The simple matter of buying a stamp to post a letter can be quite a complicated one for those who live in rural areas, where the nearest post office is miles away.
Post offices are found mostly in the towns. But many – from the mason to the carpenter, from the rubber tapper to the tea plucker – must cross streams, climb hills, and cross elephant country to get to the nearest post office.
Post offices close at 4.30 p.m. so if you get late you will have to come back the next day.
The answer might be to authorise someone in the village to keep a stock of stamps for sale. I hope the Postal Department chief will consider this suggestion.
Dr. D. Malwatte Mohotti,