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Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin edited and published by Jeevan Jyoti from Dehradun.

Thursday, October 23, 2008






Shimla November 2008 Issue No. 11
Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin Edited by Jeevan Jyoti for free circulation among philatelists

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Dear Philatelist

The month of October has been very festive both philatelically and nationally. India Post has issued many beautiful stamps and miniature sheets during this month. But a controversy has been created among philatelists due to cost of these miniature sheets. The miniature sheets of Philately Day and XIX Commonwealth Games have been charged for Rs 20 whereas the rate on these miniature sheets has been printed Rs. 15. It has caused a big confusion and chaos among stamp collectors all over the country. India Post should have clear guidelines regarding the actual rates for miniature sheets. India’s biggest festivals are being celebrated in this month . After Durga Puja, Dussehra we are going to celebrate Deepawali on 28th October. This special issue comes to you one week earlier and it is a small Diwali surprise for you. I have a very nice article on this special occasion from our very distinguished member Dr. Stayendra Kumar Agrawal on Lord Ram. Hope you will enjoy this article and rest of the issue too. Wishing you all A very Happy and Prosperous Dipawali ! Till next month …Happy Collecting!

.... Jeevan Jyoti







HAPPY DIWALI & SEASON'S GREETINGS


Through delightful "Imprinted Greetings Post Stamps."



India Post launched their innovative product so called "Greetings Post" on 6th Sept. 2000, at New Delhi. "Greetings Post" comprises of a card with envelope with pre printed postage stamp upon it. The "Greetings Post" envelope contains multicolored stamp with simulated perforation, which is a miniature replica of the design that appear upon the enclosure card & the text message printed in blue color on it. The Logo of India Post put on the flap of Greeting Card with word "Shubh Kamnayen" in Hindi & “Greetings" in English. The first series of such "Greetings Post Envelopes" are issued on the occasion of Happy Diwali, there are 32 designs were printed. Look here some beautiful images of "Imprinted Greetings Post Stamps."
Contributed By - Er.H.K.Jain, Mandla (M.P.)







Contents

§ Recent Indian Issues
§ In The News
§ Beginners’ Section
§ Specialized Section
§ Reader’s Right
§ New Issues from Other Countries
§ The Lighter Side
§ Blogs & Websites on Philately
§ Editor’s Mail box
§ Promotional Section
§ Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletters


Recent Indian Issues

· 17 September 2008 Sir Pitti Theagarayar, Dr. T.M. Nair, Dr. C Natesan
· 7 October 2008 Festivals of India – 3 x 500 P + M/s
12 October 2008 III Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune 4 x 500 P + M/s


· 13 October 2008 Philately Day – 500P



· 16 October Food Safety Day – 500 P

· 18 October 2008 XIX Commonwealth Games 2010,N. Delhi – 500P + M/s



Postal Stationery

New Meghdoot Post cards
Narmada Fertilizers, Gujarati
Rudra Shiva, Tala, Chhattisgarh, Hindi
AIDS, 4 Gujarati 1 Kannada

Inland Letter
Disaster Management advertisement in Assamese & Kannada

Special Cover – Postmark
Oct 2: Cuttack, Philatelic ExhibitionOct 2: Tiruchirappalli, T V Ramasubba Iyer birth centenary

Festivals of India
India Post released set of 3 stamps and a Miniature sheet on October 7, 2008 on Festivals of India. The stamps in the denomination of Rs 5 feature Dussehra Festival of Mysore, Durga Puja Festival of Kolkata, and Deepavali Festival.


Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra, is a festival celebrated in varying forms across India. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the autumn month of Ashvin or Ashwayuja, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual Navratri (nine nights) festival. Navratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The festival commemorates the victory of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and an incarnation of Vishnu, over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka. Rama killed Ravana on this day. The festival is celebrated with much gusto and huge fetes are organized where the effigies of Ravana is burned signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a colorful close. The Ramlila, an abridged dramatization of the Ramayana (Story of Rama) is enacted with much public fervor during the period of the festivities.




Durga Puja is regarded as the most important festival of Bengal. The city of Kolkata dresses up in a new look for the five days of the festival. The celebration begins from Maha Shashti (the sixth day) and ends with Bijoya Dashami (the tenth day). The design of the stamp features Durga Puja. In Kolkata it is known as Bijoya dashami The legend associated with the Shami tree finds commemoration during the renowned Navaratri celebrations at Mysore, which otherwise strongly emphasizes the Durga legend, as may be expected in the city built at the very site of the events of the Durga legend. On Vijaydashami day, at the culmination of a colorful 10-day celebration, the goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped and then borne in a Golden Ambari or elephant-mounted throne, in a grand procession, through the city of Mysore, from the historical Mysore Palace to the Banni Mantapa. Banni is the Kannada word for the Sanskrit Shami, and Mantapa means "Pavilion".
Deepavali is virtually India's a national festival, and is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the globe as the "Festival of Light," where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over the evil. In North India, it is the homecoming of Lord Rama after a 14-year exile in the forest. The people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed Rama by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (deepa), thus its name, Deepavali, or simply shortened as Diwali. Southern India marks it as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.


In The News




A new philatelic journal by India Post
A new Quarterly Philatelic Journal PHILA POST has recently been released by India Post (jointly with PCI) on 13 October celebrating Philately Day at New Delhi.. Linda Brady – Hawke is the Executive Editor and others in the Editorial Board are Manju Kumar, Director (Philately), Ranjit Kumar, Director (Global Business) & Dr. R.S. Gandhi, Mr. Manik Jain, Mr. Maiank Kathiara and Mr. G. Bhaskar from PCI. It is published by L.B.Associates Pvt. Ltd. for India Post. It will be available at all Philatelic Bureaus of the country.

Gold Coins also available in Indian Post Offices
Indian Post Offices have started selling 24 carat gold coins from October 15, 2008. The sale will be available in over 100 India Post outlets in Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat in the pilot phase. The gold coins are in the popular denomination of half gram, one gram, 5 grams and 8 grams. The prices of these coins will be competitive based on the prevailing prices of gold.

India Post has launched this pioneering venture in association with World Gold Council and Reliance Money. World Gold Council will help market the Swiss Medallions supplied by Reliance Money, making it available to Indian consumers through Post offices in a convenient and cost effective manner. The gold coins will be packed in a sealed cover with the certification from Valcambi, Switzerland. It has the benefits like internationally recognized certification, low risk of duplication, quality packaging, product standardization, numbering and assayer certificate.

Gold is the latest addition to a range of retail activity that India Post has already taken up. India Post has been selling various products under Retail Post category. Post Office sells UPSC applications and university applications, it retails Darjeeling Tea in West Bengal, it markets Aloe Vera products in Gujarat and it takes orders for distribution of Prasadams of various temples in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Electronic Transmission of Money Order
India Post has started electronic transmission of Money Order from October 10, 2008 that will make remittance much faster. Electronic Money Order would also provide more efficient and improved quality of service to customers. These will come without any extra cost to the customer. To begin with, around 2500 Post Offices all over the country have switched over to electronic transmission of money orders. Electronic Money Order will have similar tariff and limits of remittance as in the case of ordinary money order.



Spanish Post Continues to Back Children’s Smile Project
More than 22,600 children in hospital have benefitted from a scheme adopted by Correos, the Spanish postal operator and developed in collaboration with "Clowns without Borders" and other non-profit organizations. For the tenth consecutive year, a collaboration agreement has been helping hospitalized children by making them smile! The scheme is also aimed at disabled children or children living in jail with their mothers.The fundamental objective of the scheme "SONRISAS A LOS NIÑOS” (Smiles for the children) is to help children recover using laughter and humor - a complementary therapy to improve mental well-being, known to speed the recovery processes. Within the framework of this tenth edition, 20 children’s parties are planned in hospitals across Spain and other non hospitable centers of welcome for immigrants, special needs centers and penitentiary centers, aimed at improving of the quality of life of children. This tenth year will see an increase in activities to extend the benefits of the program to all the children need who it. Nine will be carried out in hospitals, six in Centers of Special Education, two in penitentiary establishments, and a further two in immigration centers. In addition, 15 training centers are to be established for the volunteers and educators of the collaborating organizations and for the cleaning personnel at the centers. The centers will help build experience and qualifications designed to develop new playful-educative activities for those coming into contact with the children. Similar activities are going on at Honduras in Central America which is largely Spanish-speaking area.
- Hellmail


Recent stamp exhibitions

KARLIPHILEX -2008
– Reported by M.Jagannath, Bangalore

Karnataka Philatelic Society (KPS) started in the year 1975 with 20 members and it is 33 years old society and now with 380 life members, had organized a three-day exhibition, “Karphilex”, from October 17 to 19 at Basava Bhavan. “Karphilex” is being organized to raise awareness about philately and to encourage the hobby, especially among youth. “Karphilex”, had been featured over 150 frames on different themes from Sixty participants, 40 juniors (below the age of 18) and 20 senior members of KPS had taken part in the exhibition. “The junior class was divided into sub groups from 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18. On the first day of the exhibition, Smt. Karuna Pillai Post master General (BD) Karnataka Postal Circle, Bangalore was the chief guest, and released a special cover with a special cancellation of a folk instrument of North Karnataka “Chowdike”. Cancellation had been in the shape of the instrument, “Chowdike”. This cancellation is to popularize the folk art of Karnataka.


Many senior and amateur philatelists, students and curious gazers gathered on the second day of “Karphilex 2008” and attended Interactive Session (for Philatelist).On the third day and last day of “Karphilex 2008” a special day for the youth philatelists was organized. All the participants of Karphilex 2008 participated in written Quiz Contest and Handwriting contest. And this time the new rules were added that all the junior exhibits should prepared by themselves with their own hand writing this was 99 % successful and the main intersection by our president Dr R G Sanogram of this is to promote philately and to encourage the hobby.The chief guest for valedictory function Shri. M.P Rajan distributed the Prizes for the participants.



EIPEX - 2008, Bhubaneswar
A Philatelic Exhibition EIPEX-2008 is going to be organized by Eastern India Philatelists Association at the Jayadev Bhawan, Unit-II, Bhubaneswar on 25th and 26th October, 2008 to commemorate the 10 year of foundation of EIPA with active support of the Department of Posts. The exhibition will be a non-competitive one and is limited to the members of EIPA only. Two special covers will be released on the occasion depicting 'Peace' & 'Unity in Diverity' theme with beautiful cancellation.
Design a Stamp - Painting Competition in Chandigarh
To celebrate Philately Day on 13 October a painting competition for school children was organized by Chandigarh Postal Division in the GPO. The subject was India of my Dreams. About 70 children participated. The competition was judged by Mr. U.D. Gauttem S.P. HQ Chandigarh Division Mr. Rakesh Walia Philatelist & Mr. G.S.Rana, Post Master.

