If I wanted to use formulas and calculators all my life, I would have opted to become an engineer or a mathematics teacher, my mind spoke to me silently, every time, when Mr. Know it all in the office ridiculed me for my creative usages of English language. In particular, the way I use the word ‘and’ irritates him the most. He says, you cannot begin your sentence with ‘And’, it is against the rules. Hmmm….I totally agree. However, as a creative writer, I request you all to lend your ears to the concerns of Mr. ‘And’. After reading, you may decide whether I am guilty of beginning my sentences with ‘And’.

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To Whomsoever Concerned,

I am Mr. And. People who love me dearly call me ‘&’.

As an Indian, I am sure most of you would have used me to begin your sentences during your job interviews or while giving a speech on stage. But that is not the case when it comes to the written formats. I am sidelined. Mostly sandwiched between 2 longer sentences, I am never allowed to become the kick starter. Why this prejudice? I understand that I am a conjunction, but some of you consider me as a con artist. For instance, I remember this one instance when a studious 10th standard pupil, who had literally mugged up the entire text book, placed me between 2 mathematical formulas. Do you understand my discomfort? I don’t belong there. I truly don’t.

Forget about such rare cases, let me come straight to something that you can relate to. Suppose if you are writing an essay about your breakfast routine, and you want to say what you had for breakfast, For example, it is quite natural for you to write, “I ate bread, butter and jam”. Lol why do you unnecessarily place me between butter and jam? If you were in a restaurant, wouldn’t you just order, ‘1 bread butter jam, please?’. Well, then comes people like Mr. Know it all, who won’t let me begin any sentences, not even by mistake. What did I do? Full stop and I are not enemies. We can co-exist. At least I connect sentences, I am a peacemaker. What does a stop do? It just curtails beautiful sentences and ideas. So, it is time to give me some freedom to move around, at least in the premises of creative writing, what say?

Yours Truly,

Mr. And