December 31, 2010



Lalit Kala Akademi

India Post released a stamp on Lalit Kala Akademy on 31st Dec.2010. This is the second stamp to be released with the Rupee Symbol and will be the last stamp along with the stamp of Sekernar for this year.

December 30, 2010

Ice Breaker - Fennica

This is a maxim card, which I received through Postcrossing of the Ice Breaker - Ms Fennica. The cancellation is of ABOEX 94 a philatelic exhibition held in 1994.

 This was a perfect gift for me and a great way to wish me a Happy New Year 2011.

I request any readers who know more about  ABOEX 94 to comment.

December 28, 2010

Mobile Philately - ID cards and Directory

Mobile Philately is planning for a member's directory and Identity Cards. Members are requested to fill in the application form by providing details . For further details Contact Mr Deepak Modi at  
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December 27, 2010

Tashkent Philatelic Bureau

Pics: Courtesy Mobile Philately. Thanks to Mr.Deepak N.Modi.

December 25, 2010

Happy Christmas!!

Wishing all my Friends, Readers and Well-wishers a very

December 24, 2010

National Council of Education & Dr.Triguna Sen

India Post released a se-tenant stamp of  National Council of Education and Dr. Triguna Sen on 24th Dec.2010.

Dr. Triguna Sen was born on 24 December 1905 at Solhet (now part of Bangladesh) he was an eminent educationist ardent freedom fighter able administrator and good parliamentarian.  He was instrumental in establishing Jadavpur University at Kolkatta.  He was elected President Alumni Association of National Council of Education Bengal, Jadavpur University.  He was also Union Minister for education and Minister for Petroleum for brief spell.  He passed away on 11th January 1998.

Central Bank Of India & Bhai Jeevan Singh

India Post released two stamps on 23nd Dec.2010 on Central Bank Of India and Bhai Jeevan Singh.

Central Bank of India was founded on 21st December 1911 by Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala a visionary.  It was his dream of setting up a ‘Swadeshi bank’ owned by Indians and for Indians.  On founding the Bank, Sir Sorabji proclaimed with pride that Central Bank was property of the Nation and the country’s asset. After the independence, the bank played a laudable role in the growth and development of country and improving the socio-economic status of people. Central Bank of India is celebrating its centenary year during December 2010.

Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan & Bhausaheb Hiray

India Post released two stamps on 22nd Dec.2010 on Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan & Bhausaheb Hiray

December 21, 2010

Crafts Museum

A set of 2 stamp and a miniature sheet was released by India Post on 21st Dec. 2010 on Crafts Museum.

The Crafts Museum was established in 1956 as a resource centre for traditional Indian handicrafts and handlooms.  The aim of the Museum is to preserve Indian art or ethnography and to build a collection of craft specimens.  The Museum is housed in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi under aegis of Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, and Government of India.

 The Museum has a collection of 32000 artifacts.  Research and Development has been a regular activity of the Crafts Museum.  The Museum has completed 53 years of service in the field of handicrafts and handlooms and rendered yeoman service in the promotion of Indian heritage and culture.

December 20, 2010

Mexico-India Joint Release

The Mexican version of the Joint issue was released in Mexico a day after the stamp was released in India. The stamp is of 7 Pesos each.


Pre-Release of a stamp which is yet to be leased of Yashwant Rao Chavan is reported by a reader. The date of 12th Dec 2010 is visible but the place is not.
Thanks to Supriyo Das from W.B

December 15, 2010

India - Mexico Joint issue

India Post released a set of 2 stamp and a Miniature sheet of 15th Dec.2010 to commemorate 60 years of India - Mexico diplomatic relations.

India and Mexico, both vibrant and pluralistic democracies, established diplomatic relations in 1950 and completed 60 years. The stamps  depicts the Kalbelia dance of Rajasthan, India and Jarabe Tapatio, the national dance of Mexico.

December 14, 2010

Dr. Sirkazhi Govindarajan

A special cover was released on "Padmashri" Dr. Sirkali Govindarajan by Sri. M.S. Ramanujan, Post master General,Chennai  on 11th December 2010
Hon'ble Justice AR.Lakshmanan, His Excellency Mr.Nikolai Listapadov - Consul General, Russian Consulate in South India, Mr.Vladirmir Marily - Vice Consul,Dr.P. Mannar Jawahar - Vice Chancellor , Anna University, Isai Peraaigar Dr. N. Ramanai, Flutist were present.

Cover Autographed by
His Excellency Mr.Nikolai Listapadov - Consul General, Russian Consulate in South India
Mr.Vladirmir Marily - Vice Consul (Russia )(Cultural )
Dr.P. Mannar Jawahar - Vice Chancellor , Anna University
Isai Peraaigar Dr. N. Ramanai ( Flutist )

Pics of the cover and news contributed by : P.Prabhakar, Chennai.

December 13, 2010

Cloth Stamp from India !

