ESSAY ON THE POSTMAN
The Postman is the carrier of good and bad news. Letters sent by friends, relatives, wives to their husbands, parents to their children in far off towns are brought and delivered at our doors by the postman. Invitations for marriages, greetings on birthdays or anniversaries are sent by post and it is the post man who brings them to you. He also, sometimes, brings the bad news — the serious illness of a near and dear one, even the news of death.
A soldier posted on the heights of the Himalayas; on the snowy borders of our country has no other way to keep contact with his people in the far off towns or villages except through letters sent or received and the postman is the medium to bring these letters. How eagerly are these letters awaited on both ends.
Letters have not only the communicative value but they have a sentimental value too. This value cannot be replaced by any other means of communication. A hand written letter is a treasure for all times and a sweet remembrance of the writer who has long been dead and gone. Just open up the cupboard and draw out the packet of old letters, if they have been preserved and a rush of memories floats along before the mind’s eye. Who did bring them? — the postman of course.
These days the importance of handwritten letters is getting reduced and so is the importance of the postman. The new means of communication —the E-mails; the faxes; the internet chatting — all these are replacing the handwritten letters. People take the excuse of being too busy ‘machines’ have taken over the ‘man’ in human relationship. A minutes ‘Hello’ ‘Hello’ on the telephone. fulfils all the obligations of inter-communication. Who would now undertake any research on the letters written byJawaharlal Nehru to his daughter Indira Gandhi? Who would get the pleasure of probing into the sentiments of Keats — the great English poet — contained in his letters to his beloved and friends or Lord Chesterton sending his advice to his son. Those were handwritten letters having a historical, sentimental and personal value And all these letters must have been delivered by the postman.
A village postman is still very important in our country. He does not only carry letters but he even pens down the replies of the illiterate parents or a comely unlettered lass to her husband. The postman has to inscribe in words the message of blessings or love. He plays a great role — without him, the surging feelings of the heart would have remained uncommunicative.
Lesser in demand, though, but the role of the postman has ever been and shall ever remain a real role in communicating the heart to the heart; the mind to the mind. Business would come to a stand still if documents and commitments are not sent and received. Who else to carry the written and signed word — of course and indeed the Postman.
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