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The Future Is A Picture Postcard

Snail mail apart, post offices soup up their functional repertoire

The Future Is A Picture Postcard collage by Jayachandran

Have you written a letter recently? Not on a computer screen, but in the old style, putting pen to paper, and then affixing a stamp on to the envelope and putting it in a red, green or blue mailbox. Chances are most of you haven't done so in months. Perhaps you've sent a greeting card? Well, maybe a few during Diwali, Christmas or New Year, but mostly, you relied on e-cards or cellular SMS. When did you last visit a post office, not to track your savings, but to buy stamps, send a registered letter, parcel, speedpost...? Six months ago? A year ago? Perhaps even longer?

But chances are that you may soon be visiting the post offices for a completely different reason—to draw cash from an ATM, drop a credit card bill, browse for PCs or cash some leftover dollars.

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