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Sanjeev Gupta/European Pressphoto Agency. An employee of the National Telecom Museum in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, sitting behind an 1871 model of a telegraphic code machine invented by French engineer Emile Baudot.

Sanjeev Gupta/European Pressphoto Agency. An employee of the National Telecom Museum in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, sitting behind an 1871 model of a telegraphic code machine invented by French engineer Emile Baudot.

As we mentioned, history is about to be amended and here is a small post at India Ink about what various people intend to do in honor of the occasion:

On Saturday afternoon, Vikrant Deshpande, a 32-year-old Indian Air Force pilot, drove with his wife to the Central Telegram Office in New Delhi. The newly married couple gazed at a sign in the Telegram Office lobby that read, “Standard Phrases for Greeting Telegrams.”

The Deshpandes scribbled messages and proceeded to send each other souvenir telegrams before the 163-year-old service is shut down in July. “We want to send each other our last and best telegrams,” said Mr. Deshpande.

Inside the Central Telegram Office, the air was humid with apprehension and despair. A vast majority of the telegram service workers are in their 50s, many a few years from retirement. And they are nervous about their jobs in the post-telegram world.

Read the whole post here.

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