1932, desham lo Gandhi garu ‘Swadeshi muddu, Videshi vaddu’ antu Swadeshi movement ni start chesaru. Inchu minchu idhe time lo East Godavari district lo unna Rajahmundry lo ‘Kosuri Venkata Ratnam’ garu ‘Ratnam Pens’ ane swadeshi pens manufacturing unit start chesaru. ‘Ratnam Pens’ varu India lone modati fountain pen ni mana deshaniki introduce chesaru. Gandhi garu icchina inspiration tho ‘Ratnam Pens’ ni start chesina mana Ratnam gari pens unit ippatiki pens ni Indian and worldwide ga distribute chestundi.
Assala Gandhi gariki mana Godavari district ‘Ratnam Pens’ ki link enti anedhi teliyali ante ee story chadavalsindhe….!
Ippudu antha ball pens, gel pens and markers antu different pens unnayi. Kani late 19th and 20th century lo only ink pens matrame undevi. Ika Independence ki mundhu aithe mottham England and Europe nundi vacche pens matrame use chesevaru. Aithe 1921 lo Wardha (city in Maharashtra) ki velli Mahatma Gandhi ni meet aiyyaru Kosuri Venkata Ratnam garu, appudu Gandhi Ji athanu tayaru chesina oka pen ni gift ga iccharu. Kani adi poorthiga Videshi pen la undadam tho Gandhi garu oka chinna suggestion iccharu.
Aa suggestion entante mana country lo pin nundi pen varaku anni Swadeshi vasthuvulu matrame vadali antu oka movement ni start chestunnam ani chepparu. Idi cheppadam tho patu meeeru edaina Swadeshi vasthuvulu start cheyandi ani chepparu. Anthe ala Gandhi icchina suggestion Ratnam chevina padda aa mata ayanni Pens manufacturing vaipu nadipinchindi.
After piece of advice from Gandhi Ji, Ratnam and his brother established ‘Ratnam Pens’ in 1932.
‘Ratnam Pens’ establishment ventane aipoledhu…1931 lo Rajahmundry court lo subjudge ga unna Krishnamachari gari Germany ink pen nib poindi. Aithe telsina varevaroKrishnama Chari’ ki Ratnam gari gurunchi chepparu. Pen nib kosam velli kaluvaga Ratnam roju antha kastapadi nib chesi iccharu. Aa taruvatha ‘The Hindu’ paper meeting lo kondaru journalists and pedda vallaki pens taray chesi isthe baguntundi ani chepparu. Aa roju meeting ki vacchina variki Silver and gold coated fountain pens ni gift ga iccharu.
Ika ee incident taruvatha ‘Ratnam Pens’ garu chesina pens demand pergadam tho kondaru icchina suggestions ni drustilo petkoni 1932 lo ‘Ratnam Pens’ manufacturing unit ni establish chesaru Ratnam with the help of his brother. Ratnam Pens start chesi India lo tayaru aina first fountain pen ni introduce chesaru.
Again Ratnam sent a pen gift and received a positive thanking note directly from Gandhi Ji
1935 lo J.C Kumarappa (secretary of the All India Village Industries Association) then came to Rajahmundry. Ratnam met him and asked to give pen to Gandhi ji. Ala Gandhi gariki Pen gift ga pampincharu. Aa pen reach aina taruvatha Gandhi garu Ratnam ki direct ga oka letter pampincharu. Ee letter lo ‘gift ga icchina pen naku baga nachindi paiga ee pen Videshi pens ki competitive ga untundi ani appreciate chesthu swayanga oka letter rasaru.
Legacy of Ratnam Pens:
From Gandhi to Modi and Mysore Maharaja’s to US President ‘Ratnam Pens’ became popular then:
Ika dini taruvatha ‘Ratnam Pens’ venakki tirigi chuskoledu. 2 rupees tho start aina vila journey, peruguthu vacchindi. Gandhi tho start chesthe Nehru, US President Eisenhower, German Chancellors Arbhalnon and Thomson and former Russian Head of State Khrushchev, Maharajas of Mysore, Jaipur, Rewa, Pithapuram, Vizianagaram, ‘Indian Express’ founder Ramnath Goenka, ‘The Hindu’ founder Nyapati Subba Rao Panthulu and other great personalities like Acharya Vinobha Bhave, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj varaku Ratnam Pens ni use chese range lo fountain pens ni manufacture chesthu vastunnaru.
And Ratnam pens also hold India Book of Records, Everest Records and Miracle Book of World Records after they presented largest fountain pen (length-24 inches) to the then Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Suresh Reddy. Ippudu Ratnams gari sons run chesthunna mana Godavari ‘Ratnam Pens’ next Guinness Book of records kosam try chestunaru.
Ippatiki 150 Rs nundi 1500 range lo steel nib pens, 2,500 to Rs 15,000, madhya Gold nib pens, and silver pen with 14-carat nib ranges from Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000 and Rs 2 lakh worth gold pen ni manufacture chestunaru.
Idi mana Godavari ‘Ratnam Pens’ valla inspiring journey.