31 January 2012

New stamps from Belgium..


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The Belgian Post has issued a series of stamps featuring the most famous fabulous creations invented by human.

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Born by human's imagination, the fabulous creations combine the complicated human nature agitated by such contradictory feelings as love, cruelty, boldness, hate, fear and natural phenomenons.

The stamps feature: Mermaid, Werewolf, Unicorn, Dragon, Amphiptere, Pegasus, Griffon, Centaurs, Sphinx and Harpy.

Club News

Special postmark from Gorakhpur Postal Division


Glimpses of stamp Exhibition in Gorakhpur

A stamp exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi has been organized from 3ist Jan to 1st Feb 2012 by Gorakhpur Postal Division.


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Screenshot_3 : Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur

New Special Covers..



Schoolpex 2012 - Dehradun


St. Joseph Acdemy Dehradun - 28 January 2012

75 Years of Corbette National Park


Special cancellation on Jim Corbette Park ( The cover is private )

Screenshot_3 : Sanjiv Jain - Dehradun


Stamp Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi  in Gorakhpur today


:Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur

30 January 2012

Tributes to the Father of Nation – Mahatma Gandhi




“Remembering Mahatma’s 64th Death Anniversary”


Picture Post Cards : Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur


“Gandhi World Foundation” Conducted drawing Competition, quiz competition and other sports activities to over 150 nearby school students at Gummidipoondi , Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu on 29 January 2012 for remembrance of Mahatma’s 64th death anniversary. The main aim  of Gandhi world Foundation to organize this event was to spread Gandhiji’s thoughts to younger generation of our country.


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Gandhi world Foundation founder ML. Rajesh, Managing Trustee R. Vijiaylakshmi, Trustee Dilip Kumar Jain, Pramod Jain started the events with their valuable speech about Gandhiji and organized other competition to entertain the excited kids, Trustee Lawyer Shyam Sundar, EX- Ranji Cricketer Murali, Dilip Kumar Jain eventually Lightened the ceremony with prize distribution.  A very respectful Homage was paid to Mahatma Gandhi.

Screenshot_3 ML. Rajesh - Chennai

Stamp Exhibitions

Stamp exhibition on Gandhi in Gorakhpur today

Today on 30th January  a stamp exhibition on various facets of  Mahatma Gandhi has been organized in Gorakhpur Postal Division office. A variety of philatelic items on Mahatma Gandhi from different countries have been displayed in the exhibition . All are welcome to visit this exhibition.

:  SSP,  Gorakhpur Postal Division


11th Bihar Philatelic Exhibition 2012 STAMP EXPO - 2012


STAMP EXPO-2012  : 10 –13 February, 2012


1.1 Stamp Expo-2012 is a 11th STATE LEVEL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION of Bihar Postal Circle. It will be held at Patna from 10-13th February, 2012.

1.2 The Exhibition is organized by the Bihar Postal Circle with the active support of philatelic associations/philatelists of Bihar/PCI. The organizing committee is headed by the Chief Postmaster General, Bihar Circle, Patna-800001.


The venue of the Exhibition will be WHEELER SENATE HALL, PATNA UNIVERSITY, PATNA-800005.The venue is 3.5km away from Patna Railway Station.


Bihar Postal Circle will bring out single special cover every day as a feature of the Exhibition with a separate cancellation for each day. Special Cover with or without cancellation will be available on sell at the venue of the Exhibition. Order for special cover may be placed on the philately Bureau, Patna GPO/Muzaffarpur HO.


Dealer’s Booth will be provided on rent for Rs 3500.00 for the duration of the Exhibition. Details can be had from the Secretary, Exhibition Committee Stamp Expo -2012, Office of the Chief Postmaster General, Bihar Circle, Patna.


All communications concerning the exhibition should be addressed to the Exhibition Committee Stamp Expo-2012, Office of the Chief Postmaster General, Bihar Circle, Patna-800001.The telephone number/e-mail ID is as under:

Telephone No.2226395

e-mail ID: adbdpatna@gmail.com 


6.1 The Exhibition will be governed by India Post Regulations for philatelic exhibition (IP-PER), philatelic jurors programme (IP-PJP), philatelic award system (IP-PAS) and by special rules made there under.

