Once a staple of authoritative communication across the Indian subcontinent, the telegram has lost too much ground to smartphones.


The telegraph lasted 80 years.  I feel a little sad at its final demise but it’s time is over.  It has been well and truly replaced.

  • Twitter (only 7 years old)
  • Facebook (in it’s open format is the same age)
  • SMS (20 if you want to go back to the neolithic days).
  • iPhone (6 years)
  • My son casually chats to people on the other side of the planet while playing online games (Graphical MMORPGs are 17).

There was a time when rapid communication via a telegram either meant something urgently wonderful or urgently frightening.  None of the 30 emails I received today elicited either response.