Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Don’t write off pencil power


I was sharpening a pencil when my colleague said: “You must be among the rare few using a pencil in this modern age.”
I still use the pencil to make page corrections at office. I am an old timer in that. After all, I have seen the metamorphosis of the newspaper industry in over two decades from Hot metal (Letterpress) printing to Cut & Paste method and completely computerised system as of now.
There is a personal touch too. Whenever I had fights with my brother, I used to break his pencil or dip it in water. When I bought colour pencils for my daughter, she mostly used them on walls than papers. Also, I cannot rub off the image of my former boss with a pencil over his ears.
Hey, “pencil over the ear” reminds me of a joke I had read.
An accident occurs at a factory where a worker’s ear is ripped off by a machine. After a search, his colleagues pick up the chopped ear and tell him: “Here it is.”
“Not this,” he replied, “Mine had a pencil above.”
PS: I am told over 14 billion pencils are manufactured worldwide annually. It is best not to write off its strength.

23 comments:

  1. Drawing on the wall is what Chhavi does right now :D

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  2. I use pencil everday -- on my eyebrows :)

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  3. I still use a pencil :) I guess most architects do ;)

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  4. If i will be a sub editor I will be using pencil too :P we used to use pencils in my "News Writing and Editing class" for making layouts. eeekyy! its hell hell difficult to adjust ads and news in the given size of the paper :D how do u do it?:P

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  5. Yeah, a pencil is great for keeping long hair up as well. Loved the joke by the way.

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  6. Good one! I had written about Pencil memories a while ago. Check it out at leisure.

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  7. I love sparkly pencils..
    I use pencils for make-up all the time.... liners ..n all
    But the best pencil is the one used for Sketching on drawing sheet nothin can beat that!

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  8. hiii!

    hehe, pencil is also very useful b'coz unlike pens, it works in space as well!

    but manufacture of pencils takes up a lot of wood, that's the bad part :(

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  9. lol @ joke!!

    Even I use pencil till date & also feel that my handwriting comes neater that ways :D

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  10. Nice one on pencils. I normally do not use pencils but only for drawing something. Of course, it is the best for correcting as my kindergartner would say :). At least, people put pencils behind the ears, I've seen those who put theirs in their ears. Yuck!

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  11. I have to start using pencil again..Nowadays what I use mailny is keyboard..

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  12. Oh ya .. Pencil I use them for my sketches and sometimes at work they are handy to make short notes on a new business requirement or the like. I use pencil buddy.. The joke was a good one.

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  13. Sir I use pencils tooo , glad i found one who does it .. It has a feeling of its own using the pencil and then sharpening it :) the hb ones he he he

    Bikram's

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  14. I use pencils too...!!! :)
    When i was a kid I had a weird collection of red pencils..!!!

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  15. @even i am a frequent pencil user...!! great post!!!

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  16. every one forgot to mention a novel use of pencil which is using it to push(NAALA)azaar band in a shalwar or pajama to use it as a belt/tightening around the waist.

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  17. :)
    Being an architect, I still have to use pencils.

    But is there an environmental aspect to it.. for manufacturing so many pencils, how many trees would have to be felled?

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  18. Ramesh, you have company.I still use the old HB pencil and I love it

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