29 January 2015

Monograph - The Post Office Mauritius Stamps


Book Review



Monograph – The Post Office Mauritius Stamps by Col Jayanta Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta , Published by The Army Philatelic Society L-335, Tarapore Towers, New Link Road Oshiwara, Andheri (West), Mumbai 400053. Price Rs 35O - Contact email : doctorjayanta2009@gmail.com

image The recent Monograph by Col Jayanta Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta is a comprehensive work on world famous rarest stamps of the world  “ The Post Office Mauritius stamps “. Every stamp collector must have heard about these famous stamps but might not know the whole story behind these stamps. Col J. Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta have researched on the topic and wrote a wonderful Monograph on these stamps which all stamp lovers would like very much.

The first two postage stamps of Mauritius  issued in 1847, the so-called "Post Office" stamps, are of legendary rarity and value. They were the first stamps issued in any part of the British Empire outside of Great Britain. The unique cover bearing both “Post Office” stamps has been called "la pièce de résistance de toute la philatélie" or "the greatest item in all philately". On September 21, 1847, Mauritius issued two stamps, an orange-red one penny (1d) and a deep blue two pence (2d).The words "Post Office" appear in the left panel, but were changed to "Post Paid" in the following issue, and are the source of the stamps' common name. The "Post Office" stamps are among the rarest stamps in the world, and are of legendary status in the world of philately.

The monograph has color pictures of stamps and its rarest covers. The layout, design and printing of the book is excellent. The Monograph gives list of all the stamps and covers of the series with complete details. The historical story of these stamps  described in this  Monograph would be liked by all stamp lovers and it would be an asset in their collection. This interesting book is recommended to all stamp collectors as well as to  the libraries of  educational institutions.

Club News

Special Cover : Centenary of Vani Vilasa Sabha, Kumbakonam


A Special Cover was issued on 26 December2014 at Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu to celebrate Centenary of Vani Vilasa Sabha, Kumbakonam.



Stamp Exhibition


ROCPEX 2015 - Philatelic Exhibition 30 – 31 January 2015 January at Trichy.

-  Kasinath  R. – Tanjore

28 January 2015

St. Valentine’s Day – a day of love and sincere feelings



Date of Issue : 3 February 2015



Australian Post will release a set of stamps celebrating the upcoming St. Valentine’s Day. The issue consists of four stamps that will be put into circulation on the 3rd of February.


Stamp and Coin Cover

The heart is quite simply the most iconic love symbol of all. The exchange of heart-shaped Valentines is believed to have gained popularity in Victorian England.

This latest issue of stamps, for special occasions and everyday use, is a fresh and contemporary take on the subject of love and the love heart form. Each stamp presents a heart shaped object, floating in a panorama of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.

There is a heart shaped kite, skywriting smoke trail, hot air balloon and cloud. The stamps convey a sense that love is something limitless, uplifting and exciting; that love is about to happen; that love is in the air…

27 January 2015

Club News



Philatelic gift to President Obama from Indian Prime Minister N. Modi


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PM Narendra Modi  gifted President Obama a copy of the first telegram from America to India's Constituent Assembly. He said: "Original commemorative stamp issued on 26th Jan 1950 is on back cover of the US telegram I gifted President Obama."

The telegram, headlined "Message of Goodwill", was read out at the inaugural sitting of the Constituent Assembly of India Dec 9, 1946

Android App of Indian Philately Digest launched


A good news for stamp lovers !!

Android App of Indian Philately Digest developed by Prashant Pandya has just been launched today at the Closing Ceremony by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Postal Circle. This App is very useful for all stamp lovers. They can get  latest update about Indian Philately throgh this app !!

Visit www.indianphilately.net/mobileapp.html or Google Play Store to download the app on your Android mobile phone.

New Special Covers

Rajpex 2015 : Mangalyaan - 27th January 2015


Special Cover on Mangalyaan released at Rajpex 2015 on 27th January 2015. Cover design based on the design of painting drawn by Kum Shreshtha Srivastava first winner of Competition held at Rajpex 2015.

Courtesy – Prashant Pandya





A special cover has been released at Kolkata on 24th Jan. 2015 on the occasion of Bicentenary of Jain Swetamber PanchayatiMandir (burra mandir), Cotton Street, Kolkata. Hon'ble Governor Sri Kesri Nath Ji Tripathi and Chief Post Master General Mrs.Arundhati Ghosh released the special cover, silver coin (Medallion) and set of picture postcards in a grand function.

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP) : email : sudhirjain@unistar.co.in

From our Readers

Philatelic Tributes to RK Laxman

Mr Vijay Deshpande of Mumbai shares here a FDC of Times of India , autographed by greatest cartoonist Shri RK Laxman who passed away y’day.



From the collection of Vijay Deshpande email : vijay2603@gmail.com

BAPU- a Painting & Stamp Exhibition at Patna


To commemorate the 100th year of arrival of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India, we are going to hold an exclusive Art and stamp exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi from 29th   Jan. to 3rd  Feb.2015 at Lalit Kala Academy, Patna. 

Mr. Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and other noted Gandhian  shall grace the occasion each day to make the event memorable one.

