Thursday, November 15, 2007

Boy Eating a Banana

The Hindu reports, "As the nation celebrates Children's Day, Shekhar Borker, an executive with a private firm fondly remembers his childhood photograph of him eating a banana that capitulated him to an iconic status among his family and friends."

Borker had appeared on the first Children's Day postage stamp (SC 292 which is shown here) issued by India Postal 50 years ago in 1957.

Borker is quoted as saying, "I was not even aware while the photograph was being taken. It was only later when the Indian Post and Telegraph department sent a letter to my school principal asking for a No-Objection note from my parents that I came to know that such a thing had happened."

The article goes on to say, "It was a proud moment for the then 8 years old, Borker, a student of Modern School, New Delhi, to be featured on 32 million Indian Postage Stamps. He had become famous as the stamp boy overnight after his picture was selected from more than 10,000 photographs taken across the country. "

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM