained well after high-school years and I used to carry rough notebook to college and took notes in that only to copy back in the concerned note book in leisure hours or at home.  Still I don't know why I get so much joy when I write on paper.  But after graduation and settling in life,  for more than a decade, I was out of sync with this forgotten passion, as handwriting was limited just for putting signature on salary rolls and bank transactions. Since I was not in re-creative mode,  I burned out with my go-office only  routine life style.

But  the year 2003 had brought drastic change in my life style.  I became vexed with the  dry professional routine as learning curve was at its lowest ebb and my heart deeply craved to   to bring learning and creativity back to my life.

Suddenly, on one fine day, I was introduced to a book called Tony Buzan's Mind Maps.  Tony Buzan is one of the leading authors on the brain and learning,  and mind maps help anybody to think on paper in a very logical sequence.  In the process of creating some personal mind maps,  I put a dedicated notebook then (2003) and started filling the pages with mind maps on my desired subjects.  Since then,  writing became part of  my personal growth.  My bookshelf has more than ten such handwritten notebooks, and such notes denote not any  any special purpose but to aid my memory and keep vital information handy.   When you open such notes, the pages present with vibrant rainbow colours and give visual feast to your eyes.

On my study I have five colour gel pens now to use them alternatively  in my writings  not only to impress my mind but onlookers as well.

Without knowing much about the neurological advantages  of handwriting then, I just followed my heart copying important question-answers a couple of times which was my chosen-path to  memorize the contents.  Though my parents stressed me to read loud, I did follow for short time but clung to my chosen path after a while.

In any education system, handwriting has its prominence.  Mahatma Gandhi in his autobiography ' The Story of my Experiments with Truth says that ' I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of an imperfect education.  He confessed that ' I  tried to improve mine, but it was too late.  I could never repair the neglect of my youth.  He advises that ' let every young man and woman be warned by my example and understand that a good handwriting is a necessary part of education.  I am now of opinion that children should first be taught the art of drawing before learning how to write.  Let the child learn his letters by observation as he does different objects such as flowers, birds etc. and let him learn handwriting  only after he has learnt to draw objects.  He will then write a beautifully formed hand.

Handwriting is a learned man's asset.  The end of formal education should not be a death knell for handwriting.  One must continue to be in touch with handwriting after formal education though it would be less needed. Recently I read a news items which said that  in some professions like doctors, it kills their patients with their bad handwriting.  American National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine found that 7000 deaths a year globally could be traced back to bad handwriting.

 Latest studies reveal that people who take notes on laptops as opposed to those who bring papers and pens to meetings show a lesser absorption of new information  (Source: India Today -English Magazine Sept, 21, 2015) Handwriting means greater brain activity than those typing it on a computer.

So the home point is , be in touch with handwriting which is associated with better cognitive abilities even in the ripe age.  My last confession : I wrote this post first on paper before it was typed out !

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