The year 2021 marks the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who was born on 23rd January 1897 in Cuttack to Prabhavatti Dutt Bose and Janakinath Bose. He was 9th kid to his parents and had 13 siblings. Continue reading 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru were great Martyrs of India of all time and are deeply rooted in the hearts of all Indians for fighting against Imperialist British. They could have chosen comfort and luxury and worldly desire but they have chosen gallows with a smile for the people of their motherland. They have rightly stated that the British can only kill individuals but cannot kill the ideas. 23rd March is observed as Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day across the country to pay homage to the unforgettable Martyrs of India. Continue reading Martyrs of India
We all have heard of Nobel Prizes and the Nobel Prize winners too. Winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honour. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure or a scientist or an activist plucked from obscurity, the award brings with it worldwide recognition that highlights one’s life work and provides the funds to continue and further the mission. In this blog, we will trace the Nobel Laureates on Stamps. But before we go into it, let’s know more about Alfred Nobel and how and why he started these awards in the first place. Continue reading Nobel Laureates on Stamps
“Music is a moral law. It gives inspiration to the entire world, wings to the soul and raises the thoughts of man up to the heavens. Music is the basis of the order. It is the embodiment of eternal beauty and glory.” These words by the great Greek philosopher Plato would find resonance in the soil of Azerbaijan be he a philosopher or just ordinary worker. Harmonic music lives in the very nature of this land, in its soil, trees and rocks. Classic Azerbaijani poetry is filled with lines about music and the supreme spiritual enjoyment that it gives. The rich musical heritage created since the ancient times is absolute proof of a genetic talent that is inherent in every generation of the Azerbaijani nation which produced Azerbaijani Music Maestros! Continue reading Azerbaijani Music Maestros
Sunday Morning! A cup of steaming tea and freshly delivered newspaper! This was, once, an ideal morning scene in many households. As the headlines were read, all the exhausting mornings of the week were forgotten. There was a time when news came from three sources Akashvani, Doordarshan, and Newspaper. A newspaper was the most favorite! As appose to the endless noise of Electronic Media Newspapers – the Quiet Voice of India truly came with a solace. Continue reading Newspapers – the Quiet Voice of India
The First World War was a truly global conflict and involved many Commonwealth countries that made huge sacrifices vital to Britain’s war effort. Though India was a British Colony at that time, it actively supported the war effort in its bid to gain Dominion status/Independence from the British Raj and contributed immensely to numerous battlefields around the globe. Continue reading History through Philately – Major Battle Theaters of India in World War I
Every stamp tells a story. Along with these small, multi-colored pieces of paper come the long, adventurous and out of the ordinary chronicles. These valuable pieces of collectibles unfold the entire journal of past events that collectively tell us lesser-heard stories. They have become unusual pieces of evidence of past and the narrators of modern history. The story that the stamps are telling today is the story of a great war. Continue reading History through Philately – Indian Air Warriors of World War I
Prior to the North German Confederation, German States stamps were issued by most of the separate Germanic kingdoms, duchies, free-cities, etc. of Northern Europe. The Grand Duchy of Baden was a state in the southwest German Empire on the east bank of the Rhine. The State of Baden came into existence since the 12th Century. However, the Grand Duchy of Baden came into existence in 1806 It became a republic for a while in 1849, following the German uprisings of 1848, but Prussia intervened, and the Grand Duchy was restored. With the advent of postage stamps and new postal administrations, Grand Duchy of Baden also issued stamps. Though less in number, the handful stamps of Baden give a peek into the history of Baden. Get ready to explore the small and sweet Duchy of the stamps of Baden. Continue reading Stamps of Baden
Makar Sankranti is a festival held across India under a variety of names to honor the God of the sun, Surya. Though often relegated to a secondary position relative to the three prominent Hindu deities – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, Surya was a key figure in the ancient Hindu texts, the Vedas, and is the subject of one of the most repeated texts of Hindu liturgy, the Gayatri Mantra. Many devout Hindus chant this mantra daily as a part of their morning ritual.
Postage Stamp Paper is made of an organic material composed of a compacted weave of cellulose fibers which is generally formed into sheets. Paper used to print postage stamps may be manufactured in sheets or it may have been part of a large roll (called a web) before being cut to size. The fibers most often used to create postage stamp paper include bark, wood, straw and certain grasses. In many cases, linen or cotton rags have been added for greater strength and durability. Grinding, bleaching, cooking and rinsing these raw fibers reduce them to a slushy pulp, referred to by paper makers as “stuff.” Sizing and sometimes, coloring matter is added to the pulp to make different types of finished paper.