Demand for diaries down, but many still use it

Anvita Srivastava & Pooja Desai
Thursday, 3 January 2019

Many of the young generation consider it as being suitable for old age and steer clear of it. In the age of social media and smartphones, diary writing is gradually decreasing.

PUNE: Maintaining a diary has become a diminishing art. Many make New Year resolutions about writing a diary every day, but very few stick to it throughout the year. The art which used to be a stress reliever and rant-it-all medium has now lost meaning for many. Thus, the demand for the diaries has also fallen. 

Many of the young generation consider it as being suitable for old age and steer clear of it. In the age of social media and smartphones, diary writing is gradually decreasing.

However, there are some people who still acknowledge this craft and follow it with thorough enthusiasm. “Diary writing for me is a way where I tend to blabber out all my thoughts and frustration which I usually wouldn’t voice out in general,” said Niyati Vashi, when asked about her penchant towards diary writing.

Natasha Buwa, a Phd student said, “In the age of e-diaries, writing a diary is definitely diminishing, but I still prefer hardcover diary to e-diaries. I love to write and I pen down ideas that come to my mind.”

The market for the diaries is gradually decreasing and with that designs have become repetitive. With leather-bound and lock-key diaries being in demand, the hard bound with colourful prints are rare. “There are not many changes in the patterns or colours of the diaries since last few years. They are all same with little variations in style,” said a salesperson from stationery shop Venus Traders.

Experts say diary writing is helpful. Dr Rohan Jahagirdar, Psychiatrist said, “I believe writing is the expression of your heart and it also helps in relieving stress and anxiety. If you write anything in a diary, it has more validation. It also keeps you grounded about your thoughts as you can always look back and see.” 

He added, “In your smartphones you cannot write pages as everyone is not that technology savvy but when you write you can go on writing pages penning your thoughts.”

Anuja Chumbale, who is doing her masters in Psychology said, “I do write diaries as it is my way of self-reflection. I make sure that if something eventful happens in my life which I want to recall, I write it so that I can look back whenever I want.” Vyjanthi Trimal, a teacher of Industrial Psychology said, “I feel diary writing is a physical memoir of your life and you always look back and learn from it. Writing diaries always helps in planning things better and more organised.”

Meenakshi, a psychological counsellor believes that writing a diary is a great tool to express your turmoil. She said, “It helps in one to keep a record of one’s priorities, plans, learning experience, goals, dreams and achievements. I regularly write a diary to record important events in my life and also to maintain my everyday expenses.”

Meenakshi, a psychological counsellor believes that writing a diary is a great tool to express your turmoil. 

The psychological counsellor said, “It helps in one to keep a record of one’s priorities, plans, learning experience, goals, dreams and achievements.” 

“I regularly write a diary to record important events in my life and also to maintain my everyday expenses,” she further added

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Due to technological developments, many things which were an inseparable part of our lives, have almost become extinct. Sakal Times takes at a look at this phenomenon. Today, we take a look at the once-ubiquitous diary.

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