“Global investors may well be putting their faith in postmen like Phanin Deka when they decide to buy or sell Indian assets in the future.

He is one of about a thousand post workers collecting data that determines the level of India’s consumer price index, which is likely to become the central bank’s most important tool for setting monetary policy.

Deka, a postmaster in Sarpara in Assam, spends six days every month visiting two villages by bicycle to collect prices from 15 shops.

“At times, some shopkeepers refuse to co-operate. I think they consider me as an irritant, particularly when customers are around,” said Deka.” (Courtesy: Hindustan Times)