Fountain pens and national ambitions: The forgotten story of India Ink

From the names of pen manufacturers to the minute differences in their makes -Inked in India is a marvellous journey for both the connoisseur and the uninitiated

Inked in India: Fountain Pens and a Story of Make and Unmake
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Inked in India: Fountain Pens and a Story of Make and Unmake

Debarghya Sanyal
Inked in India: Fountain Pens and a Story of Make and Unmake
Authors: Bibek Debroy & Sovan Roy
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Pages: 200 
Price: Rs 498

For a generation accustomed to keyboards and touch pads, the only mention of ink — and that too in a rapidly decreasing number of instances — comes in relation to the printer and the lack of it therein. For a trendier millennial, the term may well refer to body tattoos. So a book outlining the history of the pen and the ink might seem a project of historical preservation, rather than another piece in the grand jigsaw portrait

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First Published: Sep 22 2022 | 11:09 PM IST

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