5 March, 2010
While reading a book that had very interesting account of Shimla or say Simla of the British days, I was astonished to see the picture of the Shimla Post-office during those days! A Tonga that served to transport Dak was visible in front of a small building which was the then Shimla General Post-office! I saw this picture in a book about Shimla and would write about the name of the photographer whenever I would be able to retrieve that book. Bur I must compliment the photographer for recording General Post Office Simla as it was during the Raj period! The building seems to be all wood, though the color can not be guessed but by no means it can be white and red!!
What I remember about the Shimla Post-office is the green and white colored buliding with a red roof in the background of green deodar trees! The earliest memories of this post-office builiding for me go back to the beginning of the sixties and as far as I remember the building had this very color scheme. To be honest, even today, green and white buildings with a red roof would stand in my memory for a post-office building. So when I read in the newspapers that Shimla Post-office is getting a new color scheme to go along the new insignia, I was a bit preturbed. But then change is the law of nature and a must for growth. So I waited anxiously for the new looks for the Shima Post-office. I saw the first picture in the Himachal Tribune on a wednesday. It seemed like a building that was not least familiar to me. I had to see it for myself, I thought.
This recent facelift to the Post-office building in the later half of 2009 has given a new color scheme to the previous looks and it is red and white colors that replace the white and green colors. The roof is also red! The old deodar tree standing in the background, though, remains green! I am sure they must have thought of some plan to change the background as well, but Mother Nature still is far superior than human endeavor! The backgroud deodar has still retained its proud looks!
During my recent visits to the Mall, I captured a picture of the Post-office and am posting it here for my readers to see and comment upon. As for as I am concerned, the red and white colored facelift givden to the building looks very artificial. A close watch at thick layers of white paint used to cover up the earlier green has resulted in poor workmanship and to me the building that I literally revered looks like an old maiden who has paiinted her face white with foundation to cover up the wrinkles and the blood-red colored lipstick and rouge is used to make her look young. Unfortunately, I preferred the old building as it was, majestic and proud and not artificially colored as if sorry for its very existence and appearance.
On a second thought, I feel that as I am getting old, I have become more of a cynical old lady than I was earlier and have started criticizing all things around me.