27 February 2021

New Special Cover from Kolkata

Honey Bee  and Wax Collection in Sundarban

28 Feb 2021 : Kolkata

 A special cover was released in Kolkata on Honey and  Bee wax collection in Sundarban.

Courtesy : Dipok Dey

My recent Cover

110 years of Airmail - Allahabad to Naini

Thanks to Mr.Rahul Ganguli, Prayag Philatelic Society for this cover.

24 February 2021

Lovely Cats - For Pet Lovers



Date of issue: 22 February 2021

Here is a set of beautiful stamps featuring cats issued by Croatia Post on 22 February 2021. This is a lovely set for pet lovers. The first Day cancellation and the sheetlet issued with this issue is wonderful.  These are very nice philatelic item for those collecting stamps on wildlife, pets and cats.

The Bengal cat

This breed of cat is a relatively new, that is, it is a cross between a domestic black cat and an Asian leopard. The people who own cats of that breed have a miniature leopard in their home. Its spotted fur and body shape resemble that of the leopard, while its behaviour has been adapted and is more similar to the behaviour of a domestic cat. Considering their father is a leopard, these cats are quite large and tall, can weigh up to 7 kg and live up to 15 years.

Their cultivation began in the middle of the last century. The first two generations, the so-called F1 and F2, are not recommended for pets because they have too many characteristics of their wild ancestor. Further generations can, with proper upbringing, become a wonderful pet in not only their looks, because their patterns are similar to those of a Leopard, but nature, too. Bengals are among the most expensive cats in the world and are one of the few breeds that love water. They like to bathe or play with water, so they need to be allowed to do so. Because they are crossbreeds, they can have health problems, and special attention should be paid to this.

These cats like to act as if they are the boss of the house and to keep things under control, but that does not mean that they are demanding, especially for cat lovers who lead an active life. Namely, these cats are constantly on the move - they like to climb, so it is important to provide an appropriate play area with climbers, a platform and scratchers. They like to play and can never have too many toys (even dog toys will do), and they will also respond to a marble as an invitation to play.

Bengals get along well with other cats, but they must be submissive because Bengals like to “call the shots". They produce a specific noise while eating or interacting with other cats. They are well suited for active families who like to be on the move and have enough space in the house, but also a garden or at least a terrace so that their pet can run off their energy and satisfy their need to move.

The Bombay cat

A relatively new breed (created 70 years ago), the Bombay is a cross between the Burmese and a black American Shorthair. Blending these two breeds from two continents created a breed of cat that resembled a miniature black panther. The breed was registered in 1976 and was named after the Indian city of Bombay which is considered the homeland of black leopards. Black leopards or panthers get their jet-black coat from melanism, a gene mutation.

The Bombay has a short coat with hair that is thick and shiny and easy to groom. You just have to brush them more often during the shedding season. When born, kittens do not have black hair, but after shedding their baby coat, its colour becomes black and shiny. These cats love warmth, so they will choose the warmest corner in the house, and they often crawl under the covers. They have large eyes, widely set on a beautiful round head usually of bronze or gold colour. Their ears are also set wide and are round, which contributes to the tame appearance of this cat. They do not have any special health problems.

Males of the Bombay cat grow to a weight of 5 kg, while adult females can weigh up to 4 kg and live up to 15 years. They grow relatively quickly and may reach sexual maturity by the young age of 6 months, but should not mate before twelfth months of age.

These cats are very intelligent and playful, although they do not have high demands for movement, so staying at home suits them. They like to play and can learn different tricks - they like to bring the ball almost like dogs, and they can be easily trained to walk on the leash, so they can enjoy outside adventures. They also get along fine with other cats, but will try to impose their dominance over the others. They get along well with all family members, but choose one person who will be their “boss”. They are a little distrustful of strangers, so they retreat to their safe place until they gain confidence.

The Egyptian Mau

In the case of this breed of cat as well, the name of the breed tells us about its origin. This cat originates from Egypt and is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. Ancient Egyptian papyri show that the Mau cat dates back to the year 1500 BC. In other words, this breed is known for about 3500 years, but it has almost disappeared in the last century. It has been saved through determination and willpower of cat lovers, and currently there a stable number of specimens around the world.

