Hikkim Village sits at about 14,400 feet in the Indian Himalaya. It’s the highest place in the country that’s inhabited year-round. And the people who live there need their mail just like anywhere else. Enter Rinchen Chhering, the postmaster, who has served this town since 1983. He has their back. And their Lands End catalogs, because surely those get there too.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “Wind, Sand, and Stars” is the chronicle of Saint-Exupery’s time flying airmail in rickety aircraft in dangerous places around the world. One of the best books ever written that discusses the crucial sanctity of having mail delivered in difficult times and places. Grab a copy.