Stamp Exhibition in Chandigarh
A one frame exhibit competition of stamp Exhibition was inaugurated by The Mayor and The Chief Postmaster General of Chandigarh and Panjab Circle at the GPO on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti .. There were 24 competents on various themes namely Gandhi Ji, Music, First Flight Covers, Flowers, Music, Collection of Greeting Cards by the Department of Posts, Freedom fighters, Sikhism, Portuguese India etc . A slide Show on stamps of Mahatma Gandhi was also put up by Mr. Rakesh Walia and Rakesh Khurana .

Philatelic Exhibition in Cuttack
Orissa Philatelic Association organized jointly one exhibition with Kalinga Philatelic Society and Utkal Philatelists and Numismatist Association on 2-10-2008 at Philatelic Bureau ,Cuttack GPO. Major General Mr.B.P.Das AVSM (rtd) inagurated the exhibition and Mrs M. Mishra DPS released the special cover. Mr.Sahadev Sahoo was the guest of honor. One special cover was released depicting the Star named after Gandhi "Celestial Divine Memorial" and the cancellation depicting people with inscription "Sabko sanmati De Bhagawan". The four different lebels were released. Interested collectors may contact : Secretary, Orissa Philatelic Association, Keonjhar Colony, Kanika Chhak,Cuttack-753008, E-mail: oriphil@gmail.com Ph:09861032965

THRISSURPEX-2008
A Philatelic Exhibition, THRISSURPEX-2008 is going to be organized by Philatelic Club Thrissur, as part of their 30 year celebrations at Pandy Samooha Madhom from November 21 to 23. A special postmark on Mahatma Gandhi theme will be given.

NUPHIL 2008
An exhibition NUPHIL 2008 of Stamps and Coins is going to be organized by Mysore Philatelics & Mysore Numismatics at Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry, Mysore
from October 31 to November 2.A special cover is proposed to be issued on 'Somanathapur Temple'& Special postmark on - 25 cash Mysore coin of
Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar 1799-1868

Rare Stamps from India & Indian States (International Market Price)

The India SGO150d 1948 10r. Purple-brown and lake increased from £14,000 to £25,000, an increase of 79% in one year.
I.C.S. CHAMBA 1887 SG: 1a/17a -- TYPE: UNUSED - Price: £32,500.00
I.C.S. GWALIOR 1895 SG: O10a - TYPE: OFFICIAL-M - Price: £2,750.00
I.C.S. FARIDKOT 1887 SG: O10b -- TYPE: OFFICIAL-M - Price: £3,000.00
I.C.S. JIND 1885 SG: 6/a -- TYPE: UNUSED - Price: £15,000.00

Beginners’ section

How to spot a fake stamp

Don’t fake it, how to know an original stamp from a counterfeit one. Postage stamps are one of the most collected items in the world. However, they are also considered as the most faked regummed and counterfeited items. The following are basic tips and advice to know which is fake and which is not. Gum or re-gummed, that is the question. First things first, what does it mean when a stamp is said to have been regummed?
A regummed stamp basically means that the stamp no longer contains gum in its one hundred percent original content. A gum is said to have been original when the gum is produced from the official postal authority of a country. The instance a particular individual has applied his own gum blend to the stamp’s back is the instance wherein the stamp is considered as officially regummed.

Why is regumming done?
Regumming is made to stamps to make it appear better and enhanced, therefore further increasing the stamp’s value. Fraud occurs when a particular collector buys a stamp and was informed that the stamp has an original gum, but is really a re-gummed one.

How to know ?
The most easy and convenient way to detect which gum is original and which is counterfeit is by simply comparing an original gum from a regummed one. Try to take note of the following-
A regummed stamp has a textured and dull appearance with a little inconsistency in the thickness of the gum or when it is reflected in the light. Also, there are stamps that have been regummed and appear to have a surface that is glossy. The same appearance holds with stamps that are imperforated.

A stamp that contains a watermark can be easily seen on a stamp that has been regummed. Meanwhile, a stamp that was originally gummed has a watermark that could only be seen when the stamp is dipped in a tray of watermark using fluid for watermark. In the absence of such a fluid, the watermark in an original gum could also be seen when the stamp is put up to a light that is very strong. Observe, try to notice if the watermark seems to have been impressed in the gum. If so, start to be suspicious.

Another tip is that a stamp that has been regummed will most likely curl if it is placed down with its face on the hand’s palm. A stamp that has been originally gummed will not do that. One sure sign that a stamp has been regummed is to check on the stamps tips. If the perforation feels sharp, it surely has been regummed. Usually, an originally gummed stamp will feel soft. Fortunately or unfortunately, a good regummer still has a way to fake it. What he usually does is that he will try to file patiently down the tips of the perf in order to make them soft. The only way to effectively differentiate this is via looking through them under a strong magnifying glass. Another clue to know a regum from an original is to check and see if the gum extends well into the holes of the perforation. This situation never occurs in an original because the perforation is done after applying the gum. However, a regummer still has a way to fake it via filing out the perforated holes in order to eliminate any gum that are in excess. But most likely, they will almost always miss a spot.

Stamps that are reperforated
Believe it or not, these types of stamps are prevalent than most collectors think. This basically means that a perforation has been done privately by an individual and not officially. Why do individuals do it then? This is done in order to increase the stamp’s value. Stamps that were perforated officially have holes that are shaped in oval form and are cut less cleanly than perforations done privately. When seen closely, perforations that are originally done have little paper tufts that extend to the holes. All in all, stamp collecting – contrary to popular belief – is a challenging and an adventurous hobby. It requires diligence, patience, perseverance and a lot of passion. Its various joys and adventurous experiences depend on you how seriously you take it and go through its deep research.

Specialized Section


Shri Ram has a special significance in Hindu Culture. He is worshipped as God in India and by all Hindus, living in different parts of the world. His ideals play a model role in Indian Culture and so he is also called Mariyada Purushottam Ram. Diwali – ‘The festival of Lights’ is being celebrated in our country since time immemorial to welcome God Ram’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years exile in jungle and his coronation as king of Ayodhya. “Jai Ram Ji Ki” is also a way of greeting in some Northern Parts of India. Dr. Stayendra Kumar Agrawal has presented many comprehensive articles on various subjects with the depth of research on material available on a specific theme. On the occasion of Deepawali, Here is another one by Dr. Agrawal . - Editor



JAI RAM JI KI
-© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal rosephila@hotmail.com




Ram which means 'one who permeates and who is present in everything and everyone' is the seventh incarnation of god “Vishnu". The majority of details concerning Ram come from “Ramayan” one of the two great Sanskrit epics of ancient India written by the “adhya Kavi “(first poet of mankind), saga Valmiki in Tretayug. Valmiki himself was a witness to the events in Ramayan. He gave shelter to deserted Sita Devi and personally raised Lav and Kush the sons of Lord Ram and Sita Devi in his hermitage (Ashram). He taught the children the story of their father Ram.

It is an ancient Indian tale of devotion, separation, and reunion. It is a story almost as old as civilization itself. It is an expression of the eternal battle between good and evil, ranging from short stories to lengthy epics. Combining elements of religion, romance, myth, magic, action, adventure, fantasy, and a fascination cast of characters including gods, goddesses, semi-divine humans, amazing monkeys, and powerful ogres, the story of Ram’s love for Sita and her abduction by Ravana, king of the ores, has withstood the rest of time and nationality. For over two thousand years, the story has captured the imagination of peoples from India to Iran, Tibet to Thailand, Cambodia to China, Japan to Java, Malaysia to Myanmar, and Sri Lanka to Siberia. In journeys beyond the geography of its setting and origin, it was even adapted by other religions in the process; local cultures have transformed Ramayana – more than any other story in the world – into a rich source of inspiration for the arts in a great variety of literary traditions, narrative expressions, artistic manifestations, and performance styles. Saga Valmiki is honored on a stamp of India Scott 523 depicting Maharishi Valmiki with Ramayan, Ram, Sita and Laxaman.
In India too many adaptation of Ramayan are seen in different languages and during different times and situations. Apart from Valmiki Ramayan at least four more Ramayans were written in Sanskrit. In the 12th century, Bhusundi Ramayana, Adbhuta Ramayana and Adhyatma Ramayana were written. The followers of Jainism adapted the epic in the form of Paumachariyan in the 3rd or 4th century in Prakrit.
Few other notable additions are the works of the Tamil poet Kamban of the 12th century known as Iramavataram, Molla ramayanam in Telugu and the 14th century Kannada poet Narahari Kavi's Torave Ramayan,15th century Bengali poet Krittibas Ojha’s the Krittivas Ramayana. Eknath written Bhavarth Ramayana in Marathi in 16th Century and in Oriya, Balramdasa Ramayana. In the 17th century, came the Ananda Ramayana and Rama Balalila in Gujarati and Ramavatara in Punjabi by Guru Gobind Singh ji also known as “Gobind Ramayana”. In modern days “Ram ki Shakti Puja” by Nirala and “ Saket” by Maithili Saran Gupta are also notable additions in this series only a part not delt in detail in any of the above Ramayans.

But after Valmiki’s Ramayana the most important work on Ram is that of 15th century Ramcharitmanas written by Tulsidas in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi which is also known as Tulsi-krita Ramayana, or "The Ramayana of Tulsidas". The Rāmacaritamānas consists of seven books, of which the first two, entitled Childhood and Ayodhya, make up more than half the work. The work is composed in quatrains called chaupais, broken by dohas or couplets, with an occasional sortha and chhand, the latter being a hurried metre of many rhymes and alliterations.

The poem revisits Ramayana of Valmiki, but is not a mere retelling of the Sanskrit epic. Where Valmiki has condensed the story, Tulsidas has expanded, and, conversely, wherever the elder poet has lingered longest, there his successor has condensed. It had a profound influence on the traditions of Hinduism in northern India being largely responsible for the replacement of the cult of Krishna by the cult of Ram .The poem is not seen as just a literary monument, it serves as an integral part of Hinduism, and is held in such reverence that the mere reading or hearing of it, or certain passages of it, is believed by the Hindus to free them from sin and shower blessings upon the reader or listener.


Kamban, Tulsidas, Nirala and Ramcharitmanas are also honoured on Indian stamps Scott 431, 238, 740and 660 respectively.