The Egyptian Mau is a medium-sized cat breed. It can weigh up to 5 kg and has a typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. It has a short coat that is easy to groom and has characteristic spots. Its main coat colours are silver, bronze and smoke. The spots are different in shape and arrangement in each specimen, and the "mask" on the head often has the shape of the letter M. Since their fur is short, these cats can be sensitive to cold weather and should have a warm corner in the home. Their eyes are also specific to this breed and are characterized by a beautiful green colour.

The body of the Egyptian Mau is athletic and muscular, and the hind legs visibly longer than the front, which enables them to jump very high. They are very fast and can reach speeds of up to 45 km per hour. These cats are sociable with a very strong hunting instinct thus they are not a good choice for a pet if they have to share a household with a pet rodent.

The Egyptian Mau gets along well with dogs and other cats, and they also love children. They are loyal, but distrustful of strangers. They get attached to the home they live in and to the person they perceive as the head of household. They are intelligent, so they often get people to pet them while communicating using different vocalizations, and they often show happiness by wagging their tails just like dogs. Because of their intelligence, but also their need for movement, they need a lot of toys, scrapers and climbers.

These cats are not demanding, but their diet and weight must be controlled. They should be provided the sufficient amount of food at the same time each day.

The Norwegian Forest cat

The name of the breed of this beautiful cat partly reveals its origin. It originated from a wild cat that lived in Scandinavia, especially in Norway. It is one of the most natural breeds on the planet thanks to the fact they have only been bred through natural selection. Given the harsh conditions in which it lived in the wild, it has retained some of the characteristics that make it a very popular pet today.

The Norwegian Forest cat has a semi-long coat, but there is still controversy about its origin. According to one story, these cats have semi-long coats due to their crossing with Persian cats which were brought by the sailors from their voyages, but it is also believed that semi-long coat is the result of a gene mutation. Its two-layer fur consists of an undercoat of soft fluffy fur and a topcoat of coarser fur which helps to fend off wind and rain.

Almost all fur colours and combinations are registered, except chocolate, cinnamon and their "diluted" shades. This cat sheds its coat twice a year and then needs brushing. It is a quite large cat breed, so males can often reach a weight of up to 8 kg.

The Norwegian Forest cats are very intelligent and playful, they love company and do not like to be left alone. Their companion may be another cat, but they also get along with dogs or other small animals. They are very gentle and well-suited for families with children. They like a lot of movement and mental challenges, they are curious, so during education and socialization they should be stimulated with games and toys. They are also called ‘gentle giants’ given to their somewhat wild appearance and playfulness, many are surprised by their gentleness and affection.

If you are a cat lover, they are a great choice for a pet, especially if you have plenty of space to make them a playground with climbers, scratchers and toys because they love exploring and are constantly on the move.

18 February 2021

110 Years of Airmail - Allahabad to Naini


110 Years of Airmail - Allahabad to Naini -18 February 2021

On the occasion of 110th Anniversary of Airmail : Allahabad to Naini,  a special cover and cancellation was issued on 18th Feb 2021 from Allahabad Fort Sub Post Office. The special cover was proposed by Prayag Philatelic Society.

Source : Prayag Philatelic Society,  Allahabad

Centenary of World's First Air Mail 1911-2011

- Pradip Jain, Patna

17 February 2021

Special Covers from Bealgavi


Special Cover - KTK-06-2021 - Fort Lake, Belagavi - National Tourism Day

The Fort lake, also known as Kote Kere, is situated in front of the Shree Durga Devi Temple entrance of the Belagavi Fort. Pedal boats, a floating restaurant and a mini amusement park are some of the attractions at the Lake site. A 360 feet (110 meters) tall monumental National Flag of India was unfurled at the Lake on 12th March 2018, which was the then tallest National Flag of the Country. This special cover is dedicated to Fort lake.

Special Cover - KTK-07-2021 - Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Belagavi - National Tourism Day

The Ramakrishna Mission Ashram at Belagavi Fort was inaugurated on 23rd May 2001. The complex comprises of the Swami Vivekanand Monument and the Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. This Special Cover is dedicated to Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Belagavi Fort.

