An Eye-Opening Exhibit

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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!?

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What’s in a Stamp?

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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.

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Stamp Connect – Jamini Roy

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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

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! 🙂

My night at the museums in Vienna, Austria

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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.

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Stamps on Madras (Chennai)

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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.

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The Ugly is the Beautiful!

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While flipping through ‘The Hindu’ newspaper three days ago, one article got all my attention. The article was about the passing away of Eli Wallach, the man who played ‘Ugly’ in the iconic movie, ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’. Who can forget one of his famous quotes in the movie, “When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk”?

He seems to have had a wonderful career in both stage and screen, but I think most people including myself will remember him for his role as Tuco in this movie. He aptly titled his autobiography as ‘The Good, the Bad, and Me’!

Tuco’s character is the most interesting among the three main characters in the movie. Eli Wallach made it lively and beautiful with memorable and sometimes funny quotes.

Gotta watch that movie again! 🙂