31 July 2010

New Special Cover..



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Hi ! Here is the special cover released on Baton’s Relay at Srinagar on 29 June 2010. As I wrote earlier the cancellation is same for all covers but the design of the cover is different for different places.My thanks to Mr Sreejesh Krishnan of Trivandrum for today’s Post ! This is all for this evening …..Till Next Post …..Have a Happy Time !

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Queen’s Baton Relay – Srinagar – 29 June 2010

30 July 2010

Musical Post Offices…Part II




 Musical Post Offices 

 Exhibit by Cdr. G. Sriramarao - Vishakhapatnam

e-mail : sriramarao@gmail.com

Post Offices with the musical names…

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Hi ! Here is a wonderful collection of our distinguished reader Cdr. G Sri Ramarao of Vishakhapatnam. It is a unique  collection of covers with cancellations from Post offices having musical names. It is a novel idea of Cdr G. Sri Ramaroa who is also a great music lover. His love for music & philately has come up with an excellent collection which will be delighted by both music lovers & philatelists.  The collection is a blend of melody and  philately…..In my opinion it might be only collection in the world with the specific collection of special covers with cancellations from musical Post offices as it is not easy to collect covers from all over the world  with  Post offices having name related with music. I highly appreciate the excellent choice of the subject of Cdr. Sri Ramarao and find it best suitable for one frame exhibit ! I wish to share this wonderful collection with all of you. Due to technical problem, complete album of Musical Post offices could not be included in this Post. I will try to publish in next Post…… This is all for Today…..Till Next Post…..Have a Nice Time !


- A specialized exhibit of covers with cancellation from Post offices with musical names by Cdr. G Sri Ramarao,I.N,(Retd.),Vishakhapatnam


The discovery of a post office named ‘MOZART’ (The famous musician) in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada and another named ‘TOSCA’ in the Northern Cape sparked off the idea for this collection of “MUSICAL POST OFFICES’ namely post office cancellations which could be linked to a published musical work through the title of the work of the composer. There are in total 80 special covers collected mostly in 1981 and each of these covers have the title of the musical score same as the name of the post office.

Each envelope bears an excerpt from the musical work and this matches with the cancellation of the post office. Where ever possible, a stamp having to do with music is used on the envelope, and in every case the stamp is the one issued by he country in which the post office is located.

Some examples

Name of the Musical work                                          Name of the post office

(with notation) on the envelope                                   cancellation

Presto                                     -               Presto(penna)

Tosca                                      -               Tosca (Republic of South Africa)

Bridge of Avignon                    -               Avignon(France)

Swan Lake                               -               Swan Lake(Idaho)

Tulips of Amsterdam                -               Amsterdam(Netherlands)

O Little town of Bethelham      -               Bethelham(Israel)

Mozart                                     -               Mozart(Canada)

Grand March by Verdi               -                Verdi(Minnesota)

Chicago                                    -               Chicago(Illinois)

These are in total 80 envelopes with postal cancellations of post offices in various countries.

Some post masters in replying to the request for the official cancellation, also provided information regarding the naming of the town(post office) where such information is given it is shown in the relevant page. The post masters were kind enough to take personal interest to provide excellent and clear cancellations on the envelopes and musical scores.

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Musical Post Office 6

Musical Post Office 6


Musical Post Office 8

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Cdr G.Sri Ramarao may be contacted at e - mail : sriramarao@gmail.com

29 July 2010

Special Covers on Baton Relay…


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Dehradun – 6 July 2010

Hi ! Here are some new sp covers released at different places on Baton Relay. My thanks to Mr Abhai Mishra of Dehradun & Mr Ashwani Dubey of Gorakhpur who sent info about these covers.



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Patna – 14 July 2010



Guwhati – 20 July 2010

Save the Forests..

Hi ! I am back to my Blog after vacations. Here is a wonderful cover from Malaysia issued on threatened habitats.Rain forests,wetlands such as rivers and other wildlife habitats are crucial for the survival of thousands of creatures living on earth.Forests are known as the lungs of the planet. So it’s the responsibility of all to save the Forests ! My sincere thanks to Mr. Srini Thevarayan of Klang, Malaysia who sent me this nice cover related with one of my favourite themes. Unfortunately one stamp from the cover got removed on its way to India….During my visit I also visited Kanpur Philatelic Bureau and was disheartened to know that recent stamps and Miniature sheets issued by India Post have not arrived there so far. This is the condition in most of the Philatelic Bureaus of India which is very disappointing for the philatelists. This is all for Today….Till Next Post….Have a Nice Time !

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Threatened Habitats

Date of Issue –15 July 2010

New Special Covers

Mr Sreejesh Krishnan has sent info about a new special cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle on 21 June 2010.

