Home to more than 50 varieties of spices grown in its different agro climatic zones ranging from the tropical to the temperate. India is the spice bowl of the world. The total production of spices is estimated at 2.7 million tons and India exports 0.25 million tons to over 150 destinations of the world, accounting for over 45 percent of the international spice trade both in terms of value and volume. On 29th April 2009, India Post is proud to issue a set of five commemorative postage stamps on 'Spices of India'. The 5 stamps depict Cardamon, Cloves, Black pepper, Cinnamon and Coriander.
The second cover of the day was a registered mail sent from Fujian, People's Republic of China. It is my first cover received from Mr. Zhou Fan. Thank you!! The lovely stamp franked on the cover belongs to the "The Centennial National Library of China" series, issued on 9th September 2009.
Last but not least, we have this cover franked with a lovely set of stamps from the Royal Malaysian Navy Submarines series, issued on 3rd September 2009. In fact, this is my second cover bearing these stamps sent by Khor Kok Keong. Of cos, the difference is that this cover bears the special 999 postmarks! Thank you so much!