Warm greetings to all the postal employees and workers of the world on #WorldPostDay2023.
My article "Post Card : Still a poor man''s best medium for communication" has been published in the popular people's English Daily of Odisha #TheKalingaChronicle on 09.10.2023. Thanks to the editorial team.
#PostCard: Still a poor man’s best medium for communication
(Drastic decrease in unregistered personal handwritten letters is a serious concern for the Posts while celebrating National Postal Week)
Normally, I open my office at about 9.15 AM to enable my staff members to maintain the working hours from 09.30 AM to 5.30 PM. But just before the normal business hour, when the MTS opens the public entrance of the office, I have been marking a peculiar incident for last five months since my joining here in this Post Office. As soon as the gate is opened, a man about 55 years of age wearing dirty pant / shirt, having unshaven beard on the face and uncombed grey hairs on the head rushes into the public area. First of all, he goes to the water filter and takes a glass of water and then comes to the Stamp Counter. He then asks for one or two Post Cards or Inland Letter Cards as per his requirement. On receipt from the counter, he then goes to the public writing desk and starts writing letters in the same Post Card(s) / Inland Letter Card(s). Within 15 to 20 minutes, he finishes the job and leaves the post office putting the letters in the outside letter boxes in a hurry.
Hardly, there will a day when he has not attended the Post Office. Witnessing this regular event, I couldn’t suppress my curiosity. To satisfy my inquisitiveness, I requested him one day come to my chamber. When he attended, briefly conveying my observations for last 5 months, I asked him “Due to rapid growth of Information Technology, when we witness people to hardly purchase Post Cards / Inland Letter Cards etc. now a day on one hand and when people want instant communication and response from other side through mobile, internet and different social media on the other, I am surprised that you are writing and posting two / three letters regularly. Are you writing to your family members or anybody else?”
“No Sir”, he replied, “I have no family. I am a bachelor and belong to the district of Mayurbhanj. Due to continuous torture of my step mother, I could not complete my B Sc and left my village at the age of 21 and started working in a private Aluminium factory here in Bhubaneswar. I also completed my C T course privately. But could not get any Govt. job. While working in the factory, I met a major road accident with serious injury in my right leg and partially lost my hearing capacity. The factory owner fired me out. Since then I wandered here and there in search of a job. A small hotel owner engaged me in cleaning utensils in his hotel and since then I am working and staying there. Now I am 57.” Swiftly telling me at a stretch, he showed me his right leg which has been bent below the keen and causing difficulty in normal walking.
Expressing grief, I enquired, “To whom then you are writing letters regularly?”