September 4, 2015

Mahatma Basaweshwar

A special cover was released on Mahatma Basaweshwar at Udgir on 3rd August 2015.

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

September 3, 2015

Thanjapex - 2015

5 special covers were released on 3rd September 2015 during Tanjapex - 2015, District level philatelic exhibition held at Thanjavur on Art and Musical Icons of Thanjavur like Veenai, paintings, dolls, art plate and thavil.

Cover Code: TN/24/2015

Cover Code: TN/25/2015

Cover Code: TN/26/2015

Cover Code: TN/27/2015

 Cover Code: TN/28/2015
Courtesy: Kasinath R, Thanjavur.

September 1, 2015


A special cover was released on 20th June 2015 on the occasion of K.S.Shah birth centenary year at Jamnagar.

August 31, 2015

Samrat Ashoka

India Post released a stamp on Samrat Ashoka on 24th August 2015. It was released by Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad at a function held at Vidyapati Bhavan in Patna.

August 27, 2015

Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 (III)

Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 19th July 2015 at Dharmapuri on Sri Laxmi Narashimhaswamy Devasthanam.

Cover Code: AP/22/2015

 Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 22nd July 2015 at Mahadevpur on Kamaleshwara Muktheswara Swamy Temple, Kamaleshwaram, Karimnagar, Telangana.

 Cover Code: AP/23/2015

Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 23rd July 2015 at Godavarikhani, Telengana on Coal Mines.

 Cover Code: AP/24/2015

Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 21st July 2015 at Papikondalu.

Cover Code: AP/21/2015

 Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 24th July 2015 at Etunagaram.

Etunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Etunagaram Village in Warrangal District in Telangana. It is located 250 km (160m) away from Hyderabad. Godavari River passes through the Sanctuary.  It is one of the oldest Sanctuaries of Telangana. It has animals like Indian Gaur, Gaint Squirrel, tigers, Panthers, Sambars, Cheethals Nilgiri black buck etc.

Cover Code: AP/25/2015
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

August 25, 2015

Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 (II)

 Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 13th July 2015 at Rajahmundry on Havelock - Arch bridges.

Cover Code: AP/20/2015

 Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 15th July 2015 at Rajahmundry on he longest bathing ghat on the bank of river Godhavari.

Cover Code: AP/17/2015

Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 16th July 2015 at Bhadrachalam on a Temple dedicated to Lord Rama.

Cover Code: AP/16/2015

Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 16th July 2015 at Mahadevapur

Two Shiva Lingas the idols of Lord Shiva (Kaleswara (YEMA), Muktheshwara (SHIVA)) in Kaleswara Muktheshwara  Swamy Temple, Kaleswaram, Karimnagar, Telangana.
Cover Code: AP/18/2015

Special cover  released on the occasion of  Godavari Pushkaralu - 2015 on 16th July 2015 at Rajahmundry on Godavari Sangamam, Antervedipalem - Confluence of Godavari river with Bay of Bengal.

 Cover Code: AP/19/2015
 Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

August 24, 2015


Russia Post released a stamp on the International Exhibition " SVIAZ EXPOCOMM " on 12th May 2015. The stamp depicts the logo of the exhibition and the exhibition complex “EXPOCENTRE” on a background.

August 22, 2015

US Coast Guard.

USPS commemorated the U.S.Coast Guard’s 225th anniversary with a special stamp on 4th August 2015. The new Forever stamp features two icons of the Coast Guard the Barque Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as “America’s Tall Ship”, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the standard rescue aircraft of the Coast Guard. 

August 21, 2015

International Telecommunication Union

Russia Post released a stamp on 7th May 2015 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union. The stamp  depicts the logo of the 150th anniversary of the ITU on a blue background.

August 20, 2015

State Bank of India

A special cover was released on 4th July 2015 to celebrate the golden jubilee celebrations of  State bank of India, Hyderabad Circle at Hyderabad.

Cover Code: AP/03/2015
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

August 19, 2015

District Seminar on T.E.A.C.H

A special cover was released on 4th July 2015 on the occasion of the District Seminar on T.E.A.C.H by the Inner Wheel District - 326 at Cuttack.

Cover Code: OD/04/2015

August 18, 2015

Chennai Metro

A  special cover was released on the occasion of the inaugural run of Chennai Metro in 29th June 2015 at Chennai.

Cover Code: TN/17/2015
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

August 17, 2015

Incredible India - Picture Postcards.

The North Karnataka Postal Division has released a set of 48 picture postcards titled 'Incredible India' on 15th August 2015. 

The front and back side of the box for packing the cards

The set is available at Rs.150/- packed in an attractive box. This is the tenth set brought out by them specially to help the Postcrossing members. This set has cards on various mixed themes. The earlier set was on the 'Birds of Himalayas. 

