Philately Losing its Charm?

By Sumit Bhattacharjee

\"philatelyWhen a youngster approached the Chief Post Master General of Andhra Pradesh B.V. Sudhakar and asked about the status of philately, he quoted the famous cartoon character Homer Simpson who once said in a TV show, “Son, stamp collecting is like life. It stopped being fun a long time ago.\”Well that epitomises the hobby of stamp collecting — ebbing with each passing year.And that was quite evident at the Krishna Pex, a philately exhibition organised by the Postal Department here on Friday at the Institute of Engineers building, where most of the philatelists who exhibited their prized collections were beyond the age of 60.

Rare collection: Veerabhadra Sarma, a retired chief engineer of the Department of Panchayat Raj, who showcased a rare collection of stamps depicting birds and flora and fauna from across the world, said, “Stamp collection is unique as it gives a pictorial depiction of life and culture of people and places across the globe. There is a lot of information, and students can learn a lot just by collecting stamps.”

Prized collection:A particular collection of his showcased the birds that have become extinct such as the Dodo, the Giant Moa and the Broad Billed Parrot.

On why the hobby was losing its charm, the Post Master General of Vijayawada blamed it on the social media sites and the cell phone.

A better hobby

“Today, children while away their precious time chatting mostly on the social sites. We organise these exhibitions to encourage them to take up the hobby,” he said.

True to its metaphor, any philately exhibition is a journey.

The thematic display such as India’s freedom struggle, 100 years of cinema and life of Gandhi were enchanting.

Mahatma’s life

The Gandhi collection by Bharani Aumar showcased the Mahatma’s life — from his struggle in South Africa to the Dandi March. Similarly, B.S. Prakash’s collection of stamps portraying freedom struggle and unity in diversity was an enlightening journey.(Source-The Hindu)

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7 Responses to Philately Losing its Charm?

  1. prakash bubkiya says:

    P M G OF VIJAYWADA BLAMED THE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DISCRESING PHILATELY , I MAY AGREE BUT MOST OF THE FAULT OF PHILATELY BEAURE ,& DEPTT ALSO ,
    EVEN P M G OF RESPECTIVE CIRCLE NOT KEEN INTEREST IN DEVELOUPEMENT OF PHILATELY ,
    IN PUNE FROM 2008 ONWARDS STAMPS & M S ARE AVAILABLE BUT PREVIOUSLY THEY DENIED ,WHAT IS THE FUN ?
    THEIR SHOULD BE ACCOUTABILITY TO TOP TO BOTTEM OFFICIALS ,

    HAPPY HOLI –2014

  2. A.K.Arunachalam says:

    Your write up are ok with no proper spacing ie killing the English.

  3. A V K says:

    Sir,

    Although, the above statement may be correct. But, It must also be noted that the philately is pursued more seriously by professionals working in I T industry. Of late, there are enough indications that I. T. professionals take up this hobby with lot of knowledge and the reasons they quote for being into this hobby is “to relieve stress”.

    And that indicates that philately can be a great recreational hobby………….

    HAPPY STAMPING……

  4. Zoya Mendoca says:

    It is inappropriate to say that IT professionals are indulging in philately for relaxation.
    They are pursuing philately as an investment option which will do more harm than good.

  5. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    Philately may indeed ‘die’ just because there is
    perceptibly miniscule infusion of fresh blood into it.

    Anyway, I always use non-personality commemoratives
    on each & every cover that I mail. This pleases both me
    as well as the receivers of those colorful things.

  6. Dinu says:

    One PMG said that philately cannot be sustained due to the facts that stamps are purchased and not used ! Read and commented on this website only. He forgets that stamps disappearing in cupboard of philatelist is the money earned by IP without giving the service. Net profit. For normal use dot matrix printer generated ubiquitous paper slip is there beside definitive and surplus commemoratives.

    Everyone cries foul about dying of the hobby. Only few philatelist like the gentleman from Lucknow can claim that they have helped the budding. I have very bitter experience in thus respect. One so called gentleman, I am yet to find time to make a write up with all proofs, swindled away from my collection. Fault is mine that I trusted him.
    My known 95% of so called philatelist , even without a theme! come only for money they can make by selling their extras. Once I have offered 1 complete set of block of 4 , my spare, MNH oF a particular year at cost of India post I.e. 4x cost of year pack of single stamps, to only genuine collector. I am still proud owner of the same as there were no taker. I do not remember hearing or seeing that someone gives away even a little spares from his collection with incremental like PF SAVINGS INTEREST. I.e. 9% per Animesh compounded annually . Demand is minimum 50% increament per year!!!!!
    Once I point one finger to others three will be pointing to me and one to almighty is the universal truth.

  7. Sandeep says:

    Like many others, Philately is an innocent hobby too.
    Since day by day, it becomes more and more difficult to remain fairly innocent; its charm fades away.

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