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Calligraphy as a healer: Prof K C Janardhan in conversation with Dr Nan Ananthraman

It is not always that the Maestro, Prof K C Janardhan meets a calligrapher, whose work takes his breath away. Dr Nan Ananthraman’s work did and soon it transpired that they had more in common between them than meets the eye. They are both passionate about calligraphy and have taken it upon themselves the onerous…
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Chennai Pen Show: A Pen Enthusiast’s Paradise

Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of fine writing instruments, inks, and related accessories at the inaugural Chennai Pen Show, proudly brought to you by the esteemed brands Sheaffer and Endless. This unique event promises to be a celebration of craftsmanship, creativity, and the timeless allure of writing, and art. Pen enthusiasts, collectors,…
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EWW … IWI!

Once every often one comes across a pen that turns conventional thinking on its head. To me that happened the other day when I stumbled upon the IWI pens in the Penspecials office in Kolkata. “IWI? What on Earth is that” you are thinking? Let me give you the same pinch, for that is exactly…
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Blackwing – can’t help falling in love

People often ask me, what is the pencil equivalent of Elvis Presley? Which is the one pencil that fires the imagination of pencil buffs, collectors, and users alike? Which is the one pencil, without which, no pencil collection is deemed complete? The answer is simple. Blackwing. The next question that many ask is also simple…
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THE CORONATION PEN IN STERLING SILVER

To commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III, we celebrate this historic event with the Coronation Pen in Sterling Silver. The sterling silver cap is decoratively engraved with a design centered around detail from the Supertunica (also known as the Robe Royal). The Supertunica forms part of the coronation garments worn by British monarchs, and…
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What are the biggest threats to the hobby of fountain pen collecting?

What are the biggest threats to your hobbies in general and fountain pen and ink collecting in particular? When a youngster asked me this a couple of days back, I was taken aback as I had never thought along these lines and did not have a ready answer for him. But the question did have…
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TIPS 3 – a roundup

The 3rd India Pen Show (TIPS III) in Mumbai was exciting for various reasons. Dr. Bibek Debroy, author, academic, penophile, who unveiled the show was so erudite in his talk, and he spoke so passionately about pens that the others on the dais – Kabir Bedi and Dipti Naval included – were seen to be…
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LivTek India and the 3rd India pen Show

The pandemic and the lockdown that followed was perhaps the worst period of time that many of us have encountered in our lives. Yet, we fountain pen, ink, and stationery lovers on the balance, are not complaining. Let me tell you why. For one, forced indoors, many people picked up the fountain pen. Some merely…
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AURORA PENNE – THE SECRET JOURNEY TO ITALY

Discovering the Venetian Lagoon: the fourth stop explores Burano Aurora’s “Secret Journey to Italy” continues in the pursuit of curiosity and the discovery of the fascinating secrets of our Peninsula. The fourth leg of the journey explores Burano, a small fishing island near Venice. Known for its famous laces, among the most renowned in the…
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Lamy 2000, Jinhao 80 – can you even compare the two?

The Lamy 2000 is much more than a writing instrument to me. It had appeared first in 1966, the year I was born. Made of what was then dubbed the “space age polymer” Makrolon, it had represented a huge step forward in the world of fountain pen craftsmanship. (That the material was later used to…
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