- Pradip Jain - Patna

Tributes to RK Laxman, the great cartoonist of India


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R K Laxman was a cartoonist, journalist, illustrator and humorist. For decades, he showed the Indian citizen who we are. He holds some of the highest national and media accolade for his exclusive work on the “The Common Man”. R K Laxman’s great sense of humor gave birth to extensive ingenuity in political satire. Men with like him are rare to find.He was best known for his creation The Common Man, for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.The stamp issued by India Post  celebrates The Times of India, with the iconic cartoonist R.K.Laxman's "Common Man" .

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India Post released a postage stamp on 13 November 2013 on 175 years of The Times of India,  featuring “ Common Man” cartoon made by RK Laxman .

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist, started his career as a part-time cartoonist, working mostly for local newspapers and magazines. While a college student, he illustrated his elder brother R K Narayan's stories in The Hindu. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist was for the The Free Press Journal in Mumbai. Later, he joined The Times of India, and became famous for Common Man character.

The greatest cartoonist  passed away on the evening of January 26, at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune, where he was on life support for the past few days. He was 93.Born in 1921 in Mysore, Laxman had no formal training in cartooning but the work he put out over decades was sheer genius. He began by drawing for local papers, and illustrating the stories of his famous elder brother, novelist R K Narayan, while still at college.

After stints at various publications and even a film studio after his graduation, he came to Mumbai in the 1940s. After a brief spell at the Free Press Journal, he came to the Times group in 1947 and stayed there for the rest of his glittering career.

The recipient of numerous awards, among them the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay Award, Laxman's fan base ran into millions. He never let them down, drawing two cartoons a day, always brilliant, with consummate ease. His Common Man, created in 1957, was the symbol of India's ordinary people, their trials and tribulations, their little joys and sorrows, and the mess they found themselves in thanks to the political class and bureaucracy. But despite the sobering reality of this, there was never any rancour in Laxman's cartoons. His humour was always delightful, and no one could hold a candle to his brushstrokes.He will always be remembered as the greatest cartoonist of all time.

26 January 2015

New Special covers from Rajasthan


Heritage Game of Rajasthan – Horse Polo, Maharaja Bhawani Singh Cup


Rajpex-2015, Day: 2, 25th January 2015

On the second day of Rajpex-2015, a Special Cover on Heritage Game of Rajasthan – Horse Polo, Maharaja Bhawani Singh Cup was released by Rajkumari Diya Kumari, MLA of Sawai Madhopur in presence of Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Digvijay Singh, Secretary, Polo Club, Jaipur, Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director Postal Services, (HQ), Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Dinesh Sinh Jaini, Director Postal Services, Shri J. M. Dhor and Sr. Philatelists, Shri Rajesh Paharia, Sr. Philatelist.



On the occasion two sets of Picture Postcards were also released by the guests on dais. One set of on religious places of Rajasthan including Dadudwara, Naraina, Jaipur, Govind Dev ji Temple, Jaipur, Sri Amrapur Place, Jaipur Ekling ji Temple, Udaipur, The first Church of Rajasthan, Todgar, Beawar, Galiakot Dargah, Dungarpur, Nakoda Jain Temple, Balotra, Barmer and Maa Tripura Sundari Temple, Banswara. Another set of 6 Postcards on Stamps issued on Rajasthan having images of Bride-Rajasthan, Valler Dance of Garasia Tribe, 13th Asian Pacific Dental Congress, 1988, Radha – Kishangarh, Pushkar Fair, Ajmer and Cities of India, Bikaner.A quiz competition of school children was also organized on the second day.

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Picture Postcards

Rajpex 2015, Day 3

Republic Day celebration, Flag hoisting ceremony and Cultural performances at Mahaveer Public School the venue of Rajpex - 2015 and Special Cover release on Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur with Cancellation in form of Meter Franking.

Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur

Special Cover released on Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur at Rajpex 2015 on 26th January 2015.


Courtesy : Prashant Pandya


MUMBAIPEX 2015 was INAUGURATED on 23rd January 2015 at 10.00 hrs by Shri Mahesh Zagade, Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra at the Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Annex Building, Mumbai GPO, Mumbai.

Mumbai Dabbawala Association


Shri Raghunath Medge, President, Mumbai Dabbawala Association was the Guest of Honor. Dr.N.Vinod Kumar, DPS (HQ) O/o Chief Post Master General, Maharshtra Circle were present at the event.A special cover on Mumbai's Dabbawala was released on this occasion.

Mumbaipex 2015 : SPECIAL COVER : Dr.Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum released on 24 January 2015


Courtesy : Viswas Menon

Greetings on Republic Day




Happy Republic Day !!

Today is 66th Republic Day of India. Let’s remember the golden heritage of our country and feel proud to be a part of India.  Greetings to all Indians living in every corner of the world on Republic Day .

Special on this 66th Republic Day

US President, Barack Obama would be the chief guest on this year, 2015 Republic Day celebration of India on 26th of January in New Delhi. He would be accompanied by his wife (Michelle Obama) and senior official’s team of the administration.

Women armed forces of India would take part for the first time in the Republic day Parade of this year, 2015. The order came from the top authorities as our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi keen to Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti. Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti would be the main theme of this year Parade.

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