Remember Post babu of film Babul? The post cards and adjoined reply post cards were very common and popular. Then inland letters came into practice (antardeshiya). Telegrams were rare. The children will run “taar awa hai” and will mill around the house of the recipient. Postmen were the friends of villagers and will often read and write letters for them. Money orders were much awaited and postmen earned the gratitude of villagers. “hamar betwa bambai se bheja hay”. But all these are no more. The social fabric has been torn apart. Very disturbing indeed.
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