The Ramayana became popular in Southeast Asia during the 8th century and was represented in literature, temple architecture, dance and theater. The essential tale of Ram has evolved into unique renditions of the epic – incorporating local history, folktales, religious values as well as unique features from the languages and literary discourse. The Kakawin Ramayana of Java, Indonesia, the Ramakavaca of Bali, Hikayat Seri Ram of Malaysia, Maradia Lawana of the Philippines, Ramakien of Thailand are great works with many unique characteristics and differences in accounts and portrayals of the legend of Ram. The national epic of Myanmar, Yama Zatdaw is essentially the Burmese Ramayana, where Ram is named Yama. In the Reamker of Cambodia, Ram is known as Preah Ream. In the Pra Lak Pra Lam of Laos, Buddha is regarded as an incarnation of Ram.



Few scenes from these Ramayans also became subjects for many stamp issues of respective countries. “Under water dual between Hanuman and Matsya Kanya “ and “Hanuman in the battle field “ respectively on , Laos Scott C76 and C41.Scenes from Ramakien is also depicted on Laos Scott 1633-36.” and on a beautiful S/s of Thailand, Scott 2180-83 issued to mark Thaipex 2005 Stmp Exhibition. “Ram, Sita and Marich as Golden Deer”, Indonesia Scott 804, Thai version of this Golden Deer event is also depicted on an issue of Thailand Scott 1686.


Festivals of Lord Rama
Rama's day and time of birth, as well as marriage to Sita are celebrated by Hindus across the world as Ramnavami. It falls on the ninth day of a Hindu lunar year, or Chaitra Masa.




Suklapaksha Navami. This day is observed as the marriage day of Rama and Sita as well as the birthday of Ram. Temples are decorated and readings of the Ramayana take place. Along with Ram, people also pray to Sita, Lakshmana and Hanumana.



Indian Postal Department never marked this auspicious occasion issuing any stamp, though Ayodhya is the birth place of Ram. However, our neighbor, Nepal honored it issuing stamps in 1967 and 1968 featuring Ram & Sita and Sita Janaki Temple respectively on Scott 200 and 211 commemorating “Ramnavami”.

Every year for at least ten days, Hindus across many parts of India celebrate the Dussehra festival. It is a universally acknowledged fact that the celebration of Dussehra is void without Ramlila. During this time episodes from Ramayana are performed, culminating in the death of Ravana and the burring of huge ogre effigies to symbolist the victory of good over evil. The Ram Lila is publicly performed in many villages, towns and cities in India. Ramlila, the enactment of the story of Lord Ram is believed to have been started by great saint Tulsidas. His Ramcharitmanas, till today forms the basis of Ramlila performances. Ramlila is associated with the Vijayadashmi celebrations, in late September and early October.

The most famous of all is the Ramnagar Ramlilia of Varanasi. Started by the erstwhile Maharaja of Kashi in the most traditional style. The performances lasting for 31 days are marked by detailed dialogues and impressive enactments. Hundreds of sadhus called 'ramayanis' come to Ramanagar to watch and recite the epic.

Permanent structures are built and spaces designated to represent the main locales of the story i.e. Ashok Vatika, Janakpuri, Panchvati, Lanka etc., transforming the whole township into a vast Ramlila ground. The audience moves along with the performers with every episode to the next locale. To maintain the austere character of the Ramlila, electric lights, mikes and loudspeakers are not used, though the average audience is rarely less than ten thousand.

It is usually staged by amateur actors drawn from the same social grouping as the audience. There is often a singer (occasionally a priest) in the sidelines who recites relevant verses from the Ramayana during scene-changes or at moments of dramatic tension. These recitations and the narrative of the play are usually based on Gosvami Tulsidasas ' version of the Ramayana, in the Awadhi language. The dialog is improvised, and often responsive to audience reactions. Dhol drummers and other musicians participate. The atmosphere is usually festive and free, with the audience whistling and commenting as the story proceeds. Highly artistic masks are used in the ‘Ramlila’ which are generally made of papier-mâché, gilded copper and zari work. India Post issued a stamp Scott 605 depicting Mask of Ravan of Ramnagar Ramlila. Indo-Soviet joint issue of 1990 featured a scene from Ramlila Scott 1317.


The Ramlila is staged in most countries that with Hindu populations that have origins in Northern India, Central India, Nepal or Pakistan. Outside the Indian subcontinent, this includes Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, Guyana, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Great Britain, the United States, and Australia. Some Asian cultures have similar drama traditions based on the Ramayana, for instance the Phra Lak Phra Lam (Lak and Lam are the Laotian names for Lakshman and Ram, respectively) folk play of Laos and northeastern Thailand. Thai Post issued beautiful masks of Ramayana characters on its 1975 (Scott 737-740) depicting Ravan, Kumbhkarna, Ram and Hanuman and on 1981 (Scott 962-965) depicting Angad, Marich, Sugriv and Indrajeet. Laos also issued a set of Ramayana masks in 1997 (Scott 1336-1340).


Ram’s return to Ayodhya and his coronation are celebrated as Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights. This is the most important and popular festival in India and for Hindus across the world. In Malaysia, Diwali is known as Hari Deepavali, and is celebrated during the seventh month of the Hindu solar calendar. It is a federal public holiday. In many respects it resembles the traditions followed in the Indian subcontinent. In Nepal, Diwali is known as Tihar and celebrated during the October/November period. In Trinidad and Tobago, Diwali is marked as a special occasion and celebrated with a lot of fanfare. It is observed as a national holiday in this part of the world and some ministers of the Government also take part in the celebrations publicly. Deepawali is celebrated as one of the Public holiday in Singapore. Several streets including Serangoon Street is lit up by the government and has a festive outlook and shops declare Diwali mega sales. It is also a National Holiday in Fiji and Mauritius. In Kenya where over 60,000 Hindus reside, Deepavali is an optional holiday for the Hindu community.Many Postal administrations of the world issued stamps to commemorate this occasion. Depicted here are Singapore Scott1028 and Guyana Scott 245.




India Post is also issuing regularly from year 2000 a number of beautiful Greeting Cards for this occasion with pre-paid postage envelopes. The stamp designs on the envelope are an exact replica of the cards with word INDIA and denominations with simulated perforations. Every year scholars from different countries get together for the International Ramayana Conference (IRC).



The conference includes presentations on various themes and workshops based on Ramayana. The IRC was held in India three times, two times in Thailand and one time each in Canada, Nepal, Mauritius, Surinam, Belgium, Indonesia, the Netherlands, China, Trinidad & Tobago and the US. To mark this occasion many Special Postmarks were issued. Indonesia issued a set of 2 stamps (Scott 804-5) depicting Ram, Sita and Golden deer and Ram with Bow in 1971 to honor this International conference.



Ram in Art
Ramayana-The tales of Ram remained a very popular theme in all types of art. Innumerable artisans have carried the tradition of Ramayan; the makers of dolls, painters, puppeteers, sculptors, actors and performing artists.


In India, during Mughal period paintings based on Ramayana tales were very popular. Few are also available on stamps and Indian Pre-paid postage envelopes. Yaman issued a Mughal painting of Ram, Laxaman and Shiva on its 1967 issue. India 2000 issue (Scott 1850) based on Madhubani paintings also depicted duel of Bali and Sugriv.

Prambanan, Siva temple in Central Java, built in 9th century A.D. during the Sailendra kings, has 42 panels of Ramayana, covering the story from the beginning to the monkeys reaching Lanka. But the most famous of all is Ramayana paintings on the walls of the gallery of the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok. The paintings consist of 178 sections. The first picture is located just opposite the Viharn Yod, and they proceed in a clockwise direction. This is a poem describing the story in each section, inscribed on marble slabs. These paintings were first done in the reign of King Ram I but they have been restored many times. Thai Post issued a remarkable set of 8 stamps (Scott 666-673) featuring frescoes illustrating Ramayana scenes. Frescoes from Triumphal Arch, Vientiane, Laos are also depicted on an issue of Laos Scott C76.


Ramayana gave birth to the Cambodian version the Reamker. Scenes of the Reamker is painted on the walls of the Royal Palace in Khmer style, and its predecessor is carved into the walls of Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei temples. It is considered as an integral part of Cambodia Culture. Angkor Wat, probably the world’s largest religious monument ever constructed, built in the 12th century in Cambodia It is a renowned Hindu temple complex famous for having the longest running bas-relief (sculpture in which the design projects slightly from a flat background, but without any part being totally detached from the background) in the world. Beautifully crafted, many of the carvings were once painted and gilded. They decorate the 2-m high, galleried walls having roofed walkways that run along the inside of the protective moat, just outside of the temple complex itself. The most impressive reliefs are Sita's fire ordeal, Ram’s return to Lanka, killing of Kabandha, Valin, Viradha etc One of the bas relief is available on Cambodia Scott 168.
Beautiful Statues of Ramayana characters can also be found around the Emerald Buddha temple of Bangkok and available on a set of 4 stamps Scott 1972-75 of Thailand.


Ramayan has a pride of place in all types of performing art through out the world. The south Indian Kathakali is a dance drama that dates from the 17th century. It is based on one of the oldest traditions of stage performance, the Kutiyattam, a dance drama dating from the first century .The dramas recreate episodes from the ancient epic poems about the life of Ram. India issued many stamps depicting Katakali dances e.g. Scott695, 809 and 1952.

Original in the form of dance drama, the Reamker held its role as an integral part of Cambodian culture since the Longvek era. Ballet dancers are portrayed on a set of Cambodian stamps Scott 178-82. Indonesian Ramayana dancers in the role of Jatau, Hanuman, Ravan, Sita and Ram are also issued by Indonesian post in 1962 (Scott 544-49).


The Laotian version of Ramayana, called “Palak Palang,” is the most favorite theme of the dancers of Laos. The National School for Music and Dance, in this communist country, teaches the Ramayana ballet in the Laotian style. A beautiful set of stamps based on scenes of Lanka kand from Laotian Royal Ballet is issued by Laos Scott 184-89. Another remarkable issue is 1955 Scott C14-19 also featuring scenes from Ramayana Ballet have credit of being first issue on Ramayana theme.


Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) in Central Java is probably one of the oldest continuous traditions of storytelling in the world. Wayang is well integrated in Javanese society, and it is considered to be a highlight of Javanese culture. Wayang is a Javanese word meaning "shadow" or "ghost" and is a theatrical performance of living actors (wayang orang), three dimensional puppets (wayang golek) or shadow images projected before a backlit screen (wayang kulit). The wayang kulit use two-dimensional puppets chiseled by hand of buffalo or goat parchment; like paper dolls, but with arms that swivel. A wayang kulit puppet is a stylized exaggeration of a human shape. Most of the stories performed in the shadow puppet shows are from Indian epics but they were transformed by generations of Javanese tellers.

