Visit to Philatelic Museum

After many years I visited the Philatelic section of the Head Post Office in New Delhi on Sansad Marg. The Philatelic Bureau has been relegated to a corner room towards the back of the large post office. Thankfully they do have a large room. And thankfully philatelic stamps are still sold in a room in the main area, which was heartening to see. I ended up buying one copy of all the miniature sheets they had at the time, which unfortunately weren’t too many. But the good part was I managed to open a Philatelic Deposit Account. This means I will get all new issues now at home. I am very kicked about this and am waiting eagerly for the next issue of new commemorative stamp.

My next stop was the Philatelic Museum located in the same building. I was the first visitor for the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a fairly large museum. In addition to the stamps they have some interesting artefacts of things used by postmen in different times. Indian stamps were organized by the year and by themes too. Not too many items were for sale there but it was worthwhile spending some time there. I do wish they would turn on more lights in the museum. No photography was allowed in the museum but I found a pic on the Internet that I am sharing with you here.

Revisiting Daryaganj Sunday Book Market

I finally managed to visit the Daryaganj Sunday Book market in New Delhi after more than three decades. Things have changed over the years as expected. Books aren’t the only things being sold there, infact they have been relegated to the background by other wares including cheap clothes and sports goods.

Even after more than three decades I found the stamp seller in the same place (towards Chandi Chowk end of Daryaganj). I wasn’t sure if he was the same one so I asked him how long has he been coming here. He said he had been coming here for almost 40 years. Wow, I probably had found the same stamp seller from whom I used to buy stamps when I was a kid. I told him I used to probably buy stamps from him and we exchanged notes on how times have changed. There were a few other old timers who were rummaging through the stamps looking for what might be new this week. He gave me his card and I will probably visit him at his shop instead of the Sunday market. I missed the opportunity to click a pic of him or his little space in the market.

Despite commonsense, I didn’t bargain with him. He said he was giving the best price as I was an old customer. I don’t know if it was the best price, and I didn’t really care. It was just a great feeling to be reliving the moment.

Tip — The weather is too hot and sunny right now. The heat is just too much so be prepared and take caution. If you guys in Delhi are planning to visit, I would advice that you don’t do it for another three-four months till weather cools down a bit.