Monday, 27 April 2015

India's First Miniature Sheet with QR code

India recently issued its first Miniature sheet with QR code .  This India - France joint issue M/S with a QR code describes how the satellite Megha-Tropiques (2011), Saral-Altika (2013) were launched through the joint efforts of both countries.



If you scan the QR(Quick Response) code you will get the below text message.

"India and France have cooperated in space exploration for fifty years now. The Cooperation is best illustrated by two missions that were developed and operated in partnership: a tropical atmosphere observation satellite, Megha-Tropiques, launched in 2011, and Saral- Altika, an oceanography and localization satellite, launched in 2013. These missions aim to observe climatic phenomena in order to understand the mechanisms and anticipate their consequences on a planetary level."






Saturday, 25 April 2015

Centenary of Gandhi's First Visit to Madras - Special Cover and Cancellation

Gandhiji stayed in Chennai, the so called Madras Presidency that time, for about 3 weeks(from April 17, 1915 to May 8,1915) along with his wife.  He stayed in Mr. G.A. Natesan's house in Thambhu Chetty Road.  Incidentally in the year 2003, January 26, The Hindu covered Gandhiji's Chennai visit in a different context. Gandhiji had visited Chennai earlier as well - though not related to India's Independence struggle - for e.g. in 1896.

The special cover as well as Special cancellation were released at the Chennai GPO, Mount Road, on 17th April 2015 at 10.00 A.M.  Mr. Mervin Alexander, Mr. Pandiyan and Mr. Balakrishna Das were some of the dignitaries who presided over the function.

Mr. Anup Kumar Goyal, was instrumental in bringing out this cover.








In the above cover Gandhiji's picture is woven with Kancheepuram silk. Kancheepuram is a city next to Chennai and its silk is famous all over the world.

   

The back side of the cover carries the embossed picture of "Central Railway Station" where Gandhiji arrived.

The special cover also carries the below insert.  The insert has covered the detailed program of Gandhiji's Chennai visit.

Front side of the inside card.




Back side of the inside card.




Monday, 13 April 2015

SIPA April 2015 meeting Update

After a very long time I attended the SIPA meeting on 12th April. It started with Mr. Balakrishna Das' welcoming speech and he informed all the members about the Special Cover and Special cancellation they are going to bring out on April 17th on the occasion of Golden Jubilee year of Gandhiji's first visit to Chennai as a National Icon / Freedom fighter.

Then Mr. Anup Kumar Goel discussed about the new releases of Indian Stamps since the last meeting and he shared the list of special covers released during the month of March.  Quite surprisingly it was indeed a lengthy list, but the good part is there is  something of interest for every collector. Among the all special covers and special cancellations Nainipex's cancellation should grab collectors attention for its fine details.

Mr. Anup who is instrumental in bringing out the Gandhiji's Special Cover told some interesting facts about Gandhi's visit to Chennai.

Gandhiji stayed in Chennai, the so called Madras Presidency that time, for about 3 weeks(from April 17, 1915 to May 8,1915) along with his wife.  He stayed in Mr. G.A. Natesan's house in Thambhu Chetty Road.  Incidentally in the year 2003, January 26, The Hindu covered Gandhiji's Chennai visit in a different context. As Mr. Anup pointed out, Gandhiji had visited Chennai earlier as well - though not related to India's Independence struggle - for e.g. in 1896.

The special cover as well as Special cancellation releasing function is going to take place at the Chennai GPO, Mount Road, on 17th April 2015 at 10.00 A.M.
Mr. Mervin Alexander, Mr. Pandiyan and Mr. Balakrishna Das are the some of the dignitaries who is going to preside over the function.

Myself and my sister spoke briefly on how the new CBSE curriculum book for 4th standard has couple of references to Philately as a hobby.

As always, Mr. Hemachandra Rao provided some valuable insight into different historical survey points scattered around Chennai on Church tops, Lighthouses etc.

There was a healthy conversation towards the end where concerns around timely release of new issues, availability, quality of printing and choice of themes.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Special Covers - Few aero/space philately related

Recently I started collecting Special Covers mainly on my theme "Flights of Fancy".  Here are some of those...






Below cover was released in 16th of January at Bengaluru during Karnapex 2015.  








Special cover issued for the occasion of Total Solar Eclipse on 16th February 1980.  (You can see the effect of Solar Eclipse: Dull paper color and the inverted stamp :-) ) 




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