In the world of instant messaging and video calling where it does not take more than a jiffy to connect to your loved ones, majority of us haven’t experienced the anxiety and impatience of waiting for a letter or the joy of receiving one. Forget waiting for it, how many times have we even written a letter? Tapping on the screens of our smartphones all day long, our generation will never understand the beauty of penning down feelings on a paper, posting it and waiting for a reply.
Believe it or not, when it comes to expressing feelings, a handwritten letter will always win over messages and electronic mails. And, when the letters are written by top leaders and influential personalities it makes the piece of papereven more special.
The time of ‘letters; may never return and so won’t these people but having a look at letters written by them, their choice of words definitely lets us peep into the minds of these geniuses.
K. GANDHI TO HITLER, 1939
Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request, because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal for whatever it may be worth.
It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce humanity to a savage state. Must you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Anyway I anticipate your forgiveness, if I have erred in writing to you.
Your sincere friend
M. K. Gandhi”
FRIDA KAHLO TO HER HUSBAND
“Diego, my love,
Remember that once you finish the fresco we will be together forever once and for all, without arguments or anything, only to love one another.
Behave yourself and do everything that Emmy Lou tells you.
I adore you more than ever. Your girl, Frida
Can emoticons or smileys beat that lipstick stain? Frida sure knew her way with romance (NEVER!)
MICHAEL JORDAN WHEN HE WAS 18
Jordan wrote this letter while he was attending a chemistry class to his then girlfriend, Laquette. (Love chemistry> Atomic Chemistry! Always!)
My Dearest Laquette
How are you and your family doing, fine I hope. I am in my Adv. Chemistry class writing you a letter, so that tell you how much I care for you. I decide to write you because I felt that I made you look pretty rotten after the last night. I want to tell you that I am sorry, and hope that you except my apologie. I know that you feelings was hurt whenever I loss my necklace or had it stolen.
I was really happy when you gave me my honest earn money that I won off the bet. I want to thank you for letting me hold your annual. I show it to everyone at school. Everyone think you are a very pretty young lady and I had to agree because it is very true. Please don’t let this go to your head. (smile) I sorry to say that I can’t go to the game on my birthday because my father is taking the whole basketball team out to eat on my birthday. Please don’t be mad because I am trying get down there a week from Feb. 14. If I do get the chance to come please have some activity for us to do together.
I want you to know that my feeling for you has not change yet. ← (joke) I am finally getting use to going with a girl much smaller than I. I hope you my hint. Well I have spent my time very wisely by write to you. I hope you write back soon. Well I must go, the period is almost over. See you next time around, which I hope comes soon.
With my Best Love
Michael J. Jordan”
GALILEO TO CHIEF MAGISTRATE OF VENICE
Galileo needs no introduction. He made a telescope which was way ahead of the telescopes of that time. With the help of that telescope he discovered the four moons of Jupiter and mentioned the same in this letter. Noticed these diagrams? (So Cool!)
“Most Serene Prince.
Galileo Galilei most humbly prostrates himself before Your Highness, watching carefully, and with all spirit of willingness, not only to satisfy what concerns the reading of mathematics in the study of Padua, but to write of having decided to present to Your Highness a telescope (“Occhiale”) that will be a great help in maritime and land enterprises. I assure you I shall keep this new invention a great secret and show it only to Your Highness. The telescope was made for the most accurate study of distances. This telescope has the advantage of discovering the ships of the enemy two hours before they can be seen with the natural vision and to distinguish the number and quality of the ships and to judge their strength and be ready to chase them, to fight them, or to flee from them; or, in the open country to see all details and to distinguish every movement and preparation.”
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU to INDIRA GANDHI
In the year 1930 when Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru was held in Naini Prison, Indira Gandhi turned 13. That year she received one of the most beautiful gifts by her father, a letter. Looking at the letter one can easily figure what turned the 13 year old Indira to Iron Lady.
So grab that pen and paper and write aletter (Great if its your first!) and post it! Who knows one day it might end up being featured in one such article!