Snail Mail from India

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A couple of weeks ago I received a lovely email from a law student in India. She and a couple of her fellow law students have set up a little group called Post India. I sent over my address and in what seemed like an impossibly short amount of time there was a little envelope from India sitting on my door mat. The Post India team sent me some lovely postcards of famous landmarks in India along with some blank postcards for their secret project.

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Their project was inspired by PostSecret. For those of you who haven’t heard about Post Secret, it was set up inΒ Β 2005 by Frank Warren. People are invited to write a secret on a postcard and send it to the Post Secret HQ. There are two rules: the secret must be true and the person must not have told anyone this secret before. Since 2005, Post Secret have received hundreds of thousands of confessions and there have been numerous museum exhibitions of the post cards and five books have been published. If you would like to hear more about PostSecret, this Ted Talk is an interesting watch.

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The PostIndia students thought that it would be lovely to revive postal communication in urban India. They started by writing the project instruction by hand and later realised that having printed cards would make the whole thing more formal (and less time consuming!).

The group consists of girls from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi in India. They started by giving their postcards to their friends and then approaching strangers in malls, gardens, railway stations and other public places. After a while they realised that to increase the visibility of the project, it would be easiest to approach people over email. The PostIndia team have set up a blog so that you can follow their progress/get in touch: poststoryindia.wordpress.com

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