14 January 2021

Buddhism on stamps


Book-Review


 Buddhism on Stamps 

-By M. Lokeshwara Rao


Buddhism on Stamps by M.Lokeshwara Rao IFS Retd. : ISBN Number : 978-93-5426-644-7 : Published by : M.Lokeshwara Rao : Pages : 286 : Price : 2500 ( For India price Rs 2250 inclusive of Registered parcel) : Paper Back : Size A4 :  Available with Shri M.Lokeshwara Rao No. 1 Central Excise Layout, 4th Cross, 8th Main, Vijaya Nagar, Bengaluru -560 040, India : email : madidajul@gmail.com Mob : 9436215175 : Whatsapp +91 9436215175

"Buddhism on Stamps" is an exclusive book by Shri M. Lokeshwara Rao. Buddhism is one of the largest religions with millions of followers in different parts of the world. It is also a popular theme for the philatelists and many have formed excellent exhibits on this theme. The book tells the story Gautam Buddha through different kinds of philatelic items. It focuses on several types of philatelic items related to Buddhism theme such as stamps, First Day Covers, souvenir sheets, maxim cards, miniature sheets, 3 D stamps, Gutters, se-tenants, postcards, Covers, stamp booklets, postal stationery. telegrams, errors, varieties, proofs and many other philatelic items from different parts of the world that are part of thematic philately today. The best part of the book is that narration of Buddhism theme is very good through philatelic description of several types of philatelic items. Thematic philatelists would like it very much and learn as to how one can use a variety of items in one's chosen theme with study and  minute observation of philatelic material.




It has 22 Chapters on the Buddhism theme.  Each chapter has been explained well with the help of stamps and other philatelic material. The book covers each and every aspect of Buddhism like Buddhist festivals, musical instruments of Buddhism, Borobudur Ship Expedition, Buddhist sacred places of the world, Buddhism and World Peace besides the main chapters of Buddhism Jatak Kathas,Birth of Buddha, Twelve deeds of Buddha,Symbols of Buddhism, Monasteries, Teachings of Buddha  Buddhist Mudras and other important chapters.. This book is based on thorough research of the author in finding out a variety of philatelic items related to  Buddhism theme. The design, printing quality, and layout of the book is excellent. The book shows more than 1100 philatelic materials in color with their detailed description.



This book will be very useful for all philatelists and Thematic collectors as well as for academicians, students, researchers, followers of Buddhism, and for every book lover. I recommend this book for the libraries of schools, colleges, and research centers as well as for philatelic libraries of the philatelic societies for the benefit of philatelists and thematic collectors. It is also a very good Coffee Table Book for everyone who loves reading.




About the author

Shri M. Lokeshwara Rao belongs to 1983 batch of Indian Forest Service and retired as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force in Nagaland. His hobbies are painting and philately. He has displayed his paintings on Buddha in Bangalore, New Delhi, and other parts of the country. He has won several awards at National and International Philatelic Exhibitions for his exhibit on Buddhism. Recently he received Large Silver Medal at PHILAVIRTU 2020, Pune, First National Virtual Philatelic Exhibition with international participation and Large Silver in Sydney Stamp and Coin Show 2019. Besides these prestigious awards he also particpated in INPEX 2017,INPEX 2019 Mumbai, Rocky Mountain Stamp Show, Denver, Colarado,USA, International Philatelic Exhibition Macau, China in 2018 and Canberra, Australia. He also won awards for his exhibit on Orchids. He has written different research papers and also authored the book  "Biodiversity of World" based on Philately and Conservation through Forest Conservation Act". He has worked on various projects in Forest Development agencies, Green India Mission, Wildlife Habitat Project, and species recovery programme of Amur Falcon. He received the Biodiversity award, Tiger land Film Festival for his work on Amur Falcon. He may be contacted at email : 
madidajul@gmail.com  Whatsapp : 9436215175



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