Praful K. Thakkar, IAS (Retd.) was with the Government of Gujarat, India for more than 30 years. He has worked in various capacities as Collector, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Gujarat in various departments. He has graduated with philosophy as his main subject and is a lover of Indian Culture. He has written a few books in Gujarati on various facets of Indian Culture. He has also written a few Collector's Guides for numismatic, philatelic and autograph collectors' fraternity.
||Collector's Guide to Indian Canteen Tokens
||Collector's Guide to Membership Badges of Turf & Race Clubs of India
||Collector's Guide to Chronologies of Sultans, Rulers & Colonial Heads of India
||'Chapras'- Collector's Guide to Belt Buckles, Badges & Badge Plates of India
||Collector's Guide to First Day Covers & Folders of India
1947-1964 Official & Private
||Glimpses of Indian Autographs
All the above books have received a very warm response from all over the world.
He has been an ardent collector of autographs and numismatic and para-numismatic items for more than 50 years. He is a seasoned collector of Indian coins, medals, tokens, badges, weights, passes etc. To preserve classic heritage of Indian Culture for the posterity, he has established the Thakkar Numismatic and Art Foundation with a motto of 'Share the Knowledge-Spread the Knowledge.'
In consonance with this motto and with a view to give a proper thematic dimension to the hobby of Autograph collection, he has created this website. He himself has a very good thematic collection of autographs of Indian/World celebrities. For him this hobby of thematic autograph collection is the hobby for health and happiness. And therefore, the symbolic slogan for this website is 'Hobby is for Health & Hobby is for Happiness'. He tries to share his knowledge, experience and happiness with all the collectors by presenting this gallery.
He is the Life Member of the Autograph Collectors Club of India, Kolkata.