Mr. M. Gulrez interviewed by Abishek Jalan
M. Gulrez is a prominent stamp collector residing in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He was born on June 28, 1970. He received his studies in Nainital; Uttarakhand and received Graduate degree in Science from Allahabad University. He works as Publicity Director in Film Industry. He worked as lyrics writer and album producer in Albums such as Dil Ki Nazar, Wafaa, Daya and Joy along with Kumar Sanu. He was the Editor of Film Screen Magazine for nearly ten years.
Since childhood his father motivation and guidance led him to collect Stamps, “The King of Hobby”. He is a creative philatelist and experiments with stamps and brings out new themes and collections from the same stamps we under look. The very example is thematic collection on 100 years of Airmail. He interests himself in collecting India Mint, Miniature Sheets, and Sheetlets. Film, Insects, Cricket and Gandhi are his favorite collection.
Gulrez likes creativity in stamps and tells us that going to philatelic bureau and buying commemorative stamp is not pure philately. One must have creativity and innovative ideas and gathering information is an important part of the hobby. Anyone can go to the philatelic bureaus and dealers to buy the stamps from Independence to till now and place it in an album.
A Hindi word “Swatahsukhay” means that a person does whatever pleases to him and is not bounded by any rules. Same thing applies with this hobby. Philately provides information in almost every field and promotes national integrity irrespective of caste and religion. All the stamps are dear to him and a special one cannot be pointed out alone.
According to him Allahabad which once used to be a hub of philately is now depleted of the hobby. Even in mega event such as 100 years of Airmail not a single philatelic exhibition was organized by the postal department. No exhibition took place at all in the year 2011 in Allahabad. M. Gulrez along with Anil Rastogi (Gandhi Theme Collector), Ajay Gupta, Samir Aggarwal, Bharat Aggarwal and Dr. Manishi Bansal have formed a philatelic club called phila foundation in Allahabad to bring the old charm back of Allahabad.
Mr. M. Gulrez has taken the initiative to compile and launch an Encyclopedia on Indian Stamps.