01 June 2023

Book Review : Make it Big : Inspirational and Motivational Stories of Achievers and Influencers

 Book Review

Make it Big

Inspirational and Motivational Stories of Achievers and Influencers

Conceptualized and Edited by N. Kalyani

Make it Big - Inspirational and Motivational Stories of Achievers and Influencers: Conceptualised and edited by N. Kalyani : Pages: 140 : Type: Paperback: Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan : First Edition 2023 : Available at Flipkart , Amazon and Prabhat Books  as well as with the author. The author may be contacted at email: kolu_poorni@yahoo.com  WhatsApp :  98112 08279

Make it Big is a compilation of 15 inspirational stories of achievers, revealed by themselves who have excelled in their fields because of the burning flame inside them and deep instinct of quest for a particular field which they pursued in life against all odds. These are the stories of persons from different fields and their extraordinary achievements because of their passion and perseverance and their life choices.

They are the persons who have chosen a path that was uncommon, new, challenging, and daring. It could give them fame or absolutely nothing. Sometimes it is very difficult for a young person to make a choice among many options available around them what he or she really wants to do because of the pressure of the parents, family liabilities, social pressure and many more … When we go through these stories we learn that every person has the unlimited capability of doing and achieving something new and different in life but usually, we do not have the courage to do so in life.

These are the stories of persons who took bold steps and chose unexplored paths to walk …. Their stories, of course, have become trendsetters. Their journey tells us how a common person can reach the zenith of success by pursuing the field of his / her interest in a particular field with passion and perseverance !

These are the stories of enjoying what one does and doing what one enjoys. Of loving what one does, and doing what one loves.   Their journey will inspire and motivate you to make a fresh start in life at any age and achieve what you never dreamt of in life !


From these stories, we may infer that each one of us has an unlimited potential to do something new, innovative, and offbeat ! And the sky is the limit when it comes to achievement and excellence.  But due to peer pressure, most of us are often unable to have the courage to do something different from others !

Each of the fifteen chapters in this book features one of the fifteen persons who made their life very special by achieving unimaginable success and becoming pioneers in their field. Each chapter gives a brief introduction of the person. And then follows the story that the person has written for this book. These persons are from organic farming, nature science, travel, adventure, architecture, the field of hospitality, economics, Wildlife, teaching, performing arts, and many more.

In these stories there is a stamp designer too about whom I wish to Special mention, Mr Suresh Kumar who has designed numerous postage stamps for India Post. Besides designing stamps, which makes for miniature art, he has also designed postal stationery and postmarks. He is a wildlife enthusiast and is also into wildlife photography.

As I lived for five years on the campus of the Wildlife Institute of India, had also heard about Dr AJT Johnsingh and was thrilled to read more details about him in this book…. Dr AJT Johnsingh, His passion for nature and wildlife, right from his childhood, saw Dr AJT Johnsingh making this his profession. he served as faculty at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun for twenty years till 2005 when he retired as the dean, Faculty of Wildlife Sciences. He has the credit of walking the biodiversity-rich Western Ghats on foot. His travels into various wildlife areas, over the years, have been translated into books authored by him. A dedicated conservationist, he has actively pursued his passion post-retirement too. He is currently based in Bengaluru, and is associated with WWF-India, Nature Conservation Foundation, and The Corbett Foundation. 

There are 13 other persons whose stories are equally inspiring for everyone, This book conceptualized and  edited by N. Kalyani is a very inspirational and motivational book for persons of all age groups. The youngsters must read this book and take inspiration to do something different in life what they actually want to do but do not have confidence to pursue . All field in life is not fully explored …there is a lot to explore and have new experience !... The stories may inspire and motivate you in choosing a career, opting for a profession, and most important will help you to listen to your inner call about what you really want to do irrespective of what others ask you to do ! And you could very well be on your way to becoming an achiever and influencer yourself one day ! No one knows someone will be writing someday about you too ….

 - Jeevan Jyoti

31 May 2023

New stamp from India


Parliament complex

Date of Issue : 28 May 2023

New Pictorial Cancellations

31May 2023 :  World No Tobacco Day

22 May 2023: International Day for Biological Diversity

13 May 2023 : International Museum Day 

Image courtesy - MB Stamps , Praveen Shastry- Bangalore

New Meghdoot Post Card

New Meghdoot postcard issued on 175 years of Petit Seminari Higher Secondary School, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Pondicherry.

- Praveen Shastry, Bangalore

Special Commemorative cover from Sri Lanka

 Seethai Amman Temple, Nuwara Eliya

Commemorative Cover with Personalized stamp issued on 23.04.2023 for Seethai Amman Temple at Nuwara Eliya.

