The fastest coconut husker defeats his disabilities with grit, determination
Kadachira: Life is always dark and silent for Manoj. But the 42-year-old, hearing, speech and visually impaired man is not ready to lose the game. He has been finding a livelihood by removing coconut husk for the past 18 years.
Chala Kunithala native M. C. Manoj defeats his physical disabilities with his determination. The householders near Koyyode and premises first looks for Manoj, when they want to make copra (dried coconut kernel). Most of them bring vehicles to pick Manoj to the work site. Once he reaches the spot, Manoj starts taking the coconuts one by one from the heap and peels the husk using the iron husk peeler.
He is an expert in his job as about 2500 coconuts will be peeled a day. He gets Rs 800 for peeling husk of 1000 coconuts. During off seasons, he works in copra mills to split coconut shell, but gets very low wages for it.
Manoj, son of late M. C. Sukumaran and Kamala, had studied up to 7th standard. Then he dropped out and started wrapping beedis. Later he went for loading work for some time. He started coconut husk peeling after quitting that job.
Manoj married Chekkikulam native Nisha in 2002. Their elder son Rajin is a plus one student and the younger one Ajin, a student of 8th standard. His family is the biggest support for Manoj in the ups and downs of his life.