30 September 2015

New stamp from India


Commemoratives Postal Stamp on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar released



Date of Issue : 30 September 2015

The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released the Commemorative Stamp on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th Birth Anniversary Year, in New Delhi on 30th September, 2015. The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot and the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla were also present on the occasion.


Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (b. 14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, was one of the architects of the Indian Constitution. He was born to Bhimabai Sakpal and Ramji on 14 April 1891 in Madhya Pradesh.

Babasaheb was a well-known politician, economist, social reformer and an eminent jurist. Ambedkar's efforts to eradicate the social evils like untouchablity and caste restrictions were remarkable. The leader, throughout his life, fought for the rights of the dalits and other socially backward classes. Ambedkar was appointed as the nation's first Law Minister in the Cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru. Bhimrao Ambedkar was appointed as the chairman of the constitution drafting committee. Ambedkar emphasized on the construction of a virtual bridge between the classes of the society. According to him, it would be difficult to maintain the unity of the country if the difference among the classes were not met. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor in 1990.

Courtesy-Indian Philately Digest

Centenary of publication of Einstein‘s theory of relativity





Here is a recent stamp from Monaco featuring Einstein with an extraordinary design. The equations of his work could be seen in the background.

Einstein is the person who amazes not only scientists but also the ordinary people from different countries. Philatelists and stamp collectors are looking stamps that commemorate this great genius too. This year Postal Authorities celebrate the centenary of publication of Einstein‘s works on general relativity, and Monaco Post is not an exception.

In 1915, Einstein published his theory on gravitation, known as general relativity, which superseded Newton’s theory. However, despite convincing experimental confirmation, the theory of general relativity had to spend a period in the wilderness: it was only in 1960 that scientists recognized the true significance of the theory and grasped the revolutionary developments it represented.

29 September 2015

New Special Covers


Launch of Water Conservation Projects :



ROTARY CLUB OF MADRAS - R.I. District 3230

11-13 September 2015


Special cover :  Depicts a Thewa Jewellery.  Thewa is a special art of Jewelry making which involves embossing     of intricately worked-out gold sheet on molten glass.
Cancellation : Depicts the sketch of the ear wearing jewellery made with Thewa Art.



GANAKALANIDHI DR. VINJAMURI VARADARAJA IYENGAR was the doyen of classic Karnatic Music.  He was born on 15th July 1915 & lived until 16th August 1991.  He underwent rigorous training in Music under the famed Tiger Varadacharier in gurukula system.  He was not just an eminent and excellent performer but was also an exceptional Musicologist, a great Composer with scholarly compositions to his credit, an able Administrator, an excellent Orator and a prolific Writer.  He was known to be a "Musical Thinker".  His Birth Centenary is being celebrated during July - August 2015.



A French lady pins a rose on an Indian Soldier.  Paris 1916

: Sreejesh Krishnan – Trivandrum

Value of reading, play and imagination in childhood


“ The power of storytelling and the freedom to pretend ”



Date of Issue : 28 September 2015

Here is a new stamp from Canada Post. The design of the stamp is just beautiful and it  is fostering imagination and the power of storytelling. The design of the stamp is very thoughtful and to me it is one of the best designs of  stamps issued so far on children related themes all over the world.


Sitting cozily on cushions inside an imaginary fort made of bed sheets, a young girl reads from a book as her little brother listens intently to the tale, clutching his teddy bear tight. The image, by Montreal illustrator Marie-Eve Tremblay, depicts the two youngsters establishing a personal connection and demonstrating a respect for reading. It highlights the value of imagination in the lives of children. As Tremblay says, it’s about “the joy of having your own secret place for that moment.”

imageMarie-Eve Tremblay‘s imaginative artwork for Canada’s new permanent-rate semi postal stamp under covers the value of reading, play and imagination in childhood. Funds raised from stamp sales help support a wide array of programs to benefit children and youth across Canada.


The foundation’s vision “is to ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and surrounded by a community that supports and cares for them”. Canada Post first issued semi postal stamps in 1974-76 to help fund the 21st Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec.

Earlier in 2015, the Foundation handed almost $1.2 million to 107 community initiatives, including a summer camp for young people with special needs, teen mental-health support and crisis counselling, specialized equipment for children with severe disabilities, homework help, playgrounds, and breakfast and literacy programs.

This year’s stamp, designed by Context Creative’s Lionel Gadoury and illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay, depicts the power of storytelling and the freedom to pretend. In an imaginary tent formed by a bed sheet, one youngster reads to another, demonstrating that a rich imagination should be part of every child’s life.

Canada Post describes this design as depicting “the power of storytelling and the freedom to pretend”. In a secret cave built of bed sheets, clothes pins and imagination, a sister reads a bedtime story to her younger brother, who clutches his teddy bear with wide-eyed delight at the tale.

28 September 2015

New stamps on International Year of Light


International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)


Serbia Post issued two stamps to commemorate IIYL 2015 on 26 August 2015.  The UN General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) on 20 December 2013.This new issue is  dedicated to the International Year of Light ‒ a global initiative which highlights to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.


Light plays a central role in human activities. On the most fundamental level through photosynthesis, light is necessary to the existence of life itself, and the many applications of light have revolutionized society through medicine, communications, entertainment and culture.

The International Year of Light is a global initiative which comprises a series of coordinated activities on national, regional and international levels, aiming to inform all citizens of the world about the importance of light and light-based technologies in their daily lives, their future, the development of society and art, and overall social progress.

Light is one of the initiators of the process of photosynthesis, an essential factor for the development of the biosphere and the evolution of the human species. The light plays a central role in human activities starting from the understanding of the world through the sense of vision, artistic expression, modern communications, Internet, to the development of the fundamental concepts that allow us to understand our place in the Universe and record the events in time and space.

Application of light-based technologies gave revolutionary contribution to the development of medical diagnostics and treatment, telecommunications, energy efficient manufacturing, media, art and culture, and thus improve the health and overall quality of life.

Almost all scientific fields are based on the theories of light and its interaction with matter, and light is also the main messenger in the study and our understanding of the Universe and subatomic world. The history of the study of light spans centuries, while the modern science of light was born in the 20th century. Today light and light-based technologies become key disciplines in science and technology of the 21st century.

27 September 2015

Indian theme on foreign stamps


“JOY OF EUROPE”  stamp designed by Indian child


Here is a new stamp featuring Joy of Europe, designed by an Indian child. The stamp will be issued by Serbia Post on 2nd October 2015.

Children are our future, happiness and joy therefore we cherish and care about these cute little creatures. Serbia Post introduced a great stamp issue that celebrates “JOY OF EUROPE” – one of those events that underline the importance of our future generation.


“JOY OF EUROPE” is the biggest and the oldest international event of children’s creativity, organized ever since 1969 on the occasion of the Children’s Day. Every year at the beginning of October the children from a range of European countries come to Belgrade to dance, sing, act, display their works of art, but first of all, make friends and have a good time. There is almost no European country whose children have not been here as a guest at this 46-year long event “Joy of Europe”.

A part of “Joy of Europe” since 1998 has been the international art competition under the same name, with the topic always being “The Dictionary of Friendship”. A great writer and children’s friend Duško Radović put together fifteen universal symbols (child, Europe, bread, play, book, love, mother, peace, father, song, friend, bird, joy, freedom, sun) connecting children all around the world by dancing, singing and finally by image.

For the fourteenth time since its foundation, the exhibition of the International Art Competition presents the most successful works of young artists from Serbia and abroad who with their colourful palette of artwork make the international event Joy of Europe even more beautiful. Every year, the prized works evidence the authenticity of visual culture of childhood, developing sensibility of both the audience and the professional public for this form of artistic expression.

At the contest, the children works are divided into five categories for children between five and eighteen. Over the time, the contest expanded much beyond the boundaries of Europe, bringing together children and youth from the entire world. The best works find their place also on the special issue stamp “Joy of Europe”.

This year, the work of ten-year-old child from India, Dhanui Mihirbhai Doshi, the winner of the art competition, is used as a template for the art solution of the stamp. The art work of six-year-old Konstatin Krnjić from Serbia, found its place on a vignette, and as a motif on the envelope are also shown the works of Alice Panchal (5 years) from Australia, Tomaš Kaleja (13 years) from Slovakia, Lora Muteva (10 years) from Bulgaria and Tomaš Bilý (13 years) from Slovakia.



My Recent Covers


Covers from Germany




Thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer of Germany for these nice covers.

World Tourism Day


Theme for 2015 World Tourism Day :

"One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities"


27th September is celebrated as World Tourism Day. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.


Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.

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26 September 2015

Indian theme on foreign stamps



Azerbaijan issued a souvenir sheet - on event of FIDE Chess World Cup, being held at Baku, Azerbaijan. 5 players from India are among the 128 contestants.


A temple is depicted in the souvenir sheet, along with monuments of other participating countries.The temple with 13-storey is the Srirangam Temple near Trichy, Tamilnadu, tallest temple tower in India.

- Kasinath R. – Tanjore

25 September 2015

Jersey Seasons - Autumn



Date of Issue : 15 October 2015

Jersey Post will issue a set of 8 beautiful stamps featuring  Autumn season of Jersey.Autumn, arguably the prettiest of the seasons, is the perfect time to discover Jersey’s natural beauty, fascinating wildlife and delicious local produce. As summer draws to a close, the last of the sun worshipping tourists head home and the Island’s many landscapes become adorned with rich shades of gold and russet.


