I am participating in the April AtoZ Blogging challenge and my theme is Plants featured on Indian Stamps. This is my eight attempt at the AtoZ.
My theme is inspired by an online talk by Daniel L Nikrent of Cornell University, USA held by Maharashtra Vriksha Samvardhini about Parasitic Flowering Plants featured on Stamps.
I am not a stamp collector nor a fan of stamps. Hence almost all my posts are purely based on research on the internet. I have tried to cross check the info before posting here. Please do share correct info and links to the same in case of discrepancy.
India Post has a very strong network reaching deep deep into the interiors of the country and I depended on it for news from home when we were posted in far away places. In this age of smartphones, Internet, how many of us really write letters – snail mail as they are now called? Despite this , I find that new stamps are being issued and we have stamps on diverse topics including Armed Forces, Films, Personalities, Wildlife, Handlooms, Handicrafts and so on.. It is amazing!
B was an easy alphabet and India Post has stamps depicting the Butea monosperma, Bauhinia variegata and Bougainvillea glabra. Bougainvillea belong to the Nyctanginaceae family and are climbers. However they can be grown as a hedge and also in pots. In fact, Bougainvillea make excellent Bonsai.
The species is named after Louis de Bougainvillea, an explorer and Admiral from France who brought this plant to Europe from Brazil.
1985 had two different stamps commemorative stamps of the Bougainvillea denomination of 50np and 1 INR. Here is one of them.
The India Postage Stamps website has a complete catalogue of stamps. Please click the link to see many many wonderful stamps.
Colnect is a comprehensive portal for Stamp collectors. It gives detailed information about every listed stamp. Click here for detailed info about Stamps – what is a stamp, types, formats, water marks, perforations and much more.
We come up to the first weekend of the blogging challenge.
See you all on Monday for the alphabet C.
Till then, Take care and Stay Happy!