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Updated: March 2, 2014 20:08 IST

I Am... Satyanarayana, Postman, Koramangala

Sravasti Dutta
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Satyanarayana, postman. Photo: Sravasti Dutta
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Satyanarayana, postman. Photo: Sravasti Dutta

My name is Satyanarayana. I have been working with India Postal Department as a postman for the last 25 years. I joined in May 1987 and worked as a temporary staff for 12 years, after that I was made a permanent staffer. People often ask me, since people write emails these days rather than letters does it make post offices and deliverers irrelevant? I tell them, ‘no it doesn’t’, because I deliver their internet bills. Post offices will always be important. It’s a necessity.

I completed my PUC, and I am from Bangalore. I live in Bannerghatta Road with my wife and children who are going to school. I reach office by 7.30 a.m. and work till 10.30 a.m. Then I leave office to deliver letters. Depending on the workload, we work till 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. I travel by bicycle and it gets stressful navigating through endless traffic, but I don’t mind. Earlier, I used to deliver letters in Madiwala. Now in Koramangala, I deliver letters specifically in sixth block. Every two or three years, our shifts are rotated and we are assigned different areas.

I haven’t ever thought of doing any other job because I get satisfaction from this job. And if you ask me what makes for a good postman? I would say, being disciplined, punctual and sincere.

The city has changed a lot over the years. Many people from outside the state are coming to Bangalore to work. I like this because I get to interact with people of different identities. There are many more buildings and offices than before. A city is bound to develop, it isn’t in our hands, we have to accept the changes. The traffic is quite bad; every other person has two wheelers. Bangalore still has some residential areas that are planned well and is quite neat, it makes my work simpler because I can easily find out door and house numbers. The only thing that I find difficult to deal with is the rising cost of living.

I am is a weekly column about men and women who make Bangalore what it is.

Individuals like Satyanarayana are assets to our Society. Fine real life sketch. Thanks.

from:  Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Mar 4, 2014 at 01:09 IST

Such dedicated staff are the need of the society. Even in modern age with scooters, travel by bicycle should be appreciated.It gets stressful navigating through endless traffic , can be made easy be having cycling lanes as in many countries. No doubt their(postman) job is tough we need people to do it.Courier is taking away good amount of postal work. Postal authorities can consider reduced rate for local letters. Charges for courier hyd mumbai is Rs 60. It has goneup over years. Post office still continues to be cheap and best. I notice post boxes have reduced, why? The epost helps.

from:  S.Rangarajan
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 04:56 IST

Thank you, Satyanarayana

from:  Adi
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 03:23 IST

"Rise in cost of living" is one thing that the working Postman
Satyanarayana has to contend with. There are other problems like
increase in traffic and unplanned increase in the localities. The job
of a postman is important. I remember my postman Venkataswami, in
1954, by recongising his gait by hearing the sounds of his chappals!
He used to bring MO from home and also letters from friends. The post
offices are manned by people not yet corrupted by the public and the
government. The government has to take notice of his observations and
take corrective atcion.

from:  Dr. G. Satyanarayana
Posted on: Mar 2, 2014 at 22:22 IST
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