I am becoming obsolete so early!It is still 2018! The year is not yet over. But the time has changed. I still remember the day when she purchased me from the local stationery-mart. She went there with her father. That was in February. Both she and her father tested the quality of the ink. They both checked the grip. The young girl practised writing using me in different papers. Only then she chose me. She was also very particular about the colour. My colour was her favourite. Then she decided that she would write the answers in the Board examination using me.
It was March and early April. I was the centre of all attention. Before the examination, she used to keep me under the feet of Goddess Saraswati. After each examination, she used to kiss me because she felt that her performance was good and I was also an important factor for her good performance.
Her result was declared at the end of May. She came out with flying colours. She eventually took admission in a very good college under Delhi University. But.....
Now I don't get adequate attention from her. I have now been kept in the pen-stand of the kitchen. Now, the college-going girl doesn't use me. Her mother uses me occasionally when she writes about some small payment or to indicate the absence of the maid or the cook in the calendar.
It is still 2018. But I realise that I am fast becoming obsolete.