21 May 2024

New Pictorial Cancellations


20 May 2024 : World Bee Day : Pana Ji

- Jaagruthi Adka, Bangalore

17 May 2024 : World Telecommunication Day : Bengaluru

15 May 2024 : International al Day of Families

8 May 2024 : World Red Cross Day : Bengaluru

- Praveen Shastry - Bangalore

New Special Cover

On 14th May 2024,  Kolkata GPO  released ‘patachitra’-themed special cover to mark 11th anniversary of Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage.

The Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage (KSCH) has been working to revive the roots of patachitra in the Sunderbans, training women in this ancient art for the past two years. The General Post Office (GPO) Kolkata and KSCH joined hands to inaugurate a commemorative special postal cover, recognising this resurrection of patachitra in the Sunderbans, on May 14.

Jaagruthi Adka - Bangalore

11 May 2024

Book Review : The Post Office Buildings of India


The Post Office Buildings of India

By Sushil Mehra and K. Chaitanya Dev

The Post Office Buildings of India By Sushil Mehra and K. Chaitanya Dev : Pages : 170 : Type :  Paperback - Coffee Table Book Publisher : Sushil Mehra : Price : Rs 2000 : ISBN Number : 978-93-340-4689-2

 Available at Amazon or contact author : email : gaureshmehra@gmail.com

A Post Office is a public facility that provides mail services, such as accepting letters and parcels, providing post office boxes, and selling postage stamps, packaging, and stationery. Post offices also offer additional services. These include providing and accepting government forms (such as passport applications), and processing government services and fees (such as road tax, postal savings, or bank fees etc.).

In India, post offices are found in almost every village having panchayat (a "village council"), towns, cities, and throughout the geographical area of India. India's postal system changed its name to India Post after the advent of private courier companies in the 1990s. It is run by the Indian government's Department of Posts. India Post accepts and delivers letters, postcards, parcels, postal stamps, and money orders (money transfers). Many post offices in India offer speed post (fast delivery) and payments or bank savings services.

Above all the Post office is a place from where the ‘philately’ starts… For a philatelist, it is a very important place as well as for a common man. Many of the General Post Office, Head Post Offices and Sub Post Offices are now the heritage buildings of India with exquisite designs of architecture.

The book, 'The Post Office Buildings of India" by Sushil Mehra and K. Chaitanya Dev is  a wonderful book featuring several post office buildings located in different parts of India. Some of them are heritage buildings. It gives special mention of ‘The Post Office’ stamp issued by India Post in 2008 which features a scene from a play ’The Post Office” by Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore's 1912 play, 'The Post Office', about Amal, an eight-year-old boy who is terminally ill confined indoors by the family physician. His only contact with the outside world is through his window. Amal notices the village post office. He fantasizes about receiving a letter from the king or being a postman.



There are two special articles in the book “Postal Circles and Postal Buildings’ by Dr. Charles Lobo, Member (Operations) Postal Services Board (Retd.) and ‘Lake Bridge Post Office’, Nainital by noted philatelist Mr Abhai Mishra. The book features the magnificent buildings of GPO and HPO Buildings and other important post office buildings of all the Postal Circles of India through Postage stamps, First Day Covers, Special Covers, Self-Designed Covers and Post Cards. Special Chapters have been given to Army Postal Circle, Antarctica and Universal Postal Union. In the last chapter, the book gives the statistics of Post offices in India state wise.

The design and layout of the book is excellent.  The book is an asset for every philatelist and stamp lover as the book features several pictures of the Post office buildings where they often visited or had seen during their visit to that place or city. The book gives a great idea for the philatelists to develop a wonderful exhibit on the theme of ‘Post offices’ as lot of philatelic material is available on this theme. I recommend this book to people from all walks of life. They will find it very interesting and informative.

 About the authors

- Jeevan Jyoti

06 May 2024

Club News


Rainbow Stamp News May 2024

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release May 2024 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available at the following link :

25 April 2024

25 April - World Malaria Day


25 April 2024: World Malaria Day: Bengaluru

Issued by Karnataka Postal Circle 

- Praveen Shastry, Bangalore

My Recent Cover

16 April 2024 : Ram Navami : Pryagraj

Many Thanks to Mr. Rahul Ganguli, Prayag Philatelic Society!

22 April 2024

New stamps from India Post


Bhagwan Mahaveer 2550 Nirvan Kalyanak

Date of Issue :  21 April 2024

Stamp released on Mahatma Hansraj 

Mahatma Hansraj

Date of Issue : 20 April 2024

Source : EIPA

20 April 2024

Club News


News from Ludhiana Philatelic Club


A national award-winning exhibit on “Renewable Sources of Energy” was inaugurated by Dr Manjeet Singh, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, in the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The exhibit is gifted by the family of the late Mr. S. C. Jain, a renowned philatelist of Ludhiana Philatelic Club. The exhibit shows different aspects of renewable energy sources, using postage stamps issued by different countries from all over the world.

In his remarks, Dr Singh said that stamps can serve as educational tools to raise awareness about renewable energy sources and their importance in mitigating climate change. Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Head of the department, said that stamps serve as a unique medium for promoting awareness and appreciation of clean energy initiatives and their importance in addressing environmental challenges. Dr. SK Sondhi, former Dean of the College and founder President of the Ludhiana Philatelic Club, said that by incorporating philately into renewable energy education, educators can inspire students' curiosity, deepen their understanding of renewable energy concepts, and foster a sense of global citizenship and environmental stewardship. 

Further, Dr SD Khepar, former Dean and National Professor of the COAE added that by integrating the passion of stamp collecting with the vital realm of renewable energy education, educators possess a unique opportunity to ignite students' inquisitiveness and enrich their comprehension of renewable energy principles. This fusion not only cultivates a profound understanding of sustainable energy sources but also nurtures a profound sense of global interconnectedness and responsibility towards our planet, he observed. Dr Rakesh Sharda, Project Coordinator, CIPHET and Mr. Mukesh Malhotra, Mr. Yash Pal Chhabra, Mr. Vivek Nayyar, and Mr. Gursagar Singh from Ludhiana Philatelic Club were also present.

- Dr SK Sondhi, Ludhiana

New Cancellations and Special Covers

18 April 2024: World Heritage Day : Bengaluru

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation : Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru

-Praveen Shastry, Bangalore

New Special Covers

10 April 2024 : Silver Jubilee - DAV Public School :Basundhara : Sundargrh, Odisha

Source : EIPA

Pradip Jain- Patna

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