The Lakshmi and Raman Family Archive: Letters 1930 - 1934


The following photographs are taken from a partial collection of correspondence between Raman, who was working as a typist in Batavia to pay off the family debts, and his brothers in Palghat. An extended discussion of the contents of these letters and the themes they evoke is available here.


Letter from Raman to Krishnan. ‘The present times are such (on account of the trade depression all over the world) that we should be careful with our jobs, and we should spend only a part of our income, thus saving the rest for our future. Do you not agree?'

What if you lose your typing arm? Letter advertising disaster insurance


Remittance Slip


Certificate of Guarantee (Dutch)


Accident Insurance Prospectus