For further details contact the Office of the PMG, North Karnataka Postal Region, Dharwad - 580 001.

August 15, 2015

Independence Day!

Wishing all my friends, viewers and fellow bloggers a very


August 12, 2015

Col. Lakshman Giri Shenei

A special cover was released on 11th August 2015 at Bangalore to celebrate the Birth Centenary of Col. Lakshman Giri Shenei.

Col. Lakshman Giri Shenei :  (b. August 11, 1915, - d. June 19, 1997) was born as the second son of Giri Shenoy and Saraswathi Bai. The poor family lived at Cherthala, a small village (at that time) in the erstwhile Travancore state (now part of Kerala). He had 2 sisters and 2 brothers. The family had no belongings or wealth and was living in a small hut-like house on a land belonging to others.

Personally, Col. Shenei was a very bright, ambitious, hard working, honest, truthful, sincere, learned, and generous man. He loved his family very much and helped all family members with whatever means he had to overcome their poverty.

His father died when he was about 15 years old and his mother had a tough time to bring up the five children. He passed B.A (English) from the Maharajah's College, Ernakulam. Though he completed M.A. (English) at Madras Christian College, Madras (now Chennai), he did not write the examinations, fearing that he will not pass.

His early career was as editor of English newspapers 'Hyderabad Herald' and 'Modern Times'. The powerful editorials which he wrote those days on the Freedom struggle and many other subjects prove his journalistic abilities. He had written some Malayalam articles also in private magazines. It must have been for higher pay that he opted for a position as commissioned officer in the British Indian Army during the Second World War. He joined as a second lieutenant in 1943. At that time, he asked his elder brother Ramachandra who had already joined the British Indian Army and was working as a Quarter Master for about 4 years to go home and look after the other members of the family, which included his widowed mother. He married Prabha, daughter of Govinda Pai, advocate, Ernakulam in 1958. The couple, however, had no children.

As a second lieutenant, he was sent to Burma. But when he reached Burma, the war was over and he was asked to return to India. As ??a military officer, he traveled all over India. He served the army, which later became the Indian Army, for 24 years, retiring in 1968 as Colonel. He mostly worked for the army Ordnance Corps. After retirement, he worked in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Bangalore in higher management cadre. He selected Bangalore as his retirement abode in 1968 when he was about to retire and obtained a plot of land from the Defence Housing Society and constructed a house there in 1976. He settled there and spent his remaining life for the cause of philately.

Col. Shenei was founder member of Karnataka Philatelic Society which was founded in 1976 and remained President of the society for four years. He was also a President of Philatelic Congress of India during 1993-95 and member of jury at State, National and International Philatelic Exhibitions.
Col. L. G. Shenoi specialized in the history of Travancore, Cochin, Puddukottai and Mysore Princely States of India. His knowledge of District Dak, Travelling Post Offices, (TPO) of India, Early India Cancellations and Sea Post Offices were outstanding. He also collected stamps and postal stationery on the subject ‘Coconut Tree’. Being a Postal Historian, he maintained a superb library which housed Postal History of C.E.F., I.E.F., WWI, WWII, Censorship Postmarks etc.

Realising the need of Indian Philatelic Magazine with an emphasis on the Postal History, he embarked upon publishing ‘IND DAK’ on 1st January 1977. ‘IND DAK’ monthly was published without a break for 21 years till his death in June 1997. He promoted youth philately movement in India and published ‘MAYUR’ once in three months. He conducted awareness classes in Bangalore schools. From July 1997, ‘IND DAK’ was managed by Shri K. P. Achar and Dr. P. S. Dixit and Dr. Punit S. Dixit was also an editor-in-chief of ‘MAYUR’ from July 1997. ‘IND DAK’ received a Silver Medal at Millepex 2000, held at Bhubaneshwar and LORCA 98, a World Philatelic Exhibition for Literature and Mophila held in Granada, Spain. ‘MAYUR’ received a Silver Medal at Indonesia 96, held at Bandung, Indonesia. He attended the Espozione Mondiale Filatella in Rome in October-November 1985. He and his wife visited the Pope during this trip. He visited Thailand, Indonesia and many other countries as a philatelist. His scholarly articles on Postal History of India and the Promotion of Youth Philately are the testimony of his great stature in the world of Philately.

He was admitted in the Command Hospital for a brief illness and left us to his heavenly abode on 19th June 1997. He was cremated with full military honours by the Army.

Many Thanks to M.S. Ramu (Inddak), Sushil Mehra, Jagannath Mani , Naveein O.C for their hard work to  bring out this Special Cover.

Cover Code: KTK/49/2015
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

August 11, 2015


A special cover was released on 28th June 2015 at Kayamozhi on the occasion of the opening of Manimandapam.