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Monday, 16 May 2016

309) “Port Blair Island”: MyStamps (issued by India Post): Rajeev:



309) “Port Blair Island”: MyStamps (issued by India Post): Rajeev:


(This post is in continuation of my previous posts on “MyStamp” albums issued in Sumita’s name and my name, with famous Indian locations, heritage treasures etc, with our photographs affixed thereon – Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Ghats of Varanasi, Fairy Queen Locomotive and Mahabodhi Temple. The links to these interesting posts are as under:


1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

  
Given below is a sheet of 12 Stamps titled “MyStamps”, featuring my (Rajeev’s) photo, together with an image from the Port Blair Island (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), showing a clear blue Indian Ocean with myriad Sea life depicting colourful fishes etc.:



The above is an image of the MyStamps Sheet containing 12 Stamps of the value of Rs.5/- each, depicting a cross-section/segment of the Sea life around Port Blair Island, together with my (Rajeev’s) photograph.

This stamp sheet is contained in an elegant Stamp Album, image of which is as under:

 The Stamp Album is also titled: “Bhartiya Dak Tikit” (in Hindi) and “India Postage stamps” (in English).


About Port Blair Island (Andaman and Nicobar Islands):

Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is a Union territory of India, located in the Bay of Bengal.

Port Blair is connected to the Indian Mainland through a sea route involving a journey of about 3-4 days to reach the shores of Chennai, Kolkata or Vishakhapatnam. It is also connected by Air with flights going to and from Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Vishakhapatnam. The Airport at Port Blair and is presently called Veer Savarkar International Airport and is named after the legendary Indian Freedom Fighter and philosopher who was incarcerated in Port Blair’s infamous Cellular Jail.

Port Blair has several museums, a small quaint zoo, and places which remind you of the atrocities committed by the British Raj against Indian Freedom fighters and political prisoners – Ross Island, Viper Island etc.

Port Blair is also home to a major Naval base “INS Jarawa” (named after the indigenous Tribe inhabiting the Islands) of the Indian Navy and Sea and Air bases of the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Air Force respectively.

Port Blair has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a “Smart City” under the Smart Cities Project/Mission.

Our visit to Port Blair Island:

Sumita and I visited the Andaman Islands in March 1995. We took a Flight out of Kolkata to Port Blair and back after a week long holiday, where we explored a lot of the Capital city on our own, apart from the conducted tours.

We visited “Chiriya Tapu” (meaning the “Bird Island” or the “Island of Birds” or the “Bird Sanctuary”) on our own, as it was not on the tourist circuit then and was served by only a bus in the mornings and one in the evenings, where we were greeted by a friendly dog, whom we named “Sandy”, Boat-ride excursion to the Jolly Buoy Islands, Ross Islands (which served as a British garrison and a penal establishment between 1864 and 1867) , the customary Seven Islands boat ride, Viper Island and local sight-seeing like -  a Museum, Cellular Jail, a quaint little zoo , the Band Stand, browsing through the local book-stores, meeting several friendly people et al. We met a gentleman who belonged to one of the oldest tribes of the Islands in a local bus, who narrated enthusiastically the history of the Islands and of his people.

We spent our time purchasing local gifts items at the handicrafts stores and from street-side vendors – an old lady sold us hand-crafted straw hats for our friends back home, and enjoying the local cuisine – particularly the rice, curry and prawns – all of which made for a memorable holiday.

Fareed, the Hotel house-keeper who acted as a guide during our stay at Port Blair, taking time off from his busy schedule, , became a very good friend and took us round on the local sight-seeing and accompanied us on the boat-rides describing every place in great detail. When we left Port Blair Island, we exchanged gifts – a tropical designer shirt and a book for Fareed, while he gave us a Conch shell and a piece of drift-wood which he had found on the sea-shore during his school days. We still have these in our book-shelf and remember the Port Blair trip and Fareed every time we see them.
Images of the piece of polished drift-wood and of the Conch shell which Fareed had collected during his school days which he gifted to us as a gesture of friendship.
 Given below is a set of two spoons gifted to us by Maggie and Dennis, who had gone for a holiday to Port Blair a few years later. Don't miss the little thatched hut artwork towards the bottom of the spoons together with tropical foliage around it.

