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Man of Letters

In the world of social networking, there is a postman still delivering posts to the poor people who live in inaccessible terrains. Plantation workers who live in difficult terrains in the Nilgiri Hills do not have even telephone connections, leave alone Internet. D. Sivan (66), a postman from Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, has braved thick forests, tough terrains, and attacks from wild animals for the last 30 years to deliver letters to them. He is the only connection to the world for the people in remote places. On some days, even if he had only one letter to deliver, he would still make the 15 kilometre journey, traversing through steep hills, risky railway crossings, and pitch-black tunnels.

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The author is a former Director of Goa Institute of Management (GIM) and currently Director of St Joseph’s Institute of Management (JIM), Trichy.