27 December 2009
At award ceremony - 20 December 2009
25 December 2009
23 December 2009
Hi ! After Vadodara, I am in Silvassa now. It's small beautiful capital city of Dadra Nagar Havelli. Yesterday I had seen its marvellous Portuuguese Church and was thrilled to see its wonderful decoration for Christmas...But memories of Vadodara are always around me...What a great time I had there...Besides the great show I met a large number of philatelists from different parts of the country..I knew most of them by name and many of them are subscribers of my newsletter but it was a great moment to meet them all in person...I especially remember my all friends & great philatelists of Ahmedabad......Mr Shrikant Parikh, Mr Dhanjay Desai, Mr Praful Thakkar,Mr Ilias Patel,Mayank Kathiara,Mr Prakash Jambudi....How nice to meet them all in person with whom I communicate through email every day...But I missed one person to meet Mr Varad Dhaky ! .......Well some new person I met Ms Mayuri a very enthusiast philatelist of Ahmedabad....There was the biggest group from Orissa which also got the maximum highest awards at the exhibition...I was thrilled to meet them all as I had spent a long time in Bhubaneshwar..It was great to Mr Mr Anil Dhir and got a chance to see his wonderful collection of Mourning Covers " Edged in Black".....It was nice to meet Mr Venkat Rao,Mr Pradip Mohanty (Cuttack) ,Mr Anup Rout, Mr SS Rath ( Bhubaneshwar),Mr Shakil Ahmed (cuttack),Bibhudatta Mishra and many more .....Well some great philatelists from West Bengal..Shri Dipok Dey,Sekhar Chakraborty, Souvik Roy & Mr Moloy Sarkar, Mr Madhukar Deogaonkar...I have a great association with philatelists of West Bengal. So it was great to meet them in person..I was so happy to meet Mr Dipok Dey......the only person I know since my school days....After West Bengal It was a great pleasure to meet philatelists from Chennai of South India Philatelists Association of which I am a life member....It was really nice to meet Mr C G Bhaskar, Mr Bal Krishna Das, Mr Nelson and some more.... A young philatelist Mr Roshan Prasad from Sikkim...I remember him very well.....From Rajasthan..It was nice meeting with Mr Rajesh Paharia...From Bihar...Mr Pradip Jain, Mr Pradeep Kumar Mullick & Mr Pradeep Kumar Agarwal...From MP I met Mr Hemant Kumar Jain....Well from Chattisharh...Mr Naresh Agarwal, Mr Atul Jain and Mr CR Andhare.... From Chhattisigarh, Col Suresh Bagga & Mr Rakesh Walia...Many more names are to be mentioned whom I remember Mr Arvind Mullick from Jabalpur (MP), Mrs Damyanti Pittie, Mr Ajay Kumar Mittal.....Well last but not the least philatelists from my hometown, Kanpur, Mr Arun Agarwal & Mr Shafiq Khan....It was like meeting family members as I know both of these persons since the time I was in school in 80's....Last but not the least I must mention the name of Mr Deepak Modi, the creator of Mobile Philately in India...whom I met when I was leaving the venue...so nice to meet him...Now some more names coming to my mind Mr Umesh Kekkadi, Mr Satish Mishra,Mr & Mrs Madhukar Jhingan, Rajesh Verma, Mr Abhai Mishra, Mr Vinod Sabhawal, Mr Dinesh Chandra Sharma, Saumitra from Dehradun and many more .....these are unforgettable memories for me....Well at last....how can I forget Mr Prashant Pandya & Mr Timir Shah and all their family members.....It was a short meeting with them as these persons were most busy, being organizers.....but I know Mr Pandya & Mr Timir Shah who put their more thant 100% to make this show successful....It is a great achievement of Baroda Philatelic Society....Above all Stampmania was a great platform for all philatelists to meet and exchange their views....It was a memorable event for me which I would never forget....This is all from this beautiful city Silvassa...I shall be leaving today for Kanpur & Lucknow ......I will write more from there...Till then Have a Nice Time !!
21 December 2009
Persons behind the great show...
19 December 2009
18 December 2009
Mr Naresh Agarwal,Bilaspur (CG) & Mr Satish Mishra, Bareilly
My son, Shikhar
16 December 2009
Hi ! I am just leaving for Vadodara to attend the great stamp show...but before leaving I want to share this nice cover which I received today from my friend Jan Strnad of Brno, Czech Republic. Thanks Jan, for this nice cover ...I will send you a nice cover from India after my return...It will be a bit delayed....As philatelists from different parts of the country will be meeting at STAMPMANIA 2009. I will try to send updates of the exhibition ... Best wishes to all participants !....This is all for today....Till Next Post .....Have a Nice Time !.....
14 December 2009
Hi ! Christmas celebrations have started. Many beautiful stamps are being issued by several postal administrations to mark this festival. I have just received a lovely Christmas cover from Latvia sent by my friend E N Limansky . Thanks a lot Limansky for this beautiful cover. It’s cancellation with a decorated Christmas tree is wonderful ! The other stamps of this series are also shown here. See some more stamps on Christmas recently issued by Portugal, Aland & Romania ! This is all for Today….Till Next Post …Have a Nice Time !!
Thanks to E N Limansky, Riga – Latvia
Date of Issue – 27 November 2009
These Lativian Christmas stamp designs are based around the traditional Christmas tree.
Christmas Stamps from Portugal
These stamps highlight 2009 Christmas by offering the possibility to add a more personal touch to the Season's Greetings which families and organizations usually exchange around Christmas.
2009 Christmas stamps from Romania
These stamps feature the icon of the Nativity Church of the Annunciation - St. Anthony the Great - "Old Court" - Bucharest.
Christmas Stamps from Aland
Date of Issue – 9 October 2009