When I Give Rest to My Pens…

Change starts from an idea that is crystallised with the help of a pen. The pen is, therefore, said to be the tongue of the mind. Strokes of pen may be as lethal as the edge of sword. That’s why it is said that pen is mightier than sword.

And there are solid reasons behind these sayings. You may choose to be silent, but a PEN (Power Enriched Nib) will speak for you. If you want to make something real or immortal, you have to use a pen or ink.

If you want to change the world, you have to pick up your pen. And when you take your pen in hand, thoughts start coming to mind. But on a particular day of the year, people like me give rest to pens, and that day is today, the day of Kalam-Dawat Puja (worship of pen and inkpot), which is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month of Hindu calendar.

This Puja is also known as Chitragupta Puja, which is observed by the Kayastha community in northern India that I belong to. As per the legends, Kayasthas are believed to have been descended from God Chitragupta, who is believed to uphold the rule of law and to be keeper of complete records of all good and bad deeds of human beings according to their karma during their stay on earth. 

As God Chitragupta’s job is to maintain records, his main tools are pen and ink, which are worshipped on this day. As we worship pen and inkpot on this day, we don’t use these tools as a mark of respect. Incidentally, there is no restriction on using keyboards of laptop or mobile.

There is a long story about Chitragupta and Kayasthas. That’s not important here. What is important is that irrespective of caste or community or profession, pen is important for all of us.

On this day, one more festival, Bhai Dooj is also celebrated to cherish the pious bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, a sister affectionately applies tilaka on her brother’s forehead and prays for his long life.

It is a bit different from Rakshabandhan, when a sister ties a rakhi on the brother’s right-hand wrist seeking his promise to protect and safeguard her from all evil forces.

Coming back to pen and ink, let’s use our pens to write about life and love, peace and brotherhood. Let’s ensure that our ink never runs out for this purpose. May our writings be as pure as fragrance of flowers and as holy as the water of the Ganges.

–Kaushal Kishore



  1. Wow this is beautiful, I love when we can appreciate the tools we use in our daily lives, even if they are ‘just objects’, sometimes it’s just nice to acknowledge their usefulness and value and say thank you.
    This is even more special because beyond the pen and ink, you are at the same time connecting to the God as well😻

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    1. When we connect something to God, additional value is added. We Indians see even inanimate objects like stone and mountain as Gods, as these also serve some purpose. Thank you, my friend for taking your time to be here and appreciating the post. It truly means a lot 😊💖

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  2. Thank you, Kaushal, for your thoughts on the importance of pen and ink and the various associated sayings, which I love. One just has to admire the country
    where almost every day is devoted to either some festival or the worship of something important. I have the ink pot and various nib pens because I practiced calligraphy. Still, it is not the same as worship and having a delightful altar devoted to God Chitragupta upholder of all human karma deeds.

    I always learn something from your posts, Kaushal, and I am already researching
    the details about the Kayastha community. Thank you.
    From your photo, I assume that you have a loving sister. Happy Bhai Dooj!
    Your last paragraph, Kaushal, is beyond beautiful and your words are blessed by the God who guided your hand.


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    1. I’m overwhelmed with your touching words and deep reflections, Joanna! I admire your appreciation for India and its traditions and faith well entrenched in our psyche. I’m glad to hear that you’re doing research. I’m also elated to know that you liked the post and especially those last lines. And yes, I have loving sisters, who are now settled elsewhere, one in Singapore.


  3. This is so interesting, and am grateful to learn of things here of which I otherwise may not have been exposed. The term, “The pen is the toungue of the mind” is new to me, and quite fitting. There may not be a quick answer to this, I hope you don’t mind my asking, is Chitragupta considered the watcher/bearer/possessor of the Akashic field?

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    1. I’m glad that you liked the post and its contents. Thank you, Dawn, for your interest. As regards your question, you’re right. Chitragupta is supposed to maintain complete records of actions of human beings, based on which he decides whether a human being should go to heaven or hell.


    1. Thank you, Cheryl for appreciating the post. All festivals are not holidays, but I like them, as I like and believe in diversity of culture and customs.😊💖

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  4. Amazing, I never knew about this pooja. Being an educator I have immense respect for paper pens, crayons, chalk, slates, paints and brushes. Just that I never really do a prayer for those tools. But yes I strongly feel our artwork speaks our mind and it shall never hurt others or at least disrespect others. Thank you for sharing this ❤🤗💫

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your beautiful reflections! I concur with you. We in India have traditions of worshipping tools, be it implements on Vishwakarma Jayanti or weapons on Dussehra. Our warrior kings also used to worship their swords, in general and before marching to battlefield in particular. Our community also takes pen as a tool that provides livelihood.😊💐💖

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