6.2 Exhibits will be classified into the following two classes:

Non-competitive Class.

Competitive Class.


The Exhibits that are of exceptional significance or interest. The minimum requirement is that the Exhibit should have won gold or the highest award in the relevant class at a higher level Exhibition within the last 5 years. OFFICIAL CLASS

The Exhibit from National Philatelic Museum, Army Postal Service, India Security Printers, Stamp designers. Business houses dealing in franking machine, other Postal Equipment and other similar agencies. JURY COLLECTIONS

The Exhibits from Jury and Apprentice Jury appointed for the Exhibition.The participation of jurors is optional. SPECIAL INTEREST

The well known Exhibits from other Postal Divisions, Regions and Circles especially in those classes where there is no participant from the area to demonstrate and promote those Exhibition classes for future. ABOVE COMPETITION

The Exhibits that have previously won Grand prize or the First and Second Runner up position in the championship class, at the same level. Exhibits under non competitive class,, & will be invited at the sole discretion of organizing committee.


6.6 The exhibitor in Philatelic Publication Class, must submit two copies, one

returnable, of each title to the organizers by the closing date of receipt for

entries in this class. Periodicals shall comprise a complete volume of year.

A selection of 10 articles is required for entries in Article Section.

6.7 One-Frame Exhibit

7.1 Intending participants in the Exhibition should apply in the prescribed entry form in duplicate. The entry forms are available with:

(a) Secretary, Exhibition Committee Stamp Expo-2012, Office of the Chief Postmaster General, Bihar Circle, Patna-800001.

(b) Philately Bureau, Patna GPO-800001

(c) Philately Bureau, Muzaffarpur H.O.-842001.

The entry form duly filled in along with entry fee of each entry must reach the Secretary, Exhibition Committee Stamp Expo – 2012, Office of the Chief Postmaster General, Bihar Circle, Patna-800001 on or before 31.01.2012.Incomplete entries or entries received after the due date will not be accepted.

World pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on Martyrs Day !!




Today is 64th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Nation pays homage to the father of the nation with prayer meetings and floral tributes on his 64th death anniversary observed as Martyrs’ Day.


It was on Jan 30, 1948 that Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. A two-minutes silence in memory of the Father of the Nation and other martyrs is observed throughout the country at 11 a.m. Gandhi, who was assassinated on Jan 30, 1948, three months past his 78th birthday.  His death anniversary happens to be observed as Martyrs’ Day in India.





Screenshot_3 : Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur

29 January 2012

Cairo's Philatelic exhibition on Rabindranath Tagore…




Here is an interesting article published in the Al-Ahram weekly, Cairo. 

Contemplating the contemplator

Cairo's Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture staged a exhibition to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore. Gamal Nkrumah feasts his eyes on India's Philatelic treasures….

Cairo's Philatelic exhibition on Rabindranath Tagore may provoke a connoisseurial smirk or a knowing sneer to the uninitiated in the art of stamps issued by the postal departments of around 20 countries from across the globe. Satirists look at life's conventional scenes and see panoplies of penetration and discernment. The most resonant images portrayed in the philatelic objects on display are the sensational portraits of the first Asian Nobel Laureate himself. "The progress of our soul is like a perfect poem. It has an infinite idea which once realised makes al movement full of meaning and joy," so reflected Tagore on encountering Einstein. It was the proverbial meeting of the minds.


Tagore exerts a hypnotic grip on his Egyptian audience. His spectacular posturing offers a tableau of an extraordinary sensualist and a subtle hint of sensationalism.

In a rousing address before the visitors to this exceptionally moving exhibition, His Excellency Ambassador R Swaminathan of India paid special homage to the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata.

Sekhar Chakrabarti whose rare philatelic objects from his private collection were borrowed specifically for this unique Cairo exhibition best expressed the mood of the moment.