It has been decided that India will release its first ever stamp on Cloth, which will be printed on khadi and it will bear the image of  Mahatma Gandhi.This stamp will be issued during the Indipex 2011.

For further news : Hindustan Times.

December 11, 2010

Prafulla Chandra Chaki

India Post released a stamp on 11th December 2010 of Prafulla Chandra Chaki, a freedom fighter who sacrificed his life for Independence.

December 8, 2010

Naval Dockyard, Mumbai

 A special cover was released 6th October to celebrate 275 years of glorious service of the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
The mission of the Naval Dockyard is to emerge as world class repair Yard with the capacity to maintain the highest state of sea-worthiness and combat preparedness of Indian Naval ships and submarines by harnessing modern technology, augmenting infrastructure and nurturing the human resource in participative and innovative work environment.

Thanks to: Naval Philatelic Society.

December 6, 2010

Sri Sri Borda

India Post Issued a stamp on 6th Dec 2010 of Sri Sri Borda.He was a philosopher and founder of "Satsang", - the community of the lovers of existance. There is only one God and that every single being is the child of God.

T.N.R.Pillai, T.Balasaraswathi and Veenai Dhanammal

India Post issued a set of three stamps on T.N.Rajarathinam Pillai, Thanjavur Balasaraswathi and Veenai Dhanammal who are related to the field of Music and singing on 3rd Dec.2010.

December 4, 2010

Christmas - Russia

Russia issued a postage stamp on 1st December 2010 to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

The stamp depicts the Father Frost holding in his hand an envelope with the New Year greeting against the background of patterns and the Russian tricolor.

December 3, 2010

Picture Postcards - Brihadeeswarar Temple

India Post issued a set of 3 picture postcards to commemorate millennium celebrations of the Brihadeeswarar temple at Thanjavur.

 INDIPEX 2011 Exhibition Logo can be seen on all the cards. Priced at Rs.15 per set of 3 cards.

Thanks to Mr.Kashinath, Thanjavur. 

December 1, 2010

Kamlapat Singhania

India Post released a stamp on Kamlapat Singhania on 1st December 2010. He was a businessman who contributed to the growth of Indian Industry and awakened the entrepreneurial zeal among the average Indian . He was the founder of JK group of Industries and also established the Marwari College in Kanpur to promote higher education in the region.

November 30, 2010

Stamp Release Program of December 2010

01 Dec 2010 : Kamlapat Singhania

03 Dec 2010 : Thiruvaduthurai T.N. Rajaratinani Pillai
                        Thanjavur Balasaraswati
                        Veenai Dhanammal

06 Dec 2010 : Sri Sri Borda

11 Dec 2010: Prafulla Chandra Chaki

15 Dec 2010: India - Mexico Joint Issue.

21 Dec 2010 : Crafts Museum

22 Dec 2010 : Yashwant Rao Chavan
                        Bhausaheb Hiray

23 Dec 2010 : Bhai Jeevan Singh
                       Central Bank of India

24 Dec 2010 : National Council of Education & Dr. Triguna Sen

Date yet to be fixed : Lalit Kala Akademi

November 29, 2010


India Post released a stamp on C.Subramaniam on 28th December 2010.

November 22, 2010

Some Post Offices of U.A.E

In this Post I take a look at some of the Post Office of U.A.E.

In the Bur Dubai area opposite the entrance to the Basitkya, you can see the Al Mussalla Post office.

The American University of Sharjah has a post office which is a mail collection center. They sell stamps but do not cancel mail. Mail is all processed in the Dubai Post Office

This is a typical suburban post office.

Head Post Office, Deira Dubai - Large and spacious Modern Post office.

Philately House - A Philatelic world inside.

Deira HPO has a philatelic section where you can buy many of the modern stamp issues  FDC  and other Philatelic materials of the UAE.

The Main Post Office building in Sharjah.

Thanks to Mrs.Vera Radnell for the beautiful Pics.

November 16, 2010

Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

India Post released a stamp on the ocassion of 150 years of  Comptroller and Auditor General of India on 16th November 2010.

November 15, 2010

Lakshmipat Singhania

India Post released a stamp on Lakshmipat Singhania on 15th November 2010.

Children's Day

India Post released a set of 4 stamps and Miniature Sheet on 14th November 2010 on occasion of Children's Day.

November 13, 2010

Gozo Philatelic Society Exhibition


On the occasion of the annual Philatelic Exhibition organized by the Gozo Philatelic Society, MaltaPost has announced that a special hand postmark – GOZO PHILATELIC SOCIETY EXHIBITION – MaltaPost Victoria, Gozo – Malta 13-11-10 will be used on Saturday the 13th of November at the MaltaPost Victoria Gozo Branch.

November 10, 2010

K.A.P. Viswanatham

India Post released a stamp of K.A.P.Viswanatham on 10th November 2010.Viswanatham was a Tamil writer, firm believer in Siddha medicines and a social thinker. He was awarded Doctorate by two universities for the valuable contribution to Tamil literature.

