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Ashok Shah and his daughter Maya fill up telegram forms in Mumbai on... News PhotoDaughter,Females,Filling,Finance,Horizontal,India,Mayan,Mumbai,Occupation,Technology,Telecommunications Equipment,Telegram,The Internet,WorkingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPAshok Shah (R) and his daughter Maya fill up telegram forms 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)