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Gunawardena, accompanied by the High Commissioner of India and other dignitaries, issued a Special Commemorative Cover for the Seethai Amman Temple in Seetha Eliya, Nuwara Eliya.

They also laid the foundation stone for a Meditation Centre at the Temple, which is believed to signify the place of Ashok Vatika in the epic Ramayana. Furthermore, the Meditation Centre will add to the facilities at the Temple and help attract more tourists from India and other places to Nuwara Eliya.

The Seetha Amman Temple is a Hindu temple located approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from Hakgala Botanical Garden and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Nuwara Eliya. The temple is located in the village of Seetha Eliya (also known as Sita Eliya). This place is believed to be the site where Sita was held captive by the rakshasa king Ravana, and where she prayed daily for her husband Rama to come and rescue her in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions that are regarded to be the footprints of Hanuman.

Text Source: newswire.lk and Wikipedia

-Kasinath R.

28 May 2023

Indian Winners at IBRA 2023


Heartiest Congratulations to all winners!

R.1->1. Madhukar Deogawanka 2. Kishore Chandak 3 Praggya Kothari 4.Pradip Jain 5. Lallan Singh 6. Madhukar Jhingan
R.2->1. Piyush Khaitan2.Adka Jagruthi 3. Vijay Wadhwa 4. Dr.Anjali Dutta 5.  6.Aditya Asthana 7. Sushil Mehra 
R.3-> 1. Anil Suri 2. Sri Devi N. 3.M. Lokeswara Rao 4. Savita Jhingan 5. Dr.Ritu Kalra 6.Rakesh Walia

Indian Winners at IBRA 2023


Chandak, Kishor - Handstruck Postage Stamps of India

Anil Suri - Fiscals of Cochin 


Jain, Pragya - Study of the First Issues of India


Jain, Pradeep - King George V issues of India


Singh, Lallan - How’s and Why’s of Birds

Deogawanka, Madhukar - Indian Stamp Booklets

Deogawanka Madhukar - Indian Stamp Booklets - Lit

Santhosh MS - Elephant Whisperer

Ramachandran Madhav - British India Victorian Issues


Jhingan Madhukar - The Indian Aerogrammes

Khaitan Piyush - Rocket Mail Experiments of Stephen Smith

Adka Jagruthi - Olympics - youth

Chandak Kishor - Encyclopaedia of Early Indian Cancellation - Lit

Gautam Rohatagi - Ikanni Tales - Lit


Wadhwa Vijay - Bird Life on Stamps - Lit

Wadhwa Vijay - The Beak - Lit

Dutta Anjali - Fiscals of Gwalior

Sharma Dinesh -  Advertising Post Cards of India

Asthana Aditya - Calcutta Security Printers

Mehra Sushil - Jai Hind - Lit


Suri Anil - Hundi Stamp Papers of Indian Kiingdom - Lit

Sridevi N - Musical Instruments

Madiraju Lokeswara Rao - Himalayan Birds on Stamps- Lit

Jhingan Savita - Cutouts used as Adhesives - Lit

Mehra Sushil - Moving the Mails

Basu Subhabrata - India Post in 21st Century

Madiraju Lokeswara Rao - Buddhism on Stamps - Lit


Kalra Ritu - Philatelic Paradise - Lit


Walia Rakeah - Stamp Collecting for Beginners - Lit

The Roll of Distinguished Philatelist

Mr Pradip Jain has been honoured with the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP) in Germany.

The Roll of Distinguished Philatelist is the highest and most prestigious honour in philately and is also the world’s oldest Philatelic honour. It recognises achievement, research, publication and service in many areas of philately. The Roll was launched by King George V  in 1919, who was himself an ardent philatelist. D N Jatia in 1983, and Brigadier D. S. Virk. in 1993 are other Indians who signed the 'Roll' earlier. This year’s signing ceremony was on 26th May 2023 at Essen, Germany, during  IBRA 2023, International Philatelic Exhibition. 

25 May 2023

New Philatelic Souvenirs


Gujarat Postal Circle has issued different Philatelic Souvenirs Mugs T-shirts and Picture Postcards.


T - shirts on wildlife for Rs. 300/-
Size S, L and XL size are available

Stamp images printed on 50 p PC . ₹ 30/- per set 

Picture Postcards

Set of 4 printed PC ₹ 100/- set

New Postal Stationery

 Megdoot Post Card 

- Timir Shah, Vadodara

17 May 2023



Those who wish to send their entries for Bangladesh 2023 FIP Sponsored National Exhibition with International Participation are requested to send this application form and email it to Mr Raunak Dutta  along with Introduction Page and Synopsis - 

Please note that all the entries will be subjected to final clearance from PCI hence please fill correct information. 

-Raunak Dutta, National Commissioner for Bangladesh 2023.

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