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Golden Jubilee of BP Indian Public School, Bangalore

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Club News

Stamp Bazar

West Delhi Philatelic Society is holding Stamp Bazaar on 25-26 Sept 2010 (Saturday & Sunday) in Delhi. For more details contact Mr Vinod Sabharwal e-mail : vksabharwal@gmail.com

Venue :

Ambedkar Bhawan

Rani Jhansi Road,

Opp. Bapu Smaj Sewa Kendra

New Delhi-110055

Timming:-9.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.

17 July 2010

Stamps on Irish Fashion Designers

Date of Issue – 15 July 2010

Hi Here are some recent exclusive stamps from Ireland on Famous Irish Fashion Designers who are Internationally known for their exquisite designs. Six exquisite designs feature exquisite designs by the designers. The stamps are really nice on a new theme. Now stamps can be collected on fashion designs too. A novel idea for stamp collectors.

I also want to inform my readers that I may not be able to post on Blog for next few days as I will be on vacation. But I will try to update my blog with new info… whenever I get time… My thanks to Mr Prashant Pandya for Today’s Post… This is all for this Evening ….I will be back soon……Till next Post …..Have a Nice Time !

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On the 15 July 2010 An Post issued 6 new stamps on Irish Fashion Designers.

Irish Fashion Designers

Some of the best designers in the world come not from Paris, New York, London or Milan Ireland is also blessed with several of the most talented and brightest minds in international couture.

They work under their own name. They have their own labels. They hold both a national and an international reputation for the excellence of their work. They are:

Paul Costelloe

Born in Dublin, the youngest of seven children, his father ran a successful rainwear business. After working in Paris, Italy and New York, he set up his own independent fashion label in Dublin in 1979. He hit worldwide fame when Princes Diana began wearing his clothes. He shows his collections twice a year at London Fashion Week.

Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy has won worldwide acclaim for her exquisitely tailored suits and opulent eveningwear for women. Her name is synonymous with modern sophistication, elegant design and luxurious fabrics. In 1990, President Mary Robinson donned one of her creations for her inauguration.

Lainey Keogh

Lainey Keogh is a Dublin-based fashion designer who began knitting in1984. Her cashmere pieces for men, women and children have continued to be sought after internationally ever since supermodels Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen wore Keogh’s designs at her groundbreaking 1997 London catwalk debut.

John Rocha

John Rocha is a Hong Kong born; Irish based designer best known for his distinctive style experimenting with fabric and technique. As well as making a name for himself as a world-class designer for both men and women, he has since expanded his portfolio to include work in interiors, architecture, crystal and jewellery.

Philip Treacy

Long before the iconic milliner studied in NCAD and The Royal College of Art, Philip Treacy started sewing aged five, after falling in love with the clothing he saw at the weddings in his village in Galway. He would go on to create the hat worn by the Duchess of Cornwall on the day of her wedding to Prince Charles in 2005. Among his many A-list followers are Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely’s style is one immersed in colour, pattern, graphic control and texture. Born in Ireland, she is now based in London, where she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1993. Shops bearing her name opened in London and Tokyo in 2002 after she was named Best Accessory Designer at the British Style Awards two years earlier.

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15 July 2010

Stamps from Bangladesh Part II …



Independence & National Day 2010 (Miniature Sheet)

Date of Issue : 26 March 2010  

Hi ! Here is the second part of stamps from Bangladesh. My sincere thanks to Prof Kazi Shariful Alam of Dhaka for today’s Post… All these stamps have been issued this year.This is for all for Today….Till Next Post …Have a Nice Time !



2010 ICC World Twenty 20

Date of Issue : 22 April 2010  



12 Years of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University 2010  (Souvenir Sheet)

Date of Issue : 2 May 2010 



National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair 2010

Date of Issue : 1 June 2010  

Forthcoming Issues


Celebrating 400 Years of Capital Dhaka

To be  issued on : 16 June 2010  


Celebrating 50 Years of ICDDR'B

To be issued on: 20 June 2010  

14 July 2010

Stamps from Bangladesh…

8th National Scout Jamboree 2010

Date of Issue : 16 January 2010

Hi ! Here are some magnificent stamps issued by Bangladesh this year. These stamps cover a variety of themes. My thanks to Prof . Kazi Shariful Alam of Dhaka who sent info about these stamps. It is a great pleasure to write about the stamps of our neighboring country. All the stamps are wonderful ! Thanks Prof Alam. ! I am publishing these stamps in two parts. This is all for this evening….Till Next Post….Have a Nice Time !