Special Cover - KTK-08-2021 - Veerasoudha, Belagavi - National Tourism Day

Veersoudha is a memorial built to commemorate the 1924 session of the Indian National Congress held at Belagavi. This was the only time Mahatma Gandhi presided over the 39th conference of Indian National Congress. Mahatma Gandhi's presence in the 1924 Session of the Congress at Belagavi gave a new fillip to the freedom movement in the Region. This special cover is dedicated to Veersoudha, Belagavi.

Special Cover - KTK-09-2021 - Rajhansgad (Yellur Fort), Belagavi - National Tourism Day

Rajhansgad (Yellur Fort) is located on a hillock in Yellur Village in Belagavi District the Fort is believed to have been constructed many centuries ago and has been under the control of rulers including the Yadavas. Hoysalas, Bahamanl, Adilshahi and the Marathas. It is believed that the fort mainly served as an outpost of the Belagavi fort. mainly to spot and prevent enemies attacking from Goa and Karwar areas. Situated at an elevation of around 3200 feet. the Fort offers a beautiful view of Belagavi City. This special cover is dedicated to Rajhansgad (Yellur Fort).

Special Cover - KTK-10-2021 - Belagavi to Nashik -First Flight Carried Cover.

The connect between Belagavi (Karnataka) and Nashik (Maharashtra) dates back to the period of Lord Rama. Mythology has it the Lord Rama made Nashik his abode during 14 years in exile while his ardent devotee, Shabari, was waiting to host the Lord in Sureban village in Ramdurga Taluk of Belagavi. This Special cover connects the two paces with the commencement of commercial flight operations between the cities of Belagavi and Nashik by Star Air under the UDAN Scheme of the Government of India.

 - Suresh R.,  Bengaluru : email : suresh.hobbies@gmail.com

13 February 2021

New Stamps on Valentine's Day

 Love is in the air.....

Date of Issue : 14 February 2021


Date of Issue : 25 January 2021

CHANEL is a French fashion house that focuses on women's high fashion and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods and accessories.

11 February 2021

New Special Cover from Karnataka

 Silver Jubilee of Vidyashilp Academy : 8 Feb 2021 : Yelhanka

 Silver Jubilee of Vidyashilp Academy : KTK-14-2021 : 8 Feb 2021

Established in the year 1996, Vidyashilp Academy is India's First Fair Trade School. It has contributed to UNESCO's Happy School Framework. RISE (Respect, Integrity, Spirit and Excellence) is the School's core value. This special cover is released to commemorate the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Vidyashilp Academy.

: Suresh R. - Bangalore

New Special Covers to be released from Allahabad

Gandhi Smarati Vahan
Date : 12 February 2021
Place : HPO Allahabad
Time : 2.00 PM

Special Cover and Cancellation to commemorate 110th Anniversary of Airmail

Date : 18 February 2021

Place: Allahabad Fort Sub Post Office
Time : 11.30

: Prayag Philatelic Society

09 February 2021

New Special Covers

Dr Rajendra Kumari Bajpai : 8 Feb 2021 Allahabad

Special Commemorative Drive  from Sansad Marg HPO to IIT Delhi : 6 Feb 2021 : New Delhi

 125thYear of  YWCA India : 1 Feb 2021 : New Delhi

Lakhpat Fort Kachchh : 2 Feb 2021 : Lakhpat

Kachchhi Mud Work : 2 Feb 2021

Dholavira Kachchh : 2 Feb 2021

Credits: Ashwani Dubey- Gorakhpur, Timir Shah, - Vadodara, Srijesh Krishnan - Dehradun, Prayag Philatelic Society, Philately Promoters 

07 February 2021

CAPEX 2022 , Toronto


June 9-12, 2022 : Toronto

CAPEX 22 is an international one frame stamp and philatelic literature exhibition organized by the Canadian Association of Philatelic Exhibitions – Association Canadienne des Expositions Philatéliques (CAPE-ACEP).

The Exhibition will be held from June 9-12 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

CAPEX 22 is the inaugural International One Frame Stamp Championship Exhibition. It is also the largest exhibition of one frame exhibits ever held.

