Last week when I was looking at this year’s Oscar winning list, I was pleasantly surprised and felt happier for one person than for other winners. He happens to be the oldest ever to win an Oscar in the competitive category. I saw that movie (for which he won the Oscar) in the big screen in January. His work in the movie kept me mesmerized right from the opening scene till the end.
I was surprised after reading an article in the supplementary of THE HINDU last Thursday. Another related article in the newspaper the following day aroused my curiosity even more. The second article had details of an exhibition in Chennai that was on till Sunday evening. I didn’t want to miss the exhibition. So I visited the exhibition with my wife on Sunday afternoon. And what an eye-opener it was!?
Last week the Government decided to withdraw two definitive postal stamps. Definitive stamps are the ones available at the counters in all post offices. In this digital age where writing letter is almost a forgotten thing, stamps don’t matter much to people. Even among stamp collectors, very few collect definitive stamps. I have definitive stamps of few countries in my collection, but I am more interested in commemorative stamps.
However, the news prompted me to look for definitive stamps in my collection that might have had some significance in the bygone era. Here are the ones that I thought might interest you or raise a curiosity in you.
With all the craze over the First International Day of Yoga around the world, here’s my share of the enthusiasm through stamps.
Yoga postures on stamps
The four set of stamps on Yoga postures were released on 30th December 1991 by India Post.
Here’s a small news article that traces the history of Yoga that came in The Hindu.
While glancing through The Hindu newspaper on Tuesday this week, one image caught my attention. It was the picture of a painting of three women. The almond-shaped eyes of the women and the shape of their faces reminded me of a similar one I had seen somewhere. I smiled gently after realizing quickly where I had seen it earlier. I started reading the news article with interest.
The article was about Jamini Roy, a Bengali artist who is considered as a pioneer in Indian modern art. You can read the article if you are interested.
Now, where did I find the earlier painting? It was on an Indian stamp in my collection.
Stamp of a painting by Jamini Roy
The stamp is one among the set of four stamps titled ‘Modern India Paintings’ released in 1978.
I am glad to have it in my collection! 🙂
It’s been a month since my last post. I had been busy with work and moved to Vienna (Austria) last week for a new assignment. Just yesterday I had time to venture out on this beautiful city and that warranted a new post.
My colleague mentioned about the ‘Long Night of the Museums‘ event that happens every year in October. This year it happened yesterday, 4th October 2014. On this day, all the participating museums can be visited from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am for just 13 euros that includes the transportation cost too.
I wrote this post for the 375th Madras Day in 2014. I have added additional information and few more stamps for this year’s (377th) Madras Day.
Being born and brought up in this lovely city and being a stamp collector, I don’t have a better way to show my love for this city than through stamps.
Here are some Indian stamps on well known landmarks in Madras i.e., Chennai.