He's in good post!

HOW MANY times have we passed `katara' looking postboxes without taking a second glance at those seemingly-lifeless things? Those things that carry postcards, inland letters and packets appear to be all-but-forgotten these days.

In the eighties, there was a boom with courier operators spreading their tentacles, reaching out far and wide to the nooks and corners of the country. And then came the computers, the Internet and the e-mail. These days, people think you are from the stone age if you do not have an e-mail ID, right?

Of course, there are some oldies who are still faithful to the snailmail. Among the faithful are Gollapudi Reshepu, a banker by profession, who took to the camera at the age of 38 years. Once passing through a street in Anand Nagar here, he saw people messing up a postbox and its surroundings. That made him think.

Reshepu strongly felt the good old postboxes were being neglected and he chose them as his subject. Five years passed and his collection of photographs grew until someone spotted a pattern and suggested he could send some to the Royal Photographic Society and seek an associateship.

That sealed it and he sent a bunch of 15 photographs, all relating to postboxes, along with an introduction to the post box in India. He had a deep feeling and apprehension that postboxes may be phased out soon and sent out a message that someone should do something to preserve the great heritage and a symbol of pride.

The RPS did not take time examining Reshepu's portfolio and promptly wrote back, awarding him an associateship. His name now becomes Gollapudi Reshepu, ARPS. That's no mean achievement.

He will be proceeding to Bath in London to receive the associateship in person in September this year. Just for a sample, there is one postbox tied to a tree. The entry is named `Blossoms.' Yet another is a postbox that he saw in Yellareddyguda in the city which has an open manhole before it. He has named the entry, `Watch before you drop.' Howzzat for imagination? Photography is not all for Reshepu. He has a diploma in journalism and has published several features, stories and poetry in magazines and periodicals. He has played cricket for Punjab National Bank and State Bank of Travancore.

He has represented the State in the National Veterans Table Tennis Tournament held at Mahabaleshwar in 2002.

Looks like he is an all-rounder, in every sense.

By Suresh Krishnamoorthy

Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

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