Roses - Cultivated Varieties in Bangladesh

Date of Issue : 11 February 2010


Inauguration of International Mother Language Institute

Date of Issue : 21 February 2010


International Women's Day 2010

Date of Issue : 8 March 2010


National Children's Day 2010 (Souvenir Sheet)

Date of Issue : 17 March 2010

Permanent Pictorial Cancellations





Hi ! Here are two permanent cancellations being given at Ahmedabad 1. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 2. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. My thanks to Mr Vijay Modi of Himmatnagar, Gujrat who sent info about these cancellations. I have written about other permanent pictorial cancellations of Ahmedabad in my earlier posts. A number of permanent pictorial Cancellations are being given at different post offices of India.These could be included in various themes or a wonderful collection of these cancellations can be prepared.This is all for Today….Till Next Post…Have a nice Time !



Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad


Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

13 July 2010

New Special Cover..




Kumaripex 2010 – 9 July 2010 

Hi! Here is a new special cover released by  Tamil Nadu Circle. Mr Sreejesh Krishnan from Trivandrum  has sent info about this cover. It was  issued  on Kamaraj with the message of Education to all on the occasion of KUMARIPEX 2010 - Numismatic Exhibition arranged by Kanyakumari District Philatelic & Numismatic Association, Nagercoil on 09-07-2010. A special cover  on Queen’s Baton Relay was issued at Lucknow  recently. Mr Ashwani Dubey of Gorakhpur has sent some pics of the cover release ceremony. My thanks to Mr Krishnan and Mr Dubey for today’s Post…. This is all for Today…..Till Next Post…Have a Great Time !

Special Cover Release Ceremony  of Queen’s Baton Relay at Lucknow – 9 July 2010




12 July 2010

New Stamp on Puri Rathyatra …..




Date of Issue  - 12 July 2010

Hi ! Here is the magnificent Issue by India Post commemorating Car festival of Puri. The stamp was issued today at a special ceremony held in Bhubaneshwar. Here are the pics of the ceremony, sent by Mr Ajit Dash of EIPA, Bhubaneshwar. The wonderful Miniature sheet is shown above with  special 3 Raths of this festival. Well I am so pleased to see this wonderful stamp as I had a chance to see this car festival at Puri when I  had spent a long time in Bhubneshwar. What I remember most ….. the biggest crowd that I ever saw in my life and 3 magnificent,  massive  towering chariots that  carry the idols of Lord Jagannath, and his brother and sister. It was a memorable view that I am still thrilled to remember it…..Tomorrow will be  grand day in Orissa with a special holiday as Rath Yatra begins tomorrow. My Greetings to all my friends in Orissa on the occasion of Car Festival. My special thanks to Mr Mansoor B. of Mangalore & Mr Ajit Dash for today’s Post….. This is all for  this Post….Till Next Post……Have a Great Time !






Stamp Release Ceremony of Puri Rath Yatra Stamp at Bhubaneshwar – 12 July 2010

Puri Rath Yatra….

Rath Yatra Chariot Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Hindu culture, and nowhere is the celebration bigger then in the holy city of Puri in Orissa. Millions of devotees from all over the world come to the Jagannath Puri temple every year to participate in this grand festival.

Puri Rath Yatra, the famous chariot or car festival, at the Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon or bright fortnight) On the day of the Ratha Yatra(car festival), chariots (Rath) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra is pulled to the nearby GundichaTemple.

The making of the Rathas for the annual festival begins on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period.

The Snana Yatra or Snana Purnima (Bathing Festival) takes place on the full moon day in the month of Jyestha (May – June). On this day, the three deities are bathed in 108 pitchers of water.After the elaborate Snana Yatra festival, the three deities stay away from public view and this is known as ‘Anasara.’ It is believed that after such elaborate ritualistic bath the deities catch fever and therefore they do not return to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

The idols of the three deities then make an appearance after 15 days of ‘anasara’ in a new appearance known as ‘Navaya Yauvana Vesha.’

Next auspicious ceremony is the world famous Ratha Yatra. On this day, thousands of devotees pull the three huge chariots carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra through the grand road (Bada Danda) to the Gundicha Temple. The deities visit their aunt here.

The three deities enter the temple of their aunt on the next day and stay there for seven days.

On the fifth day, Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Jagannath, comes in search of him to the Gundicha temple. On finding his chariot there, she damages Jagannath’s chariot and returns back in anger. After the week-long stay, the three deities return and the journey is known as Bahuda Yatra.

During the return journey, the chariot of Jagannath stops at the Ardhasani Temple (Mausa Ma temple). Here, Lord accepts his favorite rice cake known as Poda Pitha from his aunt who is the presiding deity of the temple.The deities reach the Puri Jagannath Temple in the evening and wait outside for the day.On the next day, the deities are attired in new costumes and this new form of the idols is known as ‘Suna Vesa.’

The following day, the deities move into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the Rath Yatra festival comes to an end.

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