Magically, the exhibition was staged masterfully at a defining moment in Egypt's history. Tagore would have been delighted, one suspects, at the spirit that Egypt's 25 January Revolution exuded. "Tagore was a universal thinker even though he was also a symbol and beacon of contemporary Bengali culture," Sekhar Chakrabarti mused.

Gurudev, literally "Teacher" as Tagore was endearingly called, promoted rural reconstruction including traditional arts and crafts.

Equally disparaging was the attitudes of the rich towards the poor. The immense income differentials and social inequalities, disparities in social prestige and economic wellbeing between castes and classes were the hallmarks of Indian society under British rule. That crisis touched him deeply.

Tagore was born into a life of privilege and wealth. Yet abject poverty was all around him. Human suffering was an inescapable facet of everyday life in rural Bengal.

All art aspires to the condition of creation. And, Tagore understood that truism all too well. His lessons cannot get lost in the cornucopia of kantha. What humans the world over find innately inspiring and touching has changed little over time. Therefore we can today emphasize with images made more than a century ago even when their original contexts have faded.

The common themes are catharsis and the remaking of an individual's and a nation's vision.

The time for geopolitical caution is past. Tagore was received rapturously by Egyptians when he visited the country in 1926, and especially the cultural and political elite.

Bengal's celebrated bard spoke to a packed two houses of parliament and he had a memorable encounter with the foremost Egyptian poet Ahmed Shawki. It metamorphosed into a story of a friendship between two men of letters but who are from different worlds, but share common concerns.

Tagore encounter with Shawki was touching without going gooey, though. India and Egypt were unsuited for the role in which modern history had cast them -- colonies of Britain. Both countries were haunted by their great past and ancient glories and yet were bedeviled by the fear of a failed future. Yet, there was hope of redemption, of emancipation from colonial oppression and a yearning for a return to a golden age of freedom.

By many standards Tagore is one of the titans of modern India. His correspondence is of great importance both in the historical and literary sense. Few other poets can match his elegant, lapidary style and this shines through in his letters. "Receiving letters was an important impetus for collecting stamps in the past. Now everyone uses social networking and the Internet as the main means of communication."

In many ways this exhibition, of course, is perfectly timed. The lustre of the personal correspondence of Tagore has not been tarnished by the seismic events that engulfed South Asia like a tsunami. Bengal was divided in two, India was partitioned, and then Bangladesh seceded from Pakistan.

A constant menace in Tagore's long life was the peril of bereavement that was grotesquely inextricably intertwined with beauty. The beautiful ones passed away in the very apogee of youthful vivaciousness. When you read Tagore, you do have to contemplate the contemplator, sharing with him his loss and pain and the subsequent overcoming of anguish. His poems alone are captivating capturing the serene miraculousness of being.

Tagore was not merely a starry-eyed poet. His sister-in-law Kadambari Devi committed suicide in 1884, a year after Tagore himself was betrothed to his beloved Mrinalini Devi.
Mrinalini Devi breathed her last in 1902, only to be succeeded by the passing of Tagore's second daughter Renuka in 1903. The death of his father followed in 1905 and then his youngest son Samindranath died in 1907. But his finest works were yet to be produced. Few thinkers of the past three centuries have crafted literature more pertinent than Tagore.

In Egypt we bury our dead. In India things are different. This cultural discrepancy manifests itself in all sorts of ways. Yet Tagore's magic was universal. He was, after all, the first non-Westerner as well as the first Asian to be bestowed the Nobel Prize.

Tagore did not see the tormented turn on the tormentor. In 19010 his magnum opus Gitanjili was published to international acclaim. This was the chef d'oeuvre that earned him the Nobel Prize. Tagore wrote a poem on Africa entitled Africa, the Sleeping Giant. His visionary insight was matched by his epic sweep.

Patriotic postcards of Tagore, like his prose and poetry, struck a chord with people all over the world. The suffering appalled him, the humiliating indignities of a subject people. He was sickened by the inexplicable inequalities.

A mood of catharsis prevailed. Tagore espoused a universalistic spirit and he was by nature an internationalist. The Bengal's historical rich cultural heritage became, paradoxically, more entrenched in the poet as he became more conscious of the common concerns of humanity.