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As autumn draws in many turn to Jersey as a destination to recharge their batteries and prepare for Christmas with a late break. In October and November, there are a number of events to enjoy or visitors can just take in the island’s history, restaurants and nature which mix the best of Britain and France.

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Those heading to the island are warned they should wrap up warm for any beach strolls, but a walk will be well worth it to build up an appetite as October sees Tennerfest, a promotion covering around 80 of Jersey’s very best restaurants.


24 September 2015

Stamps on Postcrossing







Date of Issue : 7 September 2015

Postcrossing stamp  by Czech Post

Czech Post  issue a special stamp on theme “Postcrossing” ‒ a project of global exchange of postcards. This is the seventh stamp in the series The issue will be released and put into circulation on the 2nd of September.

The project aims to help people receive postcards from all over the world for free. Or almost free. The main principle is that if you send a postcard, you’ll get at least one in return from a random postcrosser anywhere in the world.

People love getting real mail. The fact that you can get postcards from different parts of the world (which you may not even have heard of) can turn your letter box into a box full of surprises ‒ and who would not like that?

The first step is to request the address of another postcrosser to whom you must send a postcard. You will receive an email with the postcrosser’s address and a postcard ID (e.g.: CZ-010101). The postcard ID uniquely identifies that postcard in the system. The addressee receives the postcard and registers it using the postcard ID.

At this point, you are eligible to receive a postcard from a different postcrosser. Initially you can have up to 5 postcards travelling at any single time. Every time one of the sent postcards is registered, you can request another address so that the number of postcards allowed to travel at any single time goes up.

From Slovenia Post


Date of Issue : 29 May 2015

Slovenia has issued a new postage stamp to honor Postcrossing, a worldwide postcard exchange community. The popular hobby has over half a million members in 216 countries and is also a big hit in Slovenia, where fans eagerly anticipated this stamp release.

The Postcrossing community celebrated the launch of the Postcrossing stamp at the Maribor main Post Office on the 29th of May. The new stamp, created by design company Villa Creativa, depicts a person jumping for joy and a map of the world with lines connecting different places.

From Russian Post


Date of Issue : 27 January 2015

Russian Post has released a special stamp from the series “Postcrossing”. The stamp was issued on the 27th of January.

Postcrossing is the union of the words “postcard” and “crossing” and its origin “is loosely-based on the Bookcrossing site”. Exchanges between the same two members only occur once; although direct swaps between members happen, they are not part of the official happenings on the site.

The project is completely free and anyone with an address can create an account. However, the postcards themselves and postage fees to mail them are the responsibility of each user.

From Guernsey Post


Date of Issue : 28 May 2015

Guernsey Post  issued its first Postcrossing stamp in celebration of a hobby enjoyed by over 470,000 people worldwide (issue date 28 May).

The Guernsey issue stamp, designed by Guernsey Post’s in-house marketing team, depicts an outline of Guernsey with a smiley face, giving the ‘thumbs up’ to the hobby of Postcrossing.

From Republic of Belarus


Belarus Post also issued a Maximum Card.



Date of Issue : 2 January 2014


From Lithuania Post


Date of Issue : 5 October 2015

Lithuania Post  released a postage stamp on 5th October 2013 dedicated to this hobby. The  stamp is named “Atvirlaiškių mainai” (Postcrossing) .The stamp for international items has been designed by Laima Matuzonytė, schoolgirl.The stamp features different postcards. The nominal value of the stamp issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies is LTL 2.45.

22 September 2015

Singapore–Thailand Joint Issue


Thailand Issue


Mango and Sticky Rice from Thailand & Ice Cream Sandwich from Singapore

Date of Issue : 18 September 2015

Singapore Post and Thailand Post released a joint issue on 18th September , commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations. The stamp designs feature popular snacks from each country.


Singapore Issue


Date of Issue : 18 September 2015

Wafer ice cream is a type of ice cream popular in Singapore, often known as potong (cut) ice cream, which consists of two wafers holding together a block of ice cream. Common flavours offered include ripple, red bean, yam, sweet corn, durian, honeydew, peppermint, chocolate, and chocolate chip. Wafer ice cream vendors also sell the same blocks of ice cream on slices of multicolored bread, on cones or in cups instead of sandwiched between wafers.

The ice cream block is essentially a huge log of ice cream, which is then cut (hence the name potong) and sandwiched between two wafers. It is interesting to note the differences between countries: Singaporean street vendors do not offer individually wrapped ice cream sandwiches like Australia does.

Mango sticky rice or kao niow mamuang is a Thai dessert made with glutinous rice and fresh mango. It is a traditional Thai food eaten with the hands. It is prepared with glutinous rice, commonly called sticky rice. It is eaten by rolling the rice with the fingers and scooping up mango slices. Contrary with other desserts, Mango Sticky Rice is served warm or at room temperature.Mango Sticky Rice is a popular dish in the Indochina region of Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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