We live in fleeting times. It’s the world of instant messaging and texts. A world where people use emoticons instead of words. It is hardly surprising then, that a romantic soul suffers in times like these.
The allure of writing letters in the transitory, fast-paced lives we lead lies in the old-fashioned charm it has. The idea of taking time off to string together a few pretty words for someone you love, is comforting and anchoring. It ascribes a kind of urgency and a helpless desire to romance. A catnip for all the quixotic individuals out there, the appeal has been harnessed by pop culture and has left even the most prosaic ones among us, sighing and swooning.
With e-mail, the process of letter writing became more efficient and essentially instantaneous.
Pop culture has immortalized e-mail with films that showcased the leads writing to each other, expressing their feelings.
You’ve Got Mail
A compilation of such sort, is incomplete without You’ve Got Mail. Loosely based on A Shop Around the Corner (1940), You’ve Got Mail showcases a love story that blossoms between a bookstore-owning business honcho (Tom Hanks) and an idealistic book shop owner (Meg Ryan) via e-mails.
Mitr, My Friend
Released in the early 2000s, Mitr dealt with the complexities of relationships. It depicted a crumbling marriage, a troubled mother-daughter relationship and was the story of a languishing home-maker, who starts an e-friendship, only to discover that *spoiler alert* her online friend was her husband all along, talking to her using an alias.
Mujhse Dosti Karoge
Bollywood’s version of online romance: A childhood friendship that evolves into love over e-mails, a much-awaited reunion and a case of mistaken identity, and an eventual happy-ending.
A Cinderella Story
A modern twist to the universally adored Cinderella, A Cinderella Story narrates Sam’s story. A tormented high-schooler, who labors at her step-mother’s diner day in and day out, only to find solace in the mails exchanged, in the wee hours of the morning, with her Prince Charming.
Bruce Almighty shows the angst of a TV reporter, who challenges God Himself, only to be a given a chance to be God for a few days. A particularly amusing scene has him replying to the prayers of his million worshippers via mail.
The inventor of e-mail, Ray Tomlinson, saddened millions across the globe with his sad demise. But he lives on, through the ubiquitous e-mail.
– By Maitreyee Avachat