Heart-rendingly, Tagore wrote about life and death, suffering and enjoyment, beauty and ugliness -- life in all its kaleidoscopic facets.

His works were written for eternity, for his words speak directly to every age. They were told to perfection.

As in so many areas of Indian life, the art of kantha reflects a down-to-earth culture. It is of the daughters and sons of the soil.

What is so special about Tagore's secularist philosophy is the moral legitimacy lent mankind.

Whether it will benefit Egypt at this particular historical moment is more doubtful. Now and then one is struck by the antediluvian quality of inter-faith relations in India, or South Asia if you will. "Progressive intellectuals" and the powers that be often endorse the confrontational rhetoric of religious zealots, and those who advocate and espouse confessionalism and sectarianism. So can Egyptians learn something from Tagore? Ironically, the religious strife that is ripping the country apart has intensified since the Tagore exhibition was staged in Cairo. There were few things that made the great Bengali sage feel grimmer than religious-instigated violence.

The vitriol had a xenophobic edge. It is not just the interim post-25 January Revolution government that detects an organising hand behind the unrest in contemporary Egypt.

What makes this so jarring is that the legendary bard foresaw the division of his homeland, and tasted the bitter partition of his beloved Bengal. How could he deliver exuberance, vivacity and even euphoria in such a morbid setting?

Tagore stayed out of the political squabbles of his time. However, he was anything but apolitical.

Tagore was for emancipation, liberation of mankind and that certainly included womankind. "Rabindranath's role in the liberation of Bengali women was a seminal one," declares Kathleen O'Connell who conducts courses on South Asia at New College, University of Toronto, Canada. "Initially, he exposed the plight of women and argued for their autonomy through his letters, short stories and essays. Through his novels he was able to construct new and vital female role models to inspire a new generation of Bengali women. Later, by his act of admitting females into his Santiniketan school, he became an innovator pioneer in co-education," O'Connell concludes.

So why not keep going? Women are often fettered by the confines of tradition. Tagore championed the free mixing of the sexes and abhorred the Bengali practice of confining women to purdah. "It is only natural that men and women should seek amusement together. Women are a part of the human race and God has created them as part of society. To consider the enjoyment of free mixing between people to be a

cardinal sin, to be unsociable and to turn it into a sensational matter is not only abnormal, it is unsocial and therefore in a sense uncivilised," wrote Tagore so insightfully observed.

The muse of the moving image of Tagore's characters fill the kantha scenes. Do not expect old postcards and faded pictures of purists popping out of ashrams with sad and saucy lines from poets other than Tagore.

Tagore had no political axe to grind. It was in Bengal that the latent resentments and religious tensions that manifested themselves most bitterly.

Bangladesh fought a bitter war with Pakistan to attain its own independence and the quest for Bangladeshi emancipation and political liberation was inspired by the country's pride in its national language.

Kazi Najrul Islam, born in West Bangal, but widely considered the national poet of Bangladesh, considered Tagore his guru. He developed a highly stylized form of nationalistic, revolutionary poem -- songs to inspire the people. Ironically, his wife was Hindu.

People must be prepared for this possibility in Egypt as surely as in Bengal. Perhaps even more challenging is the refreshing of the traditional mindset in both Egypt and Bengal in a contemporary setting.

And, kantha just as surely as song inspires the Bengali people. Kantha work uses the "running stitch" to create beautiful motifs on fabric. Bengali women traditionally make quilts from old, worn out saris.

Tagore passed away in 1941, but his literary achievement is there for posterity, for generations to come. This is an issue that India knows well. And, this year Egypt was invited to share something of this understanding.

The orignial  article may be found in the link http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2011/1069/cu4.htm

courtesy : Sekhar Chakrabarti

Stamps on precious stones from Israel..



Levi - Emerald    Reuven - Carnelian

Emerald                                        Carnellian

To be issued on  : 7 February 2012

Shimon - Topaz       Yehuda - Turouose

Topaz                                                    Turquise

On 7th February 2012 Israel Post  will issue a set of 4 stamps featuring 4 stones from the high priest breastplate. In the future, Israel Post  will issue the rest 8 stones. Each stone represents one tribe out of 12 tribes of the people of Israel.

