Revive the charm of writing letters

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Oshomoyer Daak

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As the world moves forward with digitalization at blistering internet speeds, the allure of an older era is fading. Old-fashioned pastimes involve writing a letter to a loved one and having it delivered in a yellow envelope by a postman on a bicycle. This allure of the bygone era has faded into the background, with SMS or email being the most preferred means of communication.

KrayonMag, a social storytelling platform that empowers society by amplifying voices regarding social injustice, norms and embedded stereotypes, successfully hosted a handwritten letter festival, “Oshomoyer Daak”, powered by Daraz.

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This one-of-a-kind event, particularly relevant in the current context, was open to the public and took place in Bishwo Shahitto Kendro for three days from October 19 to October 21, 2022. The idea behind “Oshomoyer Daak” and KrayonMag’s festival letters comes from the fact that people no longer write letters by hand. There were several topics suggested by KrayonMag for the letters, some of which related to the goals of the SDGs, such as “gender equality, mental health, climate change, the education system and peace, not war”.

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Oshomoyer Daak

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Finally, there was an open letter writing category called “Your Dream”, where writers could write letters about their dreams, parents, family members, favorite city, favorite author, or character. fictitious. These letters could be sent to a loved one, relative, distant friend, or character in a story. Participants were free to write about any beloved object or character from literature or film.

Aroma Dutta, MP, was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony. Notable guests included Salma Adil, MJF, Founder of the Salma Adil Foundation, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Top of Mind and poet and author Bhaskar Chowdhury. Panel guests included Azra Mahmood, a well-known media figure; Manizey Ibrahim, author of the first forthcoming novel “Aries: The Beginning,” and director of legal affairs at Ibrahim Securities Limited; and Ahsan Bhuiyan, lawyer and founder of the Poribirton Kori Foundation, were among the panel guests.

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Oshomoyer Daak

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KrayonMag Founder and CEO Tanziral Dilshad Ditan congratulated everyone for participating in the Letter Festival without being asked. She added, “The handwritten letter is such a medium where all of our unspoken thoughts and words can be fully expressed. It may also contain a material statement or opinion. Nevertheless, in this time of rapid technological advancements, the practice of writing letters has become almost obsolete. In this perspective, Krayon Mag organized this festival of handwritten letters “Oshomoyer Dak”. Through this celebration, we wish to revive the eternal appeal of handwritten letters.”

Everyone’s letters to Krayon Mag were displayed in a letter exhibit on this occasion. KrayonMag will compile these letters into a book for the upcoming 2023 book fair.

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