November 5, 2010

Year of the Teacher - 2010 - Russia

2010 year has been declared the Year of the Teacher in Russia. The aim of the project is to develop creative and professional potential of teachers, as well as to enhance the social prestige of the teaching profession.

The stamp issued on 5th October depicts the official emblem of the "Year of the Teacher - 2010", which was determined on a competitive basis.The emblem depicts the open palms of the teacher letting out the fledged nestlings (her pupils) into the big life.

November 4, 2010

HAPPY DIWALI - The festival of Lights

I also THANK all of you who have sent me greetings and wishes for the Festival

October 29, 2010

Kranti Trivedi

India Post released a stamp of Kranti Trivedi on October 29 2010.

October 27, 2010

Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai

India Post on 27th October 2010, issued a commemorative stamp on Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, which is a well known school in India with the motto " Clarum Efficunt Studia" i.e., "Studies maketh famous" and has been imparting quality education for the past 150 years. This school also gives importance to cultural activities, such as debated, fine-arts and sports.

October 26, 2010

Dia Del Galeon Festival

The Día del Galeón Festival celebrates the unique journey of the Manila galleons and their place in maritime history – spanning the globe and linking the Philippines with Mexico and Spain. For 250 years (from 1565 – 1815) the Manila galleons were a conduit for global trade and cultural exchange between Europe, the New World and Asia.

In October 2009 UNESCO recognized the unique part the Manila galleons played in the globalization of trade and cultural exchange by declaring 8th October as the international “Día del Galeón” (day of the galleon).

The Día del Galeón festival runs from 15th September to 11th October and is expected to be an annual event that will entertain and educate Filipinos and rest of the World, and encourage a greater understanding of the impact the Philippines has had on the World of global trade. An international grand celebration is also slated for 12th October in Paris.

“The 8th October was chosen by UNESCO as the Dai del Galleon to commemorate the arrival of the first Manila galleon in Acapulco, Mexico, in 1565. The first Manila galleon, the “San Pablo”, was piloted by Father Andres de Urdaneta, using nothing but a compass and his knowledge of wind & tide for navigation. To reach Acapulco, the San Pablo sailed North from Cebu, to approximately Latitude 38, then turned East towards the New World, and Mexico. Regrettably, due to the unexpectedly long journey (129 days) and inadequate provisioning by the then 15-year old Captain Felipe de Salcedo, most of the crew died before reaching their destination.

It is uncertain exactly how may Manila Galleons were built – some authoritative sources say as few as 110 while others indicate many hundreds. The vast majority were built in the Philippines, using renowned Philippine hardwoods; at least eight are known to have been built in Acapulco, Mexico. Cavite, in Manila Bay, was the location of the largest shipyard building Manila Galleons: up to 2,000 tons and as long a 160-feet; others were built in shipyards in Marinduque, Masbate, Sorsogon and Camarines.

The number of Manila Galleons that sank en route, in weather related mishaps or by force of arms from British and Dutch privateers, is also not clear but as many as 40 Manila Galleons are known to have sunk. Of the Manila Galleons that sank, most perished during their exit from the Philippine archipelago, with a handful being wrecked along the California coast upon arrival in the New World. Few wrecks have been found, partly because: of the deep and or treacherous waters in which they sank; and, Philippine law discourages active exploration of historic wrecks.

The Philippine Postal Corporation issued the Dia Del Galeon Festival 2010 stamps and souvenir sheets on October 8, 2010.

October 25, 2010

Sant Shadaram Sahib.

India Post released a stamp on Sant Shadaram Sahib on 25.10.2010.

October 23, 2010

The Doon School, Dehradun


India Post released a stamp of Doon School on 22nd October 2010. Doon School was established in 1935 in Dehradun, now in the state of Uttarakhand. It was founded by Shri Satish Ranjan Das, a prominent Kolkatta barrister inspired by the British Model Public Schools.

October 21, 2010

Jai Shanker

Subramaniam Shankar,was born on 12 July 1938 with his father being a judicial magistrate. Following the footsteps of his father he studied Law but gave it up after a year because of his interests in fine arts like theater.Jaishankar is a yesteryear star of Tamil Film Industry. He is fondly referred to as Thennagathu James Bond or South Indian James Bond. His penchant for dashing roles earned him the sobriquet of James Bond of South India, thanks to his roles in films like Vallavan Oruvan, CID Shankar and many others.

A Special cover was released on Jai Shankar on 1st October 2010.

* Thanks to P.Prabhakar, Chennai. *

October 19, 2010

Indigenous People 2010 by UNPA

On 21 October 2010, the United Nations Postal Administration will issue 18 commemorative stamps in a mini-sheet format of six stamps each on the theme "Indigenous People". This is the second set of stamps on this theme.

Indigenous people are the inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to other people and to the environment. Indigenous people have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, the various groups of indigenous people around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.

For further Reading Click: UN Postal Administration