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Maya Shah, fills up an Indian telegram form to send her maiden... News PhotoFilling,Finance,Grandparent,Horizontal,India,Mumbai,Send,Technology,Telecommunications Equipment,Telegram,The InternetPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMaya Shah, fills up an Indian telegram form to send her maiden telegram to grandparents in Mumbai on July 14, 2013. Thousands of Indians crammed into telegram offices to send souvenir messages to friends and family in a last-minute rush before the service shuts down. July 14, 2013, is the last day that messages will be accepted by the 162-year-old service, the last major commercial telegram operation. In the days before mobile phones and the Internet, the telegram network was the main form of long-distance communication, with 20 million messages dispatched from India during the subcontinent's bloody partition in 1947. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)