On 2 April I received an Osmiroid Calligraphy Set from a colleague. It happened like this: she took the tattered and dusty box of the 6-nib set from her bag and placed it on the table in front of me. I looked at her questioningly. She said, “Well since you like fountain pens and calligraphy, and since I managed to get a chance to go back to my old hometown in Ipoh and flip through my old belongings, I found this.” She then proceeded to hand the box to me. I hesitated. She did not specify yet whether it just to let me admire it, or whether she planned to give it to me. I thought it was meant to be a late April Fool’s joke or something because I would never expect someone to give a gem like this to me. After all, April Fool’s this year fell on a Sunday, a day that colleagues don’t usually meet (at least not in my company), so it was a ruined chance to play a potential joke on someone, which should be recuperated the following day. It didn’t help that the box handed to me was torn, tattered, with all 6 nibs […]
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