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    Look out for crystals, chocolates and rubber stamps at a show in Egmore

    From stamps with crystals embedded in them, to chocolate-flavoured ones a�� the expo by the South India Philatelistsa�� Association promises not to disappoint. a�?We will be showcasing 30 frames, each having 16 A4 sheets with stamps on a particular theme,a�? says CG Bhaskar, treasurer of the association, about the expo that begins today. a�?This expo is only to spread awareness about the hobby. We want more youngsters and school children to learn about stamps,a�? he says, insisting that the hobby is not just about rare or expensive stamps. After being displayed at the Shiraz Hall in Egmore, the 3,000 stamps will be exhibited in schools, and the association is in talks with Don Bosco, Madras Christian College School and Velammal, among others.

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    At the expo, look out for stamps made of alternative materials (rubber for example), a collection of football-themed stamps (one even shaped like a football, from Portugal), some with holographic detailing, a couple of stamps with crystals embedded in them (from Austria and Hong Kong) and chocolate flavoured ones from Belgium and Switzerland. Curated by a committee of 10, the stamps showcased at the expo have been contributed by members of the association as well as students of schools like Maharishi Vidya Mandir and Baktavatsalam Vidya Mandir. According to Sirish Patel, a collector, the hobbly has declined in India, a�?a�?it is only the older generation who are involved in collecting stamps. The South India Philatelistsa�� Association has an exhibition every second Sunday of every month to promote the hobby,a��a�� says the business consultant. a�?Of our 730 members, about 10 per cent are youngsters. The youngest, a girl of 13, will also showcase her collection at the expo,a�? concludes Bhaskar.

    Starting today, till July 27 at Egmore, from 10 am to 6 pm. Details: 32001626

    -Ryan Peppin


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