The dalang (puppeteer) manipulates the puppets, sings and taps out signals to the orchestra. He also speaks the parts for all characters; he must be able to render the shy sweetness in the voice of a princess, the spiteful whine of a lackey and the righteous but controlled anger of a noble hero.



In few countries of the world, theatre is as popular a mass media as in Malaysia and Indonesia.Wayang Wong is the theatrical live show of the Ramayana; whereas Wayang Kulit is shadow puppet show. SEA is rich in puppet theatre; leather puppet, dolls, rod, shadow etc. Every form has thrived from Ramayana themes.
In Thailand, there were also shadow puppet plays based on the Ramayana epic. The Ramayana puppets were cut from leather and painted colorfully for performances. These puppets (hnang) were similar to marionettes in their movements but they were controlled by sticks rather than string. Leather puppet is depicted on an issue of Thailand Scott 1825.


In Kerala, India puppet shows based on Kamban Ramayana are performed and in Andhra Pradesh, leather puppet shows based on Ranganatha Ramayanamu are performed. These shows are mixed with contemporary political topics and events. India Scott 1385 depicts a Ramayana puppet. So long as the sun and moon shine, the mountains and the rivers exist, the epic poem Ramayana (The Way of Ram) and the name of Lord Ram shall inspire the world.

Reader’s Right

Editor’s note- The aim of this stamp newsletter is to provide instant information and facts on philately to the readers and not to hurt anyone’s feelings. A new column Reader’s Right has been started from April issue. Readers may express their views, anguish and resentment through this column on philately. The platform is not used for any vested interest to cause derogatory to philately. When writing your views be sure that it should be related to philately only. It should not be used to express personal feelings between persons or groups in any manner. Please send your postal address and Ph. No. and if possible a photo too when writing on any controversial issue.

Department of Post is selling the Philately Day Miniature Sheet at Rs.20/- instead of Rs.15/- which is very clearly mentioned on the sheet itself. It is very bad on the part of philately. Philatelists all over India are against it. Here is a reaction….


Ilyas Patel, Ahmadabad

I have learnt about this nasty business of additional pricing of Philately Day MS the day on which it was issued. This issue has cropped up again and philatelists are again on the receiving end. Instead of developing healthy relationship with the philatelists, this is another bolt from blue from DOP forgetting about the unresolved issues. I personally believe that instead of investing in such differential priced MS all the philatelists must unite and boycott it at once. Let it be remained in the stock of the DOP. Or otherwise, the DOP must come out with a clarification that when affixed it will counted for Rs 20/- only. But this is the rarest of the rare event looking to the rude behavior of the DOP so far. Looking to the proceeding, it seems that there is an organized gang working in the DOP to take very adventurous decisions to hurt the sentiments of philatelists as well as to destroy the philatelic business of the DOP. The truth is only known by the God itself.I hope and believe that its time to unite and work together to lodge out protest.

Rakesh Walia, Chandigarh

It is quite surprising the miniature sheet issued on then occasion of Philately Day which is being sold by all the philatelic bureaus for Rs 20/ where as the MRP mentioned on the stamp is RS 15 .The Same is the case of Miniature sheet issued on 2010 Commonwealth Games. The invoice sent by The Nasik Press mentions the rate of the Miniature sheet as Rs. 20/ each.

Mansoor B., Mangalore

India Post should have a separate web-master to keep in touch with philatelic matters and update the same. Recently, they have changed their logo (I still think the old one looked better). It is not enough, changing the logo but they have to change their mindset. It seems that the India Post takes Philatelists as a bunch of fools who will silently take whatever they offer and whenever they want.

Regarding non-availability of stamps and FDC on the date of release, I wonder, if there is poor situation at Delhi Bureau, then what about the same in all other Bureaus in different parts of India? The Festival, Youth Games and the Philately Day stamps / MS / FDC are still not available at Mangalore Bureau till date. In this situation what is the meaning of a FDC, I suggest the Postal department should rename it as FMC (First Month Cover) so that we can send it later whenever the same is available at our Bureau.

Their Officers speak of promotion of philately at functions conducted on Philately Day etc., but forget about it the next day. The Philatelists lack a central body, an association of Clubs who will sincerely air our views and take steps to solve the problems.

Sorry, we are not that bad
- Souvik Roy, Kolkata.

14 –16 Oct 2008, our Kolkata Philatelic Bureau organized an (philatelic?) exhibition to celebrate “Postal Week” in the context of “World Post Day- 9 Oct “. It’s just, pathetic reflection of the educational level of the organizers about philately. It is now a normal ‘All India’ trend for the Department of Post to organize so-called philatelic exhibition to spend the allocation of fund (most exhibitions are usually organized during last month of the financial year) and to prepare a file to get departmental promotion for some non-sense people with no philatelic knowledge.

The recently concluded Kolkata show is perhaps the height of every thing.

Who did participated and with what collection and standard?

A collection from North Bengal on: 1. Stamps of Indian Princely States, 2. Mahatma Gandhi and 3.Terminology used in Philately. Yes, all are great themes, but I will be ever grateful if the organizers kindly explain, how they relate the above themes with post-office or postal week? Court –fee stamps and very commonly used states stamps do no hold any meaning for this type of exhibition.

In the whole exhibition only five frame collection of Mr. Basudev Ganguly, on” Calcutta Pin Code ‘” was relevant.

The quality and subject was totally missing. Job done file closed. The departmental staffs are only to stay maximum for three years in a department specified for philatelic promotion, so who bothers “ You asked me to organize an exhibition, I have done my duty, what you expect more from me?” But, Sir we the philatelists expect much more from the department, we expect, you, the people from the department to be educated enough not only to sell your product to some specific dealers but to promote philately as a whole. To know who are the good collectors, from whom one can learn something and in the process promote philately, what are good collections and what are not to be shown, you must know who is collecting what, a simple data base, you must know it Sir.

A lot of things could have been presented: Role of Post office and its significance in this changing world.

As a representative of the philatelic community from Kolkata and Bengal, as a whole, I beg your pardon on behalf of the organizers to both the viewers and the reporters of leading newspapers that what you all viewed are not the real state of philately in Bengal, we are much, much better. I personally know number of extremely good, international level collections on post office and postal communication at Kolkata only. It’s our bad luck that we missed all the prize collections due to reluctance of the organizers.

Its my suggestion to the Department of Post of Kolkata, to please consult right people in organizing this type of exhibitions, if you can’t, we are there to organize the same with very best collections from the leaders not from one exhibition collectors.

An interesting news to end up with, “we did planned for a special cover on this occasion but we can not find a sponsor’, a concluding comment from a high level departmental officer.

Thanks for reading, God Bless.


Dear Mrs. Jyoti,
I am researching the Indian philatelic market and looking for information sources on the number of philatelists, exhibitions, clubs and societies covering stamps and first day covers. If you or your members are able to direct me to such sources it would be very helpful.Thanking you in anticipation.
Best regards
Terry Mitchell
E – Mail: terry@ltmp.co.uk

New Issues from other countries

Agentina
27 September 2008 Argentina National Flower Festival (Scented stamps) – 2 S/s of 5 P each

Canada
1 October 2008 – Birds – 4 x 52 c
6 October 2008 Mental Health -10c

1 November 2008 Christmas – 4 Stamps



Czech Republic
15 October 2008 Handicraft – 10KC
5 November 2008 Works of Art on stamps – 2 x 23 KC + S/s – 30 KC

Gibraltar
2 November 2008 Christmas – set of 6 stamps
2 November 2008 The Gibraltar Regiment – Set of 10 Stamps

Great Britain
14 October 2008 Women of Distinction -1st, 48p, 50p, 56p, 81p & 72p


Hungary
25 September 2008 Synagogues in Hungary - 200 ft & 450 ft



Korea

1 October 2008 5oth anniversary of Korea –Thailand Diplomatic Relations -2 x 250 W
1 October 2008 centenary of the Salvation Army Korea Territory 250 W


Malaysia
9 0ctober 2008 Flowers




New Zealand
1 October 2008 Christmas 2008 – 2 x 50c, $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50




Poland
15 September 2008 450 years of the Polish Post – 3 x 1.45 zt
24 September 2008 Presidents of the Republic of Poland in Exile – 6 x 1.45 zt


Ukraine
1 October 2008 Swedish Military & Political Unions of XII to XIII Centuries – 1 UAH
3 October 2008 XI National Philatelic Exhibition in Ukraine - 1 UAH




The Lighter Side

A Tale of Commemorative Stamp

- M. Jagannath , Bangalore

Oh! Philatelist if you spare a few seconds and read this you come to now the tale of woe; and my pent up feelings, untold ever. Let me tell my tale. Born in famous Nasik Press packed and dispatched to Philatelic Bureau’s find my way to the post office where am sold for petty price. Cruel are many who purchase me unlike you come and purchase me.. Oh! Dear philatelist and my kind hearted friends few kiss me before licking me and few stick me letters on parcels, packets, book posts and cards, by using paste or gum, There ends not my delicate life hi! Friends they deflower and defile my Face and bosom tattoo and proudly name it ‘defacing’ smitten with shame I travel across by mail car or by mail van as per address world throughout much more is in store for me from that thankless addressee. Defaced stamp has no value who will care a deflowered one, some will torn me in to pieces and consigned to flames totally I end up lives as mortals all. Dear friends if I go in to the hands of philatelists, I am pure and safe for three value virginity mines and offer an abode in album where I shine with sister’s mine. I enjoy the pristine purity live I there adored and admired ever and ever thou do protect and shelter me taking me home on maiden day Oh! Dear philatelist this is all my wish and prayer may the tribe grow flourishingly and hail the hobby philately.



Postman Caught for……
A Dorset postman has been given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 costs after admitting stealing and wearing women’s underwear. Royal Mail investigators suspected had been stealing items from packages he was meant to deliver, but got the shock of their lives when police strip-searched him and discovered he was wearing a woman’s thong, an item that had been planted amongst his deliveries to catch him out. Matthew Furness, 35, who is presently going through a divorce, pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing a packet belonging to the Royal Mail. He told the court he realized he had a 'fetish problem' and felt he could now talk about it now it was out in the open.


Do you know?

- In Australia's early days, stamps were issued by individual colonies. The first stamp issued in Australia came from New South Wales in 1850. The one penny stamp which showed the seal of the colony is worth around $5000 in mint condition. The Kangaroo and Map series, first issued in 1913, were the first real Australian stamps. A whole range of stamps bearing this design was issued, valued from half a penny to £2 (about $4 in today's money). A mint copy of the £2 Kangaroo and Map could be worth as much as $4000 today.