CAPEX 22 is being held under the Patronage of the Federacion Interamericana de Filatelia (FIAF) and the Recognition of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP). CAPEX 22 will be governed by the General Regulations for Exhibitions (GREX), the General Regulation for Evaluation of Exhibits (GREV), the Special Regulations for Evaluation of exhibits (SREV’s) and Guidelines issued by FIP and the Individual Regulations for Exhibition (IREX) issued by CAPEX 22.

In addition to the classes recognized by FIP for One Frame exhibits, several non-FIP classes including FDCs, Cinderellas and Illustrated Mail may be entered in CAPEX 22.

Exhibitors from FIP member federations and FIAF member federations shall be eligible to participate at CAPEX 22. Entries awarded at least 75-points at national exhibitions since Jan 1, 2015 or which have been exhibited at FIP, FIAF, FEPA or FIAP exhibitions will be eligible.

Participation Fee

1. There is no fee for Non-Competitive Class entries.
2.The participation fee for One-Frame Exhibit (Class 1) is US$125 per exhibit.
3. The participation fee for Philatelic Literature (Class 2) is US$80 per exhibit.
4. There is no fee for Youth Class entries.

CAPEX 22 Organizing Committeec/o Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation 10 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON Canada M4T 1A8 Telephone : 416-921-2073 Fax : 416-921-1282 E-mail : info@capex22.org
Exhibitors shall submit one Exhibit Application Form for each exhibit or literature application through the on-line application form at www.capex22.org. The Organizing Committee will notify the assigned National Commissioners of their respective countries.

Exhibit Application Forms duly filled shall be submitted through the on-line application form not later than November 30, 2021.

View : CAPEX 22 IREX

 View : Exhibit Application Form

06 February 2021

Best Wishes !

 Special Stamp for Valentine's Day

Parimad Soovid !

( Best Wishes  )

Date of Issue : 4 February 2021

Here is a beautiful stamp issued on 4th Feb 2021 by Estonia Post for Valentine's Day. Red roses are depicted in the Valentine’s Day stamp design, which refers to sending letters as a traditional way to remember our loved ones. Roses were considered a symbol of beauty and love in Ancient Greece. Therefore, they are one of the most popular flowers to be gifted to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. In addition to the flowers, the writing on the stamp says “Parimad soovid!” /Best wishes/.

This beautiful  the stamp can also be used for other celebrations, to surprise your friends or family with a letter or a postcard. There are several such days a year in addition to Valentine’s Day (14 February): Mothers’ Day (9 May), Grandparents’ Day (12 September) and Fathers’ Day (14 November), but the stamp is also ideal for any other greeting card.

Supplement to Meghdoot Cards guide (2015-2020)


Supplement – 1 to First Edition Meghdoot Cards Guide (2015-2020) 

The First Supplement of Meghdoot Cards Guide (2015-2020) By P.D. Heda has been released and available now. This Supplement  features details of all Meghdoot Cards released  between 2015 – 2020 with released date, Year & Motif, description , language and Printed Quantity .  It also includes the pics motif & designs  of all the Meghdoot Cards released between 2015-2020 period. The design, printing and layout of the Book is very good. It is useful for all the collectors of Meghdoot Cards and postal stationery.

The Price of the Supplement is Rs. 160 ( Including Postage in India) For the book  Please Contact : Purushottam Das Heda : Email : pdheda@gmail.com Mob : Whatsapp : 9848089049  

04 February 2021

New Special Cover - Chauri Chaura Centenary Celebrations


Chauri - Chaura Centenary Celebrations

My stamp and a special Cover was released during Centenary Celebrations of Chauri Chaura on 4th February 2021 in Chauri Chaura, Gorakhpur.

Chauri Chaura is a town near Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, located on the State Highway between Gorakhpur and Deoria, 30.5 kilometres. from Gorakhpur. Chauri Chaura is noted for a historic incident which happened on 4th February 1922 in Chauri chaura . It is very important in the history of national movement. The incident lead to killing of 22 policemen and immediate end of Non-Cooperation Movement by Gandhi owning to violence.

: Ashwani Dubey- Gorakhpur

02 February 2021

Club News


Rainbow Stamp News February 2021

Dear Reader

I am pleased to release February 2021 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available at following link :

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