As a young boy, Prafulkumar Thakkar used to skip meals and buy stamps with the money saved. A lifetime has passed since then, but the 72-year-old former civil servant’s passion for philately has not dampened.When the first national stamp fair auction was held in Delhi on Saturday, the septuagenarian traveled all the way from Ahmedabad to buy a single stamp.“Collecting stamps is my hobby. I started collecting them when I was six years old. It is like a treasure. As a child, I found them very attractive and colourful. My pocket money was very limited, so I had to skip meals to buy stamps. Today, I have a collection of the rarest stamps,” says Prafulkumar.
Stressing on the need to develop a hobby, the retired civil servant said that even after retirement, he researches and reads on stamps for 16 hours a day. “I still have a lot to learn about stamps,” he says, adding that his hobby gave him the strength to deal with job pressure.(Source-Indian Express)