All this gifting and re-gifting of artefacts reminds me of the "Kula exchange", or "Kula ring" or "Kula Arm Band" or "Bracelet" which is a ceremonial exchange system prevalent in the Milne Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a local mode of gift giving:  

The Kula ring spans 18 island communities of the Massim archipelago including the Trobriand Islands and encompasses thousands of individuals. Participants travel hundreds of miles by canoe in order to exchange Kula valuables which consist of red shell-disc necklaces – “veigun” or “soulava” – that are traded to the North (circling the ring in a clockwise direction) and white shell Armbands – “mwali” – that are traded in the Southern direction (circling the ring in a counter-clockwise direction). If the opening gift was an armband, then the closing gift must be a necklace and so on. The exchange of Kula valuables is also accompanied by the trade in other items known as “gimwali” (meaning “barter”).
All Kula valuables are non-use items exchanged purely as a symbol of friendship.

Interestingly, Kula gifts do not remain for long in the hands of the recipients, but are passed on to other partners within a certain amount of time, thus constantly circling the ring of Islands.

But unlike the Kula gifts, the piece of driftwood and conch shell gifted to us by Fareed and the spoons gifted by Maggie & Dennis are ours to keep forever as tokens of our friendship.
(For more on interesting information about Papua New Guinea & the Kula Gift Exchange and local cultural symbols, please click on the following link: Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the setting up of the Bank of Papua New Guinea with a Commemorative Banknote/Coin)
Some photos from our trip:
                   Sumita waiting for a Boat at the Fisheries Jetty
 
Sumita standing under a leafy umbrella at the Jolly Buoy Island. Notice the white sands and the white driftwood. The large white boat in the distance was our ride to the Island. This is the place where one can do snorkeling and see fishes, sea-life and coral, such as the ones shown in the MyStamps sheet above. 
               Sumita and I waiting for the ride back to Port Blair Island.

At Ross Island: The trees have really grown very tall here and remind one of the "Jungle Book story" by Rudyard Kipling and the present day 3-D Movie which we saw just the other day.
 The deer who are found in herds at the Ross Island are very friendly. This one is asking for more after snacking on the tit-bit which he has already wolfed down.
This is the oldest grave in the British Cemetery at Ross Island. The tombstone reads "William Collins, Seaman, HMS Dalhousie. Died October 30, 1862, Aged 28 years".

The Cellular Jail:


The Cellular Jail was a high security prison constructed over a ten year period (1896-1906), entirely by the prisoners. The jail had seven wings with a central watch tower. In all there were 698 cells in these seven wings, in which prisoners were kept in solitary confinement, in cells measuring 4.5 x 2.7 meters. The Cellular Jail was also known as “Kaala Paani” (meaning “Black Water”), a name given to it due to the torture and inhuman treatment inflicted upon the Indian Freedom Fighters. Almost all the prisoners suffered life imprisonment with hard labour under cruel and degrading conditions. Many were hanged while several died of disease and starvation – reminiscent of the conditions prevalent in the Jewish Concentration Camps which were set up by Nazi Germany, during World War II.

 Two wings of this jail were destroyed in the World War II in 1942, and another two were destroyed shortly after Independence. Of the remaining three wings, two have been converted into a hospital (a symbolic healing touch, for the atrocities heaped upon the prisoners here under British rule), while one is preserved as a memorial.
  I cannot forget the small concrete cell where Swatantrata Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was imprisoned, which I saw during my trip to the Andamans in 1995. I sat inside for a few minutes remembering the sacrifices of all our martyrs. 


Commemorative coin issued on the martyrs of Cellular Jail:

The Reserve Bank of India issued a one rupee coin in 1997 for honoured the martyrs of the Indian Independence movement, who were jailed in the Cellular Jail of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


Obverse of the 1997 coin, showing the Asoka Lion Capital, with the words , "Satyameva Jayate" (meaning “Truth Always Prevails”) below it, the words "Bharat Rupiye"(in Hindi) on the left hand side and the words "India Rupee"(in English) on the right hand side. The numeral "1" is at the bottom of the coin.


 Reverse of the coin issued by Mumbai Mint (diamond mint mark below the year of issue 1997).

The Reverse of the coin shows two wings with the Central tower and the words “Cellular Jail and Port Blair” both in Hindi and English and the year of issue, 1997.  This coin has been issued by the Mumbai Mint (Diamond mint mark, below the year of issue).




I am placing here, a photo taken at the same spot which is depicted on the reverse side of the coin for a clearer visualization of the image on the coin. (Of course, I do not figure on the coin’s image, so don’t look for me on the coin!!). The person with his back towards the camera is Fareed.

