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Nov 15, 2007 at 11:27pm IST

1st Children's Day 'stamp boy' honoured

New Delhi: The India post releases stamps on Children’s Day every year.

This year however, on their 50th anniversary, they had an unusual guest.

It all started in the year 1957 on the occasion of Chiodren’s Day itself to depict an important aspect of child development and nutrition that eight-year-old Shekhar Borker was chosen from over 10, 000 entries to be featured on the first children's day stamp.

Not only did Shekhar became a celebrity but he turned into an icon overnight.

"I was very exited when it was launched. Jawahar Lal Nehru told me to keep eating bananas,” recollects Shekhar.

The banana boy- as Shekhar recalls his friends calling him, says he was not even aware when his picture was taken.

And little did he know that his banana-eating act during his lunch break would appear in over 3.2 crore stamps.

"I never knew it was a natural shot,” says Shekhar.

It was the two-square inch piece of paper that changed his life on November14, 50 years ago.

This time around as India post presented 2007's children's day stamp to Shekhar Borker as a token of appreciation, it was a sense of déjà vu.

And the 50th anniversary of the stamp was special to Shekhar in more ways than one; the Principal Chief Post Master General, Raghav Lal who handed over this year's children day stamp to Shekhar to mark India Post's 50th anniversary was his junior in school.

“One of our officials met him. We decided it would be a good idea to commemorate him,” says Lal

Fifty years on as this stamp boy scribbles his signature on first day covers, Shekhar can't but help smile at how he drove the country bananas.

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