‘My Stamp’, the main feature of the ongoing philatelic exhibition where participants can get their own pictures printed on stamps, has received a good response from the visitors.
On the very first day of the event, as many as 143 residents got their photos printed on stamps.
The 3rd edition of the exhibition ‘Parindey’-2012 is being held from February 21-23 at Apparel House, Sector 44.
The ‘My Stamp’ counter was opened for the first time in Gurgaon.
The stamps could be used for postal charges on mail items too. One has to pay R300 for a set of 12 stamps of R5 each.
Ranjit Singh, 82, who got his photo printed on a stamp, said, “It is an old concept in foreign countries like Canada and Hungary where I had visited. As it is happening for the first time in the city, I thought of getting the same done here too.”
He said, “Though it is a good initiative, the postal department has made it very expensive. For a thing of R60, they are charging R300.”
Udai Saxena, another visitor, said, “It is really a nice concept. I feel that it’s worth spending R300 for a stamp with your own picture.”
Over 100 philatelists within the state and outside are participating in the three-day event. Rare stamps issued by India and other countries will be on display.
A spokesman of the district administration said on Monday that over 400 children from 15 schools would also be participating in the exhibition. School students will showcase their rare collection of stamps in the competition category.
The subjects of ‘Design a Stamp Contest’ will be different for each class.
There will be a philately souvenir counter where commemorative items and other daily-use articles like mugs, bedsheets, purses etc printed with Indian stamps will be available for sale to the public.