A letter is a form of written communication. Letters are of two types: formal and informal. Formal letters include business letters, letter of complaints, letter to government officials, etc. Informal letters include letters to friends, relatives, acquaintances, etc.
Letters can be either formal or informal. While informal letters are written to friends, family and relatives, formal letters could be official letters, business letters, job applications or letters to editor.
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Q.1. You are Ashish/Astha, a resident of #254, Vigyan Vihar, Amla, Madhya Pradesh. You are worried to see your younger brother’s frequent habit of using Internet as a homework tool. Taking ideas from the input given below and your own, write a letter to the Editor of a popular newspaper, expressing your opinion on the advantages, disadvantages of the dependence of youth and the computers in the present times. (100–120 words)
Write your letter in the following layout:
Q.2. You are Rachna/Raghu, 15 Mall Road, Agra. You happen to see the following news item in a newspaper. Write a letter in about 100–120 words to the editor of the newspaper about your views on the matter.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has passed an order that it is the responsibility of every citizen to look after their aged parents. If they fail, they will have no right of inheritance.
Q.3. You are Rizwan Ali, resident of 456, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily, drawing the attention of the concerned authorities to the deteriorating law and order situation in the city.
456, Rajouri Garden
15th May, 2017
The Hindustan Times
Subject: Deteriorating law and order situation in the city.
Through this letter I wish to bring to the kind attention of the concerned authorities, my concern about the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. Incidents of theft, kidnapping, molestation, rape and murder are on the rise these days. Both, A person walking on the street (irrespective of the age or gender) or a person at home are unsafe. Everyone is susceptible to fall prey to the evil intentions of the antisocial elements in the society.
There is no peace and disquiet has become a norm. Terrorists are seen wandering fearlessly in broad daylight. None of these criminals have been arrested so far. If arrested many of them go scot–free, those not arrested, are seen roaming freely on roads. It is time that laws are applied more effectively to curb the menace. I request the concerned authorities to look into this matter and take necessary actions to enable the residents to live in peace.
Q.4. Tourism being one of the biggest and fastest-growing industries globally, affects the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and educational resources of nations. Improving tourism industry in India would thus lead to national development in many spheres. As Ankit/ Ankita, write a letter to the Editor of The Times of India expressing your views on the same. You may take ideas from the unit– Travel and Tourism besides your own ideas. (about 100–120 words)
July 28, 2016
The Hindustan Times
Subject: Improving tourism industry in India
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the development of tourism industry in our country. India is a land of beautiful landscapes, rivers and places of religious, historical and cultural importance. We have innumerable tourist destinations which if used to their full potential can bring about a lot of development in the country. Tourism being one of the biggest and fastest-growing industries globally, affects the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and educational resources of nations.Improving tourism industry in India would thus contribute to the development of the nation in many spheres. It will have many positive effects on our economy. It will help in the growth and development of various industries directly linked with the tourism industry such as those pertaining to transportation, accommodation, wildlife, arts and entertainment. It also helps in the creation of new jobs.A lot of revenue will also be generated through foreign exchange on payments received for goods and services provided. The development of tourism also enhances the living conditions of the local people. It would therefore be appropriate for all concerned, to work towards perfect all aspects of this fastest-growing industry.
Q.5. Our metropolitan cities witness a large number of accidents every day. What do you think is the reason? What can be done to bring down the rate of accidents? Write a letter in 100–120 words to the Editor of a national daily expressing your concerns and offering solutions to this problem. You are Arun/Aruna, 112 Model Town, Delhi.
