Meet the police officer who befriended books

By Adarsh P Anand

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Salim Kumar with his collection of books

Vazhoor (Kottayam): Every month Salim Kumar keeps Rs 2000 along with the amount for household expenses to buy newspapers, periodicals and books. Within 30 years, he purchased about 10,000 books.

Vazhoor native K C Salim Kumar (49), an ASI in Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau in Kottayam, never ends his day without reading a book. He had developed reading habit since young and continued reading even after joining Vazhoor college.

Salim preferred books of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer and gradually started collecting works of Padmarajan and O V Vijayan too. He regularly visits book fairs and shops. He also started writing later and penned short stories and poems.

Salim's book 'Unnikuttan Katha Parayunnu' is a collection of short stories themed on drug abuse and its consequences. Apart from this, he also published poems in 'Kaval Kairali', the mouthpiece of Kerala Police.

Salim reads books for about 2 hours after dinner every day. It is part of his daily routine for many years. He always keeps a few books in his bag to read during free time and travelling. He is also vice president of District Police Public Library.

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