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Exhibition cum Workshop - Currency Notes, Stamps and Coins at Valmiki Hriday on January 19, 2014

A hobby can enhance our well-being and can give more meaning to our life. Just as physical exercise is important for the body, cognitive relaxation, i.e. relaxation of the mind is also essential. It is also a way to express your talent while having fun.

Believing in the importance of pursuing a hobby, one of Valmiki Group Directors, SK Valmiki Hari Kishan - a numismatics, philatist and notaphilist, conducted an exhibition cum workshop for Valmiki Hriday children on January 19, 2014 at the Children’s Home. He deliberated upon the children how developing a hobby can prove a great source of relaxation, knowledge and information to them. Sharing his passion of collecting coins, stamps and currency notes from around the world, he educated them on the origin of barter system and then traced it down to the development of the use of currency notes.

Coins as old as 4 BC (2500 years old), collected by the Director, were exhibited. Many among which belong to the Magadha and Maurya dynasty. In all, around 1000 pieces of coins, stamps and currency notes were displayed. The children were too excited while taking a look at these and put forward many curious questions, to which the Director replied with an equal excitement.

The children, after discussing with SK Valmiki Hari Kishan, have decided to start collecting stamps on a thematic basis – i.e. on themes based on animals, birds etc. Students from BITS Pillani (four in number) were part of the whole show who cherished themselves with the items displayed. Ending the workshop, the Director gave each child two coins, belonging to various countries with the aim of generating an interest in them to start collecting coins.