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Strokes say it all

Handwriting reflects the sub-conscious mind and health issues, observes Dr Ranadheer Kumar, graphotherapist and author of `Handwriting Talks' at the launch of the book recently.

TALES THE LETTERS TELL: Ranadheer Reddy with copies of his book. - Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

WRITING AS an art had been patronised by the aristocracy in 17th Century Europe and Asia. Times changed and a serious effort of studying handwriting was made in order to find the person within. Today with the advent of the computer, the slants, loops and underlines are digitised, analysed and printed out into a graphology report. Further, several MNCs worldwide, call for a handwritten sample along with other pre-employment documents in recent times. Organisations such as the US-based Graphology Consulting Group offer handwriting analysing service to organisations and individuals. Often, one picks up the circled `i's and open `h's and incorporates them in their own writing style. But handwriting experts perceive it otherwise and unknowingly you end up projecting the traits that you don't have.Called the `brain writing' the handwriting of an individual is measured as the physical reflection of the subconscious realm and is said to reveal as much about the person as astrology, palm reading or the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. While the forensic document examiners consider loops, dotted `i's and crossed `t's to detect authenticity or forgery, graphology and the advanced branches therein such as grapho-pathology and grapho-therapy help in understanding health issues and more. "For instance, the open `b' and `h' represent eyestrain and back pain. The different zones in the handwriting relate to the human body. Correcting the strokes does bring you a lot of relief," observes Dr Ranadheer Kumar, Graphotherapist, at the launch of his book `Handwriting Talks', at Crossword held on May 29. The book takes the reader through the nuances of writing such as zones, margins and spacing, apart from signatures and doodling.

Drawing circles, squares and stars, or doodling, an activity that invariably everyone unknowingly indulges in while on telephone or in one of those thinking phases, say a lot about the personality. For instance, arrows and ladders indicate ambition and a strong drive to succeed while social and sensitive people are said to sketch flowers, plants, vases and similar motifs. As for the signatures, underlining the signature is said to denote the self-reliant nature as evident in the signature of Napoleon Bonaparte. "Don't overwrite the first letter and avoid full stop in a signature," suggests Dr Ranadheer.

Highly imaginative, low risk taker to good planner, were some of the on-the-spot handwriting analysis for the audience who came to hear him on the intriguing topic. Some of the parameters that are looked into for handwriting analysis are the pressure exerted on the page, spacing of words and letters, crossed `t's and dotted `i's, the size, slant, speed and consistency of writing.

As regards an ideal writing, he observes that good margins, equidistant spacing between the words, and if writing slant, emphasis towards the right (indicating leadership) should be practised. "In the current scenario, people are losing touch with writing, for instance with the usage of e-mail. I suggest that everyone should make a habit of writing diaries, may be one page a day to be closer to writing and oneself. As for children, one can put them into right strokes after they are seven or eight," he observes.

Would you wish that your handwriting be analysed or improved, drop in at Dr Ranadheer Kumar's Handwriting Analysing Centre (6329798/6556065) at SD, Road with the handwriting on a plain white sheet.


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