By Arré Bench Jul. 09, 2020
A postman from Tamil Nadu, D Sivan retired following a 30-year shift delivering letters to remote parts of Coonoor. In the process, he braved the threat of wild animals and crossed through inaccessible terrain, like waterfalls and slippery streams. His story has left thousands of well-wishers on social media in awe of this level of dedication.
A postman from Tamil Nadu, who has spent decades traversing through forests on foot to do his job, was the toast of social media on Wednesday.
D Sivan retired earlier this month following a 30-year shift delivering letters to remote parts of Coonoor district. In the process, he braved both the threat of wild animals, and crossed through inaccessible terrain, like waterfalls and slippery streams.
His story, shared by an IAS officer on Twitter, left thousands of well-wishers on social media in awe of this level of dedication.
Postman D. Sivan walked 15 kms everyday through thick forests to deliver mail in inaccessible areas in Coonoor.Chased by wild elephants,bears, gaurs,crossing slippery streams&waterfalls he did his duty with utmost dedication for 30 years till he retired last week-Dinamalar,Hindu pic.twitter.com/YY1fIoB2jj
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) July 8, 2020
The 66-year-old Sivan walked along the Nilgiri Mountain railway track, from a small post office near Coonoor, reports said. He was tasked with delivering letters and pensions to plantation workers who lived in the surrounding areas.
In what seems like a scene right out of a film, he would often encounter wild animals on his journey, as he walked along the tracks through the thick forests and long dark tunnels.
Some on social media thought this feat was enough to earn him the highest honours.
He deserves padma award @rashtrapatibhvn
— Siddarth Pai (@siddarthpaim) July 8, 2020
I interviewed him in 2018.He is a true BHARAT RATNA.. @IndiaPostOffice.. He deserves a Padmashri at least @narendramodi @HMOIndia @PMOIndia @chandra15555 @ooty @innocentdivya @DrTamilisaiGuv @PIIC75655975 @CCoonoor pic.twitter.com/4rYzxvUUlf
— KAKumar (@KAKumar14966506) July 8, 2020
While a few others appreciated his commitment to nation building.
his role in nation building is much appreciated.kudos to his commitment
— Vijayakumar IPS (@vijaypnpa_ips) July 8, 2020
Dedication of such people brings governance to the door steps of underprivileged ppl
— Kumar Shreyash Tripathi (@001_shreyash) July 8, 2020
Author and Yogi, Sadhguru, was among those who hailed the postman on Twitter, calling him the “lifebreath of Bharat”.
When new generation has become unfamiliar with the very idea of Postman, who used to be harbinger of good and bad tidings. D.Shivan and many like him have been lifebreath of Bharath. -Sghttps://t.co/s0jp6XU2i0 https://t.co/5v2O9q7SN4
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 9, 2020
Some thought, on the other hand, that it was important to question why the postman was made to work in such conditions in the first place.
While its tempting to romanticize this struggle; it is important to remember WHY Sivan had to suffer everyday? https://t.co/8r28vBfvRt
— Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) July 8, 2020
Still, his commitment to his job, even in the face of such adversity, was lauded across social media.
This is where the true greatness lies – in doing one’s job with utmost dedication & commitment ..when no difficulty/challenge is big enough to deter you!
— Priyanka Shukla (@PriyankaJShukla) July 8, 2020
— Shamsher Singh IPS (@Shamsher_IPS) July 8, 2020
An unsung hero. Postman D. Sivan’s story is a reminder that dedication has no off-season! https://t.co/EVG4rdpmwT
— Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin (@ArvinderSoin) July 9, 2020
It’s clear that Sivan’s story has touched a lot of hearts in the last couple of days. Given how painful most of the first six months of 2020 have been, stories of such inspirational people are now more important than ever.