Thousands of people crowded telegraph offices around India to send the country’s last telegrams, as the government shut down the 163-year old service on Sunday.
Most Sunday afternoons, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi – let alone people lined up in the rain. But this day is different. For engineer Rasmeet Chawla – it is the end of an era.
“I am here for the same reason as everybody. This is the last day, and I wanted to have a souvenir of this telegraph medium,” he admitted.Most of the people who crowded the office were young and have grown up in the age of mobile phones and e-mail, technology that eventually helped make the telegram obsolete.