Friday, May 10, 2019

Philately: Index Pakistan Postage Stamps - 1947 to 1971

Pakistan surfaced as an independent sovereign country on 14 August 1947 after the division of British India into India and Pakistan. For an initial period of almost one year, Pakistan Post used the stamps of British India with "Pakistan" overprinted on these.

On 9th July 1948, the Pakistan Post issued a set of four commemorative stamps with a face value of One and a Half, Two and a Half and 3 Anas and Re.1.
The stamps pictured above bore the photographs of Assembly Building (Karachi), Karachi Airport and Lahore Fort. The fourth stamp (Rupee. 1) bore a Crescent and Star with word “Pakistan” written inside the crescent and the word Long Live Pakistan, written on the lower border. Both inscriptions were in Urdu. This stamp was designed by the famous water colour maestro Abdul Rehman Chughtai.
Sardar Abdur-Rab Nishter and Musarrat Hussain Zuberi showing the set of first postage stamps to Liaquat Ali Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Other than the Re. 1 stamp, the remaining three stamps were designed by two artists: Rasheed-ud-Din and Muhammad Latif.
  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1950: No new stamps were issued in 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952: In 1952, Pakistan Post issued a set of two Commemorative Stamps only on the eve of   Commemorating 100 Years of Postal Services in Asia - The Scinde Dawk|
From 1961 a new era in Pakistan Post ushers in - read on !!

1960 was the last year of postage stamps of Pakistan with face value in "Ana." The last stamp in Ana denomination was issued on 24th December 1960, bearing the photo of the Zamzamma or the Kim's Gun or the Bhangian de Tope, on the eve of National Scout Jamboree held at Lahore.
From 1st January 1961, Pakistan switched over to the decimal system and the face value of the stamps change from "Ana" to "Paisa". However, the previous stamps overprinted with "Paisa" continued for sometime.
1971 was the last year when Pakistan Post printed stamps for both wings of Pakistan, i.e. the East and West Pakistan. From 1972, there was only one Pakistan after the East Pakistan became Bangladesh.  However, the word "Pakistan" written in Bengali continued on Pakistan postage stamps throughout in 1972 and from 1973 the Bengali scripture was done away with, forever.

Continue seeing Pakistan Postage stamps through our next two indexes:
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 1972-2000
  • Index: Pakistan Postage Stamps issued from 2001 till date
Besides Hobby Shobbys, Pakistan Postage Stamps since 1947 have been published in our exclusive blog on philately and website on Pakistan:
This post was originally posted in My Philatelic World.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Bokeh Sunday

The caption of my post my sound unfamiliar for bokeh cannot be a Sunday nor Sunday can be a bokeh for both are different things - but for me the last Sunday, that was yesterday, it made sense. For it was Sunday and I wanted to try the bokeh feature of my One Plus 5T cellphone my son gifted to me awhile ago. So it was a Bokeh Sunday or was it a Beautiful Sunday as was sung by Daniel Boon in 1972 when I was in my teens !!

And thanks to my wife who has maintained a beautiful garden loaded with flowers and trees. Though it is too early for our garden to bloom as spring is still a month away, some dying and blooming flowers and bushes gave me enough canvas to shoot my Bokeh Sunday !!

For those who are not familiar with the word Bokeh, the Wikipedia defines it as: In photography, bokeh (/ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay;[1] Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.

So scroll down and see whether I really made good my Sunday in trying the bokeh feature of my smartphone - I am sure I will get a thumb up from you. And for me it is some achievement as I am just a novice in photography.

Let us start!!

 The remains of past glory

Now coming to the roses. Though the season is already ending for the full blown roses, some still remained for me to try on my bokeh Sunday!!

Varying hues
 White beauty
One thing before I end. While looking for some close ups, I came across this delight - honey bees busy making a Honey Mall. Well that was some excitement for I will have pure bee honey in a short while. And when I shared this photo on Facebook, many friends started collecting bottles to drain out the honey in the making. For the time being I asked them to bring droppers for there would hardly be any honey. But I think in the end it will be looted away and I will left with nothing.
Do tell me my Bokeh photo shots - why don't you share yours?

