For the love of pen & paper

Ramanaiah's diaries document the history of Jagityal, besides his own life and work.

By Author  |  Published: 14th Feb 2017  9:50 pmUpdated: 14th Feb 2017  10:08 pm
Historian Jaisetti Ramanaiah. Photo: By Arrangement

Jagityal: It is rare to find people who write by using pen and paper. Rapid development in the technology — especially smartphones, notebooks, laptops and computers — brought massive changes in the lifestyle of even lower middleclass people. Everything is being noted down in either smartphone or other electronic gadgets.

As against the existing practice, a renowned historian Dr Jaisetty Ramanaiah puts his thoughts on the paper and also continues to write the diary regularly. Though he wrote a number of books, he never used computers. He even does not know how to operate cellphone, computer and other electronic gadgets.

Besides writing, he has also been maintaining his diaries of last 60 years. The 77-year-old retired reader in history, Ramanaiah got addicted to writing a dairy in 1957, from his school days, and is continuing the practice till date.

A resident of Jagityal town, Ramanaiah converted all the diaries into two volumes of 1,000 pages — while 600 pages of first volume consists of day-to-day happenings from the year 1957 to 2000, the second one from 2000 till date are stored in 400 pages.

Sharing thoughts on his diary writing habit with Tabloid Today, Ramanaiah informed that with a passion to develop writing skills, he started writing a dairy. “I am so addicted to it now that I won’t sleep without writing diary,” he informed.

The diaries not only have his personal experiences, but also focus on several issues such as social, cultural, educational, spiritual and other factors of Jagitial and the region. In a way, it is a documentation of the history of Jagitial besides his own life and work. His diaries could be a source material for budding research scholars of MPhil and PhD from various universities.

Besides maintaining a dairy, he also likes collecting literary letters, and clippings of important events that took place in the State, national and international levels. All these clippings were divided into three volumes while literary letters were compiled into six volumes.