28 May 2022

Just for Wine Lovers


Ruster Ausbruch DAC - Golden Yellow Sweet Wine

Date of Issue : 30 April 2022

Here is a  beautiful stamp issued by Austria Post featuring Golden yellow Wine prepared from grapes . The design of the stamp is so beautiful and attractive. Interesting feature of the stamp design is the stork seen in the wine glass. It is a special feature because the storks nest on the chimneys where the yellow golden wine is made. This is a collectible item for all stamp lovers !

Ruster Ausbruch DAC - Golden Yellow Sweet Wine

The distinguishing features of the city of Rust on the shores of Lake Neusiedl are the storks that nest on chimneys and the city’s wine, especially the delicately sweet “Ruster Ausbruch”.

It is a golden yellow sweet wine made from grapes affected by botrytis cinerea, an edible mold. The berries are dried, which increases the sugar content and enhances the aroma. The “Ruster Ausbruch DAC” must be made from hand-picked white quality grapes grown in the area of Rust and have a minimum must weight of 30 °KMW.

The city centre of Rust with its stately homes dating from the 16th to 19th centuries is a protected area. In addition to the historic buildings, large stork nests on the roofs catch the eye, which is why Rust is called the “city of storks”. Rust is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Fertő/Lake Neusiedl, recognised in 2001.

27 May 2022

New Book on Philately to be released...


Philately Its Glorious Past and Uncertain Future

By Anil Dhir

A book on Philately will be released at Bhubaneswar  on the 2nd June, the first Death Anniversary of  the Founder President of Eastern India Philatelists’ Association,  Bijayshree Routray. 

The Book titled:  “Philately: It’s Glorious Past and Uncertain Future” is a Festschrift Volume in his honour. The book, written by Anil Dhir,  has a foreword  by Jeevan Jyoti.  It has many interesting articles on the past and present of Philately in a world perspective, with special reference to the Indian context. The book is divided into two parts, the first comprises of scholarly and informative articles, and the second part is memorials and testimonials from philatelists over the country who have written wonderful and emotive pieces. 

The 210 page book with colour plates  is priced at Rs 400/- but is being offered at a pre-publication price of  Rs 200/- each. Despatch will commence from the 3rd June.  Please note that the price of Rs 200/-  will be effective till the 2nd June only, later on the book can be purchased from Amazon and Flipkart at the full price.

Those who wish to get this book on special reduced Pre Publication Price may contact Mr Anil Dhir.  Email : anildhir2k5@hotmail.com   Mob. & WhatsApp No. 9861020747

22 May 2022

International Day For Biological Diversity

22 May : International Day For Biological Diversity

Theme of International Day For Biological Diversity 2022 

“Building a shared future for all life” is the theme of International Day for Biological Diversity for 2022. The theme was chosen to continue developing momentum and support the post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the forthcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

The year 2010 was celebrated as International year of Biodiversity

The purpose of International Day for Biological Diversity is to raise awareness about the environment and all species that live on this planet.

Biodiversity is a broad phrase that refers to the diversity and variability of life on Earth. It is self-evident that the ecological world's equilibrium is required for survival. Every year on May 22, the International Day for Biological Diversity commemorates the value of biodiversity.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the environment and all species that live on this planet. It also encourages people to recognise and address similar concerns and issues.

Helvetia 2022


HELVETIA 2022 a specialized world stamp exhibition, with FIP Patronage and FEPA Recognition is being held in Lugano, Switzerland from 18-22 May 2022. The result of the exhibition has been declared . Here is the award list of Indian participants .

Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners !

1. Om Prakash Kedia 2. Dr. KS Mohan 3. Madhukar Jhingan 
4.Piyush Khaitan 5.Lokeswara Rao Madiraju 6. Dinesh Sharma


Indian participants

Large Vermeil Medal

Om Prakash Kedia's Litho Stamps of Bhopal
E P James's Cochin Postal History
Dr KS Mohan's Service Stamps of Cochin

Vermeil Medal

Madhav Ramachandran's British India
Mahalingam Ramachandran's Kingdom of Cochin
Madhukar Jhingan's Indian Aerogrammes

Large Silver Medal

Piyush Khaitan's Air India
Dinesh Sharma's Summer Olympic Games
Lokeswara Rao Madiraju's Buddhism on Stamps

Bronze Medal

Dinesh Sharma's Olympic Flame & Torch Relay

21 May 2022

International Tea Day

 21 May : International Tea Day

21st May is observed as International Tea Day . Darjeeling Tea of India is famous all over the world but unfortunately no stamp has been issued by India Post on Darjeeling tea. Special Covers are  are scarce to find.... This special post is dedicated to the tea lovers !

