27 December 2011

Glimpses of Indian Autographs..

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Glimpses of Indian Autographs by Praful Thakkar

On the inaugural day of GUJPEX 2011, on  23rd December , a  book written by our member and noted philatelist of Ahmedabad Mr Praful Thakkar,  "Glimpses of Indian Autographs" was released by H E the Governor of Gujarat Dr Kamla Beniwal. It is a wonderful book for the lovers of Autograph collectors. The book also gives a special section on ‘Association of Philately with the Autographs’.  A special chapter is added in the book which depicts the Autographs in the design of Indian Postal Stamps. Another chapter depicts original autographs, on the First Day Covers, of personalities, related or associated with celebrities whose stamps are issued.

 image_thumb[2] Praful Thakkar is Limca Book Record Holder in 2009 for Autographs & Canteen Tokens and  is a collector of autographs, stamps, First Day Covers (FDCs), coins, medals, tokens, badges , badge plates etc. and many more collectibles of India since last more than 45 years. He has written several books on these subjects of Hobbies.

For numismatic collectors, he has authored Collector's Guide to Indian Canteen Tokens, Collector's Guide to Membership Badges of Turf & Race Clubs of India, Collector's Guide to Chronologies of Sultans, Rulers & Colonial Heads of India and Chapras: Collector's Guide to Belt Buckles, Badges and Badge Plates of India.

For philatelic collectors, he has written Collector's Guide to Covers & Folders of India 1947-1964 - Official & Private. Through this book, he has tried to give a dimension to Philatelic facet of early classic period by cataloging Official FDCs, Private FDCs and Folders of this time.

His three websites a) Indian Autograph Gallery b) World Autograph Gallery and c)Indian Numismatics have made landmarks in their respective hobby fields of Numismatics and Autograph collection as they present rich Indian heritage.

He developed the hobby of collecting Art, Autographs and Numismatic objects in his own way. He believes that hobbies are ‘Pleasure for you & Treasure for Family’ and a way to 'Share the Knowledge & Spread the Knowledge'. In true spirit of practicing his life's motto, he has created the websites and written books that will be helpful for aspiring hobbyists.

Mr Praful Thakkar may be contacted at email :  pkthakkar@yahoo.com 

Book release by H E the Governor of Gujarat

"Glimpses of Indian Autographs" released by H E the Governor of Gujarat Dr Kamla Beniwal on the inaugrual day of GUJPEX 2011

Glimpses of Indian Autographs

1. This is a book that gives glimpses of the autographs of eminent Indian personalities of various fields. The book contains around 600 autographs in 8 major groups which are further divided in 42 different categories. In each category about 13 autographs, along with the photographs of the celebrities, are presented. The effort in the book is made to project glimpses of different themes under which autograph collection can be made..


2. Here one can find the autographs and photographs of Indian personalities classified thematically. This means that the autographs of Presidents & Prime Ministers of India, Indian National Leaders & Freedom Fighters, Recipients of Bharat Ratna, Magsaysay & Dada Saheb Phalke awards, Governors & Chief Ministers of different Indian States, Saints & Spiritual Masters, Indian Film Stars & Personalities, Indian Cricket Captains & Cricketers, Indian Music Maestros, Indian Painter-Artists, Indian Nobel Laureates, Indian Miss Universe / World, Indian Businessmen / Industrialists, Rulers of Indian Princely States etc. are presented here subject wise.

4. A special feature in this book is an effort to associate Philately with the autographs. A special chapter is added which depicts the Autographs in the design of Indian Postal Stamps. Another chapter depicts original autographs, on the First Day Covers, of personalities, related or associated with celebrities whose stamps are issued.

5. A very interesting feature of the book is to present some autographs of Indian Princely Rulers. In India more than 580 Princely States were there. They were ruled by the Kings. The States had their own Coat-of-Arms as their Royal Symbols. Here in this book an effort is made to put some Rulers’ autographs along with their Royal Coat-of-Arms. This will reflect one facet of our Indian history.

6. Another interesting feature is of ‘Art in Autographs’. In this category one can find autographs of personalities who give their autographs with some artistic touch. Similarly, in the category of autographs of ‘Painters & Artists’ one can see the small painting done by famous Painters while giving their autographs.

7. In a special and separate category of ‘Autograph variety of same celebrity’, different autographs of the celebrity, in different styles and in the same language or different languages, are given.

9. This book is meant to project the autographs of Indian celebrities. However, as an exception, one chapter is added for the foreign personalities who are very much known to the people of India.

10 In this era of Internet, chapter of Useful Links and books will be useful to all collectors and readers. Here URLs of some interesting websites created by individuals/organizations and names and addresses of some useful books are given. The collectors may make appropriate use of this information.

11. At the end, an alphabetically arranged Index with basic details and information about the celebrity is given. This will help the reader not only to find the location of a particular autograph but also provide some useful information about the celebrity. Thus this chapter of Index is highly educative and informative. The information shown here mainly presents the achievements, awards and honors received by respective celebrities.

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More information about  "Glimpses of Indian Autographs" can be viewed on the Home Page of www.indianautographs.com

Video clipping of the book release can be viewed on You tube on following URL.


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In an innovative gesture the Department of Posts had brought out India Post year 2010 calendar on the set of its highly popular 'Dasavatar' stamps based  on Jayadev's 12th century epic 'Geetagovinda'. The Calendar was widely appreciated and carried favorable media coverage. Enthused with the response, Department of Posts next year followed with the Calendar on the theme of ‘Buddha’.Taking this initiative forward Department of Posts has now released India Post 2012 Calendar based on the theme of sculptural heritage of India.

: Deepak Modi

UPHILEX – 2011

Mr Ashwani Dubey of Gorakhpur shares here a copy of letter to CPMG, UP regarding unsatisfactory results of UPHILEX 2011. A certificate received by him on which whitener is used to correct the name. The participant should have been given a new certificate with correct name .



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The certificate received by Ashwani Dubey at UPHILEX 2011. The name has been corrected with whitener.

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1 comment:

roshan said...

It is really sad to see the injustice to one of our philatelic friend.It is highly disappointing that even though he had won a medal,the same was not awarded to him even the certificate is having errors which was corrected later on, what does it indicates .The credit of the organizers and the jury is on trial and request THEM to kindly look in to this matter seriously , so that in future philatelist should not demand for a DAK-LOKPAL.

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