The postman is a government employee under the postal department. He is easily recognised by us. His uniform comprises of a Khaki shirt, a Khaki trouser and a Khaki turban or cap. He carries a leather bag on his shoulder. The bag is full of letters, parcels, money orders etc. He keeps some letters in his hand too.
The postman is bound to do many hard duties. When the sun is blazing over head, he has to go from door to door to deliver the post. If there is a registered letter or parcel or money order or unpaid letters, he has to wait till the addressee signs the receipt from after taking the delivery of the article.
Even in biting cold during winter season he performs his duties smartly. Thus the postman never cares the scorching heat of sun, the rainy day and the chilly cold. He tries to be very punctual and regular because any slight mistake may risk his job.
The work of a village postman is even harder. He has to go from one village to other. If he has no cycle, he goes on foot. He has to walk about ten miles everyday. He does not go to eveiy village everyday. One or two days are fixed for every village. He delivers the letters to the villagers. He brings their letters to the post-office. Sometimes he has to write and read their letters.
Day in and day out the poor postman comes and goes bringing the news of happiness to many. Sometimes he brings appointment letters to some. These are the moments when the postman is most welcomed. However, sometimes he brings the news of sorrow too. But we never curse him for this. Instead we always wait for him eagerly. He is very important member of the society. His services are very useful for us.
The postman leads a veiy strenuous life. But he never says anything about his problems to anyone. He looks smiling while giving letters to us. Some good people feel the hardness of his life and pay him tip occasionally. But that is not enough.
An earnest effort on the part of government is very necessary. A person, who does so important services for the public, must be paid a handsome salary so that he may lead an honourable life.
J. Miller has rightly said, “It is a great disgrace to us as a nation if we are content to use the strength of a class of men and take no responsibility for their material and moral welfare.” It is of course blots on the fair name of free country if our public servants without whom we cannot do, are bound to live a life of hardships.