International Tea Day is observed annually on May 21, according to the United Nations. The concerning resolution was adopted on December 21, 2019 and calls on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to lead the observance of the Day

The International Tea Day aims to raise awareness of the long history and the deep cultural and economic significance of tea around the world. The goal of the day is to promote and foster collective actions to implement activities in favour of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and raise awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty.

An International Tea Day has been celebrated on December 15, since 2005, in tea producing countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda and Tanzania. International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.

20 May 2022

Happy World Bee Day


20 May : World Bee Day

On May 20, 2018, the United Nations declared the first World Bee Day, to bring attention to the importance of bees and the plights they face.  This date was chosen because it is considered the birthday of Slovenian beekeeping pioneer Anton Janša.

Janša’s exact birthdate is unknown, but his baptism occurred on May 20, 1734, and is generally considered to be his birthday.  Growing up in Breznica, Carniola (present-day Slovenia), Janša was a talented painter and studied at an academy for some time.  But his greatest interest was in bee-keeping.  His father had more than 100 hives and he often joined in village meetings about farming and bee-keeping.

Janša became a full-time bee-keeper in 1769 and the following year was made the first royally appointed teacher of apiculture (bee-keeping) in Austria.  Janša oversaw bees in the imperial gardens and travelled the country sharing his knowledge and suggesting people move hives to various pastures.  He also changed the size and shape of hives so that they could be stacked like blocks.  And as a skilled painter, he also decorated the fronts of his hives.

Following Janša’s death in 1773, the Empress decreed that all studies of apiculture be based on Janša’s books.  Janša’s beehive is still going today, preserved by other beekeepers over the years.  There is also a Museum of Apiculture named on his honor in Radovljica.

In 2016, Janša’s home country of Slovenia wanted to help raise awareness of the importance of bees and the issues they face.  Representatives proposed World Bee Day to the FAO Regional Conference for Europe.  Paying homage to Janša, they proposed his birthday as the date for celebrations.  The proposal was submitted in 2017 and accepted later that year.  The first annual World Bee Day was celebrated on May 20, 2018.  Celebrations have been held annually to help bring attention to the important role bees and other pollinators play in our world.

18 May 2022

Healing Marvels on Stamps


Medicinal Plants on Stamps

  RAJASHEKAR TUMMALA : Email : rajashekar.tummala@gmail.com

17 May 2022

New Special Covers from Karnataka


International Day of Forests : 21 March 2022 : Malleswaram

Special Cover – KTK-35-2022 - International Day of Forests.

International Day of Forests (IOF) is celebrated on 21st March every year. The theme of IOF 2022 is "Forests and sustainable production and consumption" .

For millions of people across the world, wood helps provide safe drinking water, food and shelter, but wood can do much more and is a renewable resource when forests are managed sustainably. This special cover is released to commemorate International Day of Forests 2022.

National Fire Service Week : 14 April 2022 : D.R.College

Special Cover – KTK-36-2022 – National Fire Service Week.

National Fire Service week is observed from 14th to 20th April in honour of the exemplary courage and incredible commitment exhibited by firefighters. On 14th April 1944,66 brave firemen sacrificed their lives during the rescue operation on board the freighter SS Stikine at Mumbai. India Post pays homage to such brave firefighters.

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

05 May 2022

Club News


Rainbow Stamp News May 2022

Dear Reader, 

I have just published May 2022 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available at the following link :


03 May 2022

Eid Mubarak


Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak! Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of daylight fasting in the Islamic religious calendar. The annual celebration is the most popular Muslim festival in the world and has been observed in New Zealand for over a hundred years.
Calligraphy artists Sameera and Muhammad Waqas created the artwork for the Eid Mubarak stamp issue.

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