The Letter Writer

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About 50% of India's women are illiterate. What that means is that for everyday tasks like filling forms, operating bank accounts, and even communicating with loved ones through letters they need to take help from someone. The traditional letter-writer hence continues to be a fixture on the Indian landscape. Almost all letter-writers are men, and they generally sit with their type-writers and letter pads in front of post-offices and type forms or write the personal correspondence for people who are illiterate. Here a woman is explaining what she wants written in her letter which the letter-writer writes out by hand.

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  1. pavangupta 48 months ago | reply

    Very interesting.

  2. MatthewRad 47 months ago | reply

    Hello,

    I am admin on a website for Japanese people learning English called Poligo. We used this image as inspiration for a creative writing assignment. Thanks for making it available. If you like, please add your picture to our group of featured images: As Seen On Poligo. If you would not like us to use your image, please let me know.

    Thanks once again,
    Matthew

  3. Frizztext 47 months ago | reply

    thank you for supporting my abc project with your contribution!
    so I've featured your artwork now in the L-thread mosaic
    www.flickr.com/photos/frizztext/4655471532/
    I hope, you'll like it and it helps to make you more famous...

  4. biancolupo 47 months ago | reply

    We show this picture in our blog (it's an italian readers' group) and we linked you: gruppo_lettura.blog.tiscali.it/2010/06/11/dodici-motivi-p...
    Thanks :-)

  5. biancolupo 47 months ago | reply

    ...it is creative commons..?
    We found this pictures from "creative commons search"...

  6. Frizztext 47 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called existentialism, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. lcy 46 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vanishing Trades, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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  10. Martin Prest 27 months ago | reply

    Hi, I really like this shot. I've just used it in a post about working from home.

    www.openalc.com/2012/01/26/the-one-golden-rule-for-workin...

    Cheers,

    Martin Prest

  11. rita banerji 27 months ago | reply

    -- thank you for acknowledging and letting me know Martin! As a writer I too work from home -- only that, people think "Oh Rita's home, so I'll leave my keys with her so my children can collect it from her when they get home," etc. etc. and I'm learning to tell them that I'm home for my work, not theirs :-)

  12. Frizztext 27 months ago | reply

    I hope you will win the 500$ at
    www.flickr.com/groups/wacc2012/
    your frizz, Germany!

  13. Frizztext 26 months ago | reply

    "RESIST VIA WRITING"
    flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/resist-via-writing/
    I hope, that helps to support your work, Rita!

  14. byrdcrose47 26 months ago | reply

    Rita, I learned about you through frizztext, who has a wordpress blog highlighting the best of Flickr photo sites. I have reblogged about you at granbee.wordpress.com, signed the petition, and posted this photo and write-up on my Facebook timeline. My daughter and son-in-law worked and lived in Bangalore for almost three years about three years ago. She now teaches many in NYC with such stories in their family backgrounds!

  15. Frizztext 25 months ago | reply

    thank you for sending your photo to my group BLOG IT!
    so I could introduce your picture at
    flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/suffering-under-o...
    I hope, that will support your work!

  16. agent_sofya [deleted] 9 months ago | reply

    Hi, are you aware that Wikimedia Commons lists this photo under a Creative Commons license? I am working with a university instructor who would like to include your photo in a chapter of his non-profit e-textbook. Your photo was selected because of the Creative Commons license, but the Flickr copyright and link to Getty indicate that we would need to purchase access. Please let me know if it is possible to gain permission to use your photo. amckinn at illinois dot edu Thanks!

  17. Anne McKinney 9 months ago | reply

    Hi, are you aware that Wikimedia Commons lists this photo under a Creative Commons license? I am working with a university instructor who would like to include your photo in a chapter of his non-profit e-textbook. Your photo was selected because of the Creative Commons license, but the Flickr copyright and link to Getty indicate that we would need to purchase access. Please let me know if it is possible to gain permission to use your photo. amckinn at illinois dot edu Thanks!

  18. anup800 7 months ago | reply

    Reminds Salaam Bombay....by Mira Nair.

    [ via rita banerji's flickriver  --anup800 ]

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