There must be a reason why flowers and colours rhyme so well together! Maybe because they add that dash of much-required vibrant colour to our lives. India has been home to some of the most varied species of flowers in the world. In fact, if you were to consider just the Himalayan ranges, there is so much to explore. India Post has depicted 12 lovely flowers on postage stamps that were released as a single set on 3rd October 2013. Let’s talk about six of them today.
Kalidasa was probably one of the greatest exponents of Indian literature or Sanskrit from ancient India, whose works have earned him respect from all over the world even today. He was an active Sanskrit poet and dramatist in the 5th Century who is credited for six known genuine works namely – dramas Abhijnanashakuntala (“The Recognition of Shakuntala”), Vikramorvashi (“Urvashi Won by Valour”), and Malavikagnimitra (“Malavika and Agnimitra”); poems Raghuvamsha (“Dynasty of Raghu”) and Kumarasambhava (“Birth of the War God”); and the lyric “Meghaduta” (“Cloud Messenger”).
When the resonance of ‘Om’ spreads through the air the Nirguna Brahmand (universe) became Sanguna. This essence of Lord Shiva throbs in Indian soil, its philosophy illustrates him as the destroyer of evil, passionate lover, ferocious warrior, protector, lord of cosmic dance, incorruptible yet powerful force and equally ornamented with a fearsome temper. But this is what philosophy says about him, what about the commoners! How did they saw Mahakala (Lord Shiva) himself? Let’s learn about their perception of the God of the Gods through coinage by turning the pages of Indian numismatic to study Lord Shiva on coins.
Music takes various forms and has the power to take you to a whole new world. India is known all over the world for its rich musical history that originated since ancient times. Different ancient scriptures and structures have mentioned about many kinds of musical instruments. Let’s take a look at some of them that have also been shown on stamps of India.
Close your eyes. What does your brain process when your eyes can’t see anything? Sound, touch, smell, taste are the remaining four powerful senses that humans possess. Each one of them adds a new dimension to what you perceive. Electric signals are sent by special sensory glands using which the brain decodes various messages for you. Stamps generally are visually appealing and activate sensors related to human sight. But there are many scented stamps around the world which also activate sensors related to smell. Let’s take a look at the four scented stamps of India that have been released by India Post Till date.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the most loved Prime Ministers today. His appointment of an equal number of men and women in his Parliament, the appointment of Noble Laureates as Members of Parliament, etc gained him immense respect. He recently opened doors to immigrants from United States of America (US) as well as other countries. But how much do you know about the coins of Canada and the history of this beautiful country?
Manufacturing fake currency or counterfeit money is illegal in every country as they are produced without the consent of the Central Bank or the Government. It can lead to major setbacks on the economic stability of a country. More circulating money means that its value depreciates over time which in turn leads to inflation. It also results in mistrust among people decreasing acceptability of money and sharemarket value. Trade is the most affected when merchants have to face immense losses as fake notes are not reimbursed by banks of other countries.
Cinema is a visual medium of storytelling that will take you to a different world altogether. Each one of us might have watched a movie which has affected us deeply from within. Some comedies make us laugh while others make us immensely emotional. Filmmakers or film directors are the captains of their respective ships when it comes to movies. Without their vision, dedication and hard work there is no way you will be able to enjoy the magic of a movie. India post has issued several stamps of India depicting some of the most celebrated filmmakers of India. Let’s take a look at some of them!
Coins without symbols are incomplete. Symbols play a very important role in defining a coin. The prominent ones that are seen on the obverse or the reverse of the coins are the dynastic emblems or symbols. Other than these symbols we see other motifs that are sometimes referred to as secondary or auxiliary symbols.
This week, in a way, has been a colourful week really that kick-started with Holi. As the entire nation indulges in fun and frolic that the festivities invite, we thought of touching upon a colourful topic in numismatics as well – Toned coins.