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Awe Inspiring Photo shoot of Snowy Winter

Winters are always cold, shivering and snowy. While many like the rather moderate weathers, many like winters when it is snowing. I remember when my children were growing they always felt excited when taken to a hill station full of snow.  Recently my elder son who is in Munich, Germany sent me these awesome photos he took of snow fall around him.
Although, these have been taken by his cellphone camera, the aesthetic scene is clearly visible of taking the shots with their dramatic effect. Mesmerized by this awe inspiring shootout, I thought of sharing it with my readers who love nature and snowfall and are fond of preserving these wonderful moments of one's life.

The above two photos are simply classic. But the following photos is something very different and eye catching:
Why eye catching? Look again. If you looked closely you will find a red band on the pole to the near right of the photos and a distant reddish lamp light almost in the middle far end of the photo.  I do not know whether it was intended or just came out that way. But to my mind, it is something unique - two red stops in a snowy pathway with night darkness above. Did you look again?
And now this photo - look again closely and try to find a rooster. Did you find? Well it is not an actual rooster but look on the right half way and the snow seems to have shaped a pole just like a rooster. And to me it looks like a frozen rooster. Doest it to you too?
And this last photo: The bench looks like a basket full of snow. They surely say right that there is no limit to one's imagination - and they are damn right !!

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Awesome Colours of Autumn - the Mellower Season

Spring is the most loved seasons of all when there are flowers everywhere, multicolored, eye catching and sweet smelling. But ever wondered the beauty of autumn when ever leaf is a flower?
 Yes, I really mean it. When the cold winds of winters start to blow and the leaves start to fall, they cover the entire landscape with such beautifully coloured leaves of varying shades of pale and yellow that one is left spellbound.
Autumn is also called the fall which commences from late September continues through early winters. It is the time of transition of green leaves  to light yellow, deep gold, orange, crimson and dark red. The landscape looks so beautiful that compelled Albert Camus to say: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. “ 
Though the falling leaves are dying, they die with such a grace that saying goodbye to them is difficult. John Barrows say: “How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” Yes the last days are fascinating. And walking over these colourful leaves with the chirpy cries of the dying leaves  beneath one's feet is a fun of another kind.

Autumn is the season when the poets and writers are at their best for the sadness coupled with beauty is much more difficult to describe than the freshness of spring. Stanley Horowitz describes the autumn season the best: “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”


The autumn leaves have a language of their own. The Autumn leaves tell of a season of letting things go, it can also be a season of renewal and rebirth. For every goodbye is a harbinger for many welcomes, smiles and happiness. When it is autumn, do go out and walk on the dried leaves, for they had once adorned the trees with varying shades of greens. Though one can feel the nostalgia of someone going, springs erases such melancholy and renews life once again.

“Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.”  – Terri Guillemets

Photos: A combination of shared photos from Pixabay and self taken autumn shots
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Photo shootout of Pale Sunset Light

Sunsets are always appealing for the hues these last fading pale yellow sunlight. I always look for this appealing light falling on my house or its surroundings to make it memorable for me and others to adore !!

Herein under are a few shots I recently took, making the sunset immortal.

The bird flying to catch the last sun rays of the evening.

Here are a couple of more shots:

All photos have been shot by me !!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Astronomers find first Exomoon outside our solar system

Good news for the astronomers viewing our blog:  There is a new moon outside our solar system, some 800 light years away.

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This enormous 'exomoon' is similar in size to the gas giant Neptune and orbits a planet 8,000 light years away called Kepler-1625b. It may be added that so far many exosuns have been discovered, but this is the first time an exomoon has been discovered by the astronomers.

'This would be the first case of detecting a moon outside our solar system,' said  Dr David Kipping, an assistant professor of astronomy at Columbia University.  

Astronomers find first Exomoon outside our solar system: Rocky satellite the size of NEPTUNE is orbiting a gas giant 8,000 light years from Earth

With the help of the Hubble space telescope, an entire 19-hour journey of the distant planet across the surface of its star has been observed. It is reported that three and a half hours after the completion of the event the team then saw a smaller dip in the star's brightness, indicating the passing of a smaller object in front of the star.