 The wing on the left hand side (behind my back on the photo) is the hospital section, while the wing on the right hand side (i.e. in front of me) is the Memorial. Notice, that the white boundary wall of the hospital section has also, been nicely integrated by the master engravers of the Mumbai Mint on the reverse of this coin.


 The main gate of the Cellular Jail at Port Blair now turned into a National Memorial.




(For more on "Honouring Mahatma Gandhi and the Martyrs of Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands", please click on the following link: Honouring Mahatma Gandhi and the Martyrs of Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands)






Links to posts on Indian Post-Cards:

1) Historical First Day Covers on Post Cards compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle on Post Independence India

2) For Part I of the DYKS (32) "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" (Part I) - Description of 16 birds with picture postcards)

3) For Part II of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

4) For Part III of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas" please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

5) Two Series of Postage Stamps issued during the reign of George V: Inauguration of New Delhi in 1931 and Silver Jubilee of the reign of George V in 1935 compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle   

6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

7) Himalayan Lakes: Chandratal, Roop Kund, Sela, Tsangu and Tsomo Riri: A set of five post cards issued by India Post in 2015 

8)  Incredible India: (Part I) A set of 48 Post Cards issued by India Post in 2015
9) Incredible India: (Part II) A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
10)   Incredible India: (Part III): A set of 48 Post cards issued by india Post in 2015
 11) Olympic Events: A set of 12 Post cards issued by the Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 11.07.2016  

12) "Orchids": A set of 12 postcards issued by the Karnataka Postal Cicle of India Post, with designs inspired by 6 Stamps on Orchids issued by India Post on 21.10.1991 and 6 Stamps issued on 08.08.2016 
  
Maximum or Maxim Cards: 

1) Did You Know series (33): 1) Maxim or Maximum Cards 2) A set of 5 Maximum Cards issued by the Department of Posts, India to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

"My Stamps" Albums:

1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 
  
 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2016:

1)  Special India Post Cover  carried in a dedicated Hot Air Balloon flown during the II International Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Pollachi, Tamilnadu, released by Tamilnadu Circle of India Post in January 2016

2) "Vibrant India": Postage Stamps issued by India Post on this theme

3) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nasik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 1) Spl. Covers on Pandu Leni Caves and Smt. Kusum Dhirubhai Mehta released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 16.01.2016 

4) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.2016: (Part 2) Spl.Covers on Kalaram temple and Nashik "Grape City & Wine Capital of India" released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 17.01.2016 

5) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 3) Spl. Covers on "Nashik Dhol" and "Dr. Anand Gopalrao Joshi" released by Maharashtra postal Circle on 18.01.2016 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

7) Celebrating 75 Years of setting up of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal : Commemorative Postage Stamps brought out by India Post. 

8) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06 - 09.02.2016: (Part 1): Spl. Covers on "Indian Dak Runner" & "The PUNPEX-16 logo" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 06.02.2016 

9) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 2): Spl. Cover on "Butterflies of Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

10) PUNPEX - 16  held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 3): Spl. Cover on "Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

11) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 4): Spl. Cover on "Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh" released on 07.02.2016 

12) "Gurudwara Shri Paonta Sahib": Spl. Cover released by HP Postal Circle, of India Post 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

14) "Jal Mahotsav" on the River Narmada from 12-21.02.2016: Spl Cover issued by the Department of Posts, India 

15) "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv", Ujjain 22.04.2016-21.05.2016: MAPPEX-2016 Spl Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, India Post on 07.02.2016 

16) Unique Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh: MAPPEX 2016: A Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General , Indore Region, Indore, on 05.02.2016 

17) Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic car Rally": Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi on 28.02.2016 

18) Mahamaham Kumbha Mela Festival, Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu: February 13-22, 2016. Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai, India Post. 

19) "Maharaja Agrasen ki Baoli " in New Delhi: "UTSAV 2016"- A Special cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 17.02.2016 

20) Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Birth Centenary celebrations : A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi, India Post on 15.02.2016

21) Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued on 17.02.2016 by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi 

22) National Science Centre Delhi: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi , Department of Posts, India on 16.02.2016 

23) Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Vasantrao Srinivassa Sinai Dempo: A Rs.5/- Stamp issued by  India Post on 04.03.2016 

24) 150th Anniversary of the Allahabad High Court : Commemorative Stamps & Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively 

25) National Archives of India (Part 1): 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Commemorative Stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India on 13.03.2016 

26) The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 

27) "A Minor Rock Edict" of Samrat ashok found in Gujarra , Distt. Datia M.P. : A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region, MP Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India

28) "Batesara Group of Temples": A Special Cover issued by Indore Region, M.P. Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India 

29) "India-UN Women HeForShe Programme": Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post  

30) Fire Services of India: A Rs. 5/- Stamp issued by the department of posts, india to honour the "Fire Services of India

31) Govardhanram Tripathi: Commemorative Rs.5/ Stamps brought out in his honour by the Department of Posts, India. 

