Keekli Reporter, 7th June, 2019, Shimla

Day Two of the Philately Workshop saw enthusiastic kids trying their hand on making few beautiful and colourful drawings of ‘Birds’, the theme for the competition as about 40 children were present. The Shimla Postal Department executives provided a standard art kit to all the participants as the children were given an hour to draw and colour their creations. Department Philately Bureau Chief D D Sharma, along with Himachal Philately Club President, Major (Dr) Ritu Kalra, Smriti Rana and other philatelists oversaw the event. Also present was J R Nanda, an enthusiast stamp collector and the author of books Centenary of Flight 2003 and Centenary of Indian Airmail 1911-2014, that portrays an amazing collection stamps and airmails and Pramila Nanda.

As an encouragement the winning kids would get a cash prize as well a PD Account would be opened in their names. The Judging was done my Major Ritu and Smriti madam, where in the first prize winner would get Rs 700 /- (500 cash & 200 for PD Acc); while second prize would be Rs 500 (300 cash & 200 PD Acc); and third prize Rs 300/- (100 cash & 200 PD Acc). However, the results would be declared on Monday by the Senior Superintendent Post Offices Shimla.

The second part of the morning was spent by giving the children a tour of the postal depart. DD Sharma explained to the kids that how the City is divided into 17 different zones or beats and how the letters and mails are segregated for proper and timely distribution. Then the kids were shown the different departments and counters through which different departmental dealings are undertaken, such as the national and international departments, as well as the process of delivering parcels and airmails. He then showed the Philately section to the kids and various stamps and frames on how the stamps are to be showcased during an exhibition.

The educational and enlightening tour about something kids are passionate about always leaves a lasting impression. The children left the premises on a happy note as a new world of stamps was opened for them, as well a promise of more such engaging sessions.

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