- Before stamps were invented, the person who received the letter was charged by the number of pages, and also by the distance the letter had travelled. An Englishman called Rowland Hill came up with the idea of pre-paying for postage with 'postage stamps'. Today stamps just seem like common sense, but the Postmaster General at the time complained, 'Of all the wild schemes I have ever heard of, this is the most extraordinary'! However, Hill's idea was adopted and other countries soon started to issue stamps.

- The first Commonwealth Country to issue a stamp specifically for postage on Christmas greetings cards was Australia in 1957. The first stamps issued specifically for postage on Christmas greeting cards appeared in Austria in December 1937.


Also try this….

Virtual Magnifying Glass. This is a very useful program for anybody wanting to zoom in on images of Stamps found either on their computer or while surfing on the internet. It is a free open source cross platform magnifying tool. It is simple, easy to use and can be customized. t has resizable and draggable window and has adjustable magnification power settings. Unlike most similar programmes, it does not open a separate window for the magnification but instead puts a movable magnifying glass on the screen. It can be downloaded from http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/

- K.RAMARATHNAM, Chennai Email: manhtar@vsnl.com


Blogs & Websites on Philately

www.stampsofindia.com This is the website of India with complete information on Indian stamps.

www.rainbowstampclub.blogspot.com This is the e – Stamp Club Blog to bring philatelists together on blogosphere and share views with each other.

www.newstamps.blogspot.com - This is a beautiful blog by an Indian philatelist with lot of information on New Issues of stamps released all over the world.

www.philatelicnews.blogspot.com This blog is full of information from the field of philately.

www.indianstampghar.com It’s a good Blog by with daily updates on Philately.

www.stampbooks.blogspot.com it’s a beautiful Blog on stamps of Malaysia.


Editor’s Mail Box

Vijayrathnam Vijay Kumar, Canada
I have for the first time read your Oct, 2008 issue of the Rainbow Stamp News, with great expectation. I have recently started collecting Indian stamps and fdcs. I collect worldwide stamps and fdcs . I have the collection of the entire FDC from 1971 of Canada of all description (single, pairs, blocks, combination and all four corners of Inscription blocks) and should commence collecting verities. I wanted to establish a standing order with Indian postal service and wasn't very successful About Rainbow Stamp New, I really enjoyed reading them.


Promotional section

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Vadophil Auction No. 6
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David Feldman October 2-7, 2008 Auctions: Strong Levels and Spirited Competition

There is an old adage, "Thrones may crumble and nations may perish, but the postage stamp endures forever." The results of the week-long series of auctions held in Geneva, Switzerland by David Feldman SA proved the point. Just one typical example: the Austria First Issue 9 kreuzer "missing 9" printing variety, estimated at 2'000 Euros, realized 23,900 (all prices given include buyer's fees and commission).Strong levels for nice classics prevailed in the classic Spain and Great Britain Line-Engraved. Stamps and covers of Sweden, particularly scarce town cancels, often brought multiples of the estimates to some of the 70 bidders gathered in a simultaneous bidding room in Stockholm. The first day cover of the 1855 4 skilling value, one of two known, estimated at 80'000 Euros, soared to 262'900 and set the tenor for other Skilling issue covers throughout the auction.From Afghanistan to Zanzibar, from Polar to Olympics, from elusive varieties and postal history to enormous collections and large lots, this David Feldman auction series presented a true cross-section of world philately - as well of course, as the semi-annual auction of "Rarities of the World."“Rarities of the World:” over 50 persons present in the auction room, including leading dealers and collectors from Italy, England, France and Switzerland, plus additional internet and telephone bidders (at times, five different telephones were in use) and agents competed for 88 lots. Two of the highlights:From the extensive China section, the famous "Countess Caroline" cover, with its attractive franking consisting of a block of nine of the 5 Candarins "Large Dragon" issue, opened at 750'000 Euros and proceeded majestically to a final price of 1'165'125 - a new world record for any Asia cover, and 24 years after David Feldman first set a world record for this same world philatelic gem.Among the "crown jewels" of Russian philately, the unique cover considered the greatest item of Imperial Russian philately, franked by a single 10 kopeck imperforate of 1857 and a strip of three of the second issue 30 kopecks of 1858, addressed to the Austrian Embassy at St. Petersburg, came up for bidding. Opening at 750'000 Euros, it was fought over by two telephone bidders and one room bidder, and brought a gasp when the price reached 1 million Euros - soon to be eclipsed by its final realization of 1'314'500 - a new world record for Russia, and among the highest prices ever paid for a philatelic item at public auction.This series of auctions showed the growing importance of internet bidders, as over 140 different bidders competed for over half of the lots in the auctions, and were successful on 20% of those, for a total of nearly 700'000 Euros. In addition, the unique direct internet bidding system operated by the company made possible the remote auction room in Stockholm. That accounted for the lion's share of the successful bids for the Sweden section, bringing the total internet sales alone to over one million Euros.We invite you to check the prices realized lists posted on our web site, http://www.davidfeldman.com/ together with the auction catalogues for all results.David Feldman SA is starting to prepare the next series of auctions, to be held in the Spring of 2009. Contact us at +41 22 727 0777 or through our web site, http://www.davidfeldman.com/



Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletters

Stamp of India Collectors’ Companion - India’s first and most updated weekly e-newsletter edited by Madhukar and Savita Jhingan from Stamps of India, New Delhi. E-mail: mjhingan@yahoo.com Website: http://www.stampsofindia.com/


GPA News - June, July, August, September 2008 Issues published by Gujarat Philatelists’ Association. Editor – Ilyas A. Patel E- Mail: iap_ip@yahoo.co.in & altoexim@yahoo.co.in

Vadophil- October 2008 issue edited by Prashant H. Pandya & Timir R. Shah and published by Baroda Philatelic Society, Vadodara. E-mail: Vadophil@indianphilately.net & trs_shah@rediffmail.com Website : www.geocities.com/vadophil/


Phila Post - Inaugural Issue (Jointly published by India Post & PCI) - Oct Dec 2008, Quarterly Executive Editor: Linda Brady-Hawke hawkelba@satyam.net.in Publisher: L B Associates Pvt Ltd for India Post



RAINBOW STAMP CLUB

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008




Shimla October 2008 Issue No. 10

Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin Edited by Jeevan Jyoti for free circulation among philatelists

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Dear Philatelist

The month of October is the month of festivals and of course the month of philatelic exhibitions which are being held round the country. In this month it comes to my mind that India is a country of festivals. It is a humble request to India Post to issue few stamps on Indian Festivals which are celebrated with great joy all over the country. We have lot of stamps on personalities, monuments, Flora & Fauna, Sports and other themes. But the subject of festival and culture is lacking in Indian Theme. If we analyse the issues of India, we find there is dominance of personalities on Indian stamps. India is a country with rich cultural heritage and is known for its variety of culture found in different states. So the theme of culture should have an important place in Indian stamps. With this idea I just hope that you will enjoy this issue. We also have the birthday of our Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 which is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti all over the country . Our philatelic tributes to this great patriot of India. Have a nice festive season and Greetings to all of you for Id, Durga Puja, Dussehra and Deepawali. Till next month Happy Collecting!........


.......Jeevan Jyoti


Contents

§ Recent Indian Issues
§ In The News
§ Guest of the Month
§ Beginners’ Section
§ Specialized Section
§ Reader’s Right
§ New Issues from Other Countries
§ The Lighter Side
§ Blogs & Websites on Philately
§ Editor’s Mail box
§ Promotional Section
§ Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletters


Recent Indian Issues

· 2 August 2008 Aldabra Giant Tortoise - 500P, 1500 P + M/s
· 8 August 2008 Beijing Olympics 2008
· 12 August 2008 Indian Coast Guard – 4 x 500P + M/s
· 21 August 2008 Ustad Bismillah Khan – 500 P
· 17 September 2008 Sir Pitti Theagarayar, Dr. T.M. Nair, Dr. C Natesan



P Theagarayar

P. Thegayar was born at Egathur on April 27, 1852. He obtained bachelors degree from the Presidency College, Chennai. He served as member of Madras Municipal Corporation for 40 years since 1882. He was elected to the Madras Legislative Council in 1910. He was served as Chairman of Madras Municipality from 1920 to 1923. He founded South Indian Chamber of Commerce and served its Chairman from 1910 to 1921. He passed away on June 30, 1925.


Dr. C. Natesan

C Natesan Mudaliar was born in Tiruvallikeni area in Chennai in 1875. He graduated from Madras University. He worked first as lecturer in Pithampuram Maharaja College and later as interpreter in Gordon Woodrof Company. He then joined the Medical College as a student and became a doctor. He was elected to State Assembly during 1920-1926 and 1935-1937.


Dr. T. M. Nair

Taravat Mahadevan Nair was born on January 15, 1868 at Koduvayur, now in Kerala. He was precocious child and passed his matriculation examination with flying colors while still in Class 5. After his early education at Palghat he went on to acquire a master's degree in Arts from Presidency College, Madras. He then achieved a degree in medicine from the Medical College, Madras. He went to England in 1889 and obtained the highest degree in medicine MBCM in 1894 followed by a Doctorate from Edinburg University in 1896. He specialized in ENT from Paris, France. He was Secretary of the Student Union in his college days and published a journal called 'University Student'. He was Vice President of the Indian Association in London. He published 'Antiseptic' a popular medical monthly for 16 years. He published a newspaper 'Justice' for Justice Party for many years. He also edited 'Madras Standard' a magazine published from Chennai. He regularly wrote on the ideologies of the Justice Party in British media.He presented his views on communal representation principle in the British Parliament in 1918. He traveled to England again in 1919. He passed away on July 17, 1919 at London.