32) The "Everlasting Flame international Programme 2016": A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, Department of Posts, India. 

33) "Ahimsa Ball": Commemorating the 10th Installation Ceremony of the Ball: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 26.04.2016 

34) "BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 14-16 April 2016, held at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle on 14.04.2016 

35) "25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair" held from 22-24.04.2016 at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 22.04.2016 

36) "Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai Silver Jubilee": A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 07.03.2016 

37) Swami Chidananda: A Rs.5/- Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 21.05.2016, celebrating his Birth Centenary. 

38) "Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji Kashid: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 05.05.2016 

39) Tata Power: Commemorating the centenary of the establishment of The Company by India Post, by issuing Rs.5/- stamps on 10.06.16 

 40) "Surya Namaskar": The theme of second International Day of Yoga: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 21.06.2016

41) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Jharkhand: DEOPEX:2016: A Special Cover issued by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

42) "Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar": DEOPEX-2016: A Special Cover issued on him by Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

43) "Philatelic Seminar, Jaipur": A Special Cover issued by the Rajasthan Postal Circle, India Post on 28.02.2016 

44) "Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme - 2016": A Spcial Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 03.05.2016 

45) The Indian Institute of Architects: Commemorating the Centenary year of the Institute by issuing a Special Cover by Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 12.05.2016  

46) Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 (INAS 300): A Special Cover issued on the Induction of MiG-29Ks and de-induction of Sea Harriers in the Squadron, by the Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 11.05.2016 

47) State Trading Corporation : Celebrating 60 Glorious Years: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, India Post on 18.05.2016 

48) Christ Church Fort Teppakullam, Tirichirappalli: 250th Anniversary Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, India Post on 17.05.2016 

49) "BSE" (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange): Commemorating the 140th Year of its establishment: A Rs.5/- commemorative stamp brought out by India Post on 09.07.2016 

50) "VIKAS PARV - CHHAU DANCE": A Special Cover issued by Jharkhand Postal Circle on 17.06.16 

51) 65th Plenary of the North Eastern Council held on 26-27 May 2016 at Shillong: A Special Cover brought out by the NE Postal Circle of India Post, on 03.06.2016 

52) Platinum Jubilee of the First Philatelic Bureau set up in Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 21.06.2016 

53) Chennai Book Fair: A Special Cover issued by the Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 01.06.2016

54) Chennai Book Fair (Part II) A.K. Chettiar : One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

55) Chennai Book Fair (Part III): T.Janakiraman: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

56) Chennai Book Fair (Part IV): P.V. Akilandam: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

57) Chennai Book Fair (Part V): D. Jayakanthan: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

58) Chennai Book Fair : (Part VI): Pudhumaipithan: One of Six Eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

59) Chennai Book Fair: (Part VII): Va Ramasamy: One of six eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

60) Tadoba Andhari National Park: Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on "International Tiger Day" at Nagpur on 29.07.2016 

61) Tara Mata Temple Shimla: Famous Temples of Himachaal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover issued by HP Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

62) Bagla Mukhi Temple, Bankhandi, Kangra: Famous Temples of Himachal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover released by the H.P. Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016  

63) Chintpurni Temple , Chintpurni Una, HP: Famous temples of Himachal {radesh Sries: A Special Cover released by H.P.Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

64) Ter-Centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: A Special Cover brought out by Delhi P0stal Circle of Indiapost on 20.06.2016 

65) "Rio 2016" Summer Olympics: Commemorative Stamps and booklets issued by the Department of Posts, India on 05.08.2016

66) "Orchids": A set of 6 Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post on 08.08.2016  

67) Indian Metal Crafts: A set of six Stamps issued by India Post on 26.08.2016 

68) Independence Day - Tourism in India: A Rs. 25/- Commemorative Stamp issued by India Post on 15.08.2016 

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2014 and 2015:

1) 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil - A set of four stamps issued by India Post.

