Easter basket grass!
The postal system is a bit inefficient, yet suprisingly efficient for the third world. Usually it takes a regular flat rate box 3-4 weeks to get here from the U.S. The slow part is not getting over the ocean. It can take as little as 5 days to cross the Atlantic. But, it gets stuck when it gets in country. Customs may cause some of the problems, but mostly it's just that things get done a lot slower here.
When sending a letter from here to home, the stamp costs about 25 rupees ($.50). Boxes are a bit more and can take up to a month and a half, depending on which method you choose to use. Your options include Speedpost (air), half ship/half air or completely by ship. I have sent a few things in country, including a big padded envelope full of goodies for a friend. It cost 51 rupees ($1) and only 6 days. Pretty good. When you send a package domestically or internationally you have to sew cloth around the box. Like this.
Pretty neat, huh?
Oh, and thanks Eliz! I love you!