See the video by NASA below:
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Amazing Simultaneous Display of Two RC Aircraft

I have been sharing videos of radio controlled gadgets like aircraft, ships, cars and tanks in my previous posts. But today I came across a very different kind of video of two radio controlled aircraft flown simultaneously and demonstrating acrobats which spell bounded me.

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In fact the show was more of the skills of the two flayers wit their ground stations who showed their master skills and demonstrated these in a very well coordinated air show which we normally see in Dubai or Paris air shows.

The roll over movement of both the aircraft is simply breathtaking - something that at least I have not seen in RC aircraft demonstrations before. Watch the vide below and enjoy the flying of these two RC birds showing remarkable slying skills of the ground controllers:

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Super Moon of 2018

The new year 2019 started with a big super moon as a goodwill sign from the Nature. While the New Year's celebrations painted the skies around the world with multi coloured fire works and their bursting and cracking sounds, Nature preserved this surprise for the world a day later on the first day of the year.

While there will be many full moons later this year, as per NASA, this was the "biggest and brightest" one for the entire year.
As an avid lover of sunsets and moons, I was there to catch the last setting sun of the year which slowly went down taking along itself many tragedies and happy moments from across the universe. and I am sure all sky gazers and astronomy lovers would have been there on their rooftops or among the Nature itself somewhere in a desolate place, a lake side or a hill top or even the window of their houses watching end and begging of the two years.

This year will have many moon sightings, the one at the at of this month on 31 January when we will get a chance to see first Blue Moon of the year. For the information of those not having any idea of what super moon is, here it is how it happens: The phenomenon "super moon" occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day it reaches its perigee, the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth.

As for the Blue Moon, the simple definition is that it is a type of Full Moon - looking blue. It is caused by a rare type of dust in the atmosphere. However, sometimes Blue Moon may look red, because it will cause a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon. So stay tuned and be ready to witness the first Blue Moon of the year on 31 January 2018.

Photos by me !!
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Remembering Demis Roussos - whose voice swam with the rhythm of music

Teen age is the age when one loves to listen to hard, thrilling and fast moving music as was the mood in my teenage in the late sixties and early seventies. I was then avid listener of The Beatles, Abba, The Iron Butterfly, Tom Jones and many top artists of the time and I still do listen to them from my saved collection of LPs and CDs.

But then someday a new voice went by me - the voice was so melodious, enchanting and absorbing that I fast re winded the cassette I was listening to and played it again: It was Forever and Ever by  an unknown singer to me - Demis Roussos.  But from that day onward, Demis became one of my top of the chart singer. Since then, there hasn't been any song by this legendary singer that I have missed listen to.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in a Greek family, Demis came and captured the hearts of millions, just like the Egyptian born Omar Sharif did as an actor,  and his albums sold like hot cakes. His Forever and Ever was his debut to take him directly to the hall of fame and his melodious voice changed moods of people engrossed in depression and boosted their spirits.

His family moved to Greece after they lost all their possessions in the Suez Canal conflict of the 50s and he went into the music. He joined many bands, but it was his We shall dance in the early 70s that sent ripples in the music industry and music lovers. But 1973's Forever and Ever was the breakthrough and from then on there was no turning back.

It was too sad when we lost Demis in 2015 - but his melodies stay behind - still as  fresh as these were sung for the first time and heard across the globe. He had some 60 millions albums sold. In 2016, Demis' children Emily and Cyril opened the Demis Roussos Museum in Nijkerk, The Netherlands. The museum is a run down of Demis' life, his photos, awards and music. The Netherlands was chosen because of the connection Roussos had from 1986 onwards with Dutch-based label BR Music.

This post will be incomplete if his most sung song is not shared - one of his most melodious and famous song that still echoes in my memory lane since I first listened to it in my teenage:

Demis Roussos will always be missed - forever and ever !!

Photo Demis Roussos Courtesy Old Time Religion Radio Hour
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