New Postal Stationery



New Meghdoot Post cards


Jharkahnd: Kasturba Gandhi Resident Schools, Hindi

Jhaarkahnd: Technical Education, Hindi

Jharkahnd: National Rural Employment Guarantee, Hindi

Jharkahnd: Girl Child Education, Hindi

Jharkahnd: Integrated Child Development, Hindi

Education or All, HindiGirl Child Support Plan, Hindi

Consumer Rights, Tamil

Unit Trust of India Infrastructure Fund,

Unit Trust of India Female Feticides, Hindi

Stop Child Marriage,

HindiAIDS, Hindi

Mother Protection Plan, Hindi

No Scalpel Vasectomy, Hindi

Inoculations, Hindi

Narmada Fertilizers, Gujarati


Rudra Shiva, Tala, Chhattisgarh, Hindi

Inland Letter
Oriental Insurance, ISP, Hindi
AIDS, OriyaDisaster Management advertisement in Assamese

Special Cover – Postmark
23 August: Madanganj (Kishangarh), 87th Birth Anniversary of Mahasati Umrao Kanwarji Maharaj Sa


In The News

THE WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION- PRAGA 2008 - EMAUS MONASTERY IN PRAGUE


This stamp was issued on 3 September 2008 and was designed to promote the World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 2008 which was held on September 12-14, 2008 at the Prague-Holešovice Exhibition Grounds. The monastery Na Slovanech was founded in 1347 by the Emperor Charles IV for South Slavonic monks of the Benedictine order with the aim of strengthening Slavonic relationships and removing controversies between the Western and the Eastern churches. It was the only Slavonic monastery of Charles' empire where the monks used the Old Slavonic language as the language of liturgy. The name Emauzy comes from the chapter of the Gospel read on the consecration day (the one describing the meeting of Jesus with his disciples at the village of Emmaus). The monastery became a centre of education and arts. The three-navy church of the Virgin Mary, St. Jerom and the Slavonic Patrons Saint is one of the largest churches in Prague. Adjacent to it on the southern side is a four-wing monastery with ambulatory around the paradise garden. The site also includes the Gothic royal chapel, the chapter hall and the Baroque refectory. The cloister is decorated with pairing painting; however, only a small part of the original cycle of 85 scenes from the Old and the New Testaments was preserved. These unique frescos belong to the most precious monuments of the Gothic era.

Heartiest Congratulations to Indian participants at PRAGA 2008
Indian participation in PRAGA 2008 World stamp exhibition was as given below. It was a specialized exhibition limited to Traditional, Postal History, One Frame, and Philatelic Literature classes. Damyanti Pittie was India's National Commissioner.


Large Vermeil Medal
Damayanti Pittie -- 'Bombay City Cancellations till 1900'Postal History - 87 Points
Abdul Matin Mollah -- 'Indian Government Fiscal and Judicial Stamps and Stamp Papers', Literature - 87 Points
Large Silver Medal
Sathi Veerachandra Menon -- 'Postmarks of Travancore State' Postal History - 75 Points
Silver Bronze Medal
Colonel Jayanta Dutta, 'Deccan Philatelist' Literature - 65 Points


Congratulations to participants in OLYMPEX -2008, Beijing


Winners from Bangalore (From left our member M.Jagannath,T. N Prahadarao,K Gautham Achar,Varun Bala Krishinan




LONDON 2010 International Stamp Exhibition
The London 2010 exhibition will run from May 8 to 15, 2010 and will have some 2460 competitive frames. Mr.Yogesh Kumar of Bareilly is the National Commissioner from India. A special feature will be an invited exhibition of 32 frames relating to King George V. There will be about 200 trade and postal administration stands. As part of LONDON 2010, Festival of Stamps will be held. It will be year long programme of exhibition events and activities marking the centenary of the accession of the George V, the Philatelist King. The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) and Royal Philatelic Collection are working in partnership with the Guildhall Art Gallery to produce the exhibition 'Empire mail: George V & The GPO'. This unique exhibition will explore the reign of King George V and will be open from May 7 to July 25 2010 at the Guildhall Art Gallery.




Venue: The Business Design Centre


An era of conflict and great change, the reign of George V spanned from 1910-1936 and saw the development of a number of communication methods, which brought the world closer. The exhibition will explore themes from king's reign such as innovations in mail transportation, the first Atlantic Air Crossing, the rise of graphic design in the 1920 and 1930s and wartime memories.
Frames and competitive classes
There will be some 2400 competitive frames available, comprising 1200 frames on show from 8 to 11 May, with the exhibits then changed for a different 1200 frames from 12 to 15 May.It is planned to include the following competitive classes:

Traditional Philately
Postal History
Philatelic Literature
Postal Stationery
Thematic Philately
Aerophilately
Revenues

There will also be a Youth Philately Class (one frame only), and also a One Frame Class which will be restricted to King George V philately and related material.The London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition has been granted full FIP Patronage as a World Exhibition, and all the competitive part of the exhibition will be run according to FIP standards. The contract for FIP Patronage was officially signed at the St Petersburg International Exhibition. The Bulletin 1 of the LONDON 2010 is now available at http://www.london2010.org.uk/downloads/ise-bulletin-2008-09-v3.pdf. The prospective exhibitors are encouraged to submit an electronic entry form online at http://www.london2010.org.uk/entries. Alternatively, the entry forms may be downloaded from http://www.london2010.org.uk/downloads/ise-2010-form-en.pdf or obtained from the national commissioner. India's national commissioner is Yogesh Kumar yk80@rediffmail.com of Bareilly. When a would-be exhibitor submits the online form, a copy goes to the exhibitor, the national commissioner and to the organizers. The national commissioner is then required to either approve or reject the entry. The entries approved by the national commissioners will be considered by the organizers for allotment. The entry forms can also be obtained by post from National Commissioner : Mr. Yogesh Kumar VISHNU BHAVAN, 370 Mc Nair Road, Prem Nagar, Bareilly – 243005 ( U.P.) Tel. No. 0581-2543379 (R) & 2576441 (O)






Regional UK stamps celebrated in Re - Issue
Royal mail re-issued the nine original Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland country definitive designs to mark the 50th anniversary of the first country definitive stamps to be issued in the UK. Country Definitive stamps first appeared in August 1958, prior to which, only symbols of all four countries of the UK appeared on one unified design, but calls for a ‘regional’ stamp began as early as 1945 when the Channel Islands requested their own postage stamps. Eventually after several false starts, individual committees were formed designs selected and after all practical and political issues were resolved, new stamps appeared for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.Now Royal Mail has selected nine of these original country definitive designs, and re-issued them as postally-valid stamps to appear on a special anniversary Miniature Sheet.Each of the designs has its own regional identity, but all bear Dorothy Wilding’s captivating photograph of the young Queen Elizabeth.



Tributes to R. Seethraman …. The Raja of collections…..

Mr. Raja Seetharaman was our member. It is very shocking and disappointing that he is not with us. Our deepest condolences. He will always be remembered for his great contribution in the field of Philately. The whole philatelic Community will always miss his presence. Our distinguished reader Mr. Krishnaswamy Ramarathnam writes from Chennai about this active philatelist….. – Editor

Mr Raja Seetharaman, a young and very active philatelist of Chennai died at a very young age due to an accident on 3rd September. He was a multifaceted personality being a historian and Numismatist in addition to being a philatelist. His collecting interests in Philately include Gandhi Nehru and Diana. He was a Collector of varied things which include wedding cards, Neighborhood Tabloids of Chennai, Expired Credit Cards, Calling Cards. Bulbs etc. His belief was that one can collect anything as long as it fascinates. The remarkable thing about Raja was that he used to plan meticulously and preserve his collections. He had a separate room earmarked in his house for his collections. Unassuming and mild mannered, Mr Raja Seetharaman used to take active part in organizing Madras Day celebrations since its inception.




He used to bring out Special Covers meticulously designed and executed on the occasion of Madras Day for the last three years. This year’s Madras Day function where he had brought out a cover is perhaps the last public function he attended. He was a Life Member of South India Philatelic Association and Madras Coin Society. His Stamp and Coin Exhibits have won Prizes in many exhibitions. A Graduate of Vivekananda College Chennai. Heritage and Culture were very close to his heart. A visit to his house in Chintatdiripet Madras would bear testimony to his love for Heritage. He and his family have renovated the house without losing any of its old charm or heritage. Mr Raja Seetharaman is survived by his mother and two sisters. Our heart felt condolences to them.

- Krishnaswamy Ramarathnam, Chennai




India Post launches New Logo
A Raja, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology launched a new logo of India Post. The construct of the new logo is inspired by the fact that India Post carries emotion across physical distance. At first glance, it is an envelope and at the next glance, it is a bird in flight, unhindered and unrestricted. The following bold strokes convey free flight. The choices of colors are Red and Yellow. Red has been chosen for its traditional association with the Postal Service. It embodies passion, power and commitment. Yellow communicates hope, joy and happiness. With the introduction of the new logo India Posts embraces change to be a vibrant and dynamic organization, with modern and professional approach in its service to individuals and businesses.
Forthcoming exhibitions

Philatelic exhibition in Bhubaneswar
The Eastern India Philatelists' Association, Bhubaneswar is going to organize a philatelic Exhibition ”Eastern India Philatelic Exhibition-2008 (EIPEX-2008)" at the Jayadev Bhawan, Unit-II, Bhubaneswar on 25th and 26th October, 2008 to commemorate the 10 year of foundation of EIPA with active support of the Department of Posts. The exhibition will be a non-competitive one and is limited to the members of EIPA only. A special cover will be released on 25th October, 2008 to mark the occasion. All the participants will be given a certificate of participation with a commemorative medal or memento. The details of prospectus, entry forms, inventory forms are available in the website http:// http://www.eipadownload.blogspot.com/ The last date of submission of entry forms is 15.10.08. Interested philatelists may contact Contact Mr. A.K. Dash , E-Mail : akdash2000@gmail.com

Oct 2-3: Chandigarh, ONE FRAME EXHIBIT STAMP EXHIBITION Organized by: Chandigarh Philatelic Club at fourth floor, GPO, Chandigarh . A special postmark on Mahatma Gandhi theme will be given. For details Contact: Rakesh Walia rakeshwaliastamps@gmail.com

Oct 13-15: Surat, Philatelic Exhibition Oct 14-15: New Delhi, Philatelic Exhibition
Oct 17-19: Bangalore, Philatelic Exhibition KARPHILEX -2008 from 17 to 19 October at Basava Bavan, Bangalore.

Oct 23-25: Jaipur, Inter School Schoolpex-2008 at St. Xavier's School

Nov 21-23: Thrissur, Philatelic Exhibition, THRISSURPEX-2008 organized by Philatelic Club Thrissur, part of their 30 year celebrations at Pandy Samooha Madhom. A special postmark on Mahatma Gandhi theme will be given .



