One man who has single-mindedly celebrates the city is civil engineer and philatelist D. Hemchandra Rao. He does all he can to design and produce a Special Postal Cover every Madras Day; keen to mark this day for posterity.
Often, Rao has to debate with the Postal Dept. and raise monies to do this.
This year, his cover is themed on the first light house in Madras - atop a merchant exchange inside the Fort. 220 years old this year.
Rao also released a set of My Stamps on the city's four light houses - great stuff for collectors.
You must get hold of a cover or a stamp. The cover costs Rs.70.
Contact Rao at 98408 70172