"That's weird," my friend exclaimed, when I told her about it. "Students still use pens, so you should get it everywhere no?"
Though near the place where I stay, there is a well-known college and a school, the stationery shops there don't sell them.
Lack of replacement refills has led to accumulation of unusable ballpoint pens in my house.
So, today I took them all to the Supreme store near Ulsoor bus stand. The shop is popular as they sell stationery and binding material at very affordable rates.
But, even he has only refills for Reynolds.
I asked my friend's question to the shopkeeper. This is what he said, "When there are cheap use-and-throw pens, no student will bother to go around hunting for refills. And many college students use Gel pens."
These one-time-use ball pens come for as cheap as Rs 3. And if you buy in bulk, you get it cheaper. These may not be stylish, but they are good, and serves the purpose.
So, no surprise it's very difficult to get ballpoint pen refills.
The flip side of use-and-throw pens is environmental degradation. But when did anyone put ecology ahead of convenience?