112 Model Town,
July 10, 2016
The Times of India
Subject: Rising number of road accidents
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the increase in the number of road accidents in the metropolitan cities. The loss of life due to these accidents is also increasing. Why is this so?. The thrill for speed among the impatient youth or the underage drivers could be a cause. Blaming the youth solely for these accidents is not justified. There are many who do not follow traffic rules. The reason could be, to reach the destination in a hurry, stress leading to loss of concentration, distractions like mobile phone, road rage, the result is the same–accidents.Drunken driving is yet another cause of accidents. Everyone wants to live in luxury. With companies offering vehicles affordable EMI and costs, the dream of owning a vehicle is becoming a reality for many. However all this leads to an increase in number of vehicles on the road, thereby leading to more accidents.We need to take stringent measures to avoid these accidents. More policemen should be deployed to act as deterrents. There should be stricter punishment for even a small violation of rules. Another way would be to inculcate traffic rules and discipline at school itself. While issuing licence there should be comprehensive classes for traffic rules. In cases of underage drivers, parents should be held responsible and penalized. Another solution would be to car pool. This would not only reduce traffic but also reduce the pollution in the environment. If these measures are implemented, we will be able to save a lot of lives.
Q.6. The influence of friends can have both positive and negative impact on the students. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily in 100–120 words discussing how we can make it more positive and productive. You are Arun/Aruna 24, Mall Road, Chennai.
24, Mall Road
April 3, 2016
The Times of India
Subject: Influence of friends
Through the columns of your newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of the readers towards the increasing influence of friends on the life of youngsters these days. We hear a lot of youngsters referring to “Peer pressure” that affecting friendship these days. Friendship is a valuable relationship that helps the youth evolves. It establishes a strong bond between two human beings. Good friendship develops healthy completion among peers. Nowadays when stress has become a part of life, good friends help to reduce each others stress levels. A good friend will also be there whenever one is in trouble.Contrarily, the influence of a bad friend can be disastrous. One can develop vices like drinking, drugs, smoking, stealing, betting, etc. to be one among his peers, part of the crowd. The youth needs to understand that time, intelligence, money and relationship should be used in a productive way. One can learn a lot from friends. As a group, friends can take up projects and do social work. In a friendship, friends need to be encouraging and supportive of each other. On each other, have a positive influence.
Q.7. Many complaints about unfair means being used in exams have been reported. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily newspaper in 100–200 words giving reasons . for this trend and suggest measures to combat this. You are Arun/Aruna 12 Fort Road Kochi.
12, Fort Road
September 20, 2015
Subject: Use of unfair means
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities to the alarming rise in the use of unfair means by students while appearing for exams.Students get chits, and use latest gadgets to copy. There are some who use the old method copying from the peers. Many are caught by the exam squads and suspended. Some even lose a year. But still the practice continues. What is it that is forcing students to fall prey to this dangerous practice? The primary reason is the high expectations of parents and teachers. Then there is peer pressures. The competition to be at the top. There are some who copy due to lack of preparation. Sometimes, fear of failure and poor vigilance also make students use unfair means during exams.The need of the hour is to take immediate measures to help the students. The teachers and parents need to play an active role in sensitizing students about the importance of learning. They should instill life skills and values of integrity and honesty. Vigilant should be excellent quality. We need to manoeuvre our children on to the right path.
Q.8. You are Mr. Malik, the coordinator of the ABC Public School. Write a letter to place a bulk order for school uniform to M/S Sinha Garments.
12 Pandeer Road,
6th February, 20xx
M/s Sinha Garments
Subject: Order for school uniform sets
This letter is with reference to the meeting that took place at your factory. We wish to purchase uniform material for our students from you.
Our requirement is as follows:
Please note that the entire payment will be made only after the delivery. Kindly make the delivery on or before 2nd April 20xx. I request you to offer us a discount on the order and send us the official bill along with the product.
Please review the order and if you have any recommendations, or need any clarification, please contact the undersigned. We hope for a long–term association with you.
Mob. No. 9811x XXXXX
Q.9. You are Somita Roy, the librarian of ABC Public School, New Delhi. Write a letter to the Unique Book Co., New Delhi, complaining about the poor quality of books supplied to your library.
ABC Public School
8th July, 2017
The Unique Book Co.
Subject: Supply of poor quality of books
We regret to inform you that the quality of books supplied by you to our library is quite deplorable and poor. ABC Public School has been your old and regular customer. We placed an order for the purchase of about five hundred books for the school library. The books supplied are poor in quality, not the latest editions and most of them are not the ones we had ordered. Please note that errors made in the supply given below and expedite the matter at the earliest.
