Category: features

Musings about my Muse – the Montblanc Meisterstück 149

There are two things in this world that can announce that one has arrived like nothing else can. One is a Montblanc pen – its snowy crest peeping from the shirt pocket and the other is a Rolex watch on the wrist. Little wonder, these two items continue to be

 

My Father’s fountain pens

My father was a Government servant. He would bring work back home and seeing him sitting on the dining table after dinner, bent on dog-eared files was a daily sight. My remembrance is vivid – typed documents, covering letters in white paper followed by note-sheets in light green on whose

 

Khyati Sketching Pen

This is the pen that was made famous by the “Munims” (traditional accountants of Gujarat and Rajastan). Just imagine – a tool of trade of the hard nosed, people employed to keep track of incomes and expenses – naturally, the device has to be reliable, robust and above all, value

 

The pleasure of writing with a Fountain Pen

Nah, as I write, the spelling mistakes do not get corrected automatically. The piece of paper (most often a loose sheet, at times a note book) that I put my thoughts on, does not underline the grammatically suspect constructions either. And when I am stuck for a particular or specific

 

Those were the days…of Pre-Loved Fountain Pens

Officially, they are past their prime. Some geriatric, some senile, some plain outliving their utility. Some have been shunted out to old-age homes never to return, while others are barely tolerated in what they once considered as their homes, even as they too prepare to meet their maker. They have

 

In defence of the Chinese Fountain Pens?

“China”, it has been famously said, “is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. When one looks at Fountain Pens that trace their origins back to the mainland, one cannot but admire the content of the saying. For indeed, the more we try out Chinese pens, the more