Cancellations at INDIPEX2011 was a big issue faced by almost all the philatelists. Sunil Kumar Garg says,\”Oh, how badly we cancell our stamps daily. The black ink used is of the worst possible quality, and nothing can be read from the cancellations done, not even date. It destroys stamps. It only ends up helping the MINT baazar\”.
Kamran Ahmed, a philatelist from Rajasthan faced a lot of problems when he tried to get cancelled his covers and passport stamps at the India Post counter.\”They made very rough cancellation on my covers and on passport stamps,India Post cancellation was a bad experience at all\”, he says.
Anil K. Pujara who was present all the days at INDIPEX2011 reportd the holistic view giving a common voice to the philatelists\’ fraternity, \”…happenings witnessed by Indians as well as foreigners at INDIPEX 2011 are very disappointing. Not expepted from a great country like INDIA where preparations are going on since long but on D-day every thing failed misrabely and country\’s pride is put to comprise beyond imagination. Indian cancellation is hopelessly poor and cooperation from cancelling staff is far below expectations. Collectors are seen begging for proper cancellation.Why make coolectors to beg and plead for propre cancellation on their collactable items purchased by them out of their hard earned money.What is the fault of a collector? Simple that they have adopted philately as a hobby they are transformed from a hobbyist to a pleader/beggar asking for proper cancellation\”.
Those who visited the APS counter at the venue were simply amazed to see the way everything was going on there.It was a completely cool scene and no hassles at all.It was a pure no-nonsense compared to the typical India Post counter(s). Kalesh Kumar SG visiting from Trivandrum aply says,\”Officials of Indiapost should learn from APS\”.
Kamran Ahmed feels that it was a real great opportunity to those who collect APS special covers of respecting years,were available at very genuine cost.
\”Army postal service jawans are very prompt to ask you to write comments in the comment book but the fact is that most of the people are writing comments without seeing the exhibits\” says Neeraj Kumar.
Philatelic Passport was one interesting philatelic concept that attracted many a philatelists. Getting a philatelic Passport was among the unique opportunities as the event was international and happened in India after a long period. Kalesh Kumar SG shares his experiences, \”I had to visit all counters of India Post for Philatelic Passport. It was kept locked inside a counter and none from India Post was present there to sell it. I had to go to the main counter again, complain and wait and later they started selling it. Israel’s counter is a big counter compared to other countries counters. But alas! Israel is not included in the passport!\”
\”It was disappointing that countries like Nepal,Pakistan,Japan,UK,Australia did not take participation and we miss Serbia,France also\” says Kamran Ahmad. [To Be Continued Further….. ]