The high priest served in the holy Jewish temple of Jerusalem that was built 2500 years ago and was destroyed in year 70 by the Roman Empire.

The source and information about the stones taken from the Bible  from book of Exodus 28:15-21 is as below :

And thou shalt make a breastplate of judgment, the work of the skilful workman; like the work of the ephod thou shalt make it: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. Four-square it shall be and double: a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of carnelian, topaz, and smaragd shall be the first row; and the second row a carbuncle, a sapphire, and an emerald; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be inclosed in gold in their settings. And the stones shall be according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet, every one according to his name, they shall be for the twelve tribes.

courtesy : Eli Moallem - Israel

Press Clippings


Screenshot_3 : Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur

28 January 2012

Titanic Centenary…




Hi ! Here is the wonderful set of the Centenary of famous Ship Titanic, to be issued on 31st January 2012 by Gibraltar Post. The stamps are very nice. Famous Film Titanic was a great hit… I  wish to share here my favourite song of film Titanic which I have seen many times….and love to see it again and  again !!


 Date of Issue : 31 January 2012





RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, and sank on 15 April 1912, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

The largest passenger steamship in the world at the time, the Olympic-class Royal Mail Ship RMS Titanic was owned by the White Star Line and constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, UK. After setting sail for New York City on 10 April 1912 with 2,223 people on board, she hit an iceberg four days into the crossing, at 11:40 pm on 14 April 1912, and sank at 2:20 am on the morning of 15 April. The high casualty rate resulting from the sinking was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people. A disproportionate number of men died due to the "women and children first" protocol that was enforced by the ship's crew.

Titanic was designed by experienced engineers, using some of the most advanced technologies and extensive safety features of the time. The sinking of a passenger liner on her maiden voyage, the high loss of life and media frenzy over Titanic's famous victims, the legends about the sinking, the resulting changes in maritime law, and the discovery of the wreck have all contributed to the enduring interest in Titanic.


Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater, Gloria Stuart as Old Rose, and Billy Zane as Rose's fiancé, Cal Hockley. Jack and Rose are members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Every Night in my dreams I see you…..


27 January 2012

New Special Cover

Lions Club - Dehradun : Golden Jubilee

On 25 January  2012,  Mr Sanjay Singh Director,  Postal Services  released  a special cover  on 50th anniversary of Lions  Club, Dehradun .

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Schoolpex 2012  - stamp exhibition in Dehradun

   A stamp exhibition of different schools of Dehradun  Schoolpex 2012 will be held on  on 28 and  29 January 2012  .A special cover will be also released on this occasion .

Screenshot_3 : Sanjiv Jain, Dehradun email : jainsanjiv@live.com

26 January 2012

Club News..




Special cancellation from Gorakhpur 


Sachal Dakghar - Shahidon ko Shrddhanjali ( Homage To Martyrs ) 26 January 2012




: Raman Kumar Mandal – Gorakhpur

Awards : G - Phila 2011, Gorakhpur

Award Ceremony of G-Phila 2011 concluded today on the occasion of Republic Day. Sr.Supdt. of Post,Gorakhpur Sri Alok Ojha gave the awards to the participants. Mr Sandeep Chaurasia won Silver Medal for 'Pre Independent Indian Stationary' and Best exhibit award for 'Railway' . Our member Ashwani Dubey  also won  special award for his exhibit.

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Ashwani Dubey & Sandeep Chaurasia receiving award from SSP

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Winners of G - Phila 2011, Gorakhpur

Stamp Exhibition on Jainism in Kolhapur

A stamp exhibition on Jainism  will be   held on January 28, 2012 in Kolhapur Maharashtra

Time 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Venue - Nandani Village, Taluka - Shirol, District - Kolhapur, Maharashtra

:  Ajay Agarwal - Akola

Maxim Card : Srinivasa Ramanujan

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Created by Boben J E of Trivandrum :  www.philalover.blogspot.com

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