An Indian Civilizational Perspective

SMS Messages form a Fiction Novel's base

As the lifestyles of our times change so will our expression and art. This novel is one such example… where the contemporary lifestyle inspired by the SMS messages around the world have changed our way of communication and dialog with our friends and family is finally woven into a story at a formal level. Interesting direction.

“The Last Messages” tells the story of a fictitious information-technology executive in Finland who resigns from his job and travels throughout Europe and India, keeping in touch with his friends and relatives only through text messages.

His messages, and the replies — roughly 1,000 altogether — are listed in chronological order in the 332-page novel written by Finnish author Hannu Luntiala. The texts are rife with grammatical errors and abbreviations commonly used in regular SMS traffic.

“I believe that, at the end of the day, a text message may reveal much more about a person than you would initially think,” said Luntiala, who also is head of a company that keeps databases on people living in Finland.

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