Saturday, May 02, 2009

Giripeth Post office - Nagpur

Below post also included in my Philatelic blog.

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As I have put up in the title bar, I have a weakness of taking my pictures with post offices or post boxes. I got an opportunity to do it yesterday and I wasn't going to pass up on it. The Giripeth post office in Nagpur has a very rustic look to it, like it might have existed in this state for more then 50 years. And it really might have had. My wife is form the locality and she claims to have seen the post office in the same state since memory serves her. That would put the age of the post office anywhere from five years to twentyfive - depending on who is telling my wifes age!

The Post box outside actually looks like it had fallen in one of the stronger monsoon winds and is now firmly propped up in place with a cement base. But nothing much seems to be holding up the building, with its beautiful tiled roof and wooden latticed front. It is really hot in Nagpur, with temperatures reaching up to 47 Deg C yesterday. But because of the construction of these older houses, it was rather pleasant inside the structure.
The well and the Post office in the background

Another neat part about the post office is that it has an serviceable well of its own! Most houses built in this region had a well if their own dug because there was no piped water, but today, you either have bore well dug or even if you dig it at a side or behind your house. This post office was evidently built during a time and place, where the well was a focal point of the house and was considered important enough to accord a place right in front.

Sadly there were no records or information available in the post office about when it was established. The post master, a helpful man in his forties did chat with me for a bit. This post office doee not really handle the home delivery of the letters for the locality. That is taken care of by the post office at Shankar nagar - A heartless three storied buliding, and the area North of the road is taken care of by the GPO.

The General Post office is an nice building from the British era and you can find it towards the north east of map down below, also I had posted about it a long time back here.

If you have been following my regular blog, you'll know that I am working on Geotagging these days and the map below is from another result of a new application called "Here I am".

I was also able to glean the information that the land is not governments and is leased from the "society" and now it seems that they want it back. Since its the government, we can at least be assured that they will take another five to ten years to vacate the building, but it will be a real tragedy to lose such a quaint post office in the middle of the city.



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The map with the Post office location (GPO on top right)

4 comments:

Vinnie said...

god, these techie things really work man..now i am getting interested!

loved the bit abt ur wife's age:)

Velu said...

Oh vinni! why am i not surprised. Anyway now that I know how it is to be done you also get eclairs for the first post >0< . :)

but you have it easy because no one else evers comments here. :)


Cheers and keep visiting.
Velu

Vinz aka Vinu said...

hey,'

thnx for visiting my blog and for ur comments...and that led to me to this wonderful blog..we do have one more thing in common other than owning a blog and thats stamps..

bt , sadly i dnt get time and collection is in a stagnant mode i dnt knw since when

will have to go thru ur entire blog once...

:)

Velu said...

Thanks for dropping by vinu. You can always send across your stamps to me. My address is on my blog. :)

Cheers,
Velu