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Museum, the next destination of Typewriters

Written by: Staff

Aizawl, July 23 (UNI) It might be the vintage of a manual Royal or the allure of the age when great poets, novelists and lovers wrote on these classic machines, but in a culture focused on the smallest, slickest and quickest gadgets, the manual typewriter is unlikely to find a taker, especially among 'Gen Next'.

The reason is all too evident because very few people in this region today can remember a time when computers were not a part of their lives, when not everything came down to a complex series of ones and Zeroes.

And, if the people involved in it are to be believed, the grand device will soon make its debut in museum.

Many typewriter companies including Remington, Halda and Facit were compelled to shut down due to falling demand. Today Godrej is the only surviving company.

In the Northeast, barring a few government offices, the scenario is grim as the student's urge to learn the art of typing is quite negligible.

North East corporate incharge Kobin Sharma told UNI that his Godrej Prima division bought the business in the area five years ago, selling 150 to 160 typewriters on an average in a month to various organisations across NE.

Today, his sales not only came down to 50 units per month but also his turnover came to mere 3.9 lakhs from 13 lakhs.

Mr Sharma also explained that out of the total sales, most of the typewriters are user-language based since software system do not support most of the Indian launguages.

''Now-a-days all the typewriter machine orders, especially from the government offices, are local language based'', he said, adding ''In India we are the only company to manufacture and sell user-based typerwriters''.


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