Prominent Philatelists of India (2)

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.

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13 Responses to Prominent Philatelists of India (2)

  1. Congrates Mr Jalan for nice presentation as you correctely used the word stamp collector for Mr Gulrej.Mr Gulrej has very well defined this
    hobby and really creativity is the essence of this hobby.
    Please continue this column which will motivate and guide other collector.

  2. Ricardo C. Guarde says:

    Nice to know Mr. M. Gulrez, a prominent philatelist of India. A nice credentials to his credits. I salute to his plan to launch an Encyclopedia of Indian Stamps. It’s a great move not only to Indian collectors but to collectors worldwide. I want to kept in touch with Mr.M. Gulrez. My email ad is Hope to hear from him soon. This is the 2nd part of the series , so I have to search the 1st prominent Indian philatelist.

  3. R.K.MISHRA says:

    Pleased to introduced with a philatelist of ALLAHABAD Sri Gulrez.The branch manager S.B.I. has designed and brought out a very nice cover on completion of 150 years of S.B.I Branch Allahabad.

  4. N.A. Mirza says:

    I wish we could see some pieces from Mr. Gulrez’s collection on airmail and Gandhi. Also, some more details on the encyclopedia he had planned.
    N.A. Mirza

  5. Manoj says:

    Nice good

  6. ANIL KR PUJARA says:

    Too Good n Best of Luck

  7. Harsh says:

    May I got his contact No.?

  8. Mukesh Shukla says:

    Yes…! He is a ‘real’ philatelist. We have met on phone only. however, he is very cooperative and sincere too!

  9. pankaj says:

    nice interview mr.jalan

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