Q.10. You are John/Jennifer, the incharge of tour and excursion club of Grand Public School, Agra. During the summer break, you are planning to organise a tour to a place of historical importance. Write a letter to the India Travel and Tour Agency, Agra, enquiring about the charges, facilities and all the other necessary details.
Grand Public School,
6th April, 20xx
India Travel and Tour Agency,
Subject: Enquiry about the charges and facilities
Grand Public School, Agra is organising a tour to a place of historical importance during the summer break. We are planning a tour in the first week of May. It would be a tour for three days. We are a group of twenty–five students, four teachers and two peons. Kindly furnish the following details regarding the tour and oblige.
Q.11. Accidents in big cities is a common phenomenon. Unfortunately, hardly anyone comes to the rescue of road victims because of fear of harassment by the police. Now that the Supreme Court has issued guidelines that people who take road victims to a hospital will not be questioned or detained, there is no reason why bystanders/passersby should hesitate to help road victims and thus discharge their duty as responsible citizens. Write a letter in 100–120 words to the editor of a national daily requesting him to make people aware of Supreme Court guidelines and urge them to help people in distress. You are Shom/ Shobha, 24, Raj Nagar, Kanpur.
24, Raj Nagar
Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
12th March, 2018
Times of India
Subject: Supreme court directive.
As a conscientious citizen of this great country, I consider it is my duty to make a humble request to your esteemed newspaper, towards effecting a very noble social cause. Road accidents are on the rise. Research says that we lose 17 lives every hour. Most often this is due to the non-availability of instant medical help. People hesitate to help a victim, because of the complications they get entangled in with the police. Through the columns of your paper, kindly spread awareness among the public about the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court, regarding the security of those who come forward to help. This may encourage people to be more responsible.
Please help me in my endeavor.
Q.12. Accidents in big cities is a common phenomenon. Unfortunately, hardly anyone comes to the rescue of road victims because of fear of harassment by the police. Now that the Supreme Court has issued guidelines that people who take road victims to a hospital will not be questioned or detained, there is no reason why bystanders/passersby should hesitate to help road victims and thus discharge their duty as responsible citizens. Write a letter in 100–120 words to the editor of a national daily requesting him to make people aware of Supreme Court guidelines and urge them to help people in distress. You are Shom / Shobha, 24, Raj Nagar, Kanpur.
12 Station Road Delhi
12th March, 2018
The New Indian Express
Subject: Problems faced by outstation students in Delhi
I wish to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the problems students from other states face when they join universities in Delhi. One of the major problems is that of finding an affordable accommodation. Institutions are not equipped to accommodate all the students. The rent charged by local landlords is exorbitant, rules and regulations they put forward are unreasonable, convenience that they provide is minimal, and security is not their responsibility. Students belonging to specific cultures are denied accommodation.
May I suggest the following measures to solve the problems:
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I request you to bring our problems out in the public domain and help bring about a respite to the students who are miles away from their families.
Q.13. Shantikunj is a thickly populated locality inhabited mainly by the working-class people. Unfortunately, there is no Mother Dairy milk booth in the locality. Write a letter in 100–200 words to the editor of a local daily drawing the attention of the authorities to the problem faced by the people, requesting them to open a milk booth. You are Ram/Roma, 4, Shantikunj, Delhi.
4 Shantikunj Delhi
16 March, 2018
The New Indian Express Delhi
Subject: Request for a Mother Dairy Milk Booth
Shantikunj is a very thickly populated locality consisting of people belonging to the working class, i.e. the 4th–grade category of workers. Both men and women step out to fend for the upkeep of their families. Milk is considered to be one among the staple food varieties by our community. As the old concept of fresh milk being delivered at the doorstep has become a thing of the past, we face a lot of difficulty in securing milk to’give our children. Mother Dairy, which is considered to be the main milk provider in Delhi, does not have a booth in our area. Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I seek support in drawing the attention of the concerned authorities to set up a milk booth in our locality at the earliest.
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