True to type: How the humble typewriter became a force for great social change in modern India
The typewriter was not just another machine — this humble device facilitated great social change in India. A new book now chronicles the typewriter's role in modern India's history.
The typewriter was not just another machine.
This humble device facilitated great social change in India, not the least of which was the entry of women in the workplace in large numbers. It brought efficiency and economic value not just to large organisations but also to individuals who made their modest incomes via their typewriters.
Now, the typewriter is the subject of a new book called 'With Great Truth & Regard' edited by Sidharth Bhatia, with photos by Chirodeep Chaudhuri, and published by Godrej & Boyce. Thirteen essays have been contributed to the book, by writers like Vikram Doctor, Naresh Fernandes and historian David Arnold.
The book was charged with bringing to life the wider role that the typewriter has played in India, and it does so by bringing alive an era that you grew up in, through multiple, diverse perspectives. It travels back in time to rediscover what it meant to be living and working in India in the latter half of the 20th century (primarily for designers, academia and younger people).
This is not an academic study, although it is a socio-cultural history of a period — the 1950s to the end of the last century — from the perspective of the typewriter and its users. Personal memories and factual accounts make this an evocative read, eliciting nostalgia.
Here's a look at some of the images from the book that tell the story of the typewriter better than a thousand words:
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