The irony of shouting about handwritten letters on a digital platform is not lost on us. As much as we obsess over the excellence of the internet, we occasionally feel a pang for the simpler times of pen to paper and not obtaining all answers at a click of a button.
This is probably why we're big fans of The Other Story Project. Founded by Saudi Arabian writer and actress Fatima Al-Banawi, the project collects hundreds of real-life stories and personal experiences from Saudi locals of all social classes, occupations, locations and ages.
The stories can also be from Saudi passersby, who are visiting for various reasons. The requirements of the stories, other than being handwritten, are that they are anonymous and are no longer than a single A4 page. They are published online without editing and the project urges people to write in their language of preference.
So, why handwritten? Fatima believes it symbolises the human writer and his/her mood and emotions through the scribbles, while still preserving the individuality of each anonymous story. It is also Fatima's belief that storytelling humanises our experiences and facilitates problem solving, regardless of gender, ethnic, social, religious, or economic differences.
It is time for the world to read Saudi stories - which Fatima plans to turn into a book - and continue to increase personal expression in KSA.
Photos: Instagram @theotherstoryproject