2) Commemorative Stamps on "Swachh Bharat" Mission

3) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Indian Ocean & Rajenda Chola I"

5) International Day of Yoga - "Commemorative Stamps & Coins" 

6) India-France - 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Commemorative Stamps

7) Commemorative Stamps on 50 years (Golden Jubilee) of "Engineers India Limited"

8Bicentenary of the "Old Theological Seminary" (OTS) Kottayam, Kerala

9Commemorative stamps issued on Nabakalabera (Jagannath Temple, Puri)

10) Commemorative stamps issued on an Indian Game called "Sagol Kangjei" originated in Manipur, from which Polo was adapted all over the World  

11) Samrat Ashok - Commemorative Stamps issued on the legendary Emperor of Ancient India 

12) Women Empowerment - Commemorative Stamps

13) Baba Amte - Commemorative Stamps 

14) Did You Know Series (4): A sample of the beautiful stamps brought out by Department of Posts, India 

15) 10th World Hindi Conference held at Bhopal - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts India

16) 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps issued by Department of Posts, India. 

17) Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedker by Department of Posts, India with a stamp titled "Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution" 

18) The "Charkha" or the Spinning Wheel: Commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India 

19) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

20) 50th Anniversary of the Border Security Force (BSF): Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

21) 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit at New Delhi - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts, India 

22) Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post.

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post.  

24) India-Singapore Joint issue: 50 Years of Bilateral Relationship: Two Commemorative Stamps issued by India-Post. 

25) Celebrating 60 years (Golden Jubilee) of EEPC India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

26) Centenary of the setting up of the Zoological Survey of India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

27) Celebrating Children's Day on November 14th - Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post. 

28) Musicians of India - Commemorating Classical Musicians of India by issue of Stamps by India Post. 

29) Sumitranandan Pant (poet and writer) : Commemorative postage stamps issued on him by India Post 

30) Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the IDSA, New Delhi: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

31) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post 

32) Commemorating Alugumuthu Kone, one of the first Freedom Fighters against the British: Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

33) Centennial of the Patna High Court of Judicature: Commoemrative Stamps issued by India Post 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on stamps issued in 2013: 

1) Commemorative Postage stamps on the "Wild Flowers of India" issued by India Post.

2) 100 Years of Indian Cinema: 50 commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2012:

1) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part I) - Warli Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012

2) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part II) - Shekhaati Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2011:

1) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2010:

1) Princely States of Indore, Sirmoor, Bamra and Cochin : Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts issued in 2008: 

1) Centenary of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru: Commemorative Stamps brought out by Indiapost in 2008

2) Standard Chartered Bank: Commemorating 150 Years of Banking in India: A Rs.5/- Commemorative Postage Stamp issued depicting the SCB Mumbai Heritage Building 

3) "Aldabra Giant Tortoise": A commemorative postage stamp brought out by India Post in 2008 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued in 2007:

1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  

Commemorative stamps issued in 1931, 1947 and 1950:

1) Three Series of original Indian stamps which depict : Inauguration of New Delhi (1931), First Independent India postage stamps (1947) and Republic of India Inauguration (1950)

 Postage Stamps from Thailand depicting Buddhist Jataka Tales:

1) Thailand postage stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Magha Puja Day (Part I)

2) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Asalha Puja Day (Part II)  

3) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Visakha Puja Day (Part III)

4) Postage stamps from Thailand commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales

Forever Stamps from United States Postal Service (USPS):

1) Forever Stamps: A Series of Stamps commemorating the "US Civil War 1861-1865"

2) Forever Stamps: The Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali (2016) 

Postage Stamps from the Bailiwick of Jersey

1) "Man of Steel": A Superman movie. Jersey post stamps commemorating a local lad Henry William Dalgliesh who played Superman in the Movie 

Postage Stamps from Gibraltar:

1) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal guidepost/landmark in Liberty and Freedom: A miniature stamp sheet issued by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Postage Stamps issued by Hongkong Post:

1) Working Dogs in Government Service: A sheetlet showing six dogs issued by Hongkong Post in June 2012

Postage Stamps issued by New Zealand Post

1) ICC Cricket World Cup - 2015 14 Commemorative Stamps issued with the theme "Have A Ball"

International Philately Exhibitions :

1) World Stamp Show New York 2016

2) Thailand 2016 - FIAP 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition 10-15 August 2016







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  1. Satyajit Pratap has commented:
    "Rajeev it's nostalgia time reading your post , we visited A and N in 2001 ,and it was a wonderful trip , the cab driver Bhaiyya Oscar was Awsum ,so were the ferry rides , photos with a Jharwah guy (not legal) , the drive through those tall trees , with eerie sounds. Awsum !!

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    1. Reading your narration, Satyajit, sounds like a great holiday. Can see that you all had lots of fun.

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