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, Food and so on.. It is amazing!
Jawahar is a hybrid rose variety raised at IARI . Roses belong to the Rosa genus of Rosaceae family and there are many many cultivated varieties. They can be climbers or shrubs and are usually armed. The fruit of the Rose is called Rose Hip but I have never seen it develop here. Rose hips are used to make jams, jellies. In India we use rose petals to make a kind of jam called ‘Gulkand’.
India Post released a postage stamp of the Jawahar rose on Fragrance of Roses in 2007. This is of denomination 5INR.
Jasmine is among my favourite flowers and a huge favourite in India. It will be difficult to find some one who does not like these beautiful fragrant summer blooms. They are used in worship and also strung into small garlands called ‘Gajra’ which women wear in hair. It is but natural to have a stamp of this flower. Jasmine belongs to the Jasminum genus of the Oleaceae family.
India Post has released 2 stamps in 2008 of denomination 15INR and 5INR depicting the Jasmine.
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.
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