Guest of the Month


Mr. Timir R. Shah is editor of Vodaphil published by Baroda Philatelic Society and a well known philatelist of Gujarat. He is secretary of Baroda Philatelic Society and a life member of Kutch Hobby Circle, Mumbai. He has participated in various National and State level Philatelic Exhibitions. His collecting interests include Indian Postal Stationery, Indian Air Mails, Counter Printed Stamp Labels and in his Thematic interest includes Orchids, Mushrooms, Roses and Plants Utility. He has won awards in several philatelic exhibitions and has also displayed his collection in Invitees Class of Bhrugupex 2003, Suratpex 2003 and Vadopex 2005. He has successfully organized Vadopex- 2000 as well as Dak- Bharti 2004 in association with GPA Ahmedabad and philatelic workshops in Vadodara Navsari and Surat. A Post Graduate in Microbiology with P.G. Diploma in Environmental Science, Mr. Shah has special interest in thematic collection related with Botany as well as in the collection of Counter Printed Stamp Labels. I am pleased to publish here his article on Counter Printed Stamp labels. I am highly thankful to the philatelists of Gujarat who have given a lot of contribution to both Rainbows. - Editor


COUNTER PRINTED STAMP LABEL by Timir R. Shah

In order to keep pace with the rapid technological development and with an eye to reduce the overall cost of operations, INDIA POST has launched a massive drive of modernization. One of the offshoots of such a move is the introduction of Electronic Data Processing Machine – EDP Machine (a personal computer with hard disc drive loaded with application specific software package) and a Printer.
This system is capable of handling every aspect of “ accountable “ mail articles like RP, INS, RL, SP, MO. etc., right from weighing ( a precision Electronic balance based on strain Gauge sensor is directly connected to the EDP machine wherever required ), calculating the appropriate postal charges, generating a Counter Printed “ STAMP “ Lable cum Registration Number Slip, which is struck on the article being booked ( as there are “ PRINTED ” out on a self sticking paper stock ) while producing the corresponding receipt for the patron, for the cash paid. With the introduction of Bar Code, the machine readable version of the typical PIN code of the office of delivery of the article and other relevant details like the office of the origin as well as the serial number of the article, are also imprinted on the label, so that OCR ( Optical Character Recognition ) machine can be used even for forwarding, tracking and sorting of such mail pieces, leading to easy accountability at every stage of the transmission route.



Foreign Air registered letter


Following different type of Counter Printed Stamp Label observed.
REG : Registered
REG AD : Registered Acknowledged
RP : Registered Parcel
RP-AD : Registered Parcel Acknowledged
RL : Registered Letter
REG-BKPKT AD : Registered Book Packet Acknowledged
RPKT-AD : Registered Packet Acknowledged
RL-AD : Registered Letter Acknowledged
IP : Insured Parcel
PS : Postal Service
PS-RL : Postal Service Registered Letter
FGN-AIR-RLAD : Foreign Air Registered Letter Acknowledged
FON-AIR-RL : Foreign Air Registered Letter
VPL : Value Payable Letter
VPL-INS : Value Payable Letter Insured
MO : Money Order
STATUS MO : Money Order
: Ordinary MO
SP : Speed Post
SP (Duplicate) : Speed Post Duplicate Receipt
SP-POD : Speed Post Proof of Delivery
SPP : Speed Post Parcel
Other Services

Speed Post Passport Service, Telephone Bill receipt, etc.

Without India Post logo




TYPE I: Without India Post Logo

SHAHIBAG P.O. Booking P.O.
REG. / A 77 Service Type / Sr. No.
******************************
INDIA POSTAGE
DATE Date of Dispatch
POSTAGE Postage
******************************
Wt. / Ins./To address Wt. / Ins./To address
Stamp affixed Rs. Stamp affixed Rs.


TYPE II : With India Post Logo ( red in colour )

VADODARA H.O. Booking P.O. with or without message
REG. / A 77 Service Type / Sr. No.
******************************
INDIA POSTAGE
DATE / TIME Date of Dispatch / Time ( Hrs-Min )
Rs. Postage
WEIGHT In case of Service Mail – No Rs. / Weight



******************************
India Post logo left side

TYPE III: With India Post Logo (red in colour – right or left side of label )

VADODARA H.O. Booking P.O. with or without message
REG. / A 77 Service Type / Sr. No.
Counter No. / Operator Code
******************************
INDIA POSTAGE
AMOUNT RS. Postage
******************************
DATE / TIME Hrs – Min / Hrs – Min – sec
Wt / Receiving City with Pin

TYPE IV: With India Post Logo (red in colour)

· Right hand having a India Post Logo ( red in colour ) in almost all types
· Left hand side India Post Logo also observed in area, viz. Hyderabad.

Line 1 : VADODARA HO ( 390 001 ) Booking PO with PINCODE
Line 2 : MO No. : B 6300 ( Counter 2 ) Type of Service ,Counter No.
Operator Code & with Sr. No.
Line 3 & 4: To Address
Line 5 : Sender Address

First 5 lines are common in almost all the labels but variation observed in following lines form Post office to Post Office and for type of postal service used.

Type A : MO Value / Commn
Total
Messgae and Date of dispatch

Type B : MO Value / Commn / Taxes
Total
Date of dispatch

Type C : MOVL / MOCOM
Date of Dispatch
To address

Type D : Date of Dispatch / Time of Dispatch ( Hrs – Min – Sec )
MO Value / Commn
Total
Messgae

Type E : P-Stamp Rs.
Wt. / Amt Null / Date of dispatch

Type F : Wt.
Amt , Date of despatch , Time of dispatch ( Hrs – Min – Sec )
Messgae

Type G : Wt.
Postage Stamp , Date of dispatch , Time of despatch (Hrs – Min – Sec )
Messgae

Type H : P- Stamp Rs. ----
Amt / Wt / Date of dispatch / Time of despatch (Hrs – Min )

Type I : Wt. , VP Amt : ----
Amt , Date of dispatch , Time of dispatch ( Hrs – Min )
Messgae

Type J : Wt.
PS / Amt / Date of dispatch / Time of despatch (Hrs – Min – Sec )
Messgae

Type K: INS for Rs. ---/ P- Stamp Rs. ---
Wt / Amt ; NULL / Date of despatch
Messgae



With BAR Code

Type L: INS for Rs. ---/ P- Stamp Rs. ---
Wt / Amt ; NULL / Date of despatch
BAR CODE

Type M : INS for Rs. ---/ P- Stamp Rs. ---
Wt / Amt ; NULL / Date of despatch with Time of Despatch ( Hrs-Min)

Type N: INS for Rs. ---/ P- Stamp Rs. ---
Amt : / Wt / Date / Time of Despatch ( Hrs-Min)
Bar Code of Dispatching Office

Type O: INS for Rs. ---/ P- Stamp Rs. ---
Amt / Wt / Date / Time of Despatch ( Hrs-Min)

Remarks: * Philatelists are requested to furnish the details regarding other types if not included in these articles.

* Views & Suggestions are welcome.


Beginners’ section

Stamp Collecting Equipments

Many types of stamp collecting equipments have been designed to assist the stamp collector. Here are some of them used by philatelists.

Hinges: The most important of all is the stamp hinge. Mounting stamps in album is done with specially prepared gummed paper called ‘hinges’. One should buy a good quality peelable hinges so that they don’t damage the stamps.

Mounts: Collectors of ‘mint’ (unused stamps with full gum) stamps who are very careful to avoid any damage to their collections use mounts which are also called Hawid Mounts available in crystal white and black.



Use of Tweezers & Hinges


Tweezers: Since stamps, especially MINT, that are clean and with full gum just as printed should be fingered as little as possible. They are picked up by a pair of stamp tweezers whose ends are flat to avoid any damage to stamps. With a little practice it will soon be an easy task to pick up both stamps and hinges with these tweezers, thus avoiding any greasy marks on stamps.

Magnifying Glass: It is used to see finer details of stamps. Many type of magnifying glass with light or without light are available in the market.

Water Mark Detector: A small black tray in which a drop or two of benzene is put. Stamps are dropped for a moment in the liquid and the watermark, if there is one, becomes clearly visible.

Perforation Gauge: A card with a graded scale of measurement used to determine the perforations of a stamp.
Album: One needs an album to store the stamps. These are of many types. Stock Books are best to store the stamps. Loose leaf albums are also available with details of a particular country. The used stamps can be mounted with hinges whereas mint stamps should be mounted in hawid mounts only.

Stamp Catalogues: To get the details of stamps various catalogues are available. Stanley Gibbons & Scotts are the well known catalogues, popular all over the world as well as Michel (German) which is very popular in Europe among non – English speaking collectors. We also have online catalogues available on Internet.


Specialized Section

Guidelines for exhibiting First Day Covers and Special Covers

The First Day Cover and Special Cover items referred to as covers should confirm to the principles of maximum possible concordance between the postage stamp or stamps, the Cachet, and the postmark. The quality of the constituent elements and the concordance between these elements give the Cover the qualification of correct philatelic material. Cover exhibit consists of First Day Covers and special Covers.

The postage stamp/s on the cover should be postally valid. Stamps violating ‘Code of Ethics of the UPU” are not admissible. It must be in perfect state. Covers showing several stamps are considered, if one or more of those are concordant with the illustration of the cachet or in the case of a non cacheted cover, forms part of the set. In case a stamp has secondary or partial subjects, each subject may be dealt with separately. The use of automatic vending machines is allowed, but will not score high points except in exceptional circumstances. Non pictorial postmarks are allowed, but will not score high points except in exceptional circumstances.

The cover may be produced and sold by the Postal Administration, a private cover publisher, a philatelic individual or institution. The postmark’s pictorial design and the place of cancellation should have a direct connection with the subject of the stamp and must have the date of issue of stamp/s. the cancellation giving the name of the post office as well as the date should be clear and has to be struck so that the cancellation ties the stamp or date to the cover. This is applicable to special postmarks. It must have the date of the stamp issue and all stamps must be postmarked.

The Cover exhibits can be classified by Country or group of countries, Study or Themes. The exhibit by Country or group of countries includes Covers affixed with stamps issued by one country or by a group of countries having geographical, historical or cultural bonds. The covers may be displayed in chronological order, but such exhibits may not score high points. The specialized exhibit or study will be based, according to the exhibitor’s choice, either on the constituent elements of the cover, or on the different concordances ( either of stamp, cachet or cancellation) or on a specific period. The exhibit including covers related to a theme is limited neither in space nor in time. In these three types of exhibits, so called ‘variants” can be simultaneously shown such as Covers with the same stamp on different covers and with different cancellations and the study of variants of the cancellations.

For Cover exhibits, special significance is given to the philatelic and related knowledge and the maximum concordance. A good concordance between the title, the plan and the contents of the exhibit, a logical and judicious classification of the Covers adapted to the real thread of the plan. The research in Covers should be based on the observance of the three concordances: of subject, of place and of time. The concordance of place requires a connection between the name of the place or the locality shown on the postmark and the subject of the stamp and the cover. The greater the connection between topic or the design of the issued stamp and the place of postmarking will be considered of greater importance. The rarity of covers depends on the relative rarity of one of the three elements in its scope.



Reader’s Right


Editor’s note-
The aim of this stamp newsletter is to provide instant information and facts on philately to the readers and not to hurt anyone’s feelings. A new column Reader’s Right has been started from April issue. Readers may express their views, anguish and resentment through this column on philately. The platform is not used for any vested interest to cause derogatory to philately. When writing your views be sure that it should be related to philately only. It should not be used to express personal feelings between persons or groups in any manner. Please send your postal address and Ph. No. and if possible a photo too when writing on any controversial issue.

