|Friends of Philately : Coins & Autographs - Praful Thakkar - I. A. S. (Retd.)|
It is rightly said that men are rational animals. The almighty has endowed us with mind, intellect and body. All of them have immense capacity to perform and produce creative art and innovative science. This in turn also gives the birth to many hobbies, which can be classified as Performing and Possessive Hobbies.
Performing hobbies are those, which require personal performing involvement e.g. dancing, singing, playing musical instrument etc.
Possessive hobbies constitute collection of material things like stamps, coins, medals, tokens and autographs etc.
From the above, it is clear that possessive hobbies do not require any personal performing involvement and hence the efforts of the collector remains as a collection even after his / her death.
Both types of hobbies have a great importance in our lives. It gives us relaxation from the boredom, stress and monotony from doing the same thing daily again and again in our profession and day to day life. Now a days our daily life has become a photocopy of the previous day. Hobby takes us out from our routine mundane life and gives us pleasure and happiness. It gives us intellectual and emotional satisfaction.
Just as hobby gives happiness, it also boosts good health. In the latter age many people feel void and vacuumed as they have no activity to keep themselves occupied. And this invites some diseases, which ultimately bring early end to their lives. Hobby keeps them occupied, active and energetic. And this in turn gives them health and longevity. Hence my slogan for the life is - 'Hobby is for Health and Happiness'.
Possessive hobbies are many, but amongst them Philately is the most popular hobby. Here an effort is made to associate Philately with Coins and Autographs i.e. this is an effort to project Coins and Autographs as Friends of Philately. Hence along with the celebrities' Postal Stamps, Commemorative Coins and Autographs of those celebrities are presented here. This Harmonious way of presenting these three hobbies creates a strong bond amongst the collectors of stamps, coins and autographs.
Thus as a humble effort to establish a friendship amongst stamps, coins and autographs. I have presented below the Postal Stamps, Commemorative Coins and Autographs of Indian Celebrities as a Thematic Subject.
This is presented as one of the categories on my website of Autographs of Indian Celebrities - www.indianautographs.com, wherein I have presented more than 2007 autographs (to welcome New Year 2007) in 48 thematic categories. Those who are interested may please visit the site.
This is the trinity of hobbies and the follwing table shows some examples of postal stamp, it's coin and the respective autograph of the great celebrity of India.
Before I conclude this article, I would like to request all the GPA members, readers, stamps and coins collector friends, to start obtaining the autographs of Indian and world personalities / celebrities, because after few years, it will be a unique collection with new dimension. It is an exciting and entertaining hobby, which will give you good knowledge, pleasure and earnings in future against little expenses and efforts.
(Note: The size of all above scanned stamps, coins and autographs are different to it's original.)
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