I have been reading your blog since many days. I have a general question which I think you are able to explain. In the website of Post it is said that the foreign letter cost is now Rs.20, but when I went to the Post office they said it as Rs.25, Who is correct, Why sudden rise of rates upto Rs.10, What is the cost to send a picture postcard to a foreign country, hope you will explain. Thanks

A Reader


It’s a good question. The minimum charges for foreign mail is Rs. 20 ( Foreign Surface Postage). But the rates given in the list issued by India Post (also available on its website ) Para N0. 4 it specifies rates for Air Mail service i.e Rs. 5 as Air Surcharge. This may be for the letters specified as Air Mail. As the charge for Post card is different for ordinary & Air Mail ( Rs. 7 for ordinary & Rs. 12 for Air mail Post cards). But I never found any difference in these two services as the mail reach at same time by both ways. Readers may also write their comments on these two different rates. You may send your Post card by affixing Rs. 7 stamp and post letter ( upto 20 gms) to any UPU country with Rs 20 stamps . – Editor



Dear Philatelic Friends,

My friend requested for pictures of stamps of USA of specific religions - Eid (Islam/Muslim), Kwanzaa (Native Aboriginal), Hanukkah (Jewish) and Chinese New Year (Stamps courtesy of Sukumar Chaudhuri - Kumar Gupta).


Recognition of the faith diversity within the nation.

This is in connection with my request to the postal administration of United States Postal Services (USA), Canada Post (Canada) and Royal Mail (U.K.) to issue DIWALI stamps for the Hindu, Sikh & Jain faiths, who form a substantial population in the respective countries. X'mas (Christian) stamps are too numerous of these nations hence not shown here. India has issued stamps of diversity, greetings and religious festivals, though secular!

Please let us know, if you are aware of similar thematic stamps of globally.

A thing of beauty is joy forever.

Prakash Mody, Canada
4prakash@gmail.com



New Issues from other countries

Aland

15 August 2008 Aland Mythical Peasant bride – 1.50 Euro


Argentina

27 September 2008 Argentina national Flower Festival (Scented stamps) – 2 S/s of 5 P each


Australia

8 September 2008 Tourist Precincts – 4 x 55c, $ 1.10, $ 1.65, $ 2.75 ;
8 September 2008 Waterfalls of Australia - The Waterfalls featured are: Russell Falls, Tasmania - $1.40 Jim Jim Falls, NT - $2.05 Spa Pool, Hamersley Gorge, WA - 2.80 MacKenzie Falls, Victoria - $4.10



23 September 2008 Special occasions depicting ten beautiful stamps focusing on life’s special occasions and personal milestones.

Czech Republic

3 September 2008 World Stamp Exhibition Praga 2008 – 10 Kc

Gibraltar

15 September 2008 50th Anniversary of NASA – 4 Stamps & M/s ;
15 September 2008 Cruise Ships IV 4 Stamps & M/s


Germany

7 August 2008 50 years of Gorch Fock, the training ship of German Marines – Sheetlet -10 x 50c


4 September 2008 Dinosaurs M/S with 4 stamps

Korea
5 September 2008 Extreme Sports series – 4 x 250 W


Malaysia
16 September 2008 royal Headgear – 10 x 50s


New Zealand

6 August 2008 Stamps & M/s on Alphabets – 26 x 50c



Poland

29 August 2008 Bridges of Poland – 2 x 1.45 zt & 2 x 3 zt


Portugal

26 September 2008 Pharmaceutical Ceramics – 2.25€


UK
18 September 2008 RAF Uniform – 3 x 1st class, 3 x 81p


The Lighter Side

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Classic Error Albino 1/2 Anna stamp of Q.V. - H.K. Jain, Mandla (M.P.)

Albino stamp of Q.V. (1/2 a.S.G.No.85, blue green) used on back side of 1/2 Q.V.green envelope. A registered cover dispatched from Mail Office Delhi Railway Station to Bikaner city. An Albino stamp along with normal stamp of Q.V.1/2 Anna affixed on back side of Q.V.1/2 a. green cover & cancelled by circular Dispatch seal "M.O.DELHI R.S./REG.8 FE./00 (ie.1900)".The delivery circular seal shows "BIKANIR REG./FE.10./00." The impression of outer frame of stamp as well as traces of green colour clearly seen (by magnifying glass) on Albino stamp. This type of major error not reported in any catalogue so for.


Rarities of Canada
The prepayment of postage by means of stamps was authorized in Canada early in April 1851, at that time no stamps had been provided. For a short while before supplies became available. R. W. Kelly, Postmaster of new Carlisle, Gaspe had some envelopes printed in black with the words’ Three Pence’ enclosed in an ornamental frame, and used them to denote the prepayment of postage. Only one such envelope has been found.

Canada’s most famous rarity is the 12d black of 1851. it is inscribed “Twelve pence” instead of One shilling. Because, unlike that of the penny, the value of a shilling differed in various parts of north America: in new England it was equal to 10d while in New York its value was no more than 7 ½ d. the term twelve pence admitted of no. of misunderstanding. The 12d highest denomination of Canada’s first issue of three stamps was little used. In the few years it was on sale only 1,510 examples were sold. In 1857 the 49,490 stamps comprising the remainders were withdrawn and destroyed. Consequently the black stamp was in short supply on the philatelic market right from the beginning and in 1865 collectors paid as much as one Pound each for specimens an extraordinary price for any stamp in those days. Despite its rarity it has been estimated that at least 50 examples, used and unused, have survived, and there are three unused pairs.

Another Canadian rarity is the 1959 – 5 cent stamp to mark the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway; it exists with the centre inverted. The stamp was printed in red and Blue, thus necessitating two separate printing operations. On 20 August 1959 an office boy was sent to the nearest Winnipeg post office to buy thirty 5 cent stamps. The office was in a Departmental store where the postal clerk took the uppermost sheet of the fifty of the Seaway stamps from a file, tore off thirty and handed them to the boy. Back in his office he gave them to the girl in charge of mail, who removed three and affixed them to letters which for mailing by lunch time; as the girl affixed one of the remaining stamps to the first envelope she was suddenly struck by the fact that the central design was upside down. A few days later another part sheet of twenty eight turned up at Picton, Ontario, and subsequently two more complete sheets of fifty were discovered in post office stocks; those two sheets were withdrawn from use and returned to Ottawa.

Blogs & Websites on Philately

http://www.rainbowstampclub.blogspot.com/ – This is the e – Stamp Club Blog to bring philatelists together on blogosphere and share views with each other.

http://www.newstamps.blogspot.com/ - This is a beautiful blog by an Indian philatelist with lot of information on New Issues of stamps released all over the world.

http://www.philatelicnews.blogspot.com/ – This blog is full of information from the field of philately.

http://www.stampsofindia.com/ – This is the website of India with complete information on Indian stamps.


Editor’s Mail Box

Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap, Switzerland
Thank you very much for forwarding me the September issue of your colourful Rainbow Stamp News. I was extremely pleased to read the article by Dr. Satyendra Agrawal on old and historic city of Varanasi. Hearty congratulations to him for this wonderful article. By this article Dr. Satyendra has demonstrated how one can build a display with the help of Indian philatelic materials. He has paved a new philatelic way, by which most of the budding philatelists in India can write and compile all possible information about their own city or state. Without any compulsion to show it at any philatelic exhibition but for their own pleasure and interest. I hope that the philatelic collectors will find an incentive in Dr. Satyendra's article and make the most of the philatelic material available in our own country, without being a victim to the obligation of purchasing and collecting materials issued or offered by foreign countries.

Sekhar Chakrabarti, Kolkata
I read with interest a few editions of your e-magazine. I am really impressed and I sincerely believe that your endeavor to promote Indian philately will surely produce desired result. While I evince interest to subscribe the Rainbow, meanwhile, please accept my heartiest congratulations. Happy Philately!

Jagannath Mani, Bangalore
The rainbow news bulletin is very nice and very colorful as Rainbow, as I learnt this bulletin is only for circulation among a limited group of philatelists. So I request and wish to receive the news bulletin regularly.

Promotional section

STAMP PACKS India Post brought out a stamps pack for Bismillah Khan Issue of August 21, 2008. Priced at Rs 30 the pack contains a FDC with Brochure.

Indian stamps Yearbook 2007
The Indian Stamps Yearbook is out for the first time. Just released book “ Collection of India Stamps 2007”, a 52 pages book in full colour, like an album to mount all the stamps issued in 2007. Hardbound. This book contains colour images of all the stamps, Miniature sheets, FDC, Postmarks, Technical data, Max cards and Folders, background information and colour images related to the stamps of 2007. The price of the book is Rs750.00 post free in India. This book shall also be available at a few selected Philatelic Bureaus in India; For more information please contact -Vijay Seth, S-331, Greater Kailash, Part-1 New Delhi-110048 Ph.: 09810241363 E- Mail vijay_hseth@yahoo.co.in

ITS Postal Auction No.42 - Last Date: 18.10.2008

INDIAN THEMATIC SOCIETY MIG # 3464, PHASE TWO, DUGRI ROAD, LUDHIANA - 141 013. INDIATelfax: + 91 - 161 - 2521244 Mobile: +91 98728 51244Email: indianthematicsociety@gmail.com OR surajjaitly@hotmail.com



Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletters

Stamps of India Collectors’ Companion India’s first and most updated weekly e-newsletter edited by Madhukar and Savita Jhingan from Stamps of India, New Delhi. E-mail: mjhingan@yahoo.com Website: http://www.stampsofindia.com/

Vadophil- July 2008 issue edited by Prashant H. Pandya & Timir R. Shah and published by Baroda Philatelic Society, Vadodara.
E-mail: Vadophil@indianphilately.net & trs_shah@rediffmail.com Website : www.geocities.com/vadophil/ Annual Subscription (including membership): Rs 100

Phila News, May Jun 2008 Issue, Jul Aug 2008 Issues published by Philatelic Society of Rajasthan, Jaipur Editor: Rajesh Paharia shreeshell@hotmail.com Annual Subscription: Rs 200

ITS Stamp News July- September Issue edited by Suraj Jaitly and published by Indian Thematic Society, Ludhiana E- Mail : indianthematicsociety@gmail.com
Annual Subscription: Rs 150, US8, Euro 6

GPA News June, July, August 2008 Issues published by Gujarat Philatelists’ Association. Editor – Ilyas A. Patel E- Mail : iap_ip@